Dara Liotta MD FACS

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

960 A Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Call: (212) 750-1020

Category: New and Noteworthy

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Top 5 Pre-Holiday Non-Surgical Treatments

non-surgical holiday beautyAround the holidays, I’m often asked about the non-surgical options for quickie rejuvenation pre-party season without the downtime. Everyone knows about using Botox for frown lines on the forehead and Juvederm to camouflage the nasolabial folds and plump the lips, but there are literally dozens of lesser known uses of these products that produce amazing results! Here’s the lowdown on how much each will cost you, and how long you can expect to reap the benefits. Contact me to book your appointment for consultation and treatment, and as always, feel free to email me with questions!

  1. Botox Brow Lift – a few units of Botox placed judiciously just above the natural arch of the eyebrows can help to relax the muscles that pull down the eyebrow- and allow the eyebrows to drift slightly higher- producing a Botox Brow Lift that opens up the eyes.  When your Botox kicks in at 4-7 days, you can expect to look more wide-eyed and rejuvenated. This treatment usually requires 6 units of Botox (3 on each side).  Cost is $120, and results last up to 4 months.
  2. Earlobe Rejuvenation – a very small amount of Juvedem injected around the earing hole in the earlobe can rejuvenate the earlobes, help you say goodbye to sagging, thin, pulled earlobes, and let your lovely holiday earrings sit pretty once again.  An amazing result can be achieved with as little as 0.2cc of Juvederm, and results last over a year. One syringe of Juvederm contains 1cc, or 1mL, of filler and is $750. Bonus: since this treatment uses only 0.2cc of filler, you will have plenty left over to use elsewhere on the face, and an excuse to use it.
  3. Non-surgical Rhinoplasty – not all nose concerns are amenable to liquid non-surgical Rhinoplasty using a combination of Botox and facial filler, like Juvederm, but if you are among the lucky (or unlucky, depending upon how you look at it) ones who’s nose can be improved with non-surgical treatment, the results are dramatic, and so are the savings!  The cost of the procedure is around $750-$1,000 and results last up to 2 years.  Compare this with the total cost of surgical rhinoplasty, around $12,000 inclusive of operating room and anesthesia fees, not to mention the pain and downtime of surgery.
  4. Cheek Augmentation – Well-done injectable cheek augmentation can take years off of your appearance with none the wiser. With FDA approval of Juvederm VOLUMA on October 23,2013, we can now offer you injectable cheek augmentation that lasts 2 years!  Volume required varies between 1-4 syringes.  Juvederm Ultra Plus lasts for one year and costs $750 per syringe.  Juvederm VOLUMA lasts 2 years and costs $1000 per syringe.
  5. Botox Neck Lift – also called the “Nefertiti Neck Lift”.  This treatment uses Botox to relax the Platysma muscle, which creates banding in the neck.  Results can be dramatic.  Cost ranges from $400-$600 and lasts 4-5 months.

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Cosmetic Surgery: The Art of “Less is More”

cosmetic-surgery-less-is-more.450x0The best plastic surgery is plastic surgery you can’t see. I often have patients who say, “when I walk down the street I can tell when someone has had filler, or a facelift.” I say that the only plastic surgery you can see is badly-done plastic surgery. Well done Botox, filler, peels, or even surgery should leave you guessing why your neighbor looks so well-rested, or why your college friend has looked the same for the last 15 years. A good rhinoplasty makes you notice your cousin’s beautiful eyes rather than her new nose. A good facelift has you hoping you’ll inherit your aunt’s great skin.

Real Dr. Liotta’s full post on the Travel Beauty Blog

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Using Broadband Light to Banish Brown Spots

broadband-light-to-banish-brown-spotsWear sunscreen. “Sunspots” (gasp!), “age spots”, or even worse, “liver spots” are flat, non-raised, brown spots or freckles that develop on the skin after prolonged exposure to direct ultraviolet (or UV) rays. In med-speak, they’re called “solar lentigines”. Contrary to the common-speak, people of all ages are susceptible to these spots, and those with lighter skin tend to develop them more frequently. The most common areas to develop brown spots are those exposed to the sun most often, the face, chest, and hands.


Click here to read the full story about How to Banish Brown Spots on the Travel Beauty Blog.



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Is Social Media Making us Self Conscious?

selfies-drive-plastic-surgery.450x0Believe it or not, according to a new study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the rise of the selfie is having a huge impact on the facial plastic surgery industry.

Check out the surprising facts, and learn how our selfies may not reflect our true selves. Read Dr. Liotta’s full blog post here on TravelBeauty.com


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Two Steps to Perfect Hands

huge ringThe hands go through a lot in a day, and they are so neglected! We think we’re being “good”, using a gentle cleanser, toner, targeted serum, moisturizer with sunscreen on our face, but what about our hands?? Like any other part of the body, the skin on the hands needs to be attended to.  With time, the skin on the hands loses elasticity, the skin develops brown spots from sun exposure, and the veins and tendons become more prominent with surrounding volume loss. Hands age, and they need TLC too. A number of articles have pointed out that hand makeovers are becoming more and more popular as the ring selfie gains popularity.

The “NYC Hand Lift”  will get you dramatic results with minimal time and effort on your part.


Step 1- BBL, Broadband Light Treatment

hand afterBBL by Sciton treats sun-damaged and aging skin to effectively remove pigmentation and the dreaded, and rudely-named, “age spots”. The light energy delivered by the BBL will gently be absorbed by the unwanted pigment (melanin) responsible for these spots in the upper layers of the skin. Over the next few days to weeks, the spots will darken and fall off. Brown spots can be removed with this same technology from the face, chest, and hands.  The skin may be slightly pinkish following the treatment.  This lasts between 30 minutes and 24 hours. There is really essentially no downtime, and the treatment is quite effective.  Most people require 2-4 treatments, with yearly maintenance treatments.


hand volume afterhand volume beforeStep 2. Radiesse

As you the face, you can restore volume to your hands as well.  Volume loss in the hands leads to prominent blood vessels and tendons that, frankly, make our hands look “old”.  You can turn back the “hands” of time (pun intended) with Radiesse injections. The results are immediate, and last 1-2 years.


Exact treatment regimen is individualized to you. A total NYC hand lift runs between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on the current condition of your hands, but it totally worth it to keep your age a secret! Contact us today to schedule your appointment!  We won’t tell a soul. . .