A lifelong New Yorker, Dr. Karen Hammerman graduated with honors from Barnard College and earned her MD at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. A ten-year veteran at Vanguard Dermatology’s Forest Hills location, Dr. Hammerman will now be taking patients at the new location at 115 Broadway in the Financial District.
“At SUNY Downstate, I was privileged to work with Dr. Alan R. Shalita, world-renowned expert in the treatment of acne, specifically cystic acne treatment with Acutane and the management of hormonal acne in female patients. I treat all dermatological conditions and patients of all ages, skin cancer detection and cosmetic dermatology. But I’m particularly passionate about the cosmetic side of my field.
This is an exciting time for cosmetic dermatology. We have non-invasive treatments that are quick, virtually painless, and require very little recovery time. These consist mainly of neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport and the hyaluronic fillers like Juvederm and Restylane. These allow us to give patients a natural and younger look without having to undergo surgery.
My goal when approaching aesthetic patients is to make people look younger, like their younger selves. I’ll often have patients bring in pictures from when they were a few years younger and have them point out things that have changed or that they’ve lost. We’ll go through the different ways we can restore that youthful look. I also specialize in laser skin resurfacing, laser hair removal and laser treatment of pigment and vascular lesions.
. . . and fashion!
Discover another side of Dr. Hammerman, who was recently featured on the “Excessories Expert” blog as its first #GirlCrush, “crush-worthy gals who are both accessorized and accomplished.” As part of her profile there, Dr. Hammerman shared tips on fashion accessories and also revealed her top three secrets for great skin:
- See the light. A lot of patients come to me for treatment of under eye dark circles and puffiness. While injecting hyaluronic fillers to the area can lead to dramatic improvement, there are some at home remedies for those who don’t want to undergo a procedure. Placing a cool object, like cold black tea bags, on the eyes can reduce the puffiness and darkness. It’s an old wives tale, but it works! For shadows under the eyes, I tell my patients to use lightening agents like kojic acid, arbutin and retinol. Favorites: TNS illuminating eye cream and Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair eye cream.
- Retin-A is your best friend. Prescription Retin-A or retinol (over the counter) is still one of the most important discoveries in dermatology over the last 50 years. Both forms prevent wrinkles, improve pigmentation and texture, and treat acne. It takes a while to see results, but the payoff is huge.
- Pour on the protection. Sunscreen is really the best way to keep your skin useful. Use products containing “zinc or avobenzone” listed in the active ingredients list. Apply daily, no matter what the cloud coverage is. The effects wear off within three hours so reapplication is key. Favorites: EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40 sunscreen and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer.