Get ‘Tite’ with Four Tempting Treatments

05/27/2019 
While most of us are worried about the sudden appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, we tend to forget about the other changes that can also show our age. Healthy stores of fat and collagen disappear, further causing our skin to hang. Even if Crow’s Feet are not yet an issue, skin that has lost its support system will no longer look firm, adding unwanted years onto our appearance.
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The Perfect Pairing: the SMART Tummy Tuck and 360-Degree Liposuction

02/21/19
Both Tummy Tucks (also known as abdominoplasty) and Liposuction have remained two of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for good reason: they are both excellent methods of body contouring. Liposuction works by eliminating isolated pockets of fat just about anywhere, most commonly the abdomen, thighs, arms, and back. A Tummy Tuck addresses the abdomen by removing excess skin, tightening core muscles and providing a tighter midsection. While tummy tucks and liposuction can do wonders, addressing only a single area may not provide the degree of body sculpting most patients are looking for. This is where the innovative SMART Tummy Tuck with 360-Degree Liposuction from Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula can be a game-changer.

What makes 360-Degree Liposuction special?

Liposuction can eliminate fat almost anywhere on the body. However, sometimes only eliminating the fat in one area may bring focus onto nearby unaddressed pockets of fat. If the fat at the front of the abdomen is removed, but the fat still remains at the waist or your back, you could still have a muffin. So, instead of only relying on liposuction to remove fat from a single area, 360-Degree Liposuction can provide comprehensive results by treating the entire midsection and back. This includes liposuction of the upper abdomen, lower abdomen, mons, waist, flanks, back and bra rolls. Dr. Ravi uses this all-encompassing strategy to target all the areas of extra fat and smooth out the body from all directions. The treatment improves multiple areas at one time, creating a curvier, more contoured figure that looks great from every angle. The results of a balanced, proportional figure better meet our patients’ aesthetic goals.

360-Degree Liposuction uses the same power-assisted liposuction technique that is trusted for a single area.  Dr. Ravi chooses 360-Degree Liposuction to give patients a more individualized option for their body sculpting procedure. The technique involves moving the patient during surgery to incorporate liposuction on the back, on sides and abdomen. Dr. Ravi can custom-tailored each 360-Degree Liposuction treatment plan to address a larger area, creating a desirable, more youthful figure.

How can 360-Degree Liposuction Can Be Combined with a SMART Tummy Tuck for Even Better Results?

A drawback to liposuction is the potential for loose tissue. If the skin does not have good elasticity, it will not bounce back smoothly in a taut position. The stretched skin does not respond well to diet or exercise, making a Tummy Tuck a great option. Patients are ecstatic with a smooth and tight abdomen after a Tummy Tuck alone, however they are more likely to notice fat rolls on their back now. For this reason, Dr. Ravi may recommend pairing his 360-Degree Liposuction to be paired with his state-of-the-art  SMART Tummy Tuck.

A SMART Tummy Tuck is:

S – Safe

M – Muscular-Aponeurotic Resuspension

A – Active

R – Results

T – Thin Scar Technique

Once the unwanted fat has been eliminated using 360-Degree Liposuction, Dr. Ravi will perform a SMART Tummy Tuck, excising the remaining stretched skin and tightening muscles. Using a muscular-aponeurotic resuspension technique, Dr. Ravi will tighten the ‘six-pack’ in order to achieve a smoother, flatter abdomen. This technique also ensures a thin abdominal scar that is easily concealed under a swimsuit or underwear. Safer than traditional procedures, the SMART Tummy Tuck minimizes blood loss while optimizing comfort after the procedure. This state-of-the-art technique decreases post-op pain, limiting the need for narcotic medications, thus leaving a patient feeling more awake and energetic right after surgery.

Patients may also choose to combine their 360-Degree Liposuction with a BodyTitePRO, thigh lift, brachioplasty, or a fat transfer procedure. This can also be a part of a Mommy Makeover involving the addition of a breast augmentation or lift with a SMART Tummy Tuck and 360-Degree Liposuction. The right set of techniques for the most comprehensive results will be determined during your new patient consultation with Dr. Ravi.

See the Smart Tummy Tuck and 360-Degree Liposuction Transformation for Yourself:

Dr. Ravi has an extensive library of before and after pictures of recent Smart Tummy Tuck patients. Take a few minutes to look through these so that you can become familiar with your potential results. Check out Dr. Ravi on YouTube and his Smart Tummy Tuck and 360-Degree Liposuction transformations.

When you are ready to find out if a SMART Tummy Tuck with 360-Degree Liposuction is right for you, call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Associates at 281-242-1061 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ravi. We are conveniently located in Houston, Texas off I-10 in the Spring Valley area of Memorial.

Houston’s Top Plastic Surgery Procedures to Help You Get Your Summer Body This Winter

01/18/2019
Sweater weather has finally arrived in Houston! But it’s easy to forget that the warm summer months are right around the corner. For this reason, every year most of us end up feeling unprepared for the arrival of bikini season. This year, be proactive. Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula, recommends these top five procedures you can have this winter that guarantees to help achieve your ideal summer figure. Continue reading “Houston’s Top Plastic Surgery Procedures to Help You Get Your Summer Body This Winter” »

4 Need-to-Know Things About BodyTite

9/6/2018

BodyTite® PRO is Houston’s most exciting, minimally-invasive body and skin treatment option available at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. It may be just the right thing for you! The innovative technology uses radiofrequency waves to tighten and lift drooping skin to restore a more youthful physique. BodyTite offers exceptional results; and when combined with additional techniques, dramatic body contouring results can be experienced. What are the most important things to know about BodyTite? Take a look: Continue reading “4 Need-to-Know Things About BodyTite” »

Body Lift

Weight fluctuations, poor tissue elasticity, and the normal aging process can all contribute to an accumulation of loose, stretched skin around the midsection. Unfortunately, diet and exercise do little to improve this unsightly skin and fat. Although the abdomen is the most common area of frustration, major weight loss patients may also notice lax tissue appear along the buttocks, thighs, lower back, and upper arms.

