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Charlotte’s Book Round Up

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The amount of beauty-related blog posts, articles, videos and general content floating around cyberspace is nothing short of bewildering. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of quality to go with all that quantity. We are thus forced to sort through the schlock to find the crème de la crème content on face creams and more.

While we here at Travel Beauty do our best to provide you with relevant, high-quality content, we can’t cover every beauty base.

Enter Charlotte’s Book

Charlotte’s Book is a wealth of information on beauty, health, wellness and much more. Team Charlotte publishes articles daily, covering topics such as how to choose the best herbal supplements, facial fillers…and everything in between.

Intrigued? We thought so! Here are some of our favorites covering SEX (yes sex), Breastox, natural nails and eating your way to beautiful skin. Enjoy…and let us know what you think!


Eye candy nail polish colors—think bright reds and corals, cool hues of green and blue, dazzling metallics and shimmery pastels—have been the nail trend for so long now, that it was very refreshing to see natural nails on models at the Vera Wang show during the Fall Winter 2015 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. It’s no news that healthy skin is in, and now natural nails are following suit. Read more.


The foundation of youthful skin hinges upon one key factor: collagen.  It is what gives elasticity, firmness, resiliency and suppleness to the skin, which is the body’s largest organ.  As we age, however, production of this essential protein decreases and sagging, thinning skin is the result.  To maximize stimulation of collagen production and guard it from breakdown, slathering your skin with the usual anti-aging creams and serums isn’t enough. Read more


Have you noticed a perkier than usual Red Carpet this year? You might be seeing the rise of a new trend in breast enhancement: the Botox boob job. Many A-list celebrities in the UK are now opting for the convenience of instantaneous injectable breast enlargements, over traditional surgical augmentation. Read more


The nutrition world is flooded with opposing recommendations, making it confusing for clients and consumers to make informed choices about food. Eat this. Don’t eat that. Drink this. Abstain from that. The list goes on and on. In particular, I’m often asked about milk. Read more


Love (and lust!) is in the air. That’s good news for dull winter complexions, as it turns out that a Valentine’s Day tryst isn’t just helpful for your mood; sex is great for your skin too. Read more

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Curious about Nose Jobs? All Your Rhinoplasty Questions Answered

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Curious about nose jobs? Get all your nose-y questions answered here.

Nose reshaping is extremely common. Chances are that you know someone who has had a nose job…you may have even contemplated changing your own nose. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery statistics, rhinopalsty, or the “nose job”, has remained the most requested surgical procedure for both men and women for five years in a row.

Rhinoplasty procedures, including primary (first time) nose jobs, revision nose jobs, functional nose surgery, and “liquid rhinoplasties” (nose reshaping without surgery) occupy the majority of my time. There are many options available for improving the nose – in both form and function. The terminology, however, can be confusing. Here I will explain the different options as simply as possible.

Liquid Rhinoplasy

The least invasive option is the non-surgical, “liquid” rhinoplasty.  During a liquid rhinoplasty, a combination of Botox and facial fillers like Juvederm are used to reshape the nose. This treatment is best suited to camouflage a “dorsal hump”, or bump on the profile view of the nose, but works well for some other issues as well. Not all nose concerns are amenable to liquid non-surgical rhinoplasty, but if you are among the lucky (or unlucky, depending upon how you look at it) ones whose nose can be improved with non-surgical treatment, the results are dramatic and instant, and are achieved without the pain and downtime of surgery. The in-office procedure takes about 20 minutes, and there is no need for anesthesia. Results are not permanent, however; they last between 1-2 years depending on the filler used.

The Traditional “Nose Job”

Rhinoplasty surgery (a “nose job”) and revision rhinoplasty surgery (second- or third-time surgery), can alter almost any aspect of the nose, and does so permanently. During surgery, a huge variety of techniques can be used to address the different parts of the nose.  Some common reasons people seek rhinoplasty include a crooked nose, wide (or “bulbous”) nasal tip, and dorsal nasal “hump”.

