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Media Event launches Vanguard Dermatology’s new Financial District Office at 115 Broadway

filmstrip1By Shayna Torn

Editors from Shape, The New York Post, Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour and other publications joined Drs. Michael Shapiro, Karen Hammerman and Susan Bard in May for the launch of Vanguard Dermatology’s new office in New York City’s Financial District, its fifth office in the city, in a media event organized by 5W Public Relations.

The new office is located in the historic Trinity Building at 115 Broadway and when you enter its gilded, vaulted lobby you are transported back to a more elegant past— lavish, unhurried, visually impressive with an eye for artful detail.  The welcoming couches and witty poster art in the office reception area are a perfect match for the aesthetic of the district—but what’s important about the spacious new office is what it enables the doctors now to do.

As medical director Michael Shapiro pointed out, Vanguard Dermatology has had an office in the downtown area, in Soho, for the last ten years but that office was not equipped to offer all the services they wanted.

“In this location we’re going to be offering the full gamut of medical, surgical, cosmetic and laser services.”

Staff at 115 BroadwayIn his address to the media, Dr. Shapiro reviewed some of the specialties of the three doctors who will be working at 115 Broadway.

“I trained at Harvard and then went to the University of Pennsylvania for medical school and residency. I’ve done two fellowships, one in lymphoma of the skin and the other in skin cancer removal and facial reconstruction at the University of Colorado in Denver.”

Like Dr. Shapiro, Dr. Susan Bard is a MOHS surgeon. She specializes in laser and cosmetic treatments and recently co-authored an important textbook on Laser Treatment of Vascular Lesions (Dr. Bard’s chapter on the history, physics and safety of  lasers is available here as a free downloadable PDF). A longtime member of the staff, Dr. Bard will split her time between the Brooklyn Sheepshead Bay office and the new office.

Dr. Karen Hammerman has done extensive research in wound healing, stem cell research and skin regeneration at New York University.  Dr. Shapiro pointed out that she “is the authority on complicated acne problems of the face and is an expert on facial aesthetics.” Dr. Hammerman will be splitting her time between her current practice in the Forest Hills office and the new office.

In her address to the media, Dr. Bard crystallized the Vanguard Dermatology philosophy:

“My approach to cosmetics is fairly simple: I like to augment, enhance, and maintain. I like to have a very subtle and natural approach: augment anything that isn’t already perfect, enhance everything that’s already beautiful, and maintain your appearance in the least invasive way possible for as long as possible.”

In addition to champagne flutes and custom espresso, every editor received a complimentary Botox treatment— but not before the physician studied their facial features and decided how best to make a little go a long way. The doctors hope that many of the local area residents will now discover that a new sanctuary of health and rejuvenation has arrived amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Manhattan.



Meet Karen Hammerman, MD, FAAD, passionate about cosmetic dermatology . . .

khammermanA 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!

Dr. Karen Hammerman accessorizing
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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Read about the other members of the expert team at Vanguard Dermatology.