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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Morpheus8

Morpheus8 is the latest safe, noninvasive skin resurfacing treatment available in Houston. It’s perfect for taking years off the appearance without surgery and very little downtime. This simple in office procedures is comfortable and only requires some light topical numbing cream. With natural aging, skin may unfortunately begin to look dull and loose its luster, showing off a maze of fine lines and wrinkles. Years of sun exposure can also mean sun spots, discoloration and areas of hyperpigmentation that detract from a once even-toned complexion. Acne scars, rough patches, and stretchmarks take the place of smooth, youthful skin. Traditionally, the only successful methods for skin rejuvenation have required multiple treatment modalities or risky laser resurfacing techniques.

Luckily now, Houston’s Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics offers a safe, non-surgical solution to restore the skin’s youthful radiance and slow the effects of aging: Morpheus8. This unique, fractional radiofrequency (RF) skin rejuvenation treatment can safely and dramatically improve the skin’s appearance.

Why should I choose Morpheus 8?

  • To improve the appearance of surgical scars
  • To increase tissue firmness on the face and body
  • To correct sun damaged skin
  • To minimize fine facial lines and deep wrinkles
  • To eliminate acne scars and stretchmarks
  • To smooth uneven skin texture
  • To decrease pore size
  • To brighten skin tone
  • To treat active acne
  • To erase dark spots and areas of hyperpigmentation

MORPHEUS-8 IN HOUSTON

Morpheus8’s combination of microneedling and localized heat helps to boost the body’s production of collagen and elastin, instantly improving the skin’s texture and tone.  You will enjoy long term benefits as it propels the body to continue making these changes for months to come. The resulting spike in collagen smooths out wrinkles and improves the appearance of scars, while evening out the skin tone and complexion. Morpheus8 makes an excellent choice for resurfacing and exfoliating the dry, damaged top layer of skin that comes with age and sun damage, while ensuring safety throughout treatment.  Rather than recklessly ablating a large area of tissue, as with traditional laser treatments, Morpheus8 uses a compact series of micro-needles, penetrating the skin’s surface to apply RF heat waves deep within the dermis. The small, pin-points of RF energy stimulates the skin’s most important structural protein, collagen.  The energy applied can be changed and will be personalized based on individual needs.

What areas can be treated with Morpheus8?

  • Entire Face
  • Neck
  • Décolletage
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Areas with Stretchmarks such as Abdomen, Thighs, Buttocks
  • Post-Surgical Scars, such as with Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Abdominoplasty
  • Banana Roll under Buttocks
  • Knees
  • Underarms for Sweating and Odor

Over the last few years, CO2 and Erbium laser treatments have become very popular. While these treatments are similar to Morpheus8 as far as treatment benefits, the newer Morpheus8 RF treatments provide far better results but with much faster healing and recovery time, and with decreased risks of long-term side effects. Morpheus8 provides better results as the treatment allowing us to treat deeper lines and scarring versus the Matrix RF. As Morpheus8’s radiofrequency heating is color-blind, making the RF treatment is completely safe for all skin types, even those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Ultimately, Morpheus8 holds less risk for complications like hyperpigmentation, melasma, and sun sensitivity.

“Both men and women can benefit from skin resurfacing, as no one is immune to the effects of the aging process and the effects of the environment.  Morpheus8 is an ideal treatment with little downtime.  However, when Morpheus8 is combined with FaceTite, the results are extraordinary.”

– Dr. Ravi Somayazula

WHAT IS EMPRACE RF?

EmbraceRF is a combination treatment that is ideal for anyone not ready for a Facelift, but wanting to slow down the aging process.  EmbraceRF is a combination of two InMode powerhouse technologies, FaceTite and Morpheus8. The results are phenomenal with the heat-based skin tightening along with the only technology on the market that can cause subdermal adipose remodeling.  Nothing else exists on the market that can achieve what this combination procedure can achieve, all without visible scars and face lift like results. The loose skin of the jawline and neck greatly improves while the skin of the entire face and neck becomes more youthful.  All this while awake, home the same day, no discomfort, very little downtime and no visible scars.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR MORPHEUS-8

Morpheus8 is a safe and effective method for rejuvenating the skin without the risks associated with laser treatments or invasive surgery. The treatment is safe for all skin types and complexions. Even patients with sensitive tissues can safely choose Morpheus8 for their skin resurfacing needs.

