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Vol. LXIV, No. 25
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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SURGERY AND SPA: “Dr. Leach has a great reputation as a plastic surgeon, and he has been serving the community for many years,” says Maria Romero, practice manager at The Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery & Medispa, which is owned by Dr. Thomas A. Leach. “We are also emphasizing our skin care program. People are living longer, working longer, and are more active longer. They want to look better.”

Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery & Medispa Offers Expert Surgical and Skin Care Procedures

More and more of us are discovering the benefits of professional care for the face and body. What was once considered a luxury is becoming an essential part of overall well-being, as many people enjoy a facial, massage, or special body treatment on a regular basis.

Plastic surgery both reconstructive and cosmetic is another means for individuals to enhance their appearance, which can lead to improved confidence and self-esteem.

One of the most popular and respected establishments for such renewal and rejuvenation is the Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery & Medispa at 932 State Road. Owned by Dr. Thomas A. Leach, it offers a selection of face and body treatments and complete plastic surgery procedures, as well as injectables, chemical peels, and laser treatments.

“Skin care is really the key to looking younger,” points out practice manager Maria Romero. “Of course, sun screen is so important, including in the winter. People are also coming in for chemical peels, especially micro peels. These procedures can diminish fine lines and help with the overall complexion, and are performed by an aesthetician. They are called ‘lunch peels’ because you can resume your activities so soon. There can be some redness, but it goes away quickly. Sometimes, you will need six sessions, done every two weeks.”

Customized Facials

The variety of skin care and body services includes customized facials (geared to the individual’s unique skin conditions), facial retexturizng treatments including the various peels and micro-dermabrasion; massages focusing on different needs, from the signature Swedish massage, to deep tissue, to pre-natal; and also manicures and pedicures.

“Remember,” notes Ms. Romero, “30 percent of skin care is performed at the spa; 70 percent is home care. We offer such quality products as Skin Ceuticals, La Roche, and Obagi. Obagi is very helpful in reducing severe hyper pigmentation. We also offer Latisse, which helps to increase eyelash growth.”

Injectable treatments are very popular today, she adds. These are less costly than surgery, and such procedures as Botox, Restylane, and Perlane are performed by Dr. Leach. These typically last three to six months, and they help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Both men and women avail themselves of these services.

Liposuction, a procedure that removes unwanted and stubborn fat in target areas, is another in-demand service performed by Dr. Leach. “The latest in technology is laser liposuction or Lipotherme,” explains Ms. Romero. “This is the greatest development in liposuction. It is minimally invasive, and there is minimal discomfort. It is typically used on the stomach, chin, arms, flanks, and thighs.

Many Awards

“The doctor makes tiny, tiny incisions and inserts a canula (tube). Then, a laser liquefies the fat. It is done in the office and under a local anesthesia. It can also result in some skin tightening.”

Laser hair removal/reduction is another service.

Ms. Romero points out that Dr. Leach, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has received many awards and honors for his surgical skill, including being named “Top Doctor for the New York Metro Area” from 2000 through 2005 by Castle Connolly, Ltd. He is affiliated with the University Medical Center at Princeton (past section chief, department of plastic surgery) and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

“I feel very proud to work for a doctor who will only do what is in the patient’s best interests. For example, if he doesn’t think surgery is appropriate for the patient at this time, he doesn’t do it. He is always honest. The patient may want a face lift or other procedure, but Dr. Leach may suggest a series of chemical peels instead. He always has the welfare of the patient in mind.”

If surgery is called for, Dr. Leach is known for his skill in numerous areas, she adds. Breast augmentation and reduction, breast reconstruction after cancer surgery, face lift, brow lift, neck lift, eyelid lift, and tummy tuck are just some of the procedures he does. He also performs skin cancer reconstruction, hand surgery, and scar removal.

Loyal Patients

“Skin cancer patients are so much happier after Dr. Leach has helped them,” says Ms. Romero. “We see younger patients, even people in their 20s with skin cancer today.’

Patients generally are from the area and beyond, and are all ages, from teens on up. “We have very loyal patients,” she notes. “There is tremendous word-of-mouth. 95 percent of our clients come through referrals from other patients.”

Dr. Leach accepts a full range of insurance programs, and also offers a number of payment plans. Special packages (including for men) for different services are available, and gift cards, for a variety of treatments such as facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, etc., are a popular way to introduce someone to the benefits of spa skin care.

“People are health-conscious today,” says Ms. Romero. “They want to look and feel their best, and we want to do our best for them. We are very caring to each individual client and patient. We are very concerned for their well-being. In addition, we always make it a point to be on time. We know the client’s time is valuable; we want to do all we can to help them look and feel better, and in a comfortable, relaxed setting.”

Spa hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 9 to 7. Dr. Leach sees patients Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 to 7. Spa: (609) 921-8854; surgery: (609) 921-7161. Website:

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