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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At What Age Should I Start Fillers?

05/14/2019 
Taking care of your skin is one of the best ways to prevent damage from the sun, environment, and toxins. Proper daily care may even help slow the process of aging, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, loose skin, and sunken areas of the face. However, even with a solid and professional skin care regimen, signs of aging will begin to appear, and it is at the first signs of wrinkling or sagging that action should be taken to maintain a youthful look.
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BodyTite™ PRO

BodyTite PRO in Houston, Texas:

  • Immediate tighter, firmer skin
  • Non-surgical
  • Minimally invasive
  • Minimal downtime
  • No visible scars
  • Decreased bruising, swelling and pain
  • Local anesthesia

Both men and women can be left with loose, sagging skin due to weight loss, genetics, and the normal aging process. Even with a regular exercise routine and healthy diet, the lax skin often does not bounce back to its youthful appearance, robbing the body of a contoured figure. While traditional skin excisional surgical techniques such as a Tummy Tuck or Brachioplasty can be successful at reshaping and tightening the skin, however not everyone is ready to commit to an invasive procedure or needs one. Now you have a non-surgical option with BodyTite PRO. Patients can expect a firmer, slimmer contour without scars and significantly less downtime than traditional surgery. Plus improved self-esteem and confidence!

BodyTite PRO from InMode is a minimally invasive skin tightening device that uses radiofrequency technology for surgery-free, scar-free body contouring on virtually any area of the face or body with skin laxity. The BodyTite PRO will tighten skin while melting away isolated fat cells. Whether used alone, or in combination with an additional body sculpting technique such as Liposuction, there is no other available technology today can match the benefits of BodyTite PRO from Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’s board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula.

Body Contouring Benefits with BodyTite PRO

BodyTite PRO is a minimally invasive technique, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe method for shaping, tightening, and lifting skin. The first treatment of its kind, BodyTite PRO uses radiofrequency assisted liposuction (RFAL) for exceptional body contouring and fat coagulation results in both men and women. This unique radiofrequency heat encourages the body’s collagen and elastin production, tightening the skin to restore a youthful figure without the drawbacks of an invasive procedure. You can see improvements in skin tightening and skin laxity for up to one full year after treatment, as the collagen and elastin production continues to increase you get progressive skin retraction.

Many individuals ask for non-surgical options for skin tightening after they’ve undergone non-invasive fat reduction procedures such as CoolSculpting®, truSculpt® and Emsculpt®. These procedures don’t do a great job at tightening skin, so many patients are still concerned about contour issues afterwards. Even patients who have previously undergone Liposuction or TummyTuck are looking for improved skin tightening with time. BodyTite PRO’s radiofrequency technology is perfect for these patients.

The BodyTite PRO provides customized body contouring results for the:

What is radiofrequency?

BodyTite PRO tightens the skin using innovative radiofrequency energy waves, heating multiple layers of tissue underneath the skin as well as external skin to a predetermined, desired temperature. The dermis, the deeper part of the skin, is packed with collagen and once it reaches the set temperature the existing collagen fibers tighten and contract, immediately improving the skin’s tautness and contour. The tissue remodeling via directional heat and fat coagulation also triggers the body to increase its collagen production, creating additional structure and support over the coming months.

Dr. Ravi is one of the first plastic surgeons in Houston to offer the BodyTite PRO, which is only available to board certified plastic surgeons. The BodyTite PRO utilizes a 40-watt system which is faster and more powerful when compared to the standard BodyTite technique which uses a 23-watt system. This means a faster treatment with improved, uniform and consistent results plus decreased bruising, swelling, and downtime. The BodyTite PRO is an excellent alternative to a tummy tuck procedure in select patients and perfect for anyone looking for body contouring results without the scars.

During the procedure, Dr. Ravi will create one or more very small incisions in the target area. Using a small handpiece, one small electrode is placed under the skin and another larger electrode stays outside the skin, the sandwiched radiofrequency waves are focused together, traveling only to the necessary tissues. Creating a contained thermal field, adipose (fat) tissue is liquefied, and then suctioned away. The radiofrequency waves boost the body’s production of collagen, tightening and firming tissue.

BodyTite PRO in Houston

Over the last decade, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula has dedicated his practice to bringing patients the newest, most innovative treatments and procedures in a safe, low-stress environment. Specializing in body contouring techniques, Dr. Ravi’s research has shown that minimally invasive radiofrequency treatments can provide patients with immediate results, with ongoing skin tightening that continues to improve for up to one year, without scars and less downtime.

Along with his associate, board certified physician Dr. Swapna Gopathi, Dr. Ravi is excited to offer BodyTite to the Houston area. The minimally invasive technique provides significant body contouring benefits without scarring. Patients can see a significant increase in skin contraction. With BodyTite and FaceTite, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi offer patients dramatic facial and body contouring results that continue to improve for twelve months, with less downtime and without the many post-procedure restrictions seen with traditional surgical procedures

“The extremely safe BodyTite PRO helps me provide immediate skin tightening to patients without scars and without much of a downtime. After an extensive search, this is the only machine that can get patients these surgical results without conventional surgery.”
– Dr. Ravi Somayazula

The BodyTite PRO Consultation

New patients should expect their BodyTite PRO consultation to take an hour or more. During this in-depth appointment, Dr. Ravi or Dr. Gopathi will get to know your individual needs and assess the areas of concern. After discussing your long-term goals and desired results, the surgeon will carefully explain the BodyTite PRO procedure. Together, it can be determined if BodyTite PRO is the right technique to meet your body contouring needs. If so, a personalized treatment plan will be created. Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi will also discuss any additional recommended techniques, such as liposuction, that will help to achieve optimal results. You are always given multiple options and recommendations, but Dr. Ravi will give you his honest opinion on what will give you the best results based on your goals.