To eliminate the stubborn stretched skin and fatty deposits that remain after a large weight loss, Dr. Ravi Somayazula offers the body lift procedure. Also known as a belt-lipectomy, the body lift removes stretched tissue, restoring taut, youthful physical contours. For some patients, this procedure may mark the first time they have experienced a shapely silhouette. Dr. Ravi’s body lift can improve the stomach, waist, flanks, and thighs. Harvard trained and board-certified, Dr. Ravi is committed to bringing a custom-tailored body contouring procedure to every patient, offering long-lasting, life-changing results.

“I applaud all men and women who have worked hard to lose substantial amounts of weight for both health and aesthetic reasons. Unfortunately, they are often left with significant excess skin that causes more embarrassment and unhappiness. Understanding proper anatomy to artistically remove the excess skin to remodel the body is key to helping patients regain their confidence.” – Dr. Ravi Somayazula

Benefits of a Body Lift Procedure:

After a successful major weight loss, many patients are disappointed to find inches of lax skin still remain. This stretched tissue simply cannot ‘snap back’ into shape, as nothing restores the diminished tissue elasticity. Unfortunately, this crepe-like skin can ultimately keep individuals from showing off their new, thinner body in tight clothing or swimwear.

Dr. Ravi’s body lift procedure was specifically designed to meticulously excise this stretched skin, and lift up the remaining skin. For best results, Dr. Ravi can use liposuction to further contour the figure. Additional techniques, such as the brachioplasty, can offer optimal body contouring benefits.

A Body Lift Can:

  • Improve sagging abdominal skin
  • Raise asymmetrical, flat, or low buttocks
  • Lift and smooth lower back
  • Tighten and lift inner and outer thighs
  • Sculpt tissue around the groin

Choosing a Body Lift at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics:

Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a Harvard trained plastic surgeon and the founder of Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. Dr. Ravi has extensive experience in the full range of cosmetic breast and body procedures, including Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck, and other body contouring techniques such as Liposuction. Bringing a patient-centered practice to Houston, Dr. Ravi is known for taking his time with each client, getting to know their needs and lifestyle before creating an individualized treatment plan. Easily earning his patient’s confidence, Dr. Ravi brings a wonderful, kind bedside manner, creating a trusting relationship with each individual he treats. Dr. Ravi and his outstanding staff of aesthetic processionals work together to achieve the desired short-term and long-term results. For this reason, Dr. Ravi is one of Houston’s most sought-after body contouring surgeons.

The Ideal Body Lift Candidate

The Body Lift was created for those patients frustrated with excess skin and fat along their midsection, lower back, and hips. An ideal candidate will be close to their ideal weight, in good health, and a nonsmoker. Additionally, patients should understand the surgical procedure and hold realistic expectations for their final results. The body lift is intended to reduce excess skin and fat along the stomach, waist, back, and thighs. The technique, however, should not be considered a substitute for weight loss.

Your Body Lift Consultation and Physical Examination

Prior to arranging a Body Lift procedure, a confidential consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Ravi at the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics office. Potential patients should set aside one to two hours for this appointment, as Dr. Ravi will take his time getting to know the individual, their desires, medical history, and lifestyle. He will discuss the various options and techniques for body contouring, answering any questions along the way. During the physical examination, Dr. Ravi will evaluate the current size, shape, and skin elasticity across the area needing correction. Precise measurements will be taken at this time, helping Dr. Ravi determine the optimal body lift technique and any complimentary procedures that should be recommended.

The Body Lift Pre-Op Appointment

Approximately two weeks before the body lift procedure, Dr. Ravi will once again see each patient in his office. During this time, Dr. Ravi and his staff will review what is expected before, during, and after the upcoming surgical procedure. If there are any remaining questions, he will answer them at this time. A set of ‘before’ photographs will be taken, to be compared with the final, ‘after’ pictures taken after the recovery. Dr. Ravi’s patient coordinator will provide any final documents that need to be signed. Finally, Dr. Ravi will provide prescriptions, which need to be filled prior to the day of surgery, including pain and anti-nausea medications and an antibiotic.

Avoid post-op complications by:

  • Stopping aspirin and NSAIDS for a week before and a week after surgery
  • Stopping herbs and supplements for a week prior and week after surgery
  • Stopping smoking four weeks before surgery; do not restart until at least four weeks after surgery
  • Carefully follow all of Dr. Ravi’s recovery instructions and contact the office immediately should any questions arise

The Body Lift Procedure

Dr. Ravi’s Body Lift procedure will be performed at a local, accredited surgical center, under the care of a board-certified anesthesiologist. Depending on the specified techniques included in the body lift, the surgical procedure can take from four to six hours. Many body lift procedures are performed on an out-patient basis, however as needed, Dr. Ravi may suggest an overnight hospital stay for a more comfortable recovery.

A thin, circumferential incision is first made, going around the body, across the lower abdomen and above the buttocks. From here, Dr. Ravi will excise the stretched skin and fat. Using liposuction, he will further contour the waist and flanks. Finally, the remaining skin and muscles will be pulled taut at an appropriate position. Sutures are placed for proper healing before a compression garment is put in place. Drains may be used to avoid fluid buildup. In this case, Dr. Ravi will remove drains during the follow-up appointment.

