A NOSE job which takes just five minutes and doesn’t need surgery has been developed by scientists – using electricity.
A team from Occidental College in California discovered that passing current through cartilage – like that in the nose – made it more malleable.
A new electric nose job technique using a mould to shape the cartilage has been developed[/caption]
Dr Michael Hill said: “Once the tissue is floppy, you can mould it to whatever shape.”
A mould is used before the current – which is passed through tiny needles – is turned off to allow the cartilage to harden in its new shape.
The process could revolutionise cosmetic surgery, which often involves long recovery times.
Cartilage is made up of tiny rigid fibres, loosely woven together in a structure resembling spaghetti.
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The technique was tested on a rabbit whose ears normally stood upright.
The researchers were able to make one of the ears bend over without damage.
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