The ideal BodyTite PRO patient will be in generally good health, yet struggling with lax skin. As the BodyTite procedure is not a substitute for weight loss, potential patients should be close to a healthy body weight. A good candidate for BodyTite will understand the procedure and hold realistic expectations for their final results.

Your BodyTite PRO Procedure

BodyTite sessions are performed in a Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics procedure room or at a Houston-area surgery center. BodyTite can be performed by itself, or with liposuction (RFAL). Dr. Ravi will discuss all of your options during the consultation appointment. The length of each BodyTite session will vary, depending on the individual patient and the areas being treated. If only a small area is treated, the procedure may be performed using a local anesthetic. When large areas, multiple locations, or additional techniques are included in the treatment, general anesthesia may be recommended. Patients are back home the same day.

BodyTite PRO Recovery and Results

BodyTite requires little downtime. Depending on the extent of treatment and the number of areas addressed, most patients will need one to two days of light activity and rest. Smaller treatment areas require a shorter recovery. Normal activity can be resumed as soon as you are comfortable. Bruising and mild swelling may last for six to twelve weeks. Patients are normally feeling well enough to return to work in two to four days, however some of Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ patients feel good enough to return to work the following day.

Results from BodyTite can be seen immediately. Over the next twelve months, as the tissue heals and the body’s collagen supply is replenished, the benefits will continue to improve. In most cases, only one BodyTite procedure is needed to achieve the desired change in body contour.

BodyTite is a safe, FDA-approved treatment. Side-effects are mild, but can include tenderness, skin sensitivity, swelling, blisters and bruising. Over the first few days, this soreness will slowly dissipate, although swelling and bruising may last six weeks or more. For most patients, over-the-counter medications are the only pain medication needed.

Only a few, small incisions are required for the BodyTite procedure, meaning little to no visible scarring. With a built-in safety mechanism, the BodyTite applicator emits an appropriate degree of heat, not causing any damage to the surrounding tissue or skin.

BodyTite from Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics:

If you are considering the benefits of a body contouring procedure but find yourself not yet ready to commit to surgery or are unsure of what you need, think about BodyTite PRO from Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. To get more information, and to find out if the procedure could be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ravi or Dr. Gopathi, two of Houston’s most experienced BodyTite providers. Call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281.242.1061 to arrange your first appointment. Our office is centrally located in Houston, close to the Memorial, Galleria and Katy areas. Traveling from outside of Houston? Speak with your patient coordinator about a virtual BodyTite consultation and assistance with local lodging or transportation.

BodyTite PRO FAQ:

  • What is the BodyTite PRO?
    BodyTite PRO is the first, FDA-approved device of its kind, using radiofrequency assisted lipolysis (RFAL) to gently heat dermal tissue. The minimally invasive technique tightens the skin, melts away fat, and stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen for exceptional body contouring results. Dr. Ravi brings his patients the BodyTite PRO for even faster, more consistent results without an extensive surgical procedure.
  • Am I a good candidate for BodyTite PRO?
    A BodyTite PRO male or female candidate will be looking to improve the loose skin that can appear after pregnancy, weight loss, or with the aging process. An ideal patient should be in generally good health and close to their ideal body weight, with realistic expectations for their final results. Although BodyTite PRO provides superb body contouring benefits, the treatment is not a method for weight loss.
  • What areas can the BodyTite PRO treat?
    BodyTite PRO is an extremely versatile treatment, able to successfully address almost any area of skin and stubborn fat, including the stomach, waistline, flanks (Love Handles), upper arms, inner/outer thighs and face.
  • What will my BodyTite PRO recovery be like?
    BodyTite PRO is an outpatient procedure, getting patients home the same day. It is common to see some swelling, redness, and tenderness for the first few days, although this should rapidly improve. A surgical compression garment will need to be worn for six weeks, decreasing swelling and enhancing the final body contouring results.
  • When can I return to work after my BodyTite PRO procedure?
    Most patients are feeling good enough to return to work two to four days after their BodyTite PRO session. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided until you are comfortable. Those patients with a physically active job may need to take additional time off from work, or have their duties adjusted until they are fully healed.
  • How long will my BodyTite PRO results last?
    The benefits from BodyTite PRO can be seen immediately, plus as the body continues to heal, the results will steadily improve over the next twelve months. Patients who continue with a healthy lifestyle can enjoy long-lasting benefits for years to come from BodyTite PRO.

Dermal Fillers

Our highly skilled team of board-certified physicians at Houston’s Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics understands that every person coming into the office deserves a personalized, one-of-a-kind treatment plan. Everyone’s facial features are distinct and will change with time and the natural aging process. The first signs of aging are the appearance of fine lines and deeper creases, sometimes running across the forehead, around the eyes, the sides of the nose, and the along the corners of the mouth. Volume loss from losing fat and bone is to blame for some of these changes that may make you appear tired and unhappy. Injectable fillers are one of the easiest methods for easing these lines and restoring smooth, youthful looking facial features and skin without surgery.

We offer a large variety of services, including the full range of soft tissue fillers designed to lift and smooth the skin under the eyes, cheeks, lips, jawline, temples and chin. Dermal fillers can create a subtle yet significant improvement in your overall appearance, restoring a refreshed, youthful look. Our Houston, Memorial and Katy based physicians are expert injectors and will offer you their honest opinion and recommendations.