An ideal candidate for Morpheus8 will be someone in overall good health, with a clear understanding of the treatment process, and have realistic expectations for their final results. Those who are pregnant, breast feeding, or struggling with an active skin infection may be encouraged to postpone their Morpheus8 treatment. If severe wrinkles or skin laxity is present, Morpheus8 may not be the best treatment option. During your consultation, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi can recommend the appropriate technique(s) for skin rejuvenation such as combination treatment with BodyTite PRO or Tummy Tuck.

YOUR MORPHEUS-8 CONSULTATION

Prior to scheduling your first Morpheus8 session, a private consultation will be arranged at the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ Houston office. Plan on being at your initial consultation for 30-60 minutes, as we will take this time to get to know your individual needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to offer patient-centered care, creating a unique treatment plan for each individual.

Your Morpheus8 consultation will begin with an in-depth skin assessment. The doctors will discuss your desires for both short-term and long-term improvements. Next, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi will carefully explain all of your treatment options, including Morpheus8, answering any questions that arise along the way. Finally, if Morpheus8 is determined to be the right technique for your needs, a customized treatment plan will be created, based on your desired results. At this time, our patient coordinator will also discuss the cost of treatment and all of your payment options.

MORPHEUS-8 FROM BODY BY RAVI PLASTIC SURGERY AND AESTHETICS

Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi will perform your Morpheus8 session in one of the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ private treatment rooms. Depending on the individual patient, the treatment can take from 45 minutes to two hours. While most people find Morpheus8 easily tolerated, a local anesthetic or topical numbing cream will be applied before beginning the treatment, to ensure complete comfort. The doctor will then move the Morpheus8 hand piece along the predetermined area of tissue, gently passing the patented device over the skin. As the micro-pins brush the surface, fractional RF energy is delivered to the deepest tissues. Once the Morpheus8 treatment has finished, patients are free to return home and at home skin care regiment will be recommended for continued improvement.

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL AFTER YOUR MORPHEUS-8 SESSION

Downtime after a Morpheus8 session is minimal. Patients should expect redness, mild swelling, and areas of taut or ‘shiny’ skin for three to five days. Small, flaky scabs and peeling skin is common along the microlesions. During this time, it is important to keep the skin protected from direct sun exposure and generous use of SPF sunscreen. The treatment area should also stay moisturized, utilizing a recommended product such as Aquaphor. Makeup can once again be applied to the skin the following day. Most people are ready to return to work the day after treatment, as the irritation soon begins to fade. Before leaving the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ office, our staff will carefully review all of the post-treatment instructions.

RESULTS FROM MORPHEUS-8

Many patients will see visible improvements in their skin’s texture and quality immediately after the Morpheus8 treatment. However, optimal results will take two to three weeks to appear, increasing as the collagen production gets under way. The skin will begin to look smoother and tighter, with a more even tone and brighter complexion. Patients can expect the benefits of Morpheus8 to gradually continue to increase for up to three full months. For the most desirable results, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi generally recommend between one and four Morpheus8 treatments, each scheduled three to five weeks apart. Morpheus8 can be performed alone, or combined with additional treatments, such as dermal fillers or Botox Cosmetic, for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

CONTACT BODY BY RAVI PLASTIC SURGERY AND AESTHETICS TO GET STARTED WITH MORPHEUS-8

If you would like to speak with an expert about Morpheus8, contact Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281.242.1061 or fill out our online Contact Us form. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art office is located at 9230 Katy Freeway, close to the Katy and Memorial areas. Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi look forward to meeting with you to determine the best treatment plan for your needs.

MORPHEUS-8 FAQ:

