Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Getting rid of stubborn fat just got easier!
 Dr. Glen Brooks and 
Spa on the Green are now offering

We are so excited to announce that we now have TWO Coolsculpting machines. This means that you can have two areas treated at one time, cutting the amount of time it takes to freeze that stubborn fat away in half! As many of you know, Coolsculpting is a non-invasive form of fat reduction performed in our office. This treatment effectively gets rid of 20-25% of fat in the area treated with absolutely NO downtime. Each time the applicator is applied it stays on for one hour in order to cool the fat down to a very chilly 12 degrees. This causes the fat cells to die, which leads to a permanent reduction in the amount of fat cells in the treated area! We treat a variety of areas with Coolsculpting including the arms, abdomen, bra strap roll, love handles, inner and outer thighs! The most common area is the abdomen and flanks, which for most patients is between 4-6 placements of the machine. This would normally take 4-6 hours but with our addition of a second machine, would now only take 2-3 hours! We can't think of a way to make getting rid of that stubborn fat any easier!! With summer right around the corner, now is the time to starting thinking about that beach body! Call NOW to set up your consultation for Coolsculpting and have no regrets this summer!!

Call 413-565-4400 to book your consultation today!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

TNS ESSENTIAL SERUM: what's all the hype about GROWTH FACTORS?

If you have visited our office or the spa in the last few months you most likely have heard of TNS Essential Serum. Or, if you are a skin care guru, always looking out for the latest and greatest skin care products you have probably come across this powerhouse product as it has won the New Beauty award of the year for the last 3 years! So, what's all the hype about?

TNS Essential Serum is a combination of growth factors, antioxidants and peptides. Let's start first by talking about the growth factor part of this product. Most people have heard of growth factors but may not fully understand what they are and what they can do for your skin. Basically, growth factors are proteins that stimulate cellular growth, healing, cellular differentiation and act as signaling molecules between cells. When applied topically to skin they work by communicating with your keratinocytes which are the cells on the outside layer of your skin. They tell your keratinocytes to communicate down to your fibroblasts, which are cells in a deeper layer of your skin, to tell them to start pumping out more collagen and elastin. Growth factors work only locally on your skin as these molecules are too big to be absorbed into your blood stream- so no need to worry about any systemic effects. Growth factors are found in A LOT of skin care products, so what sets these growth factors apart? These particular growth factors are derived from stem cells and there is a 93.6% concentration of them in this product!! Also, TNS Essential Serum has a dual pump delivery system that keeps the growth factors completely separate from the rest of the product in order to ensure that each ingredient stays fresh and is not effected by the other ingredients.

The other part of this product that is also SO important is a mix of antioxidants and peptides. There are 7 antioxidants found in TNS Essential Serum including Vit E, Vit D, Green tea extract, Blackberry leaf extract, and coenxyme Q10. These broad spectrum antioxidants help to protect against environmental pollution and help to reduce redness and inflammation. There are also hyaluronic acid filling spheres which draw and absorb water, working to plump the skin immediately.

TNS Essential Serum is basically like bringing your aesthetician home with you to give you a personalized anti aging treatment EVERY SINGLE DAY! This product should be used twice a day, once in the morning and once a night. It is a treatment serum, not a moisturizer. If needed, moisturizer can be used on top of this product to help with hydration. Most people will start to notice a difference in their skin within in the 1st month of using TNS Essential Serum, but the BEST results will be seen after using it for a solid 3 months.

At the end of the day, with TNS Essential Serum, you can expect a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, a more even tone and texture to your skin and healthier skin that heals easier and is protected from the harsh environment! Anyone who is interested in rejuvenation of their face is a great candidate for using this product!! Stop by the Spa to pick up yours today to start on your way to younger looking skin!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014



We are so happy to announce that in addition to our BrookSkinMD line, Spa on the Green is now also offering SkinMedica products! We are so excited to be adding more options for excellent medical skin care for our patients and clients! 

The addition of the SkinMedica line includes exciting products such as:

 Lytera Skin Brightening Complex, a product formulated to effectively reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots creating a more even skin tone.

