If your skin’s showing lingering effects from the summer sun or becoming dull and dry with the cooler weather, the Skincare Trifecta treatment at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, California, could be just what you need to rejuvenate your skin. 

The Skincare Trifecta is a proprietary aesthetic face and neck treatment created by Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s expert medical aesthetician, Farzaneh Momeni-Salami. It’s made up of three steps sequenced to deliver dramatic skin improvements:  1) dermaplaning, 2) a customized chemical peel, and 3) the HydraFacial MD. Farzaneh explained each of these steps in detail, while demonstrating the treatment, in her Skincare Trifecta webinar

Understanding Your Skin

Farzaneh started with the basics in her webinar, addressing the anatomy of the skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body and is made up of three layers:

  • Epidermis – the outer layer of the skin is the barrier that protects your body from UV rays, chemicals, and pathogens like viruses, fungi, and bacteria 
  • Dermis – the middle layer of the skin contains blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, hyaluronic acid, elastic and collagen fibers and oil glands, giving your skin its natural plumpness, thickness, and elasticity
  • Hypodermis – the deepest subcutaneous layer of the skin, containing fat and connective tissue

How Your Skin Ages

The aging process changes the epidermis and dermis and significantly alters the appearance of the skin. 

The epidermis becomes flatter, thinner, and more fragile. The aged epidermal cells no longer retain moisture effectively and the skin becomes drier. Sebaceous gland activity slows, further exacerbating dryness. Pigmentation increases, causing brown spots.

UV damage disrupts the cells in the dermis, resulting in loss of elastic and collagen fibers and wrinkle formation. The skin begins to lose its radiance with a loss of normal blood vessels. Aging causes the skin to become less efficient at shedding the outer layers of dead skin cells. 

The Skincare Trifecta addresses the changes in the epidermis and dermis, restoring a youthful glow and minimizing many aging symptoms.

skin aging process, younger vs older skin comparison

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is the first step of Farzaneh’s three-step Skincare Trifecta. 

Dermaplaning is a manual procedure that scrapes away dead skin cells, excess oil, and other debris from the skin’s surface to maintain or restore the rate of cellular turnover. You’ll see softer, smoother skin immediately. 

patient undergoing a dermaplaning treatment in san diego

By scraping away dull surface skin, the procedure revitalizes your body’s self-healing properties. As a result, the body produces healthy, plump skin cells that firm, tighten, and brighten your skin. This painless procedure also removes the fine peach fuzz, or vellus hair, from the face, which grows back in 4-6 weeks.

When your skin is free of dead skin cells, oil, debris, and vellus hair, makeup glides on beautifully and appears fresher longer. Products in your skincare regimen will be more effective because they can more easily penetrate the skin.

Dermaplaning prepares your skin for the next step—the chemical peel. 

Chemical Peel Options During the Skincare Trifecta

Farzaneh applies a solution to remove the outermost layer of dead, dry skin cells during the chemical peel, enabling the fresh layer of skin underneath to emerge. The result is tighter, radiant skin with reduced fine wrinkles. CLDerm in San Diego, CA, offers two different chemical peels to address your skin’s unique needs:

  • The superficial peel, which doesn’t penetrate below the epidermis.
  • The medium chemical peel, which penetrates below the epidermis to the top layers of the dermis.

The depth of penetration depends on the strength and type of the solution used and the amount of time it interacts with the skin. Farzaneh will choose the chemical peel that best meets your goals and concerns.

Chemical peels address age spots, superficial wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and rough, dry skin. After the chemical peel, your skin is ready to receive the maximum benefits from the final step in the skincare trifecta—the HydraFacial MD. 

What is the Hydrafacial MD?

Farzaneh completes the Skincare Trifecta treatment in San Diego, CA, with the medical-grade HydraFacial MD—a popular treatment with celebrities because of the visible anti-aging improvements it delivers. Farzaneh explains that the HydraFacial MD is designed to diminish fine lines, reduce sun damage and uneven skin tone, treat clogged and enlarged pores, improve firmness and elasticity, and hydrate dry, rough skin. 

The treatment works for any type of skin and can be particularly helpful in treating rosacea, enlarged pores, acne, and signs of aging. 

The HydraFacial MD features “4-in-One Vortex Technology” consisting of these steps: 

Step 1 – Cleansing and exfoliation

Step 2 – Gentle, effective extractions using gentle Vortex suction

Step 3 – Customized serums to promote hydration 

Step 4 – Application of therapeutic peptides and antioxidants to protect the skin

Some patients may experience mild redness, tenderness, and itching for a short time after the procedure, although there is no downtime. You’ll soon notice a healthy glow in your skin as the results become visible. The Skincare Trifecta treatment takes between 45-75 minutes, depending on your skin type.

patient undergoing a hydrafacial md treatment in san diego

Photos of patients before and after the Skincare Trifecta show dramatic improvements in pore size and the appearance of blackheads, acne, rosacea, and fine lines and wrinkles.

before and after skincare trifecta treatment
before and after skincare trifecta treatment

What Can the Hydrafacial Treat?

HydraFacial MD can effectively treat the following skin conditions: 

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loss of elasticity and firmness
  • Uneven skin tone 
  • Dull, dry skin texture
  • Brown spots
  • Oily, congested skin
  • Enlarged pores

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Why CLDerm is the Best Choice for your Aesthetic Treatments

With over 30 years of experience as a medical aesthetician, Farzaneh has built a large and loyal following using the most innovative, effective, medical-grade treatments to produce exceptional results for her patients.

Whether you have specific skin issues or simply want to look your best, a medical aesthetician’s advanced training and expertise ensure you’ll receive the highest level of care and advanced treatments for optimal results. 

Do you have a skin condition you’d like to address? Learn about becoming a participant in a CLDerm research study

Ready to Get Your Glow On?

The Skincare Trifecta can be an effective one-time treatment before a special event, or regular treatments can help you maintain your skin’s healthy radiance over time. Contact our medical spa today at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, CA, to learn more or to schedule your consultation with Farzaneh Momeni-Salami.


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