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Pioneering technology in Swansea helps acid attack and burns victims

Model demonstrates how the technology is used. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Scientists from Morriston Hospital in Swansea have created pioneering technology to help survivors of acid attacks and burns.

They are using 3D printing to custom make masks which patients with facial burns can wear for up to a year to reduce their scarring.

Several masks will be made for patients as their face develops.

Scientists smooth the scarring on the face. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The new technology has meant patients are able to avoid a more painful procedure, which would involve general anaesthetic for children.

Peter Llewelyn Evans creates custom masks for patients. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Lab services manager Peter Llewelyn Evans said the next step for them would be to have a specialist centre at Morriston Hospital.

We've pioneered this work in the Maxillofacial Lab and Burns and Plastics Centre but we'd really like to have a 3D printing and 3D design centre within the hospital so that surgeons and medical staff can access that from all areas of the hospital and really improve patient care.

– Peter Llewelyn Evans, Maxillofacial Laboratory Services manager