Tuesday, May 29, 2012


It's pretty hard to live in our world these days and not know what a chemical peel is. Most people have either had one in the past or at least have known someone who has had one. What can be more difficult to determine is whether you are the right candidate for a peel, what type of peel you should get and what the result will be. This post will hopefully answer some of these questions!

Let's start with, are you the right candidate? The answer to this question for the majority of people is YES! There are very few contraindications for having a chemical peel. The most common contraindications include sunburned skin, open wounds, medications that cause sensitivity such as Vitamin A derivatives (Retin-A, Retinol, Adapalene, Accutane), cystic acne, heightened allergies and skin infections. Patient who are on topical keratolytics such as Retin-A will be asked to discontinue them for a period of time prior to the peel.

Another big question that must be answered in deciding if a chemical peel is right for you, is what are your expectations? If you are someone who is looking to correct deep wrinkling in between the eyes, around the eyes or in the forehead, deepened nasolabial folds (smile lines) or jowls, a peel will not be enough for you. You could still benefit from a peel but you may be more pleased with something a bit more invasive such as Botox or Dysport, fillers such as Juvederm, or even facial cosmetic surgery (don't worry there will be posts about all of these in the future!). However, if you are looking to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, create an even skin texture and tone, brighten and refresh skin, or help lighten pigmentation then congratulations, you are the perfect candidate for a peel!

Now that we have determined a peel is right for you, the next question is what type of peel should you get? There are many many different peels out there that vary in intensity and purpose. There are very strong peels that must be performed by a medical professional such as an MD or PA and require a large amount of downtime. These peels result in a burned-skin look, think Samantha from Sex and the City after her chemical peel. There are also peels that require next to no downtime and are performed by aestheticians.

At our Spa we offer peels that require little downtime (no burned-skin look), but actually achieve excellent results. Our least invasive peel is our  BrookskinMD RosaLuxe Sensitive Skin Peel. This peel is for redness-prone and sensitive skin. It may safely be used in patients with Rosacea. Most patients experience approximately 3-4 days of peeling with this peel. It contains Salicylic acid, Mandelic acid and Azelaic acid. Our most popular peel is our BrookskinMD Glow Retexturing Peel. This peel helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, makes the skin look more radiant and helps even tone. The Glow peel is formulated with TCA, Salicylic acid and Azelaic acid. It is a perfect peel to do in preparation for summer to peel off the dry harsh winter! Most patients peel for about 5-7 days after this peel. If you are looking for help with pigmentation, our BrookskinMD Corrective Pigment Peel will be perfect for you. This peels helps lighten pigmentation, rejuvenate the skin from sun damage, help with fine lines and wrinkles and even skin texture. This peel is formulated with Lactic acid, Azelaic acid and Rhytic acid. This peel has the most downtime and patients can expect to have some peeling for 7-10 days. For those patients who don't want any downtime we have our BrookskinMD Quick Peel. This peel can actually be performed on the day of your big event! All of our peels come with after-care instructions and products to use for the next few weeks while your skin is healing!

This is a patient of ours five days after having our BrookskinMD Corrective Pigment Peel. This type of light peeling is what you can expect with any of our peels.

If you are still wondering if a peel is right for you or have more questions, the best thing you can do is come in for a consultation with one of our aestheticians. They will be able to tell you exactly what benefits you will get from a peel and what peel will be right for you! Happy peeling!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


In honor of May being Melanoma Awareness month we will be selling our "Pale is the New Tan" shirts again this year! With Melanoma on the rise it is more important than ever to raise awareness. Please help us do so by purchasing a tee-shirt and wearing it around your town! All of the proceeds from the sale will go to The Melanoma Research Foundation.

We will be selling the shirts at the office and spa located at 776 Longmeadow St. Longmeadow, MA. We will have a limited supply of shirts available for same day purchase. If you would like to order more shirts or if we don't have your size, we can special order them for you! Tee-shirts are $20 each

Awareness and prevention of Melanoma starts with knowledge! Here are a few easy ways to remember the risks for Melanoma and the signs of Melanoma. Visit www.melanoma.org for more information about Melanoma and other Skin Cancer.


If you have 1 or more of the following you are at a higher risk for developing melanoma.
M: Moles (Atypical >5)
M: Moles (Common >50)
R: Red hair and freckling
I: Inability to tan
S: Sunburn: severe sunburn before age 14
K: Kindred: family history of melanoma

ABCDE's of Melanoma

A for Asymmetry
One half is different than the other half

B for Border Irregularity
The edges are notched, uneven, or blurred

C for Color
Color is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, black, gray, red,  and white can be seen

D for Diameter
Diameter is greater than the tip of a pencil eraser (>6mm)

E for Evolution
The evolution of your mole(s) has become the most important factor to consider when it comes to melanoma. Knowing what is normal for you could save your life. If a mole has gone through recent changes in color and or size, get it checked out immediately! 

All shirts printed by our friends at Print Indie, LLC.

Pale is the New Tan is a registered trademake of The Scarlet Lawrence Akins Foundation

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


For the past 20+ years women in the U.S. interested in a breast augmentation had two options for FDA approved breast implants. Mentor, a company owned by Johnson & Johnson has manufactured breast implants since 1984. In 2006, their silicone gel-filled implants trademarked, MemoryGel® were FDA approved for   breast augmentation in women over the age of 22 and for breast reconstruction. Mentor also offers saline implants. Allergan, the multi-specialty health care company home to Botox Cosmetic, also has a line of FDA approved breast implants, trademarked  Natrelle®. They offer silicone gel filled and saline     breast implants. As of March 9, 2012 a new choice is available for FDA approved silicone gel implants. Sientra is an aesthetics company out of Santa Barbara, CA which was founded in 2007. Sientra will offer Silimed® brand portfolio of products. This portfolio includes silicone implants in a variety of shapes and sizes. In a press release regarding the new FDA approval Hani Zeini, founder and cheif executive officers of Sientra was quoted saying, "We are elated to receive FDA approval of our flagship portfolio of silicone breast implants.This represents two significant milestones. Namely, for the first time in 20 years, Sientra has successfully broken the existing duopoly in the U.S. by offering surgeons and patients a new choice. And today, Sientra becomes the first and only company in the U.S. to provide a full portfolio of commercially-available breast implants, including shaped implants in addition to standard round implants."

Disclosure:  This post is not sponsored by any company and is meant only to give our followers the latest news in implants.

Monday, May 7, 2012


Hello Blog World! Welcome and thank you for stopping by our blog. This blog will fill you in on everything you never knew you wanted to know about plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, skin care, breast cancer, skin cancer, overall health and more!

Meet Dr. Brooks:

Dr. Glen Brooks is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face and body as well as reconstructive breast surgery. His office is located in Longmeadow, MA. Leah Kenney, PA-C and Julia Boucher, PA-C work alongside Dr. Brooks in his office and in the operating room to ensure that all of our patients receive the highest level of care. Leah and Julia also provide non-invasive facial rejuvenation in the office with products such as  BOTOX® Cosmetic , Dysport®, Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, and  Sculptra®.

Spa on the Green:

Spa on the Green is a medical spa located above Dr. Brooks' private practice. Spa on the Green is owned and operated by Dr. Brooks and focuses on medical grade skin care treatments. Our aestheticians are trained to help you find your perfect Prescription for Beauty using Dr. Brooks' skin care line, BrookskinMD, designed by Dr. Brooks himself with the help of a very talented chemist.

Our entire office and spa staff last year at our big skin care event "The Difference"