Houston’s Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi
DEDICATED TO THE CREATION OF BEAUTY

A Quick Guide to Fillers

Guide to Fillers in Houston - Body by Ravi

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JUVÉDERM® Ultra and Ultra Plus

The Juvéderm family of injectable are the world’s leading dermal fillers. Made from cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Juvéderm’s unique formulation enhances the skin’s structure by adding volume and moisture. As the HA pulls in moisture from surrounding tissues, the skin is plumped, lifted, and the targeted wrinkles become smooth. Benefits of a Juvéderm session are immediate and can last for nine to 12 months, sometimes longer. Premixed with lidocaine (a topical anesthetic), Juvéderm injections are comfortable. Juvéderm comes in a variety of unique formulas, such as Juvéderm Ultra and Juvéderm Ultra Plus, this family of fillers can be right for many needs.

Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus Can Improve:

  • Fine lines
  • Deeper facial creases
  • Nasolabial Folds (from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • Marionette Lines (from the mouth to the chin)
  • Age-related volume loss across cheeks and jawline
  • Smile Lines
  • Lips

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

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

JUVÉDERM Volbella XC®

From Allergan, the maker of Juvéderm products, comes Volbella. This innovative dermal filler was created to safely improve the shape and size of the lips. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016, Volbella has proven to be a trusted filler for subtle and soft lip augmentation. The unique formulation of tiny HA molecules, with a gel-like consistency, makes Volbella is safe for the delicate tissue around the mouth to also fill in smoker’s lines. Volbella will plump the lips, create symmetry, ease lip lines, and enhance the Cupid’s Bow under the nose. Made with Allergan’s own Vycross™ technology, Volbella offers immediate results that look completely natural. The benefits of one Volbella session will last up to a full year.

Juvéderm Volbella Can:

  • Plump the lips
  • Enhance the Vermillion Border (Cupid’s Bow) along top lip
  • Define lip edges
  • Improve lip asymmetry
  • Smooth fine lip lines (Smoker’s Lines)

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

JUVÉDERM Vollure®

Vollure is a game-changing HA filler from Juvéderm. Created using Allergan’s proprietary Vycross™ technology, Vollure is an excellent choice for improving mild to moderate wrinkles and creases in the lower region of the face. A mixture of both high and low molecular weights of HA means that Vollure has superior cross-linking of the hyaluronic chains, which brings long-lasting results. With Vollure’s perfect mix of spreadability and durability, it will smooth wrinkles while retaining moisture for age-drying results. Approved by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for facial lines and volume loss, Vollure brings results that last 18 months or more.

Juvederm Vollure Successfully:

  • Improves Marionette Lines that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin
  • Reduces Nasolabial Folds, extending from the corners of the mouth to the edges of the nose
  • Smooths moderate to severe facial creases
  • Lifts lax skin by replenishing age-related volume loss
  • Rejuvenates the lower portion of the face
  • Can also be used for Lip Augmentation

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

JUVÉDERM Voluma®

Juvéderm Voluma is a HA dermal filler, created especially to add volume and restore shape to the cheeks and mid-face region. Our face’s natural internal structure is responsible for maintaining the shape and location of the overlying, Voluma can help to restore structure by adding volume to precise locations. This thicker filler will smooth fine lines and lift sagging skin, as well as contour and shape areas experiencing volume loss, such as the cheeks and under the eyes. While results from Voluma are immediate, as the HA encourages the body’s natural production of collagen, the benefits will continue to improve. Results from one session can last up to two years. As Voluma is premixed with lidocaine, treatment is not considered painful.

Voluma Can:

  • Restore fullness of the cheeks
  • Replenish age-related volume loss under the eyes and mid-face
  • Lift sagging tissues
  • Smooth targeted skin
  • Improve the appearance for up to two years

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

Restylane® Refyne

Restylane is one of the oldest and most trusted dermal fillers on the aesthetic market. Their second generation of fillers include Refyne and Defyne, both created with XpresHAn Technology™. Although similar, each offers unique benefits through a slightly different cellular makeup. Refyne is a flexible filler, perfect for treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Once placed deep in the tissue’s dermal layer, Refyne brings outstanding wrinkle reducing results. After being injected, the filler can be massaged and molded within the skin for superior precision and natural-looking results that last up to 12 months.

Restylane Refyne Will:

  • Improve Laugh Lines
  • Soften Marionette Lines
  • Allow for natural-looking expressions and facial movement
  • Lip Augmentation

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

Restylane® Defyne

Restylane Defyne is a slightly firmer dermal filler than its counterpart, Refyne. For this reason, Defyne is better suited for deep facial creases and folds. Once injected into the target area, the filler is massaged and contoured by hand, ensuring that it naturally molds within the tissue, achieving the desired results. Defyne offers customized results with long-lasting benefits, including needed support to the facial tissues. Made with Restylane’s unique XpreHAn Technology, the filler will last up to a year and offers results unmatched by any other injectable on the market today.

Restylane Defyne Can Improve:

  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Marionette Lines
  • Deep facial lines

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

Restylane® Lyft

Restylane Lyft is a trusted filler, approved by the FDA to lift lax tissue along the cheeks and jawline, as well as replenish age-related volume loss. Formerly known as Perlane, Lyft is a smooth, clear gel formula, created using large particles of HA, and designed to be injected deep within tissues. The one-of-a-kind filler is a good choice for smoothing Nasolabial Folds and moderate facial lines, as well as restoring volume loss. With results that last from 12 to 18 months, Lyft is an effective and economic choice for facial rejuvenation.

