Houston’s Liposuction Specialist
Stubborn fat is one of the most common issues both men and women struggle with when it comes to their bodies. Whether due to age, genetics, or other lifestyle factors, even with regular exercise and a healthy diet your body may store resistant fat in certain problem areas of your face or body. One of the most effective solutions for reducing these localized pockets of fat is with a personalized liposuction procedure performed by Houston board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula.
Liposuction is a method of fat reduction that uses a thin cannula to remove diet and exercise-resistant fat cells from beneath the skin. Dr. Ravi Somayazula performs this body contouring surgery at Body By Ravi in Houston, TX for men and women struggling with localized areas of fat despite an otherwise healthy lifestyle.Liposuction can be performed to reduce stubborn fat in areas such as the:
- Buttocks and thighs
- Face, chin, and neck/jowls
- Hips and flanks (love handles or muffin top)
- Upper arms
At the Consultation
Prior to your liposuction surgery, you will have a private consultation with Dr. Ravi Somayazula and your patient care coordinator. You will discuss the various options and techniques for liposuction, as well as your concerns and personal goals for your body.
Dr. Somayazula will then perform a thorough examination to assess your current condition and determine the best approach for your liposuction procedure. Depending on the amount of problem fat present, he may recommend alternative fat reduction treatments, such as Kybella®—a non-surgical injectable treatment used to eliminate fat beneath the chin.
Dr. Ravi Somayazula has a great bedside manner and encourages you to become thoroughly informed during the consultation in order to make a well- informed decision. Please be sure to set aside an hour to an hour and a half for your appointment.
“I gained about 30 lbs in my first year of marriage and decided it’s time to get back to the ‘old but upgraded me.’ I am week 3 post op and have seen him twice after to check progress. I am in love with my new body. Dr. Ravi is amazing!!! Thank you for giving me back my figure.”
– C.W., Sugar Land, TX
Who is a Good Liposuction Candidate?
The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who are at a healthy and stable weight, but are struggling with problem areas of fat such as love handles, a muffin top, or a double chin. Liposuction should not be used as a method of weight loss or alternative to diet and exercise.
Your liposuction procedure will be customized based on your own specific needs and could be performed on various areas of the face or body. Dr. Ravi Somayazula will speak with you to create a personalized treatment plan for your unique fat reduction goals.
Dr. Ravi Somayazula’s liposuction patients are all seen roughly two weeks prior to the date of their surgery for a preoperative appointment. During this visit, you will be asked to sign all necessary surgical consent forms, take before photos, and receive a detailed informational packet with specific instructions for before and after your surgery. The two of you will review a complete list of “do’s and don’ts” to ensure you are ready and comfortable leading up to your surgery. Dr. Ravi Somayazula will also provide you with prescriptions for an antibiotic, as well as paint and anti-nausea medications.
You should plan to stop any use of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen) in the week before your liposuction surgery. This will help to prevent any excessive bruising after surgery. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped during this week, as this could sometimes interrupt the healing process. It is important that you quit smoking for at least one month before and after tummy tuck surgery, as smoking could lead to unnecessary complications.
For the best possible fat reduction surgery, recovery, and results, be prepared to follow all instructions provided by Houston board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula.
Your Liposuction Surgery
Your liposuction surgery with Dr. Ravi Somayazula will be performed under general anesthesia or local sedation. This will depend on your consultation and unique circumstances.
To begin your procedure, a small incision will be made near the area of problem fat. Dr. Ravi Somayazula will then insert a cannula—a small, tube-like instrument—through the skin and into the underlying layer of fat. The cannula is then used to carefully break up the underlying fat cells so they can be removed from the body using a vacuum pump attached at the other end of the cannula.
Once the correct amount of fat has been removed to achieve your desired outcome, Dr. Somayazula will then close all incisions using sutures. The exact steps of your liposuction treatment will vary based on your personal case.
Following your liposuction, Dr. Ravi Somayazula may provide you with a compression garment wear in order to support skin healing and decrease swelling. Drainage tubes may also be used to prevent any blood or fluid from building up beneath the skin. Each of Dr. Somayazula’s patients will experience the recovery phase a bit differently. Many of his liposuction patients are able to resume lighter activities and certain office work within the first week of surgery. Depending on where on your body liposuction was performed, it may be a few weeks before you will feel back to your normal self and be able to resume exercise and higher levels of activity.
Some bruising and swelling may be present initially after your surgery, but you will notice the slimming effect of your surgery as your body heals. Dr. Ravi Somayazula’s patients are often thrilled with the natural outcomes of their fat reduction surgery and experience a boost in self-confidence. We love seeing our patients happy and excited to wear all of their favorite clothes with a renewed body-image and happiness.
We are happy to provide you with this basic information on our website, but it is no substitute for a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula, who can provide in-depth answers to all of your questions about liposuction. Dr. Ravi Somayazula is here to guide you through all the steps of an informed decision-making process and will map out a treatment plan that fits your needs. We invite you to call us at 281-241-1061 to schedule a consultation today.
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