Getting Back to Normal After a Body Lift

The recovery from a Body Lift will take two to three weeks. Every patient will heal at their own pace, and the specific recovery will depend on the number of techniques performed and the extent of each procedure. Although patients are initially tired and sore, most people are feeling well enough to return to work or school in two weeks or less. During the initial recovery period, patient can expect swelling and mild to moderate discomfort. Assistance around the house or with young children is encouraged during this first days of a body lift recovery.

Dr. Ravi encourages his patients to walk several times each day, beginning the same day as surgery. Normal physical activities can be slowly added over the next three to ten days. However, strenuous activities and vigorous exercise should be postponed for four to six weeks, or until approval has been granted from Dr. Ravi. During the weeks to follow surgery, follow-up appointments will be scheduled with Dr. Ravi. These are an important part of the recovery process and should not be missed, as Dr. Ravi will keep a close eye on your body’s healing.

The Body Lift procedure is a safe and satisfying surgery when performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ravi. As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. These include infection, bleeding, and scarring. More serious issues, such as nerve damage, are rare but can occur. Dr. Ravi will carefully go over the chance for complications during the consultation appointment.

Get started with a body contouring procedure with Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics:

The Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics office is located on the Katy Freeway, easily reached from all areas of Houston, including Memorial and Katy. Our state-of-the-art office is both comfortortable and private. Contact a patient coordinator to schedule your body contouring consultation with Dr. Ravi by calling 281.242.1061, or simply fill out our online Contact Us form.

Body Lift FAQ:

  • What is a Body Lift?
    A Body Lift, sometimes referred to as a belt-lipectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate stretched skin and fatty tissue from the stomach, buttocks, hips, and thighs. During the surgery, Dr. Ravi will excise the lax skin then lift remaining the tissue to create a contoured physique. With a continued healthy diet and routine exercise schedule, the benefits of a Body Lift can be long-lasting.
  • Will, I make a good candidate for a Body Lift?
    If you are interested in eliminating excess, stretched skin and fat around the midsection, then a Body Lift procedure might be for you. The ideal candidate will be in overall good health, close to their ideal body weight, and hold reasonable expectations for the surgical procedure. During a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ravi, it will be determined if you are a good candidate for the body lift at this time.
  • What kind of scarring can I expect from my Body Lift?
    Dr. Ravi’s Body Lift will utilize a circumferential incision, running around the body, along the beltline or lower abdomen. A scar will remain along the incision line; however, it will be easily concealed under clothing, and over time, may fade.
  • How long is the Body Lift procedure?
    The Body Lift is a custom-tailored procedure, so surgery times will vary according to the individual patient. On average, Dr. Ravi’s body lift procedures will take from four to six hours.
  • When can I return to work after a Body Lift?
    Most of Dr. Ravi’s Body Lift patients are feeling good enough to return to work in two weeks or less. The initial recovery time will vary from patient to patient.

Chin Liposuction

Do you have stubborn fat that will not disappear from your face or neck despite a healthy diet and consistent exercise plan? This is a common issue for many men and women, regardless of their age, weight, or build. Often the result of genetics and the normal aging process, this accumulation submental fat, more commonly called the double chin, can significantly age the appearance and detract from otherwise attractive facial features.

As one of Houston’s most trusted, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Ravi Somayazula, is here to help with frustrating fat along the jaw and neck using his customizable chin and neck liposuction procedure. The same beloved surgery that has helped countless men and women achieve slimmer bodies can also be used to refine and rejuvenate the face, as well.

“Both men and women express their dissatisfaction with unsightly accumulation of fat at the lower part of their face leading to a double chin. This can cause their faces to prematurely age as well as give a false sense of being overweight. A neck lift is not appropriate for everyone with this problem and the desired outcome can be accomplished with liposuction alone or liposuction with radiofrequency FaceTite.” – Dr. Ravi Somayazula

Facial (chin and neck) liposuction can:
  • Eliminate your double chin (submental fat)
  • Remove fat along your checks (a “baby face” or “chipmunk” appearance)
  • Address other pockets of facial fat that prove resistant to diet and exercise
  • Sculpt the tissue along your neck
  • Define your jawline and bring balance to the facial features
  • Provide long-lasting facial rejuvenation

These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

CHIN LIPOSUCTION

Chin and neck contouring are performed using a minimally invasive liposuction technique designed especially for the tight area at and below the jawline. Using very tiny incisions that will ultimately disappear, the unwanted fat is gently removed, creating a firmer, smoother, and more refined appearance. The procedure can dramatically improve the overall look, balancing the surrounding facial features, including the nose and cheekbones. Best of all, the eliminated fatty tissue will not return, meaning long-lasting facial rejuvenation. Depending on your quality of skin, liposuction alone may be enough to tighten the skin in that area, but if you are a little bit older or already have loose skin in that area you can benefit from combining FaceTite and Morpheus8 treatments.

AT THE CONSULTATION

Plan on spending about an hour at your initial chin liposuction consultation with Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Associates. Dr. Ravi and your patient care coordinator will spend the necessary time to discuss the options and techniques available to improve the look of your chin and neck. A thorough examination will be performed to evaluate the fat deposits and your skin elasticity. Patients with good skin elasticity can achieve a beautiful contouring of the neck with liposuction alone, however, others may require some minor skin tightening. Keeping your personal aesthetic goals in mind, Dr. Ravi will create the ideal treatment plan, which may include additional techniques such as dermal fillers to improve the shape of the jawline. During your consultation, Dr. Ravi may also discuss Kybella® as a noninvasive alternative to chin liposuction, should it be right for you.