What Is Involved

In my practice, rhinoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an operating room. On average, the surgery usually takes between 2-3 hours, depending upon the particulars of the surgery. Surgery can be performed with incisions completely inside the nose (endonasal), or with a small incision on the outside of the nose, across the bottom (external). Choice of endonasal or external approach is based on the aesthetic goals of the surgery.

Recovery Time

Recovery from the surgery is not painful, but people look much worse than they feel during recovery. Most likely, you will want to give yourself 10 days or so before you rejoin society. After surgery, patients wear a small plastic cast on the bridge of the nose for one week. More often than not, the nasal bones need to be broken during surgery, which results in some nice shiners that stick around for 7-10 days. Swelling inside the nose, as well as stuffiness, are common for the first few weeks following surgery. You’ll look and feel pretty well after about 10 days to 2 weeks, but your nasal bones won’t be fully fixed into place for 6 weeks. Overall, healing from rhinoplasty is a gradual process: I advise people to expect to see 85% of the final result one month following surgery, 95% 6 months following surgery, and the final cosmetic result 1-2 years after surgery.

Functional Nose Surgery

A well-trained surgeon should be as interested in the function of your nose as the look of it, and should be well-trained to address both. Functional nose surgery may include septoplasty (straightening the wall between the left and right side of the nose), opening up the breathing passages, and/or reinforcing the walls of the nose to prevent collapse of the nose. Old school rhinoplasty was about cutting away bone and cartilage to make the nose smaller. This philosophy is what produced the pinched in, ski-sloped noses of old you can see on Madison Avenue. Modern rhinoplasty is as much about improving and maintaining the breathing function of the nose as it is the cosmetic look of the nose. Good nose jobs don’t look like nose jobs; they look natural, not plastic.

Now you know the nose basics.

A Note from Travel Beauty: As a trained ENT surgeon as well as a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Dara Liotta is especially skilled in the art of rhinoplasty. Interested in learning more? Call or email her for a consultation: (212)288-2222.

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Bridal Skin Boot Camp: Fresh and Flawless Wedding Day Skin

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Getting married this spring or summer? Believe it or not, NOW is the time to start thinking about your skin. This will likely be the most photographed and filmed day of your life, with lots of close-ups.  If you’re wondering how to get that effortless, fresh-scrubbed look that will carry you through your honeymoon, I’m about to tell you: It takes effort!

Make a Plan

Since you’re working up to your wedding day, and you may have photo shoots or events leading up to the big day, in my opinion, it’s best to have a series of less aggressive treatments that require little or no downtime rather than harsh ones (like deep chemical or deep laser peels) that require significant healing time, and may cause pigment irregularities, or excessive dryness or redness during the healing period. The cost is comparable, and this type of “stacked” plan is less risky, allowing you to achieve the same, or superior results, gradually by stacking the right treatments at the appropriate intervals.

 Start Early

Starting your skin boot camp 3-6 months prior to your wedding also gives you plenty of time to see how your skin reacts to each treatment so that the intensity can be either ramped up or down to produce maximally effective, and perfectly predictable, results for you on your wedding day.  The three basic steps are:


  • Target the imperfections beneath the skin: banish brown spots and shrink capillaries with medical IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments that use special filters to erase imperfections below the surface of the skin. Adding a SkinTyte treatment at the end of each session is helpful for those prone to acne, and for shrinking pores. These sessions should be spaced about a month apart.
  • Replace dry, damaged skin cells at the skin surface: Encourage cell turnover on the surface of the skin, and allow your face to make brand new, perfect, skin on its surface with a series of treatments (options include superficial laser peels, topical ViPeel treatments, or MyBody Probiotic Youthboost treatments, depending upon your skin and your particular concerns). We can discuss which of these treatments is right for you, your schedule, and your skin, during consultation. These sessions should also be about a month apart, and staggered with the IPL treatments.
  • Maximize and maintain your results: Perfect skin care and eye care products between treatments are essential. Starting 3-6 months before your wedding means that you have some time to get the absolutely best product regimen in place for your skin, so that you will have predictably gorgeous skin from now until go time. And sunscreen is a MUST. ALWAYS.

