Dermaplaning in Palm Desert

Dermaplaning in Palm Desert

Skin plays an important role in a person’s overall well-being, not to mention appearance. However, exposure to external elements like sun damage and consequences from conditions like acne outbreaks and scarring can change the landscape of your skin and ultimately influence your look. Dermaplaning is an excellent, non-invasive solution that helps patients retain great looking, clear skin year-round.

At Desert Med Aesthetics, cosmetic specialist Dr. Doriana Cosgrove is one of the region’s leading professionals offering dermaplaning treatment in Indian Wells. To learn more about benefits of this procedures, call our office today and schedule your personalized consultation!

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Dull Skin? It’s Time to Consider Facial Rejuvenation

As the largest organ in your body, skin plays an important role in protecting vulnerable organs from disease and trauma. However, a lifetime of exposure the elements can quickly wear on skin, leading to changing skin texture. For more delicate and sensitive areas such as the face, years of exposure can lead to the development of blemishes like acne scarring, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

External elements can also damage skin cell – in fact, the upper most layers of skin are often dead or damaged cell tissue. While a robust skincare regimen can help remove some these dead cells, it won’t prevent them from accumulating in your skin’s surface. In the long run, dead skin can clog pores, leading to unwanted acne outbreaks as well as accelerate the appearance of aging by causing skin to appear dull.

Skin rejuvenation – in particular, facial skin rejuvenation – has long been a popular form of cosmetic treatment. This umbrella term covers a range of different rejuvenation techniques and treatments, each of which are uniquely tailored to match each person’s needs. While some may be more invasive, others are recovery free. Among the most popular of these non-invasive, no recovery needed facial rejuvenation treatments is dermaplaning.

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a form of facial rejuvenation that uses a special surgical blade to gently remove the uppermost layer of cells from your skin’s surface. While this dermaplaning has seemingly only recently started to pick up steam among today’s most popular celebrities, the treatment has old roots – potentially dating back to the ancient Egyptians.

Why Our Indian Wells Specialist Recommends Dermaplaning

While treatment tools may have changed since the B.C. era, the procedure continues to be one of the simplest and pain-free ways to rejuvenate a person’s appearance. At Desert Med Aesthetics, dermaplaning is performed by one of our experienced aestheticians and can be easily completed within a thirty-minute session. Most of our Indian Wells cosmetics patients can go back to work immediately after their procedure positively glowing.

Easy and fast results are just a few of the benefits possible with dermaplaning. Some of the other reasons why Dr. Cosgrove recommends dermaplaning for facial rejuvenation include:

Dermaplaning Goes Below the Skin’s Surface

Although the procedure has a reputation for removing dead and damaged cells from your skin’s surface, that isn’t all it does. Vellus hairs – also known as peach fuzz – grow across everyone’s faces and can become traps for oil, dirt and debris. Like dead skin cells, these ultra-fine hairs can increase the likelihood of unwanted acne breakouts as they can become magnets for trapping oil, dirt and debris on the skin’s surface. Removing peach fuzz with dermaplaning gives patients the opportunity to enjoy clear skin longer.

Dermaplaning Creates Smoother, Clearer Skin

Between environmental stressors and accumulated dead or damaged skin cells, skin can become rough and congested. Even if you’re including exfoliation as part of your weekly skincare routine, this may not be enough to prevent skin from looking dull – leaving you with a worn, older appearance. Clearing away these upper layers with dermaplaning helps create smoother looking skin, adding a healthy glow to a person’s appearance.

In addition to removing dead skin cells, dermaplaning has been shown to minimize the appearance of blemishes and scarring that can appear over the course of a lifetime. Old acne scars and hyperpigmentation live in the uppermost layers of skin – making them noticeable even under layers of makeup. By removing these top layers and revealing healthy, clear skin just below the surface, many patients turn to dermaplaning to improve skin tone.

Start Skin Rejuvenation with Dermaplaning

Another consequence of old, blemished skin? Tough top layers of epidermis can limit how deeply important skincare products can penetrate skin. In order to maximize the results of skincare products and serums, our Indian Wells often recommends that patients begin any skincare regimens with a dermaplaning treatment session. Removing these damaged cells thereby allows deeper product penetration, ensuring patients enjoy the full potential of their holistic skincare routine before turning to more invasive rejuvenation options.

