Tips for Tummy Tuck Recovery

Now that you’ve had a tummy tuck, you may wonder, “What’s next?” Most people will see results within two to three months. Recovery is most important during this period. Following a few tips during recovery will aid in how well your results show and reduce the potential for health risks. Continue reading to learn our tips for tummy tuck recovery. 

How Can I Have a Healthy Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Avoid Strenuous Activities

Your abdominal muscles will be sore as they adjust. You’ll experience bruising and swelling as your body heals. You can help your body adjust and heal by avoiding strenuous workouts, such as weightlifting and long-distance running. Some light activities, such as going up and down stairs and short jogs, may be permissible after two weeks (14 days). 

Listen to Your Body

If your procedure is performed at Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, then your plastic surgeon will inject Exparel into you during the operation. Exparel is widely used for post-op pain management. It is a non-opioid pain relief that has long-lasting effects. We also use a multimodal approach to reduce narcotic use during your recovery.

Although our pain relief methods have many benefits, we do not recommend ignoring how your body feels nor the doctor’s instructions. Sometimes, you may feel well enough to perform certain (prohibited) activities. Don’t. You may complicate your results. Moreover, if you feel unwell, you should speak with your doctor immediately.

Attend In-Office Follow-ups

Dr. Ravi strongly suggests attending two in-office follow-up appointments within the first two weeks of your tummy tuck. The purpose of these appointments is to monitor your recovery and health. Each person is unique and results will vary, so Dr. Ravi also wants to address any questions you may have about the recovery process. He can also provide tailored recommendations.

Drink Water

Try to drink 64 ounces of water daily. Staying hydrated will help your organs function properly, so your recovery can be fast. Staying hydrated also helps your body flush toxins, which makes the recovery process run more smoothly. Not to mention, staying hydrated helps you to eat less and lose weight.

Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgeon Near Me

Do you have questions about recovering from a tummy tuck performed by Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi? Are you interested in scheduling an appointment after learning about our unique approach to a smooth recovery process? We encourage you to contact us at 281-242-1061. Our practice is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Do I Need Liposuction Or A Tummy Tuck?

Liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are both designed to improve the shape of the body. In some instances, both procedures are necessary to achieve optimal outcomes. In others, only one is needed to produce desirable results.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. During your initial consultation, he will carefully examine the areas you would like to improve to help you determine if tummy tuck, liposuction, or both will be best for your specific needs.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) removes loose and sagging skin from the body’s midsection. During full tummy tuck surgery, abdominal muscles are pulled together as well. This helps to highlight the natural contours of the waist. It also corrects diastasis recti, an issue that can lead to herniation, back pain, and diminished core strength.

Dr. Ravi offers both full and mini tummy tuck options. While both can produce remarkable results, neither is ideal for every need. Use the contact form on this page to schedule your consultation and learn which one is right for you.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits from the body. Dr. Ravi uses VASER High-Def Liposuction, which allows for more thorough fat removal from the arms, chest/breasts, buttocks, and thighs. Liposuction is also commonly used on the abdomen.

VASER Lipo is designed to maximize fat extraction while reducing bleeding, infection, and trauma risks. In addition, it offers a reduced recovery period and predictably pleasing results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ravi can provide additional details about this advanced technique to help you determine if it’s right for you.
Infographic: Liposuction or tummy tuck

Combining Procedures

When there is excess skin around the belly and waist, chances are there’s a little bit of extra fat as well. Dr. Ravi commonly combines liposuction with tummy tuck surgery to fully sculpt and contour the midsection of the body. This is particularly common during procedures such as post-weight-loss surgery or mommy makeover, procedures which may also include additional body and breast options.

To learn if a single procedure or combination will more effectively help you reach your goals, please call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 and schedule a consultation today. We serve Houston and all surrounding areas of Texas.

Why Men Love VASER® Hi-Def Liposuction

VASER® Hi-Def Liposuction is a revolutionary technique that removes significant amounts of fat while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue. Utilizing ultrasound energy to emulsify fat cells, VASER lipo can remove fat deposits from even the most sensitive areas of the body, helping to produce a toned and chiseled appearance in areas like the abdomen, where fat tends to stubbornly accumulate in males.

