Manual Dermasanding – The Delicate Touch in Facial Resurfacing

The idea of abrading skin to improve appearance is nothing new. Dermabrasion, a surgical skin planing technique using a high-speed rotary abrasive instrument, has enjoyed popularity for more than fifty years. More recently, however, manual dermasanding or gentle skin “buffing,” with or without the addition of a mild chemical peeling agent, has in many instances replaced the earlier rotary abrasive method for treating a wide variety of scars, wrinkles, and complexion and pigment problems. The sanding action improves contour irregularities when a new layer of skin replaces the abraded skin. The result is a smoother, fresher, and more lustrous appearance.

Manual buffing has proven especially useful for treating the delicate skin around the eyes, nose and lips, areas much more difficult to treat with conventional high-speed rotary dermabrasion. There is also no blood splatter, which is typical of the latter procedure, significantly reducing the concern about possible spread of HIV and hepatitis infections. Buf-peels should not be confused with microdermabrasion, which is a much more superficial form of skin sanding. Although far less expensive than laser resurfacing, and with a generally shorter recuperation time, buf-peels can offer a reasonable alternative and often yield results that can be equally gratifying.

Uses of Buf-Peels

When dermabrasion was first developed, it was used predominantly to improve acne scars, pock marks, and scars resulting from accidents or disease. Today, skin sanding methods are routinely used to treat tattoos, age (liver) spots, wrinkles, “frown” and “worry” lines, as well as certain other types of skin lesions.

As with other resurfacing techniques, conditions for which dermasanding would not be effective include the presence of congenital skin defects, certain types of moles or pigmented birthmarks, and scars from burns.

What’s Involved

Buffing is an office-based procedure. Medication to relax the patient may be given prior to surgery and supplemented with the use of topical or local anesthesia to numb the treatment sites. Then a sterilized abrasive material is used to gently buff or abrade the upper layers of the skin to improve the surface irregularities. In “buff-peeling,” the buffing is either preceded or followed by the application of a chemical peeling agent, usually a low concentration of trichloroacetic acid, to further enhance skin smoothing.

What To Expect Afterward

For a few days, the skin feels as though it has been overly sun-burned, and medications may be prescribed for discomfort, such as Lida Mantle cream or Lida Mantle HC cream. Healing usually occurs within seven days for buffed skin and seven to ten days for buf-peeled areas.

Newly formed skin, which is pink and slightly swollen at first, gradually develops a normal appearance. In the majority of cases, the pinkness fades by six to eight weeks. Regular make-up can be used as a cover-up as soon as the crusts are off. Most people can resume their normal work or social routines in seven to fourteen days. Individuals are instructed to avoid unnecessary direct and indirect sunlight for three to six months after the procedure and to use a sunscreen on a regular basis when outdooors.

Possible Complications

In certain skin types, there is a risk of developing a temporary or permanent color change in the skin. Taking birth control pills, pregnancy, or a family history of brownish discoloration on the face may increase the possibility of developing abnormal pigmentation.

Although low, there is a risk of scarring in certain areas of the face and particular individuals may be more prone to scarring. If scarring does occur, it can usually be treated with good results.

Limitations of Buffing and Buff-Peeling

Buffing and buff-peeling cannot significantly tighten loose or sagging skin and are not intended to replace face lift, brow lift, or eye lift procedures.

Buffing will not remove certain deep scars. Punch grafting, punch elevation, scar excision, dermaspacing or soft tissue fillers may be much more effective either alone or in combination with buff-peeling.

Finally, buffing and buff-peeling may not necessarily change pore size in all cases, nor can they predictably remove broken blood vessels on the face. However, they may improve the appearance of these conditions.

Replace Lost Volume And Revitalise The Cheekbones Using Dermal Filler

Maintaining a youthful face, is achievable using injectable treatments, and dermal fillers are one of the most popular choices available today. Youthful faces have plump apple cheeks, smooth contours and a natural glow, but as we age, depletion of volume due to the loss of facial collagen, takes away this natural glow.

Hyaluronic acid is a very good choice as a filler because of its excellent compatibility with the human body, making it ideal to erase facial wrinkles and lines and replace volume loss. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found the body, and when used in a filler it acts as a network that transfers essential nutrients from the bloodstream to the skin cells.