TNS Essential Serum, a powerhouse anti-aging product with a 93.6% concentration of growth factors, antioxidants and peptide blend to help support the skin

Scar Recovery Gel with Centelline, an excellent scar gel to help soften and diminish the appearance of pink or red scars

and MANY more!

To learn about all of the SkinMedica line check out the SkinMedica website here:

If you are interested in finding out exactly what SkinMedica products will work best for your skin please stop by the Spa to talk with our very knowledgeable staff or set up a Skin Care Analysis with one of our talented Aestheticians!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014


 Now that we are into Spring and we can see Summer coming just around the corner, patients are constantly asking our opinion on sunscreen. With skin cancer rates continuing to rise each year sunscreen and overall sun protection is more important than ever. In this post we will go over some common questions regarding sunscreen and sun protection.

1. Isn't a "healthy" tan good for me?
Let's all answer this one together...NO! There is no such thing as a "healthy" tan. Any amount of tan is damage to your skin which can lead to premature aging and skin cancer. The best thing you can do to prevent these things from happening? Avoid the sun! Now, we don't mean spend all day long inside and miss out on the beauty of summer! But, if you can, try to at least avoid the parts of the day where the sun is the strongest, which is 10am-2pm. If you are going to be out at these times, try to seek some shade under an umbrella or a wide brimmed hat and of course, wear that sunscreen!!

2. I keep reading that my sunscreen is actually worse for me than the sun, is that true?
This is one of the hottest topics out there right now with sun protection, but don't let it scare you away from lathering up! There are some ingredients in leading sunscreens that if possible you should try to avoid. Retinyl Palmitate is one ingredient getting a lot of press right now. There was a study done on hairless mice who received topical doses of Retinyl Palmitate and were then exposed to UV rays. The conclusion of this study showed that the mice who were given the RP had increased photocarginogenicty, increased skin lesions, and increased presence of squamous cell neoplasms. It is important to remember that there have been no human studies showing these results, but as RP does not add anything your sunscreen in ways of protecting you from the sun, it is probably a good idea to find a sunscreen without it. Also remember that these findings were only when RP was put on prior to being exposed to UV rays. This is why we always recommend using your Retinol and Retinoids (other forms of Vitamin A used for anti-aging) at night instead of in the morning. The chemical forms of sunscreen are also a hot topic, particularly Oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is a trigger for allergic reactions and can also behave similar to estrogen in the body. Although it is found in a large percentage of sunscreens out there, there are plenty without it, so make sure you read your ingredients!

3. What should my sunscreen have in it?
The very best form of sunscreen is a physical sunscreen! This means that instead of using chemicals that go into your skin to block the UV rays, the sunscreen has ingredients that stay on the outside of the skin to form a barrier against the sun to deflect those UV rays. Sounds a lot safer doesn't it? The two ingredients that you want to look for in your sunscreen are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. The only downside of a physical sunscreen is that can be more difficult to spread and can sometimes leave a white film. As these types of sunscreens are becoming more and more popular this is certainly improving though. We think overall it is a small price to pay for less wrinkles and decreasing your chances of getting skin cancer.

4. The highest SPF I can find is the best, right?
This is actually not true. High SPFs above 50 should actually be avoided. The majority of these high SPF sunscreens are only boasting protection from UVB rays (the rays that cause burning) but not from UVA rays which can actually penetrate deeper into your skin causing a lot of damage. Instead of searching for the highest SPF you can find, try to find something that has broad spectrum coverage for both UVB AND UVA rays. SPF 30 is actually fine to use (never go below SPF 15), but make sure you are putting enough on and making sure you are reapplying frequently. The higher SPFs tend to give a false sense of security leading to spending more time in the sun and not re-applying enough. As a rule, reapply every time you get out of the water or every 1-2 hours.

5.  I still have some sunscreen left over from last year, can I use it?
If you are using your sunscreen correctly, meaning applying enough of it, applying it EVERY day and reapplying frequently when spending a lot of time in the sun, you should have used up all of your sunscreen from last summer! But, if on the chance you did not, it is probably best to toss it and buy a new one as it is not guaranteed that after sitting on a shelf for the last year they will still be as effective, especially against those pesky UVA rays. Some sunscreens will also have expiration dates which should always be followed!