During this appointment, Dr. Ravi will make sure you learn all that is necessary in order to make an informed decision regarding your upcoming procedure. You will not feel any pressure to move forward and will be encouraged to ask as many questions as you like. At this time, the exact price of your chin liposuction will be determined, and our patient coordinator will review all of your payment options.

“The minute I met Dr. Ravi I instantly felt comfortable with him. He has great bedside manners, was very thorough, and really took the time to make sure all of my questions were answered.”
– Donna P., Houston, TX

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR CHIN LIPOSUCTION?

Almost any healthy patient with realistic expectations is an excellent candidate for chin or neck liposuction. For the best outcome with liposuction alone, patients should have good tissue elasticity, usually still seen in those under the age of 40 to 45. Taut tissue ensures that once the fat cells are eliminated, the skin will bounce back, providing the desired facial contours. If the skin is very lax, it can droop; in this case, combining FaceTite and Morpheus8 treatments to tighten the stretched out skin. Additionally, Dr. Ravi recommends that patients be at a stable and healthy weight before considering chin and neck liposuction. As with other fat reduction procedures, facial liposuction is not a weight loss solution or an alternative to diet and exercise.

THE PRE-LIPOSUCTION EVALUATION

Two to three weeks prior to your procedure, an appointment is scheduled to allow you time to sign all informed consent forms, and have your ‘before’ photos taken. You will meet again with Dr. Ravi to review a detailed informational packet containing specific instructions for before and after your upcoming liposuction procedure, as well as a complete list of “dos and don’ts”. Dr. Ravi will write the necessary prescriptions, including an antibiotic, pain and anti-nausea medications as needed. These should be filled prior to the day of surgery. Be prepared to follow all of these instructions closely to ensure the best possible results.

To prevent excessive bruising, we recommend stopping the use of aspirin and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) for at least one week before and one week after your chin liposuction. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped for at least one week prior to the procedure as this can delay healing. To minimize potential complications, all patients must stop smoking at least four weeks before the procedure and not resume nicotine products until four weeks after their chin liposuction.

THE CHIN LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE

The duration of your surgery will depend on the extent of correction desired and if any additional procedures will be performed. On average, chin liposuction can take about one hour. The outpatient procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia at an accredited hospital or surgical center. For your safety, each procedure will be monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Dr. Ravi begins his chin liposuction by making a couple of tiny incisions along the target area. From here, a cannula (a small, hollow tube) will be inserted. As Dr. Ravi breaks up the fatty tissue, it is suctioned away through the cannula. The removal of unwanted fat cells will continue until Dr. Ravi has sculpted the chin and neck, achieving the desired results.

YOUR RECOVERY

Expect to see some localized swelling, bruising, and discoloration immediately after your chin liposuction procedure. Temporary numbness and tingling are also possibly, but not common. Post-op discomfort is generally mild and manageable. Over the next seven to ten days, the bruising and swelling will improve. By about 6 weeks you with notice a slimmer facial profile and a well-defined chin.

A chin strap or compression wrap will be put in place immediately following your procedure. This will aid in the prevention of fluid collection and minimize swelling. Dr. Ravi will provide specific instructions on your chin strap, which will need to be worn initially around the clock, then only at night. Most of your daily activities can be resumed within a few days, however, exercise and heavy lifting should be postponed until you feel back to normal.

While Dr. Ravi’s chin liposuction incisions are meticulously placed, scarring may initially appear red or raised. Over the next couple of months, this discoloration will fade, becoming less noticeable and well-hidden in the natural contours of the jawline. Results from chin liposuction can be seen almost immediately. As the swelling diminishes and the area heals, you will begin to see a more contoured chin and sculpted jawline. Dr. Ravi is able to achieve such natural-looking results with his chin liposuction procedure that your friends and family will never know anything was done - unless you let them in on your secret!

WHY CHOOSE BODY BY RAVI PLASTIC SURGERY AND AESTHETICS FOR YOUR CHIN LIPOSUCTION?

Dr. Ravi Somayazula is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has over 10 years of plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgery experience. Trained at Rutgers University and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Ravi completed his general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts at Berkshire Medical Center, followed by a highly competitive fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Lahey Clinic and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Patient safety and a gentle, informative bedside manner are the cornerstones of Dr. Ravi’s practice, ensuring every patient is comfortable with their procedure and satisfied with their results.

Basic information on the internet is a good place to start researching chin liposuction, however, it is no substitute for a personal consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. This appointment provides a private and confidential time for Dr. Ravi to answer all of your questions about facial (chin and neck) liposuction in-depth, as they relate to your unique situation. Dr. Ravi and the team at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics will be here to guide you through all of the vital steps of an informed decision-making process and we will map out the chin liposuction treatment plan that best fits your needs.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ravi today. Call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281.242.1061 or fill out our online Contact Us form to have our patient coordinator reach out to you.