  • What is Morpheus8?
    Morpheus8 is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment, utilizing a matrix of tiny micro-pins that generate RF heat deep in the skin. The treatment resurfaces the epidermis through a series of mini micro-channels that will warm these layers, thus enhancing the tissue’s natural collagen production. Morpheus8 provides youthful results with little downtime. Morpheus8 can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth acne scaring, decrease the appearance of stretchmarks, and improve the skin’s texture.
  • What skin issues can be improved with Morpheus8?
    Morpheus8 can significantly improve areas of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, dull tissue, pore size, uneven tone, acne scars, active acne, stretchmarks, and lax skin.
  • What are the most common areas treated with Morpheus8?
    Morpheus8 can be used almost anywhere on the face, neck, and body. The treatment is safe enough to be used on even the most delicate tissues around the mouth and upper/lower eyelids. Some of the most commonly requested treatment areas include the forehead, brows, cheeks, nasolabial folds, jawline, neck, arms, and hands.
  • Can Morpheus8 really help with stretchmarks?
    Stretchmarks can arise from weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and childbirth, or the use of performance enhancing drugs. Morpheus8’s RF energy is the perfect treatment for anyone dealing with stretchmarks on the stomach, shoulders, buttocks, hips, thighs, or arms. Morpheus8 has the power to rebuild the existing collagen deep within the dermis, as well as generate new collagen stores, causing stretchmarks to fade away.
  • Could I make a good candidate for Morpheus8?
    Morpheus8 can provide significant results for almost anyone struggling with mild to moderate wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, lax tissue, and scars. Potential patients should understand the treatment process and hold reasonable expectations for their results. Those patients with an active skin infection or are pregnant may be asked to postpone their Morpheus8 treatment.
  • How long does each Morpheus8 session take?
    Depending on the area being treated and the individual patient, each Morpheus 8 session may take from 45 minutes to two hours.
  • How soon will I see results from my Morpheus8 session?
    Some patients will immediately notice smoother, tighter skin. However, most Morpheus 8 results will take two to three weeks to appear, then continuing to improve over the next three months.
  • Will more than one Morpheus8 treatment be needed?
    While every patient is different, on average, between one and four Morpheus8 sessions are necessary to achieve optimal results. Each Morpheus8 treatment should be spaced three to five weeks apart, giving the tissue time to heal between sessions.
  • What will my post- Morpheus8 home-care consist of?
    For the first two weeks, while your skin is healing, it is extremely important to avoid direct sun exposure and wear a high SPF sunscreen at all times. Keep the treatment area moist and hydrated using a topical cream such as Aquaphor. Makeup can be worn after the first 48 hours.
  • What are the potential side-effects from Morpheus8?
    Because Morpheus8 delivers pin-points of precisely controlled radiofrequency energy, the treatment is considered to be extremely safe. The mild side-effects from Morpheus8 may include temporary redness, light swelling, and dry, flaky skin. More serious complications are rare, although pain, blisters, scarring, and areas of hyperpigmentation can occur. During your Morpheus8 consultation at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, all of the potential side-effects will be discussed a length.

Microneedling with PRP! Get your glow on this Summer!

7/26/2018

Ready to get glowing skin during this Houston summer and beyond? Microneedling with PRP can give you just that! Collagen induction therapy, or microneedling, is an excellent way to reverse years of built-up damage, counter the signs of aging, and keep your skin looking fresh and healthy all year long.  As you know, Houston has been terribly hot lately and sun damage and dry skin are certainly a problem.  Let us tell you how to combat some of those undesired changes.
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Fat Transfer

Fat transfer, sometimes referred to as a fat grafting, is a cutting-edge cosmetic surgery procedure, rapidly growing in popularity in Houston, Katy and Memorial. The technique involves removing excess fat via liposuction from one or more donor areas of the body. This fat is then cleaned and purified before being reinjected into another area of the body, providing volume for aesthetic enhancement and creating more natural-looking contours. The fat cells remain alive during this process and will continue to thrive in their new location. Therefore, the results from a fat transfer can be long-lasting. By using one’s own tissue, the results from fat grafting look soft and natural, with no need for implants or other foreign materials.

The Most Common Areas for Fat Transfer Plastic Surgery:

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

Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a board certified plastic surgeon, bringing the innovative fat transfer technique to his patients at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. Dr. Ravi’s game-changing procedure is always performed in the safest of environments. Reshaping the face, body, and extremities through fat grafting, Dr. Ravi can create a desired appearance without the use of artificial implants. A smaller quantity of fat can be used to fill in smaller areas of contour irregularities or larger quantities of fat are utilized for overall volume expansion, as in the case of most Brazilian Butt Lifts.

