Jay L. Cohen, MD -  Dermatology

Esthetic Services

Esthetic services are a means of improving the texture and appearance of the skin. This can be achieved through procedures such as facials, glycolic peels, microdermabrasion, and the use of various skin care products as part of a daily skin care regimen.

Marina Kitzis, Registered Esthetician

Marina Kitzis - Medical Esthetician

Marina has over fifteen years experience in the field of esthetics. She trained in Moscow at the Institute of Esthetics where she completed an intensive two-year program with emphasis on nutrition and holistic methods. She has been working in the Newton area for more than ten years and has continued her education with several specialty courses at the Catherine Hinds and Elizabeth Grady schools of esthetics.

Her focus is on facial rejuvenation and the treatment of acne, mild scarring, and pigmentary changes. She uses microdermabrasion, glycolic peels and facials to treat these conditions in both teenagers and adults.


Who should consider this treatment:
Microdermabrasion is a high-tech advancement in skin rejuvenation. It is an excellent option for those who feel they may have lost that “youthful glow”. It is also beneficial for the treatment of mild acne, as well as for the reduction of some post-surgical scarring.

What is the procedure:

The procedure uses a spray of fine particles to gently exfoliate the outer surface of the skin, removing a thin layer of aging and damaged cells. This precision microabrasion revitalizes the skin, promoting regeneration of a more youthful complexion. The result is a softening and smoothing of the skin, fading of brown spots and minimizing of fine lines.

We use the highly regarded Parisian Peel, and may supplement this treatment with glycolic peels. Our esthetician would be happy to consult with you and set up a program best suited to your needs and skin type.

How long will it take:
Microdermabrasion typically works best when done in a series of 3-6 treatments, usually 1-2 weeks apart. Treatments take about 45 minutes and include a mini-facial and a moisturizing mask. While there may be a temporary “pink glow” following a treatment, there is no bruising or bleeding associated with microdermabrasion, so you may resume your normal activities immediately.

Glycolic Peels

Who should consider this treatment:
Glycolic peels are an alternative to microdermabrasion for facial rejuvenation and the treatment of mild acne.

What is the procedure:

Fine lines and mild pigmentary changes of the skin may be improved by application of glycolic acids. Glycolic acid is a compound found naturally in many fruits and is used over a period of time to effect gradual changes in skin quality. This mild, safe office treatment is generally done as a series of six peels, one every two to four weeks. Glycolic products for home use are available in our office.


Who should consider this treatment:
Used alone or in combination with either microdermabrasion or glycolic acid peels, medical facials help maintain a healthy and youthful complexion.

Facials can also be an important part of a complete acne protocol, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of both oral and topical acne medications.

What is the procedure:

Facials involve a thorough cleansing of the skin and pores. As part of a facial, blackheads, whiteheads and tiny cysts known as milia can be precisely removed. Often a mask is done at the end of the procedure to tighten pores or rehydrate the skin.

Skin Care Products

For those who want to improve the texture and appearance of their skin, we recommend using a glycolic acid product in the morning and a retinoid (such as Renova) in the evening. We use the MD Forte line of glycolic (alpha-hydroxy) acid products. They are available in our office, and are typically stronger than those available at pharmacies and cosmetic counters.



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