Restylane Lyft Can:

  • Replace age-related volume loss
  • Restore ‘hollow’ cheeks
  • Smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and facial creases
  • Create a subtle lift for the mid to lower face

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

Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra is a unique dermal filler, made from Poly-L-Lactic Acid. With the ability to naturally improve the body’s collagen and elastin production, Sculptra’s results are long-lasting, and will continue to improve over time. The filler can restore a youthful facial structure, replacing volume loss along the cheeks, under the eyes, across the temples, and over the chin/jawline. Premixed with lidocaine, Sculptra injections are comfortable for most patients. For optimal results, three Sculptra sessions are required, spaced approximately four to six weeks apart. While the results are not immediate, over the next several months, the full benefits will begin to appear, lasting up to two years.

Sculptra Can Improve:

  • Hollow areas under eyes and across the cheeks
  • Smooth sunken temples
  • Create a contoured chin and jawline

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

Brilliant Distinctions

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Aspire

Galderma’s ASPIRE program is here to reward you through each step of your facial aesthetic journey. Earn bonuses for every Dysport and Sculptra session, as well as treatments with any product in the Restylane family of fillers, including Lyft, Defyne, and Refyne. The rewards program is free and easy; the more your treatments you purchase, the higher your future discounts will be. Even better, the longer you a member of the ASPIRE program, the more benefits you receive. Members of Galderma’s ASPIRE program will also get a first chance at exclusive perks and special offers. Join ASPIRE today and immediately receive a $20 treatment certificate.

Schedule Your Personalized Dermal Filler Consultation at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics.

While dermal fillers can provide exciting results on their own, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi can help to achieve optimal facial rejuvenation by combing additional techniques. Treatments such as fillers, Botox Cosmetic or SkinPen Microneedling can take years off of your appearance and push back the need for more invasive cosmetic surgery. Call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281.242.1061 to arrange a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ravi or Dr. Gopathi. Read more about our noninvasive skincare services or fill out our online Contact Us form to have a patient coordinator reach out to you with additional information.

Dermal Filler FAQ:

  • What are dermal fillers?
    Dermal fillers are a unique type of injectable treatment. Injected directly into the target area, fillers have the power to plump tissues, smooth fine lines, lift the skin, and replace age-related volume loss. Often providing instant results, fillers can last from nine months to over two years. For optimal facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers can be combined with other noninvasive techniques, such as Botox Cosmetic.
  • What type of wrinkles do dermal fillers treat?
    Fillers plump tissues and smooth fine lines by adding moisture to the skin and encouraging the body’s production of collagen. For this reason, fillers are the right choice for static wrinkles, or those caused by decreasing tissue elasticity and the loss of natural fatty tissue.
  • Where do Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi perform their dermal filler treatments?
    Each dermal filler session is performed in one of the private treatment rooms at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ Houston office.
  • When can I return to work after my dermal filler session?
    While the treatment area may remain mildly red and tender for the first day or so, patients are normally feeling fine to return to work or school immediately. Prior to the dermal filler session, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi will carefully explain what to expect from the recovery process.
  • What are the side-effects of dermal fillers?
    Dermal fillers are a safe and dependable way to temporarily smooth mild to severe facial lines or to restore age-related volume loss. While there is little serious risk with fillers, side-effects can include pinpoint bleeding, tenderness, bruising, and redness. These generally resolve after a day or two. More serious complications, including infection, scarring, and allergic reaction are extremely rare.

MICRONEEDLING with PRP

At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, board certified physicians, Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, are excited to offer their Houston, Memorial, and Katy patients a cutting-edge option for refreshing their skin and rejuvenating their appearance without surgery. Microneedling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a game-changing technique, also known as a “Vampire Facial”, used to improve fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne scars, deep pores and dramatically reduce areas of hyperpigmentation. Best of all, medical microneedling (collagen induction therapy) requires no downtime and holds little chance for serious complications.

These before & after photos are courtesy of Cathy A. Presnick, Licensed Aesthetician; A Perfect Complextion, LLC. Melbourne, FL. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

What are the Benefits of Microneedling with PRP?:

  • Improves wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improve undereye circles and hollowness
  • Evens out hyperpigmentation, brown spots, and melasma
  • Improve the appearance of scars from acne or trauma
  • Softens stretch marks
  • Evens skin tone
  • Firms and smoothens skin texture
  • Younger looking skin with a glow

The normal aging process, combined with exposure to the harsh elements, will ultimately show on many areas of the skin. Years of sun damage, pollution, chemicals, smoking, wearing makeup and genetic disposition can cause even the most cared for skin to become dry and lax. Large pores, dark spots, and areas of hyperpigmentation may form. Once these changes begin, there is no way to turn back the clock using over-the-counter lotions or serums.

What Areas of the Body Can Benefit?:

  • Face
  • Undereye circles, hollowness, discoloration
  • Neck
  • Décolletage
  • Abdomen
  • Stretch marks
  • Scars
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“At our practice, we are consistently improving patient outcomes by doing our due diligence to find the greatest breakthroughs in aesthetic advancements. I absolutely believe PRP, along with microneedling and as injections, can improve overall skin tone, structure and color.”
–Dr. Ravi Somayazula.