CHIN LIPOSUCTION FAQ:

  • What is chin liposuction?
    Chin or neck liposuction is a minimally invasive technique used to sculpt the lower face from the jawline down to the neck. Genetics, weight fluctuations, and the normal aging process can cause extra pockets of stubborn fat to accumulate under the chin and across the neck, lovingly referred to as a double chin. The chin liposuction procedure eliminates this excess fatty tissue and fullness in this area, contouring the neck and chin for a more graceful and youthful appearance.
  • Am I a good candidate for a breast augmentation?
    Almost any woman who is looking to improve the shape or size of her chest may be a potential candidate for the breast augmentation procedure. An ideal candidate will be over 18, with fully matured breasts, and in overall good health. Potential patients should have a full understanding of the surgical process and hold realistic expectations for the final results.
  • Could I make a good candidate for chin liposuction with Dr. Ravi?
    The ideal chin liposuction patient will be in overall good health. Patients who are struggling with a double chin or puffy, bulky fat along their jawline and neck will see excellent results from the technique, especially if they still have reasonably good skin elasticity. Candidates will understand the procedure, commit to the recovery guidelines, and will hold reasonable expectations for their chin liposuction results. A confidential consultation will be arranged with Dr. Ravi prior to scheduling your procedure; at this time, it will be determined if chin liposuction is the right technique for your needs.
  • When can I return to work after my breast augmentation procedure?
    While the recovery from a breast augmentation take approximately one week, most women are feeling good enough to return to work or school in three to five days.
  • What can I expect to improve with chin liposuction?
    Chin liposuction can successfully improve submental fat, or the double chin, as well as fullness down the neck. Performed alone, chin liposuction can enhance the appearance, taking years off your look. When combined with additional techniques, such as a neck lift to remove stretch skin, or dermal fillers, adding definition to the jawline and facial feature, optimal results can be seen.
  • How long does chin liposuction take to perform?
    Dr. Ravi’s chin liposuction procedure is performed in a local, accredited surgical suite under full or local anesthesia. The outpatient technique takes about one hour to perform. Patients will be resting at home the same afternoon.
  • When can I go back to work after my chin liposuction?
    In general, most patients are feeling well enough to return to work three to four days after their chin liposuction procedure. Initially, a head wrap or chin strap will need to be worn to promote healing, skin tightening and diminish swelling. This strap can be worn only at night when instructed by Dr. Ravi. Bruising and swelling are common during this time, but these will diminish over the first post-op week.
  • How much does Dr. Ravi’s chin liposuction cost?
    The cost of your chin liposuction procedure will vary according to your unique situation, including the extent of correction and what, if any, additional techniques will be performed. In general, the procedure can range from $2,500 to $6,500 with the addition of FaceTite and Morpheus8. At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, the price we quote you will be all-inclusive. This covers the surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist’s fees, the operating suite, compression garments, and follow-up appointments. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Ravi will create your individual chin liposuction treatment plan and determine the exact cost of your procedure. Our patient coordinator will also review all of your payment options, including medical financing.

Thigh Lift

"Excess skin accumulates at the thighs mainly due to weight loss, but it can also occur naturally as skin sags with age and loss of collagen. Unfortunately, many who suffer from this feel forced to wear baggy, loose-fitting clothes because of embarrassment. A thigh lift can bring back the refined contour of the legs with precise removal and tightening of excess skin in this area."
- Dr. Ravi Somayazula

Achieving firm, contoured thighs may seem impossible to you if you have excess skin and stubborn cellulite. Men and women alike struggle with this issue even if they maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan. Houston board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula helps his patients reshape their legs by removing excess skin and unwanted fat to achieve a smooth, natural, and youthful appearance.

Thigh Lift Can Correct:
  • Excess skin around the lower, middle and upper thighs
  • Moderate fat removal in thighs (can be combined with liposuction)

At the Consultation

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and your patient care coordinator will spend ample time during the initial consultation discussing the various options and techniques tailored to you. Your goal thigh size and shape will be discussed, keeping your expectations in mind. A thorough examination will be performed to evaluate the current size and shape of your legs, as well as the amount of excess fat and loose or excess skin. If you are also struggling with excess fat around your thighs, Dr. Ravi Somayazula may recommend combining your thigh lift with liposuction. Dr. Ravi Somayazula has great bedside manner and encourages that you 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 researched several surgeons. I knew I wanted the surgery but was really nervous of a doctor completing my vision. Dr. Ravi made sure I was informed and knowledgeable about the procedure and what to expect all the way. He took the time with me and did not just assume."
- B. J., Houston, TX

Who Is A Good Candidate?

Healthy, non-smoking individuals at a stable body weight who maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine are ideal candidates for a thigh lift. A thigh lift is often performed for men and women who have lost a large amount of weight and are now left with large amounts of loose and sagging skin around their thighs. A thigh lift can also be performed to address a loss of skin elasticity common with aging.

Preoperative Evaluation

All patients are seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointment. During that visit, all surgical consents are signed, photos are taken, and a detailed informational packet is provided with specific instructions for before and after surgery. A complete list of “dos and don’ts” is also reviewed. Patients receive prescriptions for an antibiotic, as well as pain and anti-nausea medications. Be prepared to follow all recommended pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions closely to ensure your best possible results.

Dr. Ravi recommends stopping the use of aspirin and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) for at least one week before and after surgery to prevent excessive bruising. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped for at least one week prior to surgery as they can interrupt healing. It is recommended that all patients stop smoking for at least four weeks before surgery and four weeks after surgery to minimize healing complications.

Recovery

You may experience some swelling and bruising immediately after the surgery. Bandages or dressings will be applied to the incisions, as well as a compression garment to help with swelling. Additionally, some small tubes may be placed underneath the skin temporarily, in case of blood or fluid leakage.

It will take some time to fully recover from your thigh lift. Most men and women will need to take about two-three weeks off from work as their body heals. All normal activities and exercise can resume with Dr. Somayazula’s guidance at about six weeks after surgery.

As the skin of your thighs continues to heal, and bruising and swelling gradually fade, your legs will begin to look and feel slimmer, smoother, and younger. Dr. Somayazula’s patients are often thrilled with the results of their thigh lift and can’t wait to try on their favorite clothes and purchase new wardrobes.