On a side note, if you’re thinking about Botox or facial fillers, like Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, or Belotero, before your big day, definitely do not wait until the last minute.  I recommend these treatments between 4 and 5 weeks before the wedding.

Bridal Skin Boot Camp Regimen

Here’s a sample Bridal Skin Boot camp regimen for a May 30 Wedding for someone with absolutely no downtime for healing between treatments:

  • February 21: First IPL treatment with SkinTyte
  • March 14: First Probiotic Youthboost treatment
  • April 4: 2nd IPL treatment with SkinTyte
  • April 18: 2nd Probiotic Youthboost treatment
  • May 2: Final IPL treatment with SkinTyte
  • May 16: final Probiotic Youthboost treatment
  • May 30: Wedding Day!

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Liotta, please visit: or call 212-288-2222.

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Facial Plastic Surgery Trends and Predictions for 2015

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Believe it or not, facial plastic surgery, like fashion, is subject to trends. What’s “hot” changes constantly, and who wants which procedure changes as well. Over the past few months, it seems that demand for liquid surgery (without the knife) has increased, and men are beginning to turn up for tweaking more frequently. There are also some exciting new products waiting for the FDA nod in 2015. Here’s what I have on my radar for the year to come.

Liquid Courage

Basically, anything non-surgical, or “liquid” is exploding in popularity in my office. The two most common, non-surgical “liquid” procedures I’ve seen a major increase in are Liquid Rhinoplasty and the Liquid Facelift. At this time last year, I was performing about 1 Liquid Rhinoplasty per month. Now, it’s more like 1 or 2 per week!

In these “liquid” non-surgical procedures, a combination of Botox and various facial fillers are injected to achieve the desired result without a scalpel. In the right candidate, a Liquid Rhinoplasty can even out irregularities along the bridge of the nose, raise the nasal bridge, or camouflage a dorsal hump on the profile view. Similarly, in a Liquid Facelift, a combination of Botox and filler is used to turn back time, rejuvenate the area around the eyes and mouth, erase fine lines and wrinkles, and replace the volume that our faces tend to lose with time. During a liquid procedure, ice is used to numb the skin, and small needles are used to inject filler and/or Botox. Not all nose concerns are amenable to Liquid, non-surgical, Rhinoplasty or Facelift, but if you are among the lucky (or unlucky, depending upon how you look at it), you can skip the pain and recovery of surgery. Results are dramatic and instant, and so is the savings!


Over the past few months, I’ve seen a serious increase in the number of men coming in for cosmetic pick-me-ups, and I expect the trend to continue in 2015. To what do we owe this “BRO-tox Boom?” When I ask, the main reason men report seeking out cosmetic surgery treatments is to appear younger at work. It seems that the combination of increased availability of easy outpatient treatments, wider cultural acceptance of cosmetic procedures, and an increased emphasis on the value of youth in the workforce has fueled a “menaissance” in facial plastic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has reported that the number of men seeking Botox has increased 310 percent since 2000, and I’ve seen a similar increase with many other facial plastic surgery procedures, including facial filler injection, laser treatments, rhinoplasty, and neck liposuction. I would guestimate that three years ago, less than 10% of my patients were men. Presently, I would say that around 30% are.

On the Horizon

Get ready for this: A needleless Botox may receive FDA approval in 2015. There is a new, investigational, formulation of botulinum toxin type A that uses a proprietary peptide technology for delivery across the skin. It’s not your mother’s wrinkle cream, it’s a Botox cream!  The topical treatment will still need to be applied by medical personnel in a doctor’s office, so it’s not a do-it-yourself home treatment. However, it may be useful for people who are afraid of needles, or for large area Botox treatments, such as treatments for excessive underarm perspiration (Yes, you can do that!).

Another cosmetic advancement on the horizon: New fat-melting injections await FDA approval in 2015. Currently in clinical trials, this treatment shrinks fat cells with targeted injections. Once injected, the drug activates receptors within fat cells and triggers the breakdown of triglycerides, causing the cells to lose volume. Translation? Bye bye flab, hello fab. Stay tuned!

