Why we recommend retinol

Written by Frank P. Fechner, MD

What is retinol?

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A.

What are the benefits of retinol?

Retinol is one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients to help re-texturize skin and dramatically reduce wrinkles, retinol has many benefits including, clearing up acne, reducing fine lines, pore size and hyperpigmentation.  Retinol also helps build collagen.

What is the difference between retinol cream and Retin-A /Renova?

Retin-A and Renova are Vitamin A and is available by prescription and tends to be a bit more aggressive than retinol. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and it is a bit more suitable for those with sensitive skin. Retinol products tend to also contain moisturizers or emollients to reduce the possibility of irritation.

 How often should I use retinol?

Retinol is recommended to be used 3 times a week at first, if you feel that your skin is becoming irritated from the product then we recommend cutting it down to just a couple times a week, your skin needs to get adapted to retinol and at first you will experience some irritation and dryness.  After months of using retinol we would like to see you use this once a day.

Are there any products I should use with retinol?

Yes, retinol should be used with a vitamin C product, because vitamin A and C work hand and hand together. We recommend you use either Dr. Fechner’s C-Silk or the CEGA 50. This should be applied to the skin on the days you are not using the retinol cream.

Where can I buy Retinol?

Before you purchase a retinol product you should always see a skincare specialist to make sure you are a candidate.  Retinol is a stronger product and it comes in many different strengths. We recommend making an appointment to visits with one of our Medical Estheticians Jennifer, Tabitha or Sonia and they can design a skin care regime prefect for you.

How is your retinol differet from others?

  • Our retinols have EXACT percentages.
  • Our retinol is stable, meaning the formula is less likely to breakdown due to the packaging, our retinol is package in airless pumps and the serum formula is oxygen stable for that reason.
  • Our retinol has a very short ingredient list, the shorter ingredient list the less likely you will get irritation.
  • Our retinol has no alcohol, fragrance, dye or plant essentials oils/extracts.
  • Our retinol contains vitamin C and E.



Liposonix Noninvasive Body Contouring

Fight Stubborn Fat with Sound Science

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Liposonix Noninvasive Body Contouring

Liposonix | 1 hour, 1 treatment, 1 size smaller

A Tailored Approach That Works

In the battle to look your best, there’s nothing more frustrating than that stubborn “last inch” you’re trying to shed – especially around your waistline.  The Custom Contouring™ capabilities of the Liposonix® System target and eliminate fat around your waist – in your abdomen and in the dreaded love handles – to help noticeably slim your waistline.

Learn more about the science of Liposonix for Noninvasive Body Contouring  in this article by Dr. Fechner for the American Association of Cosmetic Surgery publication SURGE magazine.

Liposonix Is
  1. Safe, non-surgical and non-invasive
  2. A revolutionary treatment using high-intensity focused ultrasound to treat and eliminate   stubborn fat
  3. Perfect for people close to their ideal size and shape – but need help where diet and exercise just won’t work

Sometimes, you just need a little help getting to your ideal shape – a Liposonix treatment may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

‘Tis the Season of Giving

Help Us Support the Central MA Red Cross


Support our LIKES 4 LOVE Facebook fundraising campaign.  For each ‘new’ like you help us generate, Dr. Fechner will donate $5  to the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts. Share the Likes and share the Love!  Help us raise $5000 to help those in need. 

Visit Dr Fechner’s Facebook Page and gives us a thumbs up!  We’ll give the Red Cross a High Five & a $5 Donation.  Remember to share!

An active supporter of the American Red Cross, Dr. Fechner also serves as a member of the Red Cross of Central Massachusetts Board of Directors.  A true humanitarian,  Dr. Fechner  offers his time, talent and money to people in need here in Central Massachusetts as well as other parts of the world like his annual trip to Viet Nam where he provides state-of-the art plastic and reconstructive services to disadvantaged children and adults.

Now with a few clicks of your mouse, you to can help Dr. Fechner save lives and make the lives of others better.

Click here to read more about Dr. Fechner’s humanitarian work.


Holly Jolly Savings! Save on Filler & Dysport

Look your best, just in time for the Holidays!

Please click on the Holly Jolly Savings! link below for details on one of our most exciting Savings Special for Filler & Dysport!  Limited time offer.

Holly Jolly Savings! December 2014

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10% Holiday Gift Certificates

Be your own Secret Santa and Save on Services All Year!

Please follow the 2014 Holiday Gift Certificates  link below to view details of our annual Holiday Discounted Gift Certificates!  An offer not to be missed.  Limited time offer.

