Dr. Dara Liotta has recently joined Travel Beauty’s panel of experts.
About Dr. Liotta
An Ivy League-educated and fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Liotta is dedicated not only to her own practice, but to continued education, research, and innovation in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. In her offices on the upper east side of Manhattan, Dr. Liotta performs a wide variety of facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including laser treatments, Botox, facial filler, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Dara Liotta is committed to helping her patients achieve beautiful, natural results that will last a lifetime. We can say first hand that her work and her bedside manner are top notch, which is why we asked her to join our esteemed panel of experts!
Travel Beauty sat down with Dr. Liotta for an exclusive Q & A session:
TB: What is the best/most rewarding part of what you do?
DL: I have an amazing job. I consider it an incredible privilege to be able to help my patients feel and look like the best possible versions of themselves.
TB: How does your background as an ENT surgeon inform and enhance your cosmetic practice?
DL: Having spent 5 years training in Ear, Nose and Throat and Head and Neck Surgery, before going on to complete fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, I’m intimately acquainted with, and comfortable manipulating, the delicate and complex anatomy of the face and neck from its most superficial to its deepest layers.
Four of our five senses are housed in this area, and I’ve been trained to appreciate and respect the vital structure and function of each. As a Board Certified ENT surgeon as well as a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, I believe that my job is not complete until everything looks good, functions well, and feels healthy.
TB: What are some common misconceptions you hear about injectables?
DL: With regards to facial fillers, patients tell me all the time that they are afraid of looking puffy, and having the pillowy, over-injected look of so many unfortunate celebrities. While everyone is different, the average patient may use 1 or 2 syringes of filler total. I like to point out that 5 syringes of filler like Juvederm are equal to only one teaspoon, so 1,2, or even 3 syringes can’t possibly make you look puffy. So don’t worry about that!
TB: Getting injectables and/or having plastic surgery is such a high stakes endeavor. What guidance can you give on picking a good surgeon? What should people steer clear of?
DL: It’s vital to be comfortable that you and your surgeon are on the same page in terms of the goals of surgery and what you consider to be a beautiful result- that you share the same idea of beauty. Assuming that you are comparing reputable, well-trained, talented surgeons, one of the most important things is choosing a surgeon whose aesthetic and opinion you trust. Cosmetic surgery is a little bit science and a little bit art.
Steer clear of physicians or surgeons who don’t have time to answer your questions, are hard to talk to, or are unavailable to you before your procedure.
TB: Any exciting new developments in your field that we can look forward to?
DL: Of course! The quest for beauty gets more high-tech, more minimally-invasive, and less painful every day. Stay tuned. . .