Three Breast Surgery Without Implant Options

Frequently, breast enhancement is equated with breast implants. However, several ways to improve the size and shape of the breasts do not involve implants at all.

At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula is devoted to helping individuals reach their goals. If you are interested in breast enhancement without implants, get in touch and schedule your consultation today to learn more about your options. Continue reading Three Breast Surgery Without Implant Options

What Are the Most Common Costs Associated With a Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation can improve the breasts’ size, shape, and symmetry. Consistently one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, several different techniques, options, and approaches can influence its cost.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula, a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than a decade of experience, is committed to utilizing the safest, most advanced, and least traumatic breast augmentation techniques available. These include:

  • Keller Funnel® Implant Insertion. Breast implant insertion with the Keller Funnel allows for a “No-Touch Techniques” along with a much smaller incision versus a traditional technique. By using this specialized funnel, the implants never come in contact with the patient’s skin or the gloves of the surgeon. This not only decrease the risks of infection but also is the least traumatic insertion. There have also been studies that indicate the use of the Keller Funnel also minimizes the chances of capsular contracture, which is internal scarring.
  • Exparel® Non-Opioid Analgesic. Dr. Ravi injects Exparel, a local long-acting anesthetic, directly into breast tissue to decrease postoperative discomfort for up to 72 hours. The use of this has allowed our patients to reduce the need for narcotic pain medications following breast augmentation. Exparel® allows for a shorter recovery period as well, with many women able to return to work after three to four days

These advanced, patient-focused options will factor into the total cost of your breast augmentation procedure at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics. Additional charges associated with the procedure include:

  • Facility Fees. Dr. Ravi performs breast augmentation in our private, nationally accredited AAAASF surgical facility staffed with highly trained professionals, including specialized plastic surgery nurses, to help ensure patient safety
  • Board-Certified Anesthesiologists Fees. The anesthesiologist overseeing pain management is present throughout the procedure to further ensure patient comfort and safety

Breast Implant Placement

Dr. Ravi uses FDA-approved breast implants for all augmentation procedures. These can be inserted over or under the muscles in the chest, depending on factors, such as how much breast tissue is present, that are unique to the patient. Where implants are inserted can influence the length of surgery and may have a negligible impact on breast augmentation costs.

We offer both silicone and saline round breast implants to ensure optimal personalization. The types of breast implant selected will also have an impact on the total cost of your procedure. 

Silicone implants that Dr. Ravi chooses to work with are the full line Allergan Natrelle Gel Implants. These include the responsive, soft touch and cohesive gel implants. Costs do vary with these. During your consultation specific measurements are taken by Dr. Ravi himself to determine size, projection and placement.

Dr. Ravi is a trusted and award-winning plastic surgeon who takes the time to discuss all options and provide detailed information about procedural costs to help ensure patients are making the best decisions for their needs. If you have been considering breast augmentation in the Houston area, call us at 281-242-1061 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you reach your goals. 

Breast Implant Revision: What Are Your Options?


Breast implant revision is designed to address issues that may arise in the months or even years following breast augmentation. In some cases, these issues are aesthetic, such as asymmetrical results or dissatisfaction with the size, shape, or projection of the implants. Others are related to comfort, such as in cases where capsular contracture has occurred. While much less common, some implants may also require replacement due to developed imperfections like wrinkles and ripples, folds, and deflation. Continue reading Breast Implant Revision: What Are Your Options?

Four Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About Breast Implant Replacement


Breast implant replacement may become necessary following breast implant rupture or leak. It may also be necessary due to malposition, implant rippling or wrinkling, or similar aesthetic issues. Continue reading Four Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About Breast Implant Replacement

Five Procedures You Can Have as Part of Your Mommy Makeover


Mommy makeover surgery is designed to address those areas most commonly impacted by pregnancy and nursing. Because pregnancy can have different effects on different women, it is important that each Mommy Makeover procedure be customized to meet the specific needs of the individual.  Also keep in mind that you do not have to have been pregnant or nursing to have a Mommy Makeover, any person who had more than one body area they are working on qualifies for a Mommy Makeover.

When you choose Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics for your procedure, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula, will take time to understand your desires and fully assess your areas of concern before recommending which procedures will be most suitable for your needs.