2014 Holiday Gift Certificates



Is summer still written all over your face?

Woman Face Sun Damage Freckles

Sunny days may leave more than just warm memories.  Now is the time to fade those lasting impressions with LumiLaC+.

This unique formula combines potent brighteners including Kojic acid, robust anti-oxidants, Vitamins C, E and Green Tea with a gentle exfoliator to brighten uneven skin tone, revealing a fresh, radiant appearance.


Part of the Professional Grade Skincare Line
developed exclusively for Dr. Fechner

Potent skin brightener with effective vitamins and anti-oxidants for a more youthful, radiant complexion.

Potent skin brightener with effective vitamins and anti-oxidants for a more youthful, radiant complexion.

Schedule an appointment to learn more about Dr. Fechner’s Professional Skincare Line and which products are best for you.


BBL – BroadBand Light

Innovative phototherapy technology for the treatment of sun damage, age spots, and redness

Restore skin to its natural beauty.

Restore skin to its natural beauty.

What is BBL BroadBand Light?
BBL is an innovative technology that sets new standards
for skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles,
and sun damage. BBL energy allows your physician to
precisely treat age and sun spots, small facial veins, and
many other skin conditions. Your treatment will be tailored
to match your skin type and your desired results.

How does BBL work?
The light energy delivered by the BBL will gently heat
the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the
targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate
new collagen. This process will restore your skin to its
natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it
smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition, the
photothermal energy will eliminate fine vessels that cause
redness and reduce unwanted melanin that produces
pigmented lesions.

What conditions can be treated with BBL?
• Pigmented Lesions (e.g., freckles, age spots)
• Vascular Lesions (e.g., small blood vessels)
• Acne
• Skin Firmness
• Uneven Skin Texture
• Unwanted Hair

Read full article…

Ultherapy Decolletage Treatment Now FDA Cleared

First Non-invasive Procedure Specifically Indicated by the FDA to Improve Lines and Wrinkles on the Decolletage

Ultherapy Decolletage Treatment

Ultherapy Decolletage Treatment

About Ultherapy Decolletage Treatment

The Ultherapy Decolletage Treatment utilizes the System’s signature imaging and micro-focused ultrasound therapy capabilities and takes about 30 minutes to administer.

The Treatment stimulates the natural formation of collagen and elastin in the skin’s foundation to gradually smooth chest wrinkles.  Results are visible after about three months.

As with the FDA-cleared Ultherapy procedure for lifting the neck, eyebrow and under the chin, meaningful results are achieved in just one treatment, and there’ no downtime or post-treatment care requirements.

Read full article…

Friends & Family Special!

Irresistible Dysport Discount for You and Your BFF's


Pay ONLY $215 per Region on Dysport Injections When You Bring a NEW Friend!

November 3rd and 10th, both you and your friend / family member pay ONLY $215 per region of Dysport.  A savings of $135 over our standard Dysport (Botox) pricing of $350 per region when you schedule your appointments with our Board Certified, Aesthetic Nurse Injector, Georgeana Frias.

And — We’ll Treat You Both to a Complimentary Skincare Consultation, a $50 Value, with your appointment!

Learn about Dr. Fechner’s complete line of professional grade skincare products from Jennifer Verdini, Medical Aesthetician and Professional Skincare Expert.  Jen will walk you through the best products for your skin type to help maintain a more youthful and radiant complexion.

  • Friends or family members must be NEW to our practice
  • Appointments are with our Board Certified, Aesthetic Nurse Injector, Georgeana Frias for this special
  • Appointments must be booked between 4 pm and 7 pm on November 3rd or 10th ,2014

Schedule your appointment today! 508-754-4000

Earlobe Deformities, Tears, Gauges and Scars

Problems Due to Ear Piercings, Gauging and Other Body Art Require Meticulous Care

Earlobe Reconstruction Gauge

This young man had medium size earlobe gauging for many years until it literally ripped through leaving him with a large earlobe tear. In addition, a keloid scar nodule formed. In an office procedure, Dr. Fechner performed comprehensive earlobe reconstruction under local anesthesia. Two and a half months later the earlobe has healed well and normal shape is restored. The patient was satisfied with the outcome.

The question of timing of re-piercing is an important one. We recommend to wait a minimum of 3 months before placing new piercings.

“I strongly discourage our patients to place new gauges in the earlobe that experienced the tear”, says Dr. Fechner.