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Michele Triplett (Michele_triplett)
Username: Michele_triplett

Post Number: 16
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 01:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A) Have there been pictures in the articles you've read? The most basic research would have shown you pictures and then it's easy to see that this isn't very successful. It doesn't look natural or seamless at all, and I'm talking about real surgeons doing the work.

B) If you saw pictures you'd know the answer. It wouldn't fool a 5 year old. You wouldn't even have to take the persons prints to know the prints have been altered.

C) None.

D) I couldn't say.

E) That would depend on the extent of the surgery, small cuts heal sooner than total skin replacement.

F) "How would you contact a surgeon willing to perform this surgery?" Are you kidding? Why would you think people on this chat board would have that information? With questions like this, I'm doubting your ability to write a novel.

Good Luck,
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Tom Meese (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Currently, I’m preparing to write a polisci thriller in which one of the lead characters will be forced to obtain new fingerprints in order to assume a new identity.

Since I with to make this novel as accurate as possible, and intend to set it in the near future, it is necessary to have the character employ techniques currently available and interact in a political/legal/international environment nearly identical to the current environment.

I’ve already located several articles describing individuals who have undergone surgery to transplant skin from their feet to their fingers and hands in order to alter their prints.

I have several questions about such surgeries;

A) If done under the best possible conditions, how successful would this technique be in both concealing a previous identity and appearing natural and seamless?

B) Would this technique allow an individual to survive a standard fingerprint examination by local police forces (even if those prints were forwarded to the FBI)

C) The articles describe these surgeries being performed in Nicaragua, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Estonia, Georgia (the country), Russia, and Cuba. Which of these countries, or others that you know of, offers the highest quality surgery?

D) Is the surgery legal in any of these countries and, if not, do any of them have governments that ‘look the other way’?

E) How long would it take for the patient to recover to the point that their scars are nearly unnoticeable?

F) How would a perspective patient contact a surgeon willing to perform this surgery?

Thank you for answering these questions and for providing any other details you feel are pertinent.


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