Combining Procedures

While each mommy makeover surgery is customized, some procedures are more common than others. Five of the most common are:

  • Breast Augmentation. This procedure uses implants to restore volume to the breasts. Dr. Ravi also offers Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation for women who would prefer to avoid implants.
  • Breast Lift. This procedure addresses sagging breast tissue and nipple displacement, helping to restore a perky and ideally positioned breast mound. This can be performed with or without breast implants.
  • Liposuction. With liposuction, Dr. Ravi can remove stubborn deposits of fat from the thighs, hips, low back, abdomen, arms, and other areas holding weight from pregnancy. We offer the latest liposuction technique, including VASER liposuction to meet the specific needs of each individual
  • Abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck surgery is used to eliminate excess skin around the belly. It can also be used to trim the waist and reattach abdominal muscles that have become separated due to pregnancy
  • Arm Lift. Brachioplasty removes sagging skin and excess fat from the underside of the arm, helping to restore both form and comfort to the upper arms

In addition to these procedures, some Mommy Makeover surgeries can include other body procedures such as a Thigh Lift to remove excess skin from the upper legs, a Brazilian Buttock Lift to improve symmetry and restore volume in the buttocks, Labiaplasty for improved comfort in the vaginal area, and more.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

Each Mommy Makeover is unique. The best way to learn which procedures can help you reach your goals is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable Houston office. Please call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 to schedule your consultation today.

How to Prepare For Your Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery.  At your consultation, Dr. Ravi will discuss with you if you are a good candidate for the procedure as well as discussing the few and low likely risks involved. One of the most effective ways to guard against these potentialities is through close adherence to the pre and postoperative directions provided by our office. While these will be covered in detail before your procedure, below are some basic steps that will be useful in preparation for your
breast augmentation procedure. Continue reading How to Prepare For Your Breast Augmentation

How Does Dr. Ravi Personalize Your Breast Augmentation?


Harvard-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula cares deeply about the health, safety, and satisfaction of each patient he sees. Taking time to understand the unique anatomy, desires, and ultimate goals of our breast augmentation patients, Dr. Ravi carefully plans and performs these procedures with the attention of an artist. This helps to ensure each breast enlargement is both natural-looking and complementary to surrounding features. Continue reading How Does Dr. Ravi Personalize Your Breast Augmentation?

Which Procedures Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?


Having children is one of the most rewarding aspects of life, but it comes with changes that may neither encourage confidence nor feel particularly comfortable. Many of those changes may even prove resistant to diet and exercise, leaving many women to wonder if any solutions exist. Enter the Mommy Makeover, a procedure designed to address the physical changes caused by pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. Continue reading Which Procedures Are Included in a Mommy Makeover?

What is the Safest Breast Implant?


There are two possible fillings for breast implants

  • Silicone
  • Saline

Silicone is a synthetic polymer that, as a breast implant filling, tends to produce a more natural look and feel. Saline is a sterile saltwater solution that tends to make implants look fuller and more rounded.

Both types of breast implants are approved by the FDA and are considered safe for breast augmentation.

While both types of breast implants are safe, there are certain advantages each offers over the other.

Saline implants are filled after they have been placed. This may offer advantages such as a smaller incision and the ability to make slight adjustments to volume after the implants have been placed. This implant option may produce a firmer feel and fuller appearance than silicone alternatives as well.

Silicone implants tend to produce a look and feel that more closely resembles breast tissue. Form-stable implants, also known as “gummy bear breast implants,” have been designed to mimic breast tissue perfectly, allowing for natural-looking and lifelike results. Due to the viscosity of silicone breast implants, they are much less likely to develop aesthetic imperfections such as ripples, wrinkles, or bisection.

What About Breast Implant Rupture?

Breast implant rupture is a rare, but not impossible occurrence. According to the National Institutes of Health, saline breast implants rupture at a higher rate, but are easier to detect. When a saline implant ruptures, it deflates quickly, allowing the issue to be known immediately. The solution is safely absorbed by the body.

A ruptured silicone breast implant may not be as easy to detect at first. Form stable implants may never leak solution, but older models can slowly deflate, allowing the silicone to leak into the body. This may produce discomfort and change the appearance of your implants, but there is no established link between silicone breast implant rupture and serious medical issues.

If you have silicone breast implants, it may be a good idea to have an MRI or ultrasound every ten years to make sure there are no ruptures.

BIOCELL® Textured Breast Implants

In July of 2019, Allergan issued a voluntary recall of its BIOCELL® textured breast implants due to an increased risk of BIA-ALCL, a rare but deadly form of cancer. Evidence suggests that the issue lies with specific models of textured implants, not textured implants in general, with the BIOCELL® implant being linked to higher risks of BIA-ALCL.

All of the breast implants available through our office are FDA-approved and have been carefully selected for their quality and durability. If you have textured breast implants that you would like to have removed and replaced, Dr. Ravi would be happy to discuss your breast implant revision options. If you have BIOCELL® textured implants, Allergan may partially pay for the cost of replacement. This can be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.

Why Choose Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for Your Breast Augmentation?

Dr. Ravi is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and holds himself to the highest standards of patient care. He uses advanced breast augmentation techniques, including the Keller Funnel® implant insertion option for silicone breast implants and Exparel® injections to decrease postoperative discomfort and speed the healing process. 

Attentive, caring, and experienced, Dr. Ravi takes time to understand the individual needs of each patient and caters each treatment to produce the most ideal results.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Ravi, please call 281-242-1061 today. Located in Houston, we welcome breast augmentation patients from The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land, and all surrounding areas.