If you are ready to optimize your physique, VASER High-Def Lipo may be precisely what you’ve been looking for. Use the contact form on this page or call our Houston office today to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Benefits of VASER Lipo

VASER uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy fat before removal. This serves multiple purposes, including:

  • Complete and permanent elimination of fat from the body
  • Reduced risks of bruising, swelling, and post-operative discomfort
  • Reduced chances of bleeding and incision irritation
  • Much faster recovery period
  • Reduced dangers of contour irregularities

With some liposuction techniques, small fat deposits can be left behind, leaving a dimpled or lumpy appearance in the treatment area. With VASER, fat is removed entirely from the frame, revealing underlying musculature and structure and restoring a masculine look to the body.

Do VASER Results Last Forever?

Results from VASER High-Def Lipo are permanent. When fat is removed from your body, it will not grow back. New fat can, however, accumulate if steps aren’t taken to maintain your liposuction results.

One of the things men tend to love most about VASER is its ability to inspire a more active and healthy lifestyle. Many men find that, following liposuction, they are compelled to take up more demanding and muscle-defining exercises. Naturally, this serves to improve and enhance results. However, enhancing definition is optional. Simply eating healthy and getting basic exercise is enough to maintain results for nearly everyone after VASER Lipo.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience helping men in and around Houston look their absolute best. If you are considering a body contouring procedure, he welcomes the opportunity to meet with you, assess your frame, and help you decide if VASER is the best fit for your needs. Call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 to schedule a consultation and learn more today.

Aveli Cellulite Treatment

Avéli — Cellulite Treatment in Houston, TX

  • Minimally-invasive procedure
  • One-time treatment
  • Minimal downtime
  • Results in one month
  • Takes less than one hour
  • Long-term results
  • Local anesthesia
Cellulite can be embarrassing and up to 90% of women will develop cellulite at some point in their lives. Now, with the help of the new, FDA-cleared Avéli device for cellulite reduction treatment, women can finally feel confident with their lower body rejuvenation that they’ve been wanting.

Cellulite forms when the fibrous bands of connective tissue pull down on the skin. This tension creates depressions or cellulite dimples on the skin. This might happen over time as the connective tissue shrinks or becomes more rigid.

Avéli has a unique and effective way of treating the appearance of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks. While some cellulite treatments target the fat beneath the skin, Avéli works by addressing the underlying cause.

Patients can expect a reduced appearance of cellulite in each treated area with minimal downtime – leading to improved self-esteem and confidence soon after their treatment Call Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 today to schedule an Avéli consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon that is trained in the Avéli procedure.


When it comes to reducing the appearance of cellulite, there are many treatment options – from laser treatments to acoustic wave therapy, which takes up to five sessions to see results. However, most of these other treatments don’t address the key reason for dimpled skin; the connective tissue (septa bands) that lie beneath the skin’s surface pulling down on the skin.

Avéli is the new, FDA-cleared device-based treatment that targets cellulite on the buttocks and thighs. It is an effective, minimally invasive cellulite treatment option.

Avéli is not intended to reduce subcutaneous fat. However, in less than an hour, a single treatment can make a significant difference in the look and texture of your skin and provides a long-term reduction in cellulite dimples. Patients can expect a reduced appearance of cellulite in each treated area and significantly less downtime compared to surgical options.


There are several reasons why women choose Avéli for cellulite reduction over other treatments:

Avéli is minimally invasive and only requires local anesthesia, which reduces risks and potential complications compared to surgeries that require other types of anesthesia.

Recovery time is minimal. Most patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately.

Avéli is FDA-cleared to be a “single treatment option.” Instead of returning for multiple treatments, just one treatment will enhance the look of your skin by reducing the appearance of cellulite in the thighs and buttocks.

The results from this ground-breaking treatment can be seen rather quickly. You can expect results starting one-month post-treatment and studies demonstrated treatment benefits through one year of observation.