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Interview with Robin Shobin of Charlotte’s Book

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Q & A With Charlotte’s Book founder Robin Shobin

Colorists, chiropractors, even colon hydrotherapists – women love sharing their arsenal of personal care professionals with each other. Those communication lines shut down a bit, however, when it comes to procedures like injectables and cosmetic surgery. Other than one hushed conversation with one of my closest girls over a glass of Pinot Noir, I can’t ever remember openly discussing Botox, Juvederm or Fraxel with a friend. This dearth of knowledge-sharing leaves many women at a loss to find the very best professionals…for procedures we wouldn’t want to trust to anyone less.

Well, the aesthetics and wellness WikiLeak we’ve all been waiting for has arrived: say hello to Charlotte’s Book. Founded by ex-Wall Street exec Robin Shobin, Charlotte’s Book is an online resource where women can find invaluable information on the best in skin care, anti-aging, aesthetics and wellness. We sat down with Robin to talk about (and say thank you for) Charlotte’s Book.

TB: What prompted you to create Charlotte’s Book?

RS: As a busy Wall Street executive, I was incredibly frustrated with how hard it was to find trusted recommendations for cosmetic dermatologists and other types of beauty and wellness experts. This process is still word-of-mouth….with no true online recommendation source. It was equally difficult to research the latest treatments and trends. I never had time to read beauty magazines or watch daytime TV, and getting advice from friends and colleagues was difficult as many women still aren’t as willing to divulge their latest laser treatment as they are to talk about their favorite lipstick. And, quite frankly, I was busy. The only time I had to research experts and treatments​ was late at night or on the weekends, so I would search online, which wasn’t helpful. In fact, it made me even more confused. I wanted to create an easy to navigate online resource that spoke in a trusted, relatable and discerning voice.

TB: What is Charlotte’s Book’s mission?

RS: Our tagline is #BeTimel​e​ss and I think that sums it up perfectly. We want to be the leading online resource for skin care, anti-aging and wellness.

TB: How does your background in finance inform and inspire Charlotte’s Book?

RS: I think it gives a great outside perspective and the site was born out of a true need. I never had a trusted source to ask questions ​about cosmetic doctors or beauty services because it was so taboo. I​n​ my world​ of female executives​, beauty is often seen purely as vanity, and women aren’t taken seriously if they care too much. Getting a facial or ​Botox is seen as a luxury. I like to quote Tyra Banks who says, “Right now, with women in power, and not apologizing for being strong or wanting to make money or to be on top, that’s my message — and that’s all feminism​.​ I feel like you should be able to have a fierce face at the same time.” Why is it wrong to want to look your best?​​

TB: How do you select the experts, doctors and businesses in your directory?

RS: We do anonymous surveys of women, consider the history of appropriate relevant credentials and bedside manner.​ We also think about the ability of our experts to partner with other experts. That is very important because being timeless is about the integration of beauty and wellness. And given all of the latest advancements, doctors are becoming very specialized. It’s important to see the right expert for different treatments​.

TB: In your work thus far, have you learned or uncovered anything surprising about the beauty/wellness/cosmetic surgery field(s)?

RS: It’s so alarming the amount of “fake” products​ on the market. Stories of watered down Botox, and outdated laser equipment being used at low levels… ​causing women great harm that is often irreversible. That’s why it’s so important for the public to be educated. It’s not just about credentials and qualifications, it’s about integrity.

TB: What do you look for when choosing a dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon or esthetician?

RS: Bedside manner, honesty, expertise in a specific field and a holistic viewpoint, meaning they truly understand that your skin is ​a ​reflection of everything going on in your life. I actually see two different dermatologists, one for laser and one for injectables.

TB: What do you think is the right balance for a person to strike between dermatologists, estheticians, plastic surgeons and your at-home personal care routine?

RS: I think it depends on that person’s goals and what she is trying to achieve. It can vary, not only by age, but by what is going on in one’s life. The ideal is building a personal network of ​a​ dermatologist, esthetician and wellness professional that you can trust, knows you, and can always help you look your best. Just like a woman has a relationship with her hair stylist, she should have one with her derm, facialist, and nutritionist. It’s an investment in herself.

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