SKIN REJUVENATION WITH MICRONEEDLING AND PLASMA RICH PROTEIN:

Microneedling refers to a modern treatment, designed to safely create thousands of tiny, microinjuries to the skin. Using a handheld device, we provide automated microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) with twelve small needles, the microneedling applicator glides across the targeted tissue, oscillating at speeds up to 8500 revolutions per minute. These tiny insertions are perfectly placed in the skin, minimizing the chance for damage. The sterile needles are preset to a customizable length, making each session tailored to the individual patient’s needs and desired level of correction. As the skin heals, a surge of collagen and elastin will create new cells, remodel existing skin and form much needed structure. Skin will look smoother, fresher, and tighter. The benefits of treatment can continue to improve for several months.

Plasma Rich Platelets:

Plasma Rich Platelets (PRP) is derived from your own body and is a fluid containing your own platelets, stem cells and growth factors. When applied to the skin, it increases new cell turnover, expedites healing and improve the tissue’s overall health. Prepared with a small sampling of the patient’s blood, a specially designed centrifuge will separate the plasma from red and white blood cells. The PRP is then placed onto the skin during the microneedling process, allowing the concentrated platelets to sink deep into tissues for accelerated healing, ultimately making the procedure more effective. The platelets form a mesh that forms stem cells that cause eventual regeneration. By using your own body’s PRP, it is free of disease transmission and no hypersensitivity reactions.

Men and women struggling with thinning hair can see significant improvements with direct PRP injections. The high concentration of platelets and growth factors will increase the body’s tissue regeneration and stimulating the hair follicles. By maximizing hair follicles during their growth phase, the combination of microneedling and PRP can bring about significant hair restoration.

These before & after photos are courtesy of Heather Dawson, NP-C; Dawson Wellness, McKinney, TX. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

THE MICRONEEDLING CONSULTATION:

To determine if medical microneedling with PRP is right for you, a private consultation will be scheduled in the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ office. Dr. Gopathi and the clinic staff will get to know your medical background, aesthetic needs, and unique desires at your initial consultation, so new patients should plan on spending up to 30 minutes at the office.

“I treat many women who are hesitant about invasive beauty procedures, now we have a great option for them with microneedling with PRP. It is a fabulous way of improving their overall skin tone, discoloration and wrinkling, without much downtime or discomfort. By concentrating and using your own stem cells and growth factors to build collagen and elastin, you can also improve dark circles and hollowing under your eyes without the use of fillers.”
– Dr. Swapna Gopathi

During the consultation, the doctor will perform a brief examination of the skin, determining the most appropriate treatment plan. Dr. Gopathi will then carefully explain microneedling and PRP, showing before/after photographs of patients who have recently had this same technique. If any additional procedures or products are recommended, Dr. Gopathi will expand on them at this time. The physicians at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics strive to provide a patient-centered practice, always establishing realistic goals. An educated patient is the most satisfied with the treatment process.

THE MICRONEEDLING AND PRP PROCEDURE:

Our doctors perform all medical microneedling procedures in one of the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ comfortable, state-of-the-art treatment rooms. The procedure will generally take about an hour, depending on the individual and the target area. While a microneedling session is not considered extremely painful, the surgeons will use a topical anesthetic to maximize patient comfort.

To begin, a small amount of blood is properly removed and then the PRP is separated from other blood components by using a specialized centrifuge by Eclipse.

Next, the provider will gently apply the microneedling applicator along with the PRP across the targeted skin. As the hand piece moves over the skin, a set of twelve tiny needles, preset to the desired length, will create hundreds of small punctures in the top layer of skin. This can be adjusted as needed. At the very end, another layer of PRP will be applied to the skin.

Depending on the skin condition and the desired results, more than one microneedling session may be necessary. On average, patients will require a minimum of three microneedling treatments, each spaced six to eight weeks apart to get to their goals. Once the goal is reached, maintenance is required once every 6 months or yearly. Although we do have many patients who come in for monthly treatments because they love their improved, more youthful skin. Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi will go over the number of recommended sessions during the microneedling consultation appointment.

These before & after photos are courtesy of Dr. Christie Matter; North Texas Dermatology, Plano, TX. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

MICRONEEDLING RECOVERY:

The microneedling procedure does not require much downtime, so patients are able to return to school and normal activities the same day or the next day. Makeup can usually be reapplied in 12 to 24 hours. Every patient is different, so the recovery time will vary according to the individual and the exact treatment area. Although it is essential that people always wear sunscreen, following a microneedling treatment a high SPF sunscreen is vital to safe healing during the first seven to ten days. During the consultation appointment, and again after the procedure, the doctors will carefully explain all the recovery instructions and skincare recommendations.

Immediately after a microneedling session, the tissue may feel slightly tight, red, and tender. Pinpoint bleeding is common during the procedure but will quickly go away. Side-effects from the procedure are mild and will quickly fade. More serious complications, such as infection or scarring, are rare, especially when the treatment is performed by board-certified physicians like Dr. Gopathi.

While some patients may see an immediate change in their skin’s appearance, the full results from microneedling and PRP will take a week before they begin to show. As the skin’s collagen and elastin stores are rebuilt, the targeted tissues will become firmer and look fresher. Over the next five to six months, patients can expect to continue to see significant improvement in their appearance.

Microneedling and PRP at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics

Contact the specialists at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281.242.1061 to get more information on the benefits of Microneedling and Plasma Rich Platelets. Consultations with Dr. Gopathi can be scheduled in-person, at our conveniently located office on the Katy Freeway. For those patients coming from outside of the Houston-area, please speak with a patient coordinator for details on an online consultation. To have a patient coordinator reach out to you, simply fill out our online contact form.