The Avéli procedure can help to improve your confidence and self-image. If you’ve ever wanted to reduce cellulite, the Avéli treatment may be just what you’ve been looking for.


Avéli is FDA-cleared to treat cellulite in the buttocks and thighs of adult females. Each treatment area will show results in as little as one month.


The Avéli treatment uses a disposable, handheld device to mechanically cut the septa, or bands of fibrous connective tissue, that pull down the skin’s surface, causing the dimples.

Through tiny incisions, the doctor inserts the Avéli device into the area where the septa are located. This single-use device identifies which septa are contributing to the dimple(s). When the targeted septa are completely released, the device gives confirmation, and the skin becomes visibly smoother.

This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes for the thighs and 30 minutes for the buttocks. This means that both areas can be treated in about an hour – making Avéli a quick and efficient solution to cellulite reduction. Most patients report minimal discomfort during the procedure.


Over the last decade, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula has dedicated his practice to bringing patients the newest, most innovative treatments and procedures in a safe, low-stress environment. Specializing in body contouring techniques, Dr. Ravi is happy to have found Avéli as a minimally invasive cellulite treatment that provides patients with little downtime, fast results and long term improvement in appearance. If you are considering Avéli, schedule a consultation with Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics by calling 281.242.1061.
“We believe women shouldn’t be judged for having cellulite, nor should they be judged for caring or wanting it gone.” – Revelle Aesthetics, manufacturer of the Avéli device


We welcome you to our beautiful and state-of-the-art clinic for patient-centered consultation, a board-certified physician, Dr. Ravi or Dr. Gopathi will get to know your individual needs and assess your areas of concern. Once you’ve discussed your aesthetic goals, the doctor will describe the Avéli procedure in detail and determine whether Avéli is the right cellulite reduction treatment to meet your needs. You’ll have plenty of time to have your concerns addressed and all of your questions answered.

Our doctors will also discuss any other techniques that may be helpful for achieving optimal outcomes. They are both skilled in a variety of techniques that might help our patients, and they will give honest recommendations on what would be best for you before making a customized treatment plan.


Avéli treatments are performed in a Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics procedure room or at our connected surgery center, Houston Plastic Surgery Center.

After you are made comfortable with a local anesthetic, the Avéli device will be inserted through small incisions strategically made in the treatment area(s). The device targets the septa bands that are causing the dimples and then the bands are cut, or “released.” The treatment area is then dressed and patients are back home the same day.


After your Avéli treatment, you will have some tenderness and light to moderate bruising in the treated area(s). This is normal and temporary. Most patients return to their normal activities within 24 hours after treatment.

You’ll see some improvement in your skin immediately. After a month, when the bruising subsides, the improvement will be much more apparent. After that, you’ll continue to see improvement over the course of three months.


If you’re searching for a way to address cellulite reduction, call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics to ask about Avéli and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ravi or Dr. Gopathi at 281.242.1061. We are centrally located in Houston, close to the Memorial, Galleria, and Katy areas. Traveling from outside of Houston? Ask for a virtual Avéli cellulite procedure consultation and speak with our patient coordinator for assistance with local lodging or transportation.


    • Does Avéli work for cellulite?
      Yes, Avéli does work for treating cellulite. Avéli is a minimally invasive procedure performed in-office and takes about one hour to complete. You can see results from Avéli as soon as one month after your session, after just one treatment. During the procedure, Dr. Ravi inserts a handheld device underneath the skin to mechanically cut through the septum, or connective tissue band, that pulls down on your skin’s surface. You will see results in one month and you’ll see continued improvement for three months.
    • What is Avéli cellulite treatment?
      Avéli is a device-based cellulite treatment. It is a revolutionary, FDA-cleared procedure that helps reduce cellulite by manually cutting the connective tissue bands that pull on your skin, which creates the dreaded cellulite skin-dimpling. This treatment is done under local anesthesia, so there’s minimal to no pain involved. It’s a minimally invasive, one-time treatment that lasts about an hour. The Avéli treatment is ideal for women who want to reduce cellulite with a minimally invasive technique.
    • What areas can Avéli treat?
      The FDA has cleared Avéli for treatment on the thighs and buttocks of adult women, which is where cellulite commonly develops.
    • What will the recovery for Avéli be like?
      At first, there will be some bruises and tenderness, which is normal. The bruising is normally gone in about one month after your treatment. Most patients return to normal activities within 24 hours after treatment.
    • How long will my Avéli results last?
      Clinical study results showed a significant improvement in the appearance of cellulite skin dimples one month after treatment, and this improvement continued for three months after treatment. Results lasted for up to one year in study participants.