Dermal fillers can improve your cheeks by filling in lost volume, and bringing back a smoother, fuller and healthier look to your skin.

It’s used to:

  • Create higher cheekbones
  • Minimise harsh angles creating a smoother cheek contour
  • Give the cheek a natural curve
  • Fill in hollow cheeks

High cheekbones are a thing of beauty, but unfortunately, they don’t come naturally to everyone. Loss of volume will diminish the cheeks, making them seem hollow and gaunt, but using facial filler to add volume to the cheeks could rectify this, and bring the back the symmetry of the face. The three main landmarks on the face are the nose, cheeks and chin, and the facial structure might seem unbalanced when one of these is out of proportion.

A practitioner will inject dermal filler into the skin where the fine lines, wrinkles and sunken areas are, and you will immediately notice the difference, as the wrinkles vanish and the sunken areas get more volume. When our body’s own collagen starts to decrease, hyaluronic acid fillers will replace the deteriorating supporting layers of the skin, and temporarily replenish the skin’s volume.

The practitioner will plump up the apples of the cheeks and sculpt the cheek bones. Higher, fuller cheeks can improve your appearance, balance your other facial features, and instantly restore your face to a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are ideal for those who want to look younger and fresher without the need for invasive surgery.

Facial fillers are a simple solution and they offer many benefits:

  • They are minimally invasive
  • The results from dermal fillers are instantly visible, although the full results may take a couple of weeks to appear
  • The procedure takes less than an hour
  • There is minimal downtime required after the treatment
  • The results will last from 9 months to a year

Dermal fillers can work wonders for skin which has wrinkles and volume loss, and these treatments are a wonderful option to fight the signs of ageing.

Achieve A Younger Fresher Face With A Liquid Face Lift – Combining Botox & Dermal Fillers

A liquid facelift is a temporary cosmetic treatment which uses dermal fillers, as well as botox injections to restore facial volume, reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the face. Known as a non-surgical facelift, it’s a cosmetic technique which uses botox that will help to reduce dynamic wrinkles and dermal fillers to restore lost volume, which together will create a lifted, naturally youthful look.

The loss of facial elasticity and volume can lead to wrinkles, creases and folds developing;

  • Wrinkles – frown lines, horizontal forehead furrows and crows’ feet at the eyes. Also the bunny lines on the sides of the nose and the lipstick lines on the upper lip.
  • Volume Loss – this tends to occur in the mid-face around the cheek-bones causing sunken cheeks and hollows beneath the eye area.
  • Folds and Creases – lines from the nose to mouth, the naso-labial and marionette lines, the chin and jowl areas.

Over the years, our face will start to lose collagen and elastin and this contributes to sagging facial features. A liquid face lift treatment can achieve any of the following:

  • Gentle lifting of facial features
  • Reduced lines, wrinkles, creases or folds
  • Getting back natural, curved facial contours
  • A more rested, rejuvenated look
  • A friendlier smile


Botox is a muscle relaxant, which gets injected using a disposable syringe with a very fine needle. Small amounts of botox get injected very precisely into various facial locations, which get chosen by careful examination of the muscle movements on the face. The injection will temporarily suspend muscle movement in that area, smoothing out forehead furrows, crows’ feet and smokers lines on the lips.

Dermal Filler

While dermal fillers are sometimes known as wrinkle fillers, they do a lot more than just smooth out wrinkles;

  • They smooth out the deep marionette lines, or smile lines around the nose and mouth
  • Restore volume to hollow, sunken cheeks
  • Fill in the tear trough area under the eyes
  • Add volume and enhance the lips
  • Soften the vertical lip lines, or smokers lines
  • Smooth out chin creases
  • Restore facial contour

A liquid facelift will enhance the natural features of the face and smooth and tighten the skin. It will balance out the shape of the face using advanced injectable techniques, giving instant, dramatic results. There’s no downtime with this procedure, although you can take a few hours to relax, allowing the results to settle and take shape. There’s only a small amount of bruising or swelling and any discomfort is minimal.