TOKYO — Japanese cosmetics maker Shiseido has developed an artificial intelligence technology for analyzing skin to provide researchers with three-dimensional images of dermal layers to illustrate how skin tends to sag.
The company plans to use the technology to improve its own lineup of cosmetics.
A dermal cell called fibroblast keeps the skin in good condition by producing collagen. But when this cell deteriorates, skin begins to lose elasticity and the sagging process begins.
Researchers currently examine tissue under a microscope to see this deterioration. The new method — developed by Shiseido and others — creates computerized 3D images of skin layers by combining two-dimensional images collected from microscope observations.
Over the past five years, Shiseido has been conducting research on saggy skin with the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, International University of Health and Welfare and Jichi Medical University. The new technology that has emerged can also classify and