“The Body Patient” – A Patient’s Perspective on Plastic Surgery with Houston’s Dr. Ravi Somayazula—Part 2 of Tummy Tuck


Last week’s blog was Part 1 of Jennifer’s Tummy Tuck interview discussing her personal journey. We have the conclusion of her interview now. We hope you enjoyed hearing about her experience with Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics and Dr. Ravi Somayazula.

Did you feel well prepared for your plastic surgery?

I felt 100% prepared for my surgery. About two weeks before surgery I had my pre-op appointment. I was given a folder with detailed procedure information and paperwork that explained all the essential information I needed to know. Dr. Ravi and his staff specifically went over my before and after surgery instructions in detail so that I could start getting prepared. I was happy I got to meet with Dr. Ravi again before surgery, and he made sure all my last-minute questions were answered. I was nervous about having surgery, but having that appointment really made me feel prepared and eventually excited.

What was the best advice that was given to you?

My best advice was to take the recommended time off work, and to spend time reading through all the surgery paperwork I got at my pre-op appointment. Usually with previous non-elective surgeries I have skimmed over the paperwork, and never really read over the important information. I don’t think I could’ve been half as prepared as I was for this surgery if I hadn’t taken staff’s advice to carefully read over it.

How was your recovery after surgery?

My recovery was better than expected. I took two weeks off work and ended up returning to work a few days sooner than I had planned. I’m not going to lie, the first week was really hard especially with those drains in place. But, Dr. Ravi and his staff did a great job of preparing me and setting my expectations. I knew to take my pain medications as instructed to stay comfortable. I was also go glad they had mentioned that I should start taking a stool softner and Miralax along with the pain meds to prevent constipation. I had a friend who underwent a tummy tuck and her doctor didn’t mention that to her and she has horrible abdominal pain because of it.

Are you happy with your results? Would you do it again?

I am very happy with my results and am so thankful to Dr. Ravi and his entire team. I can finally wear a 2-piece swim suit and sleeveless tops and not feel bad anymore. It’s really improved my confidence and I almost feel like a whole new person now. Plastic surgery may not be for everyone, but it was certainly the right choice for me!

Advise for future patients?

If you’ve been contemplating having a tummy tuck procedure, I would recommend moving forward with surgery. It is not quite as scary as you might think, but it is a commitment. My biggest regret in all of this is that I should have done it sooner. I am so happy to have found Dr. Ravi and his entire staff. They really did take such good care of me and my results are so amazing. I love my new body and you will too, if you choose Dr. Ravi.

We hope you found this patient perspective interview helpful in your journey to plastic surgery. To learn more about Tummy Tucks (or other procedures, such as Breast Augmentation, Mommy Makeovers and Brazilian Butt Lift), please call us today at 281-242-1061 or email us to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Ravi specializes in breast and body contouring procedures and would be happy to discuss an abdominoplasty in person to make sure you’re a great candidate!

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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wished to all of those impacted by COVID-19. We understand that this has impacted our entire country in multiple ways, from falling sick to job changes and school cancellations. We understand your multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is open and ready to serve you. We have restarted performing elective surgeries at an Ambulatory Surgery Center, and in office elective surgical procedures will resume after May 8th. In order to decrease viral spread and to minimize utilization of medical supplies during this time of need, we have implemented a strict screening protocol. As far as non-surgical procedures, we are slowly rolling out these procedures. We are currently offering Botox and other non-surgical in office procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling. We tentatively will be restarting filler treatments on May 18th. All staff and all patients are required to wear masks at all times. We are also not allowing any additional guests at this time. We are taking extra time and extra steps to make sure all contact surfaces, such as door handles and counter tops, are cleaned around the clock with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety had always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, will continue to offer both complimentary virtual consultations via a HIPAA compliant and secure platform and in person office consultations. We are happy to provide these two options so that you can choose the option that is most comfortable for you.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing bases.

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