These before & after photos are courtesy of Elizabeth Steigner, Medial Aesthetician; Turpin, MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics, Orange, CA. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

Microneedling and PRP FAQ:

  • What is medical microneedling?
    Microneedling is a revolutionary procedure that gently creates thousands of tiny, micro-injuries to the top layers of skin, encouraging the tissue’s own healing process. As the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin get a vital kick-start, new cells will form, smoothing tissues, eliminating dark spots, and refreshing the appearance.
  • What is PRP?
    Plasma Rich Platelets, or PRP, is a unique technique that uses the patient’s own blood to create a platelet rich source of essential growth factors. Used in conjunction with medical microneedling, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi can deliver optimal skin rejuvenation, tackling wrinkles and other early signs of aging.
  • How is the PRP collected?
    Our doctors begin by taking a small sampling of blood from the patient, which is then passed through a specialized centrifuge. The platelets and plasma are separated. Once the PRP is processed, it will be ready for application during the microneedling procedure. It is important to be well hydrated so that the blood sample can easily be gathered from your arm.
  • What areas can see improvement with microneedling and PRP?
    The microneedling and PRP treatment can significantly improve the health and appearance of the skin along the face, neck, arms, hands, and back. Additionally, the combined treatment can also provide an exciting option for men and women looking for hair restoration. Another area of improvement can be for dark circles and hollowness at the undereye area. During your consultation, Dr. Gopathi will discuss how many potential treatments you will need to start seeing improvement.
  • When can I return to work after a microneedling/PRP treatment?
    Little to no downtime is required after a microneedling/PRP procedure, however this will depend on the treatment area. Many patients are comfortable returning to work the same afternoon as their microneedling session.

Sculptra

Sculptra Aesthetic from Body by Ravi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery

Sculptra Aesthetic is a one-of-a-king volumizer, designed to restore shape and volume in aging tissues. Made from poly-L-lactic Acid (PLLA), Sculptra is a biodegradable, synthetic material, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe method for increasing fullness in the face. Unlike traditional dermal fillers, Sculptra’s unique formulation stimulates collagen growth from deep within tissues. Other dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid found in Juvederm , push up the skin for a more immediate result but does not last as long as Sculptra. Gradually, over the weeks following treatments with Sculptra, the collagen strands are rebuilt, restoring deep structure and volume. These dramatic results are long-lasting, looking more youthful for up to two years. To reclaim a refreshed and youthful appearance, Dr. Ravi Somayazula and the Body by Ravi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery brings men and women a unique, effective choice for long-lasting facial rejuvenation with Sculptra Aesthetic.

Sculptra Aesthetic Can:

  • Erase moderate to deep wrinkles and lines
  • Smooth Nasolabial Folds
  • Diminish Marionette Lines
  • Improve hollow areas under the eyes
  • Restore diminishing facial volume
  • Contour the chin and jawline
  • Create perkier, rounder buttocks

Some of the first signs of aging can include fine wrinkles and deeper creases that form around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and mouth. Unfortunately, once these lines appear, no amount of moisturizer or lotion can restore the youthful skin. The result of a natural depletion of collagen, sun damage, smoking, and genetics only further expedite the changes. Slowly, the features may also begin to lose their healthy shape and contour, looking tired and unhealthy.

Sculptra Aesthetic for Buttocks:

Sculptra Aesthetic not only corrects the early signs of aging, by plumping facial tissues and easing wrinkles, the injectable is also an excellent choice for lifting and shaping the buttocks. With time the buttock area can become flatter and start to sag, along with skin irregularities. Providing nonsurgical butt volume, Sculptra offers customized results without any downtime. A series of Sculptra sessions can provide a subtly rounder, perkier bottom without the traditional Brazilian Butt Lift. Sculptra Aesthetics for the buttock can improve the skin’s texture as well as provide contouring.

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

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

Why choose Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for Sculptra?

Houston’s Dr. Ravi Somayazula brings patients extensive experience in both surgical and noninvasive techniques. Board certified, and Harvard trained, Dr. Ravi’s level of expertise and commitment to cutting-edge techniques ensures each patient will receive a safe, yet customized treatment. Using a patient-centered approach, Dr. Ravi will form a tailored Sculptra treatment plan, geared for the individual’s specific needs, meeting both short-term and long-term aesthetic goals.

The Ideal Candidate for Sculptra Aesthetic

Almost anyone, noticing the early signs of aging and volume loss, can benefit from noninvasive Sculptra Aesthetic. Potential patients should be in good health, understand the Sculptra treatment process, and hold realistic expectations for their results.

While Sculptra is normally well-tolerated, the injectable is not for everyone. Those with a known allergy to lidocaine, or suffering with certain auto-immune health conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus, should not opt for Sculptra. Women who are pregnant or nursing, as well as those with a rash or skin infection, may be encouraged to postpone their injections.

Your Sculptra Aesthetic Consultation

The consultation appointment with Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a vital part of the Sculptra treatment process. At this time, our professional staff will determine if the injectable is right for your situation. Dr. Ravi will begin the appointment by reviewing your medical history and current medications, followed by a detailed physical examination. He will explain the Sculptra Aesthetic treatment process, recovery requirements, and potential side-effects. After carefully reviewing your individual aesthetic goals, Dr. Ravi will share before/after photographs of his recent Sculptra patients, helping to paint a picture of the potential results. If the injectable is the best option to achieve your desired results, Dr. Ravi will create a personalized Sculptra treatment plan. For optimal results, ensuring the face continues to look younger for years to come, Dr. Ravi may suggest pairing Sculptra Aesthetic with other soft tissue fillers (Juvederm, Botox Cosmetic, and a quality skin care regimen.