We are happy to provide you with a basic overview of thigh lift surgery, but the Internet is certainly no substitute for a personal, in-depth consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Ravi Somayazula is here to guide you through all steps of an informed decision-making process and will map out a treatment plan that fits your individual needs. We invite you to visit our Houston, TX office or call us today at 281.242.1061 to schedule a consultation.

Buttock Lift (Gluteoplasty)

“More and more women have come to see me not only to increase the size of--but also to lift and shape--their derriere. With age and weight fluctuations, the skin there can sag and become unsightly both in and out of clothes. I have found that by using the body’s own tissues, I can beautifully create a fuller, more shapely buttock.” - Dr. Ravi Somayazula

Full, firm, and shapely buttocks are not always easily obtainable, especially for those who have experienced weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or simply don’t have the right genetics. If you are feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your buttocks, a buttocks lift (gluteoplasty) procedure might be right for you. Houston board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a highly skilled professional who will give you satisfying results with your buttocks lift surgery. This procedure can be performed along with a Brazilian Butt Lift or can be done afterward.

Gluteoplasty Can Correct:
  • Small or flat buttocks
  • Asymmetrical buttocks
  • Sagging buttocks
  • Dissatisfaction with the appearance of your buttocks

At the Consultation

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and your patient care coordinator will spend ample time during the initial consultation discussing the various options and techniques tailored to each individual patient. Your goal size and shape for your backside will be discussed, keeping your expectations in mind. A thorough examination will be performed to evaluate your current condition. Dr. Ravi Somayazula will determine the optimal plan for your buttock lift surgery (gluteoplasty). 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.

“Five stars say it all! Dr. Ravi and his staff have been sensitive to my needs from the time of first consultation to my follow up care! Dr. Ravi took as much time as I needed, gave me the best advice and ensured I understood the undertaking of my procedures. I feel great and look amazing! He has exceeded my expectations! Dr. Ravi is someone you should consider if you are thinking of plastic surgery. Thank you Dr. Ravi, I love my body again.”
- J. R. S., Houston TX

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Most patients looking to undergo a Gluteoplasty with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula have sagging skin or a deflated appearance of their buttocks due to significant weight loss or from natural aging. The best candidates for this surgery are healthy, non-smoking individuals who have realistic expectations. An ideal candidate does not have any other medical conditions that might impair healing or increase their risk of surgery complications.

Pre-Operative Evaluation

All patients are seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointment. During that visit, all surgical consents are signed, photos are taken, and a detailed informational packet is provided with specific instructions for before and after surgery. A complete list of “dos and don’ts” is also reviewed. Patients receive prescriptions for an antibiotic, as well as pain and anti-nausea medications. Be prepared to follow all recommended pre-surgery and post-surgery instructions to ensure your best possible results.

Dr. Ravi recommends stopping the use of aspirin and all other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) for at least one week before and after surgery to prevent excessive bruising. Herbs and supplements should also be stopped for at least one week prior to surgery as they can interrupt healing. It is recommended that all patients stop smoking for at least four weeks before surgery and four weeks after surgery to minimize healing complications.

Recovery

A responsible adult should stay with you for the first 24 hours following surgery. (Some patients may need assistance for several more days.) Dr. Ravi Somayazula also recommends walking several times a day immediately following surgery. In most cases, patients can resume normal daily activities in three to ten days and can likely return to work in two weeks. Other limitations include no strenuous activity or heavy lifting for six weeks. Afterward, activity can be gradually increased.  Houston Buttock Lift surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula and his staff are always available to assist you with any questions or recovery-related issues.

The effects of your buttocks lift will be immediately noticeable. There will be some bruising and swelling in the initial weeks while your body heals. Over the next few weeks, the appearance of your buttocks will continue to improve, resulting in a natural-looking enhancement. Dr. Ravi Somayazula’s patients are often thrilled with their shapely and youthful buttocks and are excited to see how their new figure fills out their favorite pair of jeans.

We are happy to provide you with a basic overview of gluteoplasty surgery, but the internet is no substitute for a personal, in-depth consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Ravi Somayazula is here to guide you through all the steps of an informed decision-making process and will map out a customized treatment plan that fits your needs. We invite you to schedule a consultation today.

Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty Vaginal Rejuvenation at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in Houston

Not every woman is born with perfectly shaped, symmetrical labias. Additionally, many women will note their labia becoming loose and misshapen over time. As the body’s collagen stores are depleted during the normal aging process, tissues almost anywhere on the body can see a dramatic decrease in volume, losing its youthful shape; this includes the labia majora and labia minora. Physical trauma, such as pregnancy and childbirth, accelerate this process.

Excessively long, misshapen, or asymmetrical labia can become a source of embarrassment, as a woman may not think her genitals look aesthetically pleasing or ‘normal’. On top of this, excess labia tissue can pull and pinch under clothing and during intercourse. Thus, over time, women may lose interest in sexual activity and note a decreased ability for physical exercise. These ladies may even experience an increased risk of infection from constant irritation. Sometimes women are unable to wear tight clothing due to embarrassment.

The Benefits of a Labiaplasty

Houston’s Dr. Ravi Somayazula’s labiaplasty procedure can remove unwanted, excessive labial tissue, effectively improving symmetry and reducing drooping of the vulvar lips. The labiaplasty is an easily tolerated, outpatient procedure that will sculpt and reshape the labia to create an aesthetically pleasing and more comfortable genital area. Through his customizable labiaplasty techniques, Dr. Ravi will create more attractive labia, restoring a woman’s confidence and increasing her physical pleasure.

There are many reasons a woman will turn to Dr. Ravi for a labiaplasty, all are uniquely personal. A large or misshapen labia can be the result of a congenital deformity, or the tissue may have changed due to childbirth or the normal aging process. Either way, a long or unattractive labia can cause significant emotional and physical distress.