"My primary goal during your entire plastic surgery journey is to make you feel comfortable and to assure utmost safety during your procedures. We are here to guide you to your very best outcome."
–Ravi Somayazula

BENEFITS OF THE FAT TRANSFER:

Fat grafting makes an excellent option to replace volume that has been lost with age along the face, breasts, buttocks, hands, and calves. The technique can fill in skin depressions, such as those seen with scarring or after liposuction. A fat transfer can also dramatically plump the lips, correcting volume loss or genetic thinness. The living fat cells, once reinjected, will adhere to the existing tissue, thriving for years to come. The results from a fat transfer are natural-looking, without the risk of rejection or allergic reaction.

Buttocks – Better known as the ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’, a fat transfer to the buttocks provides shape and contour to the bottom. Often combined with liposuction of the surrounding areas, a Brazilian Butt Lift will sculpt the buttocks to create a more youthful, natural-looking figure with a perky, round derriere.

Breasts – Using the fat transfer method, a modest increase in breast size (roughly within one cup size) can be achieved without the use of implants Fat grafting can successfully improve symmetry, breast shape, and genetic irregularities. The fat transfer process will restore the upper pole fullness that commonly decreases with age or after breast feeding.

Face – Most people will lose fat deposits along the cheeks and under the eyes as they age. This change leads to sagging and a deflated look. Fat cells can be used to fill in deep facial creases, laugh lines, and wrinkles, as well as restore volume to sunken, ‘hollow’ areas under the eyes and along the cheeks. A fat transfer can even plump the lips, lift the corners of the mouth, and augment chin shape. When combined with injectable fillers, a fat transfer can create significant facial rejuvenation.

Hands – With age, fat stores in the back of the hands can diminish, subtly adding years onto the appearance. Fat grafting adds volume to the crinkled areas of the hands, smoothing the skin and concealing visible blood vessels and tendons that give away age. By plumping wrinkled areas along the backs of the hands, the quality of this skin can improve significantly.

Calves – Calf augmentation with fat grafting can achieve more defined, proportionate legs, restoring confidence in shorts, skirts, and swimwear. Whether correcting genetic distortions, or the results of leg trauma, a calf fat transfer can create a more symmetrically sized and shaped lower legs, custom-tailored to the individual’s body type. As the required incision is extremely small, scarring is well-concealed.

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

THE FAT TRANSFER CONSULTATION:

To determine if a fat transfer procedure is right for you, a confidential consultation will be arranged. Potential patients should plan on spending an hour or more in the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ office, as our surgeon and staff gets to know your needs and desires. During this initial visit with Dr. Ravi, the surgeon will perform a physical evaluation and gather all pertinent medical history. He will spend time having an honest conversation about your individual concerns and establishing realistic goals. As a patient-centered physician, Dr. Ravi utilizes this consultation appointment as a valuable tool in understanding his individual patient’s needs. Working together as a team, Dr. Ravi is thus able to provide the most satisfying aesthetic results.

“Communication is key to developing a good relationship with any physician and I am always available to answer questions and explain things in detail.” Dr. Ravi Somayazula

During the initial appointment, Dr. Ravi will discuss the fat transfer process in detail and explain what donor sites are most desirable for fat removal. After looking through Before/After photographs of his recent fat grafting patients, it will be decided if the technique is right for you. If so, a customized treatment plan will be created, walking you through the fat transfer process, step-by-step.

The ideal candidate for fat grafting will be in overall good health and a non-smoker. If needed, Dr. Ravi can provide information and advice on smoking cessation. Potential patients should be at a stable body weight with enough fat for successful transfer.

FAT TRANSFER PRE-OPERATIVE APPOINTMENT:

All fat transfer patients are seen approximately two weeks prior to surgery for their pre-operative appointment. At this time, all surgical consents are reviewed and signed. “Before” photos are taken, to be compared to the “After” pictures taken during and once the recovery is complete. Dr. Ravi will provide an informational packet with detailed instructions for before and after surgery. If there are any remaining questions, Dr. Ravi and his team will provide you with the needed answers, ensuring patients are ready to move forward with their upcoming fat transfer cosmetic surgery.

THE FAT TRANSFER PROCEDURE:

Fat Transfer

Dr. Ravi will perform his fat transfer procedure at an accredited surgery center. The procedure will take from one to five hours, depending on the amount of liposuction, target location and the extent of correction. Patients will be home the same day, resting and recuperating.