No Downtime Required

Not all facial rejuvenation procedures require lengthy recovery time. While dermaplaning may invasive a surgical scalpel, the entire procedure is non-invasive and gives patients immediately noticeable results in just one treatment session. As the procedure merely removes dead skin mechanically, it doesn’t impact the skin beneath the surface – making it simple to incorporate as part of a monthly skincare regimen. For some, the inclusion of regular dermaplaning by a professional is enough for them to avoid having to undergo more intrusive treatments like chemical peels or microdermabrasion that can be harsh on delicate skin.

Who is a Candidate for Dermaplaning?

As dermaplaning is non-invasive, nearly all patients are eligible for this cosmetic procedure. However, some conditions such as visible broken capillaries may prevent patients from enjoying the full benefits of this procedure. For these individuals, our specialist works closely with patients to identify alterative solutions that can provide similar benefits.

Dermaplaning is ideal for anyone interested in:

  • Removal of facial hair (peach fuzz) which can trap excess dirt and oil
  • An alternative hair removal technique
  • An alternative to microdermabrasion

As with many other cosmetic procedures, dermaplaning is available only through certified aestheticians who have received additional special training. At Desert Med Aesthetics, our team of experts includes several certified specialists who’ve been uniquely trained to provide dermaplaning treatments. To see if you’re a candidate for this treatment, call our office today!

Dr. Doriana Cosgrove

Since opening Desert Med Aesthetics, Dr. Doriana Cosgrove has dedicated her career to providing men and women with comprehensive, personalized care in a welcoming environment.

Starting with your initial consultation, you’ll be welcomed by a staff that is genuinely committed to helping you achieve your goals. For new patients, your first visit is focused on identifying problem areas that are keeping you from feeling confident about your appearance.

Whether you’re visiting Dr. Cosgrove for the first time or returning for touch-ups, the team at Desert Med Aesthetics looks forward to providing you with the aesthetic care you deserve.

Dermaplaning FAQ’s

Dermaplaning works by gently scraping away dead skin cells and surface debris from the top layer of skin. With other hair removal methods, such as waving, threading, or laser treatments, most people associate a certain degree of discomfort, but dermaplaning is painless. Most patients experience slight pressure on the skin, but no pain. There are risks of shallow cuts to the skin; however, they are small and minor as the pressure used during a dermaplaning treatment cannot cause deep cuts. Any injury to the skin will generally heal within 24 to 48 hours after your appointment.

There are two types of hair that grow on the body—vellus hair and terminal hair. Vellus hair grows on most of the body, whereas terminal hairs are found on the scalp, underarms, and pubic region. The soft, fine vellus hair on the face will grow back at the same rate and texture no matter what method you choose to remove it.

A dermaplaning treatment at Desert Med Aesthetic can take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. It can be performed once a month to remove dead skin and debris, so it’s important to let your skin heal before scheduling another treatment in four to six weeks.


Your treatment will begin by thoroughly cleansing your skin and preparing it with a lightweight serum that allows the dermaplaning device to gently guide across your skin. Once your treatment is complete, a moisturizer will be applied to your skin along with sunscreen to help protect and encourage recovery. Your skin may be slightly pink or irritated from the exfoliation, but this should go away within a few hours.

Yes, a popular treatment to combine with dermaplaning is a chemical peel. Our advanced chemical peel treatments at Desert Med Aesthetic exfoliate the upper-most layer of skin to help remove acne-causing bacteria while triggering your skin’s collagen production for a smoother, more radiant complexion. Dermaplaning can be performed before your chemical peel to remove dead skin and fine hair from the skin’s surface. Dermaplaning will not only improve the skin’s appearance and texture but also prepare the skin’s surface so that the chemical peel can be more effective. 

After a dermaplaning treatment, your skin will need time to heal. To help encourage the restoration process, treat your skin as gently as possible by using your hands during cleansing and wearing sunscreen daily. In addition, keep your skin hydrated with a lightweight moisturizer and avoid hot water during showers or when cleansing your face.

If you need recommendations on skin care products, we are partnered with SkinMedica and would be happy to help you find the perfect skincare routine to fit your needs and help promote radiant, balanced skin. 

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