We hope this helps shed some light (hehe) on the truth about sunscreens! Please comment below with any additional questions you might have. And remember, the BEST sunscreen is the one you will actually wear, so pick one you LIKE! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Last week our Tuesday Trivia was:
When losing weight, the amount of fall cells in the body decrease in number. 

The answer to this is FALSE! When losing weight we do not actually lose fat cells, but instead our fat cells shrink in size. And, of course the inverse is true as well, when we gain weight our fat cells increase in size.

Although we do not lose fat cells with weight loss, we can actually add more fat cells with a significant amount of weight gain.Unfortunately, if someone has been significantly overweight and added more fat cells, if they do lose weight the amount of fat cells will still not decrease in number, only in size. 

So, what happens when fat is lost through liposuction or nonsurgical forms of fat reduction such as Coolsculpting? Liposuction is performed by sucking fat out with an instrument called a cannula. This gets rid of approximately 70% of fat in an area by actually removing fat cells. Coolsculpting works by freezing fat cells down to 15 degrees celsius which causes the fat cells to actually die. These cells are then metabolized through your liver and excreted out of your body. This actually gets rid of about 20-22% of fat cells in the treated area. Basically, this means that fat reduction procedures effect how MANY fat cells you have. 

The question all of our patients want to know regarding fat reduction procedures, is, what will happen if I gain weight? Will I gain fat in areas that have never been fat before? The truth is, because fat cells were actually removed from an area, this area will not gain as much weight as it previously had since there are less cells to deposit the fat into. The areas that were not treated still have the same amount of fat cells. If someone were to gain a significant amount of weight it is possible that areas that were not treated could become larger than they were prior to the procedure. It is also possible that the area that was treated could have the fat cells that remain multiply again. What is important to remember is that this would require significant weight gain, not a normal 5lb here and there!

In conclusion, the ONLY way to permanently remove fat cells is to have a fat reduction procedure such as liposuction or coolsculpting performed, but diet and exercise is still important following these procedures to maintain your results and to obviously maintain a healthy life!! 

If you are interested in learning more about fat reduction procedures call our office to set up a consult with Dr. Brooks at 413-565-4400. 

Check out our website for more information and before and after pictures

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NANO Laser Peel

It has been a LONG winter here in New England and we are all ready to shed our layers in exchange for something a little lighter and a little less bulky. Now that we are officially into March, many of us are beginning to think about spring time and may even be starting some early spring cleaning. While we are focused on getting our houses and our wardrobes ready for upcoming warmer weather let us not forget one very important thing, our SKIN! 

During these long brutal months of winter our skin has experienced much abuse from the bitter cold temperatures to the whipping wind and the dry air. So, how can we easily strip off these outer layers of damaged skin to debut a more youthful and healthy appearance to go with our sundresses and capris? The answer is the NanoLaserPeel!

A NanoLaserPeel is performed using our Sciton laser. This is a minimally invasive procedure performed at our office by our Physician Assistants, Leah and Julia. This procedure does not require any prescriptions, local anesthesia injections or topical anesthesia! The procedure in and of itself takes approximately 5-10 minutes to perform and unlike our more aggressive laser peels, this procedure has almost no downtime!

So, how does this laser actually work without having a lot of downtime? The trick is in the precision of our Sciton laser. This laser is able to remove the very top layers of skin at a level that accelerates the skin renewal process and stimulates messenger proteins. This in turn helps to create a more youthful appearance to the skin by creating a smooth and even complexion.

Check out the link below to watch Leah on Better Springfield doing a LIVE demo of the NanoLaserPeel!!

Spring SKIN!

To book your NanoLaserPeel or a consult to learn more please call our office at 413-565-4400

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


1. Prescriptions: The most important you will need when recovering from surgery are the prescriptions that are given to you at your pre-operative appointment. It is a good idea to get these filled prior to your surgery so that you will not have to worry about running to the pharmacy on your way home from the hospital. These prescriptions usually include a pain medication and possibly an antibiotic.