Top Reasons Women Seek a Labiaplasty:
  • Embarrassment over misshapen or asymmetrical labia
  • Pain and pulling of during sexual activities
  • Friction under tight clothing
  • Rubbing and discomfort during physical activities
  • Noticeable ‘bulge’ in swimwear or leggings
  • Recurrent skin infections
  • Shame during intimate situations

Women who are uncomfortable with their labia may find themselves shying away from intimate situations. Additionally, bulky labia can be seen under tight clothing like swimwear and leggings. Aside from the emotional strain of a cumbersome labia, the excess of tissue may rub under jeans or during physical activities. Sexual intercourse can be extremely painful, as the tissue is pulled and pinched.

These before & after photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

Choosing Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for a Labiaplasty

Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a Harvard-trained, board certified plastic surgeon, with a decade of labiaplasty experience. Over the years, Dr. Ravi has honed his labiaplasty techniques to best meet the aesthetic and physical needs of his patients. Together with the top plastic surgery staff in Houston, Dr. Ravi offers women a chance to reclaim their confidence and self-esteem through female genital surgery.

One of the most important aspects of Dr. Ravi’s practice is his clear, open line of communication with each patient. He takes the necessary time to get to know every patient, prior to creating her surgical treatment plan. Dr. Ravi, and the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, understand the concerns over female genital surgery and educate during this consultation about its pros and cons. By carefully assessing each woman’s aesthetic desires and personal lifestyle, Dr. Ravi can plan for a labiaplasty procedure that will provide the most satisfactory results, ultimately reaching her surgical goals.

The Ideal Labiaplasty Candidate

Most women, struggling with a large or misshapen labia, can make a good candidate for Dr. Ravi’s labiaplasty procedure. The ideal patient will be an individual who is troubled by either physical discomfort or embarrassment from the excessive skin of an elongated labia. Potential candidates need to be in generally good health, with a clear understanding about the surgical process and recovery requirements. Patients should not smoke, or be willing to avoid all nicotine products for at least four weeks before and four weeks after surgery.

"So my story starts after having a simple procedure from a gynecologist at the Women's Center downtown last year go wrong in every way possible, and leaving me looking "un-even" and feeling self-conscious about myself in a certain area. Although my situation "down there" was not any where nearly as bad as some of the pictures I have seen, it still made me feel self-conscious, not only by appearance but also having pain with intimacy with my husband (meaning after one round with him, I couldn't "go again") so thankfully I have an awesome husband that agreed to let me have this surgery 2 weeks ago. I am more than impressed with the way things look already! Dr. Ravi is a true artist. I was expecting things to just look "even" finally, but Dr. Ravi went above and beyond my expectations and It literally looks perfect! Ladies, if you're wanting to look like those photoshopped models in penthouse and playboy, go see Dr. Ravi! I was told that it would take several months to heal and see the final results and it's only been a little over 2 weeks and I'm already perfect! Not only did he surgically do a remarkable job, but his bedside manner is honestly the best I've ever experienced from a doctor & staff. His nurses are very kind and make you feel comfortable through the whole experience as well. One more thing I would love to mention is that with the research I've done, you know they're a good plastic surgeon when there is very minimal pain during recovery, and for this surgery-with all the research and what I was told is that I would be in pain for at least 5 to 7 days, and I was fine by the third day! I was in pain the first day which wasn't really that big of a deal because I had so much of the anesthesia in my system that I just slept It off, but after that the second day was bearable and by the third day I was able to sleep, walk, and sit comfortably! So thank you Dr. Ravi and staff for treating me so great and making me look exceptional!"

Labiaplasty Consultation and Physical Examination

The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Dr. Ravi’s labiaplasty procedure will be through a private consultation at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. Please put aside 1 hour for this initial, in-depth appointment. During the consultation, Dr. Ravi will take time to get to know your situation and aesthetic desires before performing a physical evaluation. Next, he will explain the various surgical approaches for sculpting and shaping the labia. Dr. Ravi will use a variety of before and after photographs of his recent labiaplasty patients to assist in a visualization of your potential results. After addressing any remaining questions, Dr. Ravi will determine if a labiaplasty is the right procedure to reach your desired aesthetic goals, improving both function and aesthetics. If so, he will create a personalized labiaplasty treatment plan, which includes the total cost. A patient coordinator will review all of your payment options at this time, as well.

Labiaplasty Pre-Op Appointment

Roughly two weeks before your labiaplasty procedure, a pre-op appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Ravi. At this time, an information packet will be provided, including a list of dos and don’ts for before and after surgery. Surgical consent forms will be signed. Dr. Ravi will write prescriptions for an antibiotic, anti-nausea medications, and pain medications. Please have these filled before the day of surgery. Finally, a set of ‘before’ photographs will be taken, to be compared with the final results. Plenty of time will be provided to ask any last minute labiaplasty questions, as well.

Labiaplasty Procedure

Dr. Ravi performs his labiaplasty procedures at an accredicted surgical center. The technique is performed on an outpatient basis, taking from one to two hours. Women are back at home the same day. Depending on the individual patient, most labiaplasty procedures are performed under general anesthesia, with a board certified anesthesiologist present at all times.