      Are you interested in learning more about the Avéli cellulite treatment and whether you are a candidate? Call 281-242-1061 today or fill out our appointment request form for a personalized appointment with our experienced plastic surgeons. Our practice proudly serves Houston and the surrounding areas, as well as many patients who travel to us.

Three Ways to Scare Away Fat


Unwanted fat deposits detract from ideal definition. They create bulk where there shouldn’t be any bulk, obscuring natural curves and producing a heavier, toneless frame.

Wouldn’t it be convenient if Halloween decorations and stories about ghosts and ghouls could frighten those stubborn deposits of lumpy fat right out of your body? Then everyone with a few extra pounds would eagerly await October.

But, while a well-timed fright might make you “jump out of your skin,” it can’t make fat do the same, magically disappearing before your very eyes. Thankfully, at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, we can make fat disappear – without magic or terror – and are pleased to offer several safe and effective options to help sculpt and tone nearly every area of your body.

VASER® High-Definition Liposuction

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula utilizes VASER High-Definition Liposuction to remove diet and exercise-resistant fat from the body. An advanced liposuction technique, VASER uses ultrasound energy to emulsify fat deposits, making it possible to remove unwanted fat entirely.

Not only does VASER allow for the removal of more significant amounts of fat, but it does so without harming surrounding tissue, muscles, and nerves, helping to reduce recovery time, protect your comfort, and improve final results.

Evolve Body Contouring

Surgical options are perfect for some, but not the best choice for every need. Knowing this, we are pleased to offer the Evolve system for hands-free, non-invasive body contouring. The Evolve system utilizes radiofrequency energy (RF) and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to melt fat, reduce cellulite, tighten the skin, and improve muscle definition.

Completely customizable, the Evolve system can be used to address a single issue, such as unwanted fat deposits, or a range of problems throughout the body. And, because it’s non-surgical, it does not come with incisions, surgical risks, or a lengthy recovery period.


If a double chin is your primary concern, Kybella may offer the best solution. The first and only injectable treatment for submental fat, Kybella uses an enzyme naturally produced by the body to destroy fat cells underneath the chin permanently.

Kybella requires no downtime, comes with minimal bruising, and offers reliable and predictable results. It can safely be used alone or with other non-surgical options to restore facial definition and create a significantly more youthful appearance.

Which Option is Right for You?

If you are unhappy with how excess fat has impacted your body, you can’t rely on specters or goblins to scare it away. You can rely on us.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi welcome the opportunity to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and help you choose the least frightening ways to achieve your goals.

Call our Houston office at 281-242-1061 to schedule your initial consultation today!

How Hi-Def Liposuction is Changing Male Body Contouring


Liposuction remains one of the top male plastic surgery choices – and for excellent reasons: this procedure targets and eliminates fat deposits that have proven resistant to diet and exercise. A time-tested and highly effective method of body contouring, liposuction can be used anywhere on the male body to expose underlying musculature and improve the overall dimensions of the frame. Continue reading How Hi-Def Liposuction is Changing Male Body Contouring

The Top Five Reasons to Undergo High-Def Liposuction


Liposuction is used to target and eliminate stubborn deposits of fat from the body. Introduced to the United States in 1982, traditional methods of liposuction, while effective, also have the potential to cause trauma to surrounding muscle and tissue. Traditional liposuction may also fail to remove all of the fat from the treatment area which can create an uneven, lumpy, or dimpled appearance. Continue reading The Top Five Reasons to Undergo High-Def Liposuction

The Top Seven Cosmetic Treatments for Men


June is Men’s Health Month and a great time to start considering methods that can help you look and feel your absolute best. Some of this has to do with diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices, but many issues cannot be addressed through personal effort alone. If you are unhappy with any aspect of your body, give us a call to schedule a consultation and learn how Dr. Ravi can help you reach your goals.