Treatment with Sculptra

All Sculptra injections are performed in one of Body by Ravi Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery’s well-appointed treatment rooms, maximizing comfort and privacy. Each Sculptra session takes about half an hour to one hour. It does require a series of treatments, usually spaced out 4 to 6 weeks. The injections are not considered painful, but to ensure patient comfortable, Sculptra is premixed with lidocaine, a local anesthetic. For those patients who require additional pain relief, Dr. Ravi can also add a topical numbing cream. Depending on the individual, and the specific treatment area, most people will require between one and three Sculptra sessions, spaced three to four weeks apart.

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

Getting Back to Normal – Your Sculptra Recovery and Results

No downtime is required after a Sculptra Aesthetic treatment. Most patients are back to their normal schedule the same afternoon. Side-effects of Sculptra are generally mild. Mild bruising, swelling, itching, and redness are common. More serious complications are rarely seen, but can include an allergic reaction, nodules, nerve damage, and facial asymmetry. Patients should only seek treatment from an experienced, well-trained plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Ravi, ensuring the safest and most satisfying Sculptra results.

Sculptra is ideal for restoring healthy facial contours, smoothing deep lines, and lifting tissues without creating an “overdone” appearance. While Sculptra Aesthetic does not provide immediate results, in just a few weeks, most patients will notice significant improvement in facial lines and volume. Slowly rejuvenating the body’s own collagen production, the benefits of each session will continue to improve over the next several months. For most people, more than one Sculptra treatment will be required to reach optimal results. The plumping, volumizing benefits of Sculptra can last for up to a full two years. After this time, a maintenance treatment will be needed to extend results.

Sculptra at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic

If you are struggling with the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and creases, or have begun to notice a decrease in facial volume, Sculptra Aesthetic may be right for you. To get more information, or to schedule a confidential consultation appointment, contact Houston’s Body by Ravi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery. Speak with a patient coordinator at 281.242.1061, or fill out our online consultation form to find out more about Sculptra Aesthetic.

Sculptra FAQ

  • What is Sculptra?
    A uniquely formulated dermal filler, Sculptra is made with poly-L-lactic Acid, with the ability to restore the body’s natural production of collagen to treat the early signs of aging. Sculptra can smooth tissues and add volume, but unlike other fillers, the results last up to two years.
  • How soon will I see the results from a Sculptra session at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics?
    The benefits of Sculptra are not immediate. Over the following four to six weeks, as the body’s collagen supply is rebuilt, the results will become more noticeable. Between one and three Sculptra sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
  • How long can I expect to see the results from Sculptra?
    Depending on the patient and the treatment area, the benefits of Sculptra can last for up to two full years. Once the benefits of treatment have started to fade, a repeat session can be used to further maintain the results.
  • Will my Sculptra injections be painful?
    Sculptra is premixed with a topical anesthetic, lidocaine, which gently numbs the treatment area during each injection. For additional patient comfort, Dr. Ravi can also apply a topical numbing cream, as well.
  • What can I expect from my Sculptra recovery?
    With Sculptra, no downtime is necessary. Patients are back to work and routine activities immediately. The treatment area may be mildly red, swollen, bruised, and tender for the first several days.
  • What are the risks or complications associated with Sculptra?
    Sculptra is a safe and effective treatment, approved by the FDA. Side-effects are generally mild. More serious complications are rare, but can include bleeding, infection, scarring, nodules, nerve damage, and allergic reaction. During your consultation, Dr. Ravi will have an in-depth discussion about the potential for risks during your Sculptra treatment.

Skincare Products

Your skin deserves the best. In a collaborative effort, our board-certified plastic surgeon at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, Dr. Ravi Somayazula and our experienced aestheticians work with you to develop an individualized skin analysis and skincare regimen. Together, they offer the latest medical treatments and physician-grade products to bring out your most confident self. You will meet with our certified aesthetician for a comprehensive skin analysis to evaluate pore size, skin tone evenness, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage. We discuss the various treatments available to address your unique situation and needs. Your skincare plan may include physician-recommended skincare products in combination with procedures such as facials, peels, and SkinPen®. Our goal is to achieve facial rejuvenation and formulate a plan to provide continued care for your skin.


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For over 25 years, Revision Skincare has provided physicians with clinically-proven, high-performing skincare products by manufacturing skincare products exclusively for physicians since 1984. Using only the purest, most efficacious ingredients, the Revision Skincare collection was formulated to provide targeted solutions for enhancing the skin’s appearance and reducing signs of aging. Revision Skincare products represent the furthest advancements in scientific skincare. Their formulations are rooted in rigorous research and testing and manufactured by using the highest ethical standards. Revision Skincare products are never tested on animals. While Revision Skincare is first and foremost about serious skincare, we are pleased by the positive effects their products can have on our patients’ lives.


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SkinPen® Microneedling

Collagen induction therapy with SkinPen™ is a medical grade, state-of-the-art microneedling device by Bellus Medical. Microneedling is a gentler anti-aging therapy than other forms of skin resurfacing, including lasers and IPLs. SkinPen™ works by stimulating the production of new collagen to renew and revitalize skin, but all done naturally. SkinPen™ is designed to combat years of sun damage, improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation while overall enhancing the appearance of aging skin.