To begin, Dr. Ravi will harvest the predetermined amount of fatty tissue from the donor area. This is most commonly the abdomen, thighs, arms, or lower back. A local or general anesthetic will be administered before a thin cannula is placed under the skin. Using a sterile liposuction technique, Dr. Ravi will extract the needed fat through a syringe. The tissue is then washed, purified, and separated using a special centrifuge and filtration process.

Once the fat cells are processed, they will be ready for placement. The target area will be carefully prepped. Dr. Ravi will then inject the fat using a uniquely designed needle, meticulously achieving the desired contour and volume. The needle will be passed in and out of the area multiple times, creating a line of fat cells deposited within the natural tissue planes, creating a grid of grafted fat. Once the desired correction has been achieved, Dr. Ravi will place a surgical dressing and compression garment for safe and proper healing.

FAT TRANSFER RECOVERY:

The recovery time after a fat transfer will vary from person to person, depending on the target location, as well as the extent of liposuction and grafting. In general, you can expect swelling and bruising that may last up to three weeks. The donor area is commonly tender for several days. Limitations to physical activity will depend largely on the extent of the grafting. Patients can expect to spend one to two days resting before resuming daily activities. Most people are comfortable returning to work in two to five days. While your normal routine can be resumed in just a few days, more strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three weeks, or until approval by Dr. Ravi. Fat grafting procedures that require harvesting a large volume of fat will require a surgical compression garment be worn for several weeks as well as a more extensive recovery period.

COMBINING FAT GRAFTING WITH OTHER PROCEDURES:

Fat grafting can be extremely successful when performed on its own. However, the technique can be combined with complimentary procedures to achieve optimal results. Techniques such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation benefit when combined with fat grafting. Fat transfer to the buttocks (also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, or per Dr. Ravi, “The Houston Butt Lift” with the use of his special techniques) can be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck with liposuction in the appropriate patient. Fat transfer can be added to a breast augmentation with implants to improve the fullness of the upper pole or to add more cleavage. Microneedling and chemical peels are also excellent in office procedures to pair with a facial fat transfer. During your consultation at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, a personalized fat transfer treatment plan will be created, including any additional techniques recommended to achieve the desired results.

CONTACT BODY BY RAVI PLASTIC SURGERY AND AESTHETICS FOR YOUR FAT TRANSFER CONSULTATION:

The best way to determine if a fat transfer is right for you will be through a private consultation with Dr. Ravi. Contact the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics office at 281.242.1061 for more information on the fat grafting technique, or for assistance in scheduling a one-on-one consultation. In-person appointments are available at our centrally located office, at 9230 Katy Freeway, close to Memorial, the Heights and Katy. Online consultations are also available for those outside of the Houston area. Speak with a patient coordinator for details.

FAT TRANSFER FAQ:

  • What is a fat transfer?
    Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, refers to the process of taking living fat cells from one area of the body, then reinjecting that fat into another location to improve the shape and contour of that area. The fat transfer procedure can restore volume and sculpt areas such as the lips and the cheeks, as well as the breasts, buttocks, calves, or hands. The living fat cells will continue to thrive in the new location, meaning long-lasting results.
  • Am I a good candidate for the fat transfer procedure?
    If you have a desire to add volume to the breasts, buttocks, face, hands, calves, or other areas of the body, and are in overall good health, the fat transfer may be right for you. The ideal candidate will understand the fat harvesting and transfer process, as well as hold realistic expectations for their final results.
  • How long will my fat transfer procedure take to perform?
    The average length of time for a fat transfer is from one to four hours, although this varies according to the amount of fat cells harvested and the treatment area. Fat transfers to the face take less time than a fat transfer to the breast or buttocks. No matter the target area, patients are back home to recover the same day.
  • How long will the results from fat grafting last?
    The living fat cells transferred during the grafting procedure will continue to thrive in their new home, so the benefits of treatment can be enjoyed over the long-term. Depending on the exact treatment area and your individual body, the results will last for years to come. However, as aging and gravity continue to affect the body, you can expect the results will change slightly over time.
  • When can I return to work after my fat transfer?
    Downtime following a fat transfer will depend on the treatment area. While a fat transfer to the lips or hands may require only a few days off work, a Brazilian Butt Lift may need a week or two of recovery time. At your consultation appointment with Dr. Ravi, a clear recovery plan will be created, outlining when you will be able to return to work or school.