Plastic Surgery for Men

At Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we offer a range of services designed specifically for the male body. Utilizing advanced technologies and cutting-edge techniques, our board-certified plastic surgeon takes great care to produce the most pleasing results with a focus on natural-looking outcomes.

Popular cosmetic treatments for men include:

    • Male Breast Reduction. Gynecomastia surgery eliminates excess tissue and fat from the chest to restore a firm and masculine appearance
    • VASER Liposuction. Designed to improve results while reducing trauma, VASER Lipo allows even the most sensitive areas to be completely contoured
    • Fat Transfer. Fat can be taken from a donor site and injected into an area where more substance is needed, such as the face, chest, and back of hands, to produce a smooth and youthful look
    • Abdominal Sculpting. Tummy tuck surgery eliminates loose skin and excess fat from the belly. It can also be used to reattach separated abdominal muscles to help strengthen the core and encourage the development of “six-pack” muscles
  • Wrinkle Elimination. This can be accomplished surgically with brow and facelift techniques, or non-surgically with fillers, microneedling, laser skin resurfacing, and more
  • General Skin Rejuvenation. Signs of aging and other skin imperfections can be addressed through peels, facials, and similar medical spa services
  • Hyperhidrosis. miraDry® can permanently eliminate sweat glands to reduce excessive sweating and restore confidence and comfort

We Are Here for You

No two men have the same needs. The best way to learn which treatment or combination of treatments will be right for you is through a private and confidential consultation at our Houston office. Please call 281-242-1061 to schedule yours today.

Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics is located in Houston. We serve The Woodlands, Pearland, Katy, Spring, Sugar Land, and all nearby areas of Texas.

How Can You Get The Best Mommy Makeover Results?


Mommy makeover surgery helps to improve physical comfort and overall appearance following pregnancy. Many changes, including the accumulation of additional fat, stretching of the skin, and temporary enlargement of the breasts, can result in lumpy and uneven portions of the body, areas with loose and hanging skin, stretch marks, and deflated and asymmetrical breasts.

Mommy makeover surgery combines specific procedures to help enhance the entire frame. In the hands of a qualified and experienced surgeon, the procedure can have a profoundly positive impact on your self-esteem and confidence.

Choosing the Best Practice for Your Procedure

The first step in obtaining the best mommy makeover results is choosing the right plastic surgery practice for your procedure. Before you commit to a surgeon, do your research to make sure that:

  • The surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • The procedure will be performed in an accredited surgical facility
  • The techniques used are advanced and efficacious, and as minimally invasive as possible
  • Follow up visits are included in the cost of your procedure

When you are selecting a surgeon, take time to ask all of your questions and carefully gauge the surgeon’s responses. Be sure also to look at before and after photos and to read patient reviews, both online and on the doctor’s website, to get a better understanding of the way they treat their patients and their overall skill.

If you feel at all dissatisfied or uncomfortable with a surgeon, move on. Mommy makeover surgery is a big commitment. Selecting the right surgeon helps to ensure the most comfortable experience.

Why Choose Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics?

Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula, is Harvard-trained, board-certified by the ABPS, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He performs all mommy makeovers in our private and accredited surgical suite.

Bringing decades of experience into every mommy makeover procedure he performs, Dr. Ravi regularly participates in continuing education courses, enabling him to incorporate the latest, safest, and most effective techniques to improve patient comfort and outcomes. This includes touchless breast implant insertion and advanced liposuction techniques that work to minimize risks while optimizing results. During your initial consultation and at all points after, we encourage you to ask any questions you have, enabling us to provide you with the straightforward information you need to make the best decision for your needs.

Please call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 to schedule your mommy makeover consultation today.