Day in the Life: Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, Renowned Dermatologist and 37 Actives Founder

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To say Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas is a skin savant would be a serious understatement. With three degrees from Harvard (a BA from Harvard University, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a PhD in Genetics from Harvard University, natch), the research dermatologist used her 25 years of know-how to create 37 Actives, an award-winning range of skincare essentials to significantly reduce wrinkles, dark spots, and redness for a flawless complexion. Glam caught up with the dermo diva as she makes her way through appointments, video shoots, product training, and even a charity event before putting her little ones to bed.

6:00 a.m.

Rise and shine to get myself showered, apply my 37 Actives, and get dressed. Then I awaken the children, feed them breakfast, and get them ready for school. At 7:00 a.m. it is time to bid my daughter a good day at Chapin and drop off my son at Collegiate School. While commuting, I check emails and get caught up on the overnight and upcoming day’s events. I head back to the Upper East Side to get to my Park Avenue office.

8:00 a.m.

By 8:00 a.m. I am ready to see patients. In contrast to my twenty-plus years in the lab, conducting research and clinical studies, I treasure my days with an abundance of interesting people. Even with two consult offices, four treatment rooms, and a research clinic, people do say that my Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center is standing room only and buzzing with a good vibe. From 8:00 a.m. to noon, I devote 100% attention to delivering the highest quality medical, laser and cosmetic treatments ranging from skin checks and skin surgeries to laser resurfacing and injectables; but work hard to meet the uppermost Harvard A+++ standards and to find a way to fit everyone in! It is a beautiful combination of science and art, harkening back to my days as a sculptor and artist, yet utilizing my brainpower to help people. Fortunately, Marie O’Neill, my office manager, runs a tight ship!

12:00 p.m.

After the morning feat has been achieved, I retreat to my offices for meetings concerning 37 Actives or innovative research projects in the laser and dermatology arena. Megan Meany from Megan’s Must Haves is in the office today to conduct a video interview of me for her blog about 37 Actives recent success & to congratulate me on my recent inclusion at the CEW Awards for the Iconic Award after winning last year’s QVC Quest Beauty Award. It was an honor to be recognized as “The Next Big Thing in Beauty,” and we are thrilled that the highest quality still garners recognition.

12:30 p.m.

During the so-called “lunch hour,” I meet with colleagues for discussions regarding research protocols or conduct telephone interviews with beauty editors from the top magazines, such as ELLE and Vogue. On this particular day I met with my friends from Cutera, a laser manufacturing company. Over lunch we discussed the results of our FDA approval from our clinical trial on the novel picosecond laser, a cutting edge invention in the treatment of tattoos and pigment. The conversation was riveting & energized me for my hectic afternoon.

1:00 p.m.

Resume seeing the afternoon round of patients, administering novel laser treatments such as fractional radiofrequency called eTWO, minimally-invasive radiofrequency called PROFOUND and the newest advances in body contouring, including the Vela III, V shape and the TriActive+, as well as the newest handpieces for Coolsculpting.

2:45 p.m.

After a full morning & packed afternoon of performing laser rejuvenation with Erbium Pixel, 37 Actives and Impact, mole checks with MelaFind, Botox®, & Juvederm®, Voluma® and the new Restylane Silk®, I find time to meet with my 37 Actives team, Janice Winter and Celine Fitzgerald. Currently, we are working on my next launch for early Fall. When we are not in the office we can be found traveling around the country for trainings at respective Neiman Marcus & Space.NK locations.

3:00 p.m.

Duty calls, and I head west to pick up my son from school. During the next hour, I find the time to answer emails, check on patients, take editor’s phone calls, and possibly read some compelling beauty stories. Thank goodness for mobile technology!

5:00 p.m.

Of the many hats I wear, being a mother is by far the most important to me. My two beautiful children are my pride and joy. Even though my schedule is packed with patients, clinical studies, speaking engagements, and 37 Actives research, I still find the time to attend school meetings, performances, make dinner, and assist with the difficult homework questions. Tonight my son, Anthony is playing the double bass at Collegiate School for the orchestra performance.

7:00 p.m.

My friends play a vital role in my life especially, Corey Gelman, who helped me build 37 Actives from the ground up. Tonight I attend a charity event for Dana Buchman’s charity, the Promise Project, to support Corey since she has always stood by my side.

8:30 p.m.

Before I retreat to the peaceful setting of my home I attend a building Board meeting, where I have sat for the past 7 years at the Promenade Building.

10:00 p.m.

There may not be enough hours in the day but sleep is a must to keep the skin and body healthy, and it's a must for two busy physicians like my husband and me. Right before bed, I use 37 Actives Cleansing Treatment with lukewarm water to rinse & hydrate my face followed by 37 Extreme Actives Cream to deliver 50 of the world’s best anti-aging ingredients to my skin - so it may rejuvenate itself overnight and get me ready to do it all over again the next day!