2. Ice Packs: Icing is an important part of your recovery for the firs 24-48 hours. In this period of time icing will help to decrease the amount of swelling you will experience. After this time icing can also be used for comfort. For example, icing after liposuction helps greatly to decrease the amount of pain experienced. Making your own ice packs is quite easy. Take a heavy duty freezer ball and fill with 3 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol. This mixture will get really cold, but will not harden!

3. Ointment: Most cosmetic surgeries (but not all) will require you to use ointment of some kind on your incisions. It is a good idea to have both an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin as well as a non-antibiotic ointment such as Aquaphor or Vaseline. We will instruct you on where and when you should use these ointments for your specific surgery.

4. Liquids: Hydrate hydrate hydrate!! This is very important for both before and after surgery. We recommend that the day prior to your surgery you up your fluid intake. You must not have ANYTHING to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery, but up until that point we ask you to push those fluids. After surgery, you will be able to eat and drink anything you can tolerate, however, some patients are not able to tolerate solid foods right away so having a lot of different liquids to choose from is a good idea as it is so important to keep hydrated.

5. Proper Undergarments: Depending on what type of surgery you are having you may need to purchase new undergarments to aid in your recovery process. If you are having breast or abdomen surgery you will be given a compression garment at the time of your surgery to wear for at least the beginning of your recovery process. You most likely will need to purchase something else to get into for the end of your recovery process. For example after breast reduction surgery you will wear the breast binder provided for the first one to two weeks, but following this most patients will wear a sports bra, cotton bra without under wire or a tight tank top with a shelf bra in it until you are 6 weeks out from surgery. Some patients also find the abdominal binder we provide them with to be bulky under clothing. It is usually necessary to wear this for the first 4 weeks to ensure you are getting enough compression, but after this time when patients are going back to work they usually are able to get into some kind of shape wear that is more sleek under their clothes. Make sure to ALWAYS ask us if what you want to wear is okay. It is a good idea to bring the garments you have bought (with the tags on, so you can return is necessary) to one of your appointments for us to approve.

6. Comfy Clothes: Being comfortable after surgery is key! Make sure you have plenty of comfortable sweatpants, fuzzy socks and slippers and big sweatshirts for after surgery. If you are having breast surgery it is easier in the initial recovery period if you have shirts that either button or zip up the front.

7. Gauze and Hypoallergenic Skin Tape: You may not end up needing gauze depending on the surgery you have, however, it is a great idea to have it in case you do. We recommend using tape as sparingly as possible to avoid extra irritation to your skin. Typically placing gauze over your incisions and then applying your breast or abdominal binder over it will keep the gauze in place. Having some tape at home in case you need it is a great idea too though.

8. Gloves: Make sure you have gloves in a size that will fit whoever is taking care of you after surgery. If you have drains that need to be emptied or need help with dressings it is a good idea for whoever if helping to wear gloves while they are helping you. Make sure that they wash their hands before after they help you even if they do wear gloves!

9. Antibacterial Soap /Hand Sanitizer: We will ask you to use antibacterial soap in the shower starting a few days before the surgery. After surgery hand sanitizer will come in handy for your caretaker as they will be doing a lot of hand washing!

10. Pillows: Make sure you have plenty of extra pillows for use after your surgery. It sometimes difficult to find a position that is comfortable after surgery, but pillows can help to fix this dilemma. We recommend that after surgery you sleep with your head elevated. This can be achieved by sleeping in a recliner for the beginning of your recovery period, however, not everyone has a recliner! So, you can fake it by propping yourself up with pillows. You may also want to put some pillows on your sides so you don't roll over while sleeping and under your knees.

The last thing that did not make the official list but is also important to have on hand is our phone number! (413) 565-4400. If you have questions or concerns after surgery we are always available to help! Our trained receptionists are able to answer many questions and of course Dr. Brooks, Leah and Julia are also available if they cannot answer your question! We are here to make your recovery process as comfortable as possible!