There are three major types of labiaplasty procedures from Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. The right technique will depend on the individual patient’s needs and lifestyle. These include:

  • Labia Minora Reduction: removing excess skin of the inner lips of the vulva
  • Labia Majora Reduction: removing excess skin of the outer lips of the genitalia
  • Clitoral Hood Reduction: removing excess skin over the clitoris

To begin the labiaplasty procedure, Dr. Ravi will make several small incisions along the labia majora or labia minora. Next, he will remove any excess tissue, reducing unwanted skin. Finally, the remaining labia is contoured and reshaped until the desired aesthetic has been achieved. If any additional techniques are to be combined with the labiaplasty, such as a Clitoral Hood Reduction, they will be completed at this time. To finish, Dr. Ravi will place dissolvable sutures, ensuring a proper recovery. Some women may also opt to have this performed as part of a Mommy Makover along with a Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck or Liposuction.

Getting Back to Normal After the Labiaplasty Procedure

As the labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, there is no need for an overnight hospital stay. Mild swelling, redness, bruising, and discomfort are common for the first few days. Dr. Ravi will provide the appropriate pain medications, as needed. Women should refrain from sitting for prolonged periods during the initial two weeks. Swelling and discomfort from surgery should resolve over the first several days.

Most ladies are feeling good enough to return to work in three to five days, although everyone heals at their own pace. Tight clothing should be avoided for at least six weeks. Sexual intercourse will need to be postponed until the labia has fully healed, about six weeks. Several follow-up appointments will be scheduled with Dr. Ravi, allowing him to carefully follow your healing process. He will give the go-ahead for resuming physical activities, including sexual intercourse.

Contact Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics to Schedule Your Labiaplasty Consultation:

Located on the Katy Freeway in Houston, the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics office is easy to reach from all sides of the city. Our beautiful, state-of-the-art office located in the Spring Valley Medical Plaza building in Memorial is well-appointment, comfortable, and private. To determine if a labiaplasty is right for your needs, schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Ravi by calling 281.242.1061 or fill out our Contact Us form. An online consultation can be arranged for those women coming from outside of the immediate area. Speak with a patient coordinator for more information.

Labiaplasty FAQ:

  • What is a labiaplasty procedure?
    Long, misshapen, or asymmetrical labia may be the result of a congenital malformation, or occur over time with hormonal changes, childbirth, and the aging process. Dr. Ravi’s labiaplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure, designed to shape and sculpt the labia majora and the labia minora, increasing patient comfort and restoring an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • How long will the labiaplasty take to perform?
    Depending on the individual patient and the extent of correction, Dr. Ravi’s labiaplasty will take from one to two hours to perform.
  • When can I return to work and routine activities after my labiaplasty?
    Most women are feeling well enough to return to work, school, and other daily activities in three to five days, although everyone’s recovery will be different. Strenuous exercises and heavy lifting should be postponed for four to six weeks in order to give the tissue appropriate time to heal.
  • When can I have sex after my labiaplasty?
    Sexual intercourse should not be resumed for six weeks so that the labia can fully heal. Dr. Ravi will carefully follow your recovery progression and let you know when intercourse can be resumed.
  • What are the risks associated with a labiaplasty?
    Dr. Ravi’s labiaplasty is considered a safe and effective procedure. Redness, tenderness, and swelling are normal immediately after surgery, but these will quickly improve. As with any surgical procedure, there is always a very small chance for complications to arise. Although rare, unexpected bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, and nerve damage can occur.

Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

Many men and women have worked hard to shed significant amounts of weight with diet and exercise or even weight loss surgery. Although it is time to feel proud of their accomplishments, many feel embarrassed instead because of the appearance of loose, excess skin at the abdomen, arms, chest, thighs and neck. The elasticity of skin becomes compromised during the course of weight gain and weight loss with resultant excess skin that is unable to recoil. It can be frustrating to have this undesired side effect of weight loss which can cause difficulties fitting into clothes, problems with exercising, and itchy rashes at skin folds. Dr. Ravi has a specific interest in working with this population. He looks forward to helping them complete the final step in their transformation by surgically removing excess skin and contouring their bodies into a new, sleek look!.

Most Common Concerns:
  • Excess loose skin
  • Remaining pockets of fat
  • Stretch marks
  • Weakness of abdominal wall
  • Loss of figure and waistline
  • Sagging breasts with excess skin

Dr. Ravi offers multiple combinations of surgeries for body contouring after dramatic weight loss. His intention is to improve the overall shape and figure by tightening the excess skin and removing stubborn fat pockets. Some individuals require multiple, staged procedures to achieve their desired look. In these cases, it would be best to start from the lower body and work upwards to the face and neck.

Dr. Ravi offers a number of plastic surgery procedures that can be performed in combination or over a series of treatments to tighten the skin and shape a slimmer contour.

Lower body Procedures to complete a weight loss journey:

Upper body Procedures to complete a weight loss journey:

The Consult

During your initial consultation with Dr. Ravi, he will have a detailed discussion about your realistic goals and will formulate a unique plan to fit your needs. Anyone who is in overall good health and has lost a significant amount of weight and has made a commitment to maintain that weight, lifestyle, and dietary habits may be an excellent candidate for surgery. Patients should be able to demonstrate a steady weight for six months prior to body contouring surgery.

Pre-Operative

All patients will be seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointment. At that time, surgical consents are signed, photos are taken, and an informational packet is provided, which details instructions for before and after surgery.

The Procedure

The time Dr. Ravi requires to perform body contouring after dramatic weight loss varies, depending on the number and types of procedures the patient elects. These are typically performed as outpatient procedures under either general or local anesthesia (determined by the surgical area), at a credentialed hospital with a board certified anesthesiologist. An extensive procedure may require an overnight stay in the hospital.

The Recovery

Recovery will also depend on the number and type of procedures elected. In most cases, it is reasonable to plan to stay home and rest for one to two weeks. More extensive surgeries understandably require more time for better healing and outcomes.