Extensive training by our aestheticians allows for controlled induction of the skin’s own self-repair process. Thousands of precise micro-injuries to the top most layer of dermis are made which spontaneously triggers the synthesis of new collagen without forming scar tissue. The variable depth (.25mm to 2.5mm) of SkinPen™ provides flexibility to create specific changes in multiple areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, abdomen, and back.

The actual procedure typically takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size and number of areas treated and the severity of existing damage to the skin. The results are evident with little to no downtime for the patient. Under the careful supervision of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula, Body by Ravi Med Spa is proud to offer this revolutionary skin rejuvenation technology. Our certified aesthetician will formulate a comprehensive skin plan once your goals have been thoroughly discussed and a skin analysis has been performed. In some patients, peels and facials with SkinCeuticals products may also be recommended.

To learn more about SkinPen visit SkinPen.com or call us today at Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061.

Latisse®

Not only do eyelashes create a beautiful frame to your eyes, they also provide protection, deflect floating particles, and redirect perspiration. Latisse® is the only FDA approved solution for the treatment of hypotrichosis, a medical condition for insufficient eyelash growth. Latisse® is a prescription strength solution discovered by the scientists at Allergan, the makers of Botox® Cosmetic, to help thicken, lengthen, and darken upper eyelashes over an extended period of time to enhance their appearance.

Women are thrilled with this non-invasive technique with no need for pills, injections, or surgery. The result is longer, fuller, darker eyelashes that won’t run or smudge--even when swimming, exercising, or getting teary eyed. Latisse® ophthalmic solution is composed of bimatoprost, which is designed to increase both the number and length of upper eyelashes with daily, topical application. By prescribing Latisse®, we’re able to decrease your dependence on mascara and other eyelash enhancements.

Latisse® is applied once daily to the upper eyelids along the lash line using a disposable brush applicator. Before applying, make sure your face is clean and makeup free. The solution should not be applied to the lower lashes. Some patients may experience minor side effects such as irritation, redness, itching and darkening of the skin in the treatment area. In addition, some patient with certain medical conditions and allergies may not be good candidates for Latisse®. Patients will begin to see results in about four weeks, and full effects should be seen in approximately sixteen weeks. Frequency of application can be reduced once optimal results are reached. Once Latisse® is completely stopped, however, the eyelashes will slowly revert to their original size.

Brilliant Distinctions®

Become a member of the Brilliant Distinctions® Program and receive special offers, exclusive invitations, and membership to the Brilliant Distinctions® Points Program, where you can earn points redeemable for dollars off on select Allergan products and services. Earn Brilliant Distinctions® points each time you get Botox® Cosmetic or Juvederm® treatments or purchase Latisse®.

To learn more about Latisse, visit Latisse.com or call us today at Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061.

Kybella®

“A double chin can be embarrassing and take away from beautiful facial contours. Kybella® can improve the appearance and profile of the face and chin to restore a more youthful look.” – Dr. Ravi Somayazula

Many people are unsure of how to get rid of the fat underneath their chin. Whether it is stubborn fat you haven’t been able to get rid of with diet and exercise, or you have always struggled with submental fullness, your options for removing this fat and having a sleek chin and neck are less intimidating than you might expect. Houston board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula recommends Kybella injectable treatments to any of his patients looking to improve their double chin but who don’t want to undergo liposuction of that small area. Once injected in the skin, the active ingredient in Kybella®, deoxycholic acid, will destroy the unwanted fat cells and prevent new ones from growing.

Kybella® Benefits:
  • Non-surgical reduction in Submental fullness (fat along the chin/jawline, also known as the “double chin”)
  • Minimal bruising and swelling
  • No incisions to take care of
  • No downtime
  • Wear makeup the same day
  • Return to normal activities immediately

 

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Who Is a Good Candidate?

Adults over the age of 18 who are concerned about their submental fullness are excellent candidates for Kybella®. This injectable treatment is safe and FDA-approved to reduce problem fat beneath the chin. Dr. Ravi Somayazula recommends Kybella for men and women who are at a healthy weight, but who have not been able to completely reduce submental fullness with diet and exercise alone. Dr. Ravi Somayazula also offers alternative options for patients with larger amounts of fat in the area, including facial liposuction.

“Dr. Ravi and his entire staff not only made me feel at home and comfortable but they put my mind at ease. They were able to answer every question I had, and even check on me after my 1st session of Kybella®…. He really did an amazing job and even though, you have minor swelling for 6 weeks, I can already feel and see a difference.”
– Angela N., Houston TX

At the Visit

Dr. Ravi Somayazula will discuss your individually tailored options during the consultation. While keeping realistic expectations in mind, he will determine the number of Kybella® injections needed. The number of sessions will be determined by your goals (most patients will benefit from two to five sessions).

After applying a topical numbing agent, Dr. Ravi Somayazula administers Kybella® through a series of small injections underneath your chin to the target areas. The injection sites are marked using a specially created template to ensure an even and well-balanced treatment of the underlying fat cells.

Recovery

After the procedure, you may experience minimal swelling, bruising, numbness, or redness in the treated area. Most of Dr. Ravi Somayazula’s patients will notice the swelling decrease within one or two weeks. Most patients also experience areas of hardness after the injection for some time; however, this is a sign that the treatment is working. Kybella® is a minimally invasive procedure, so you may return to work immediately after your injections.

Over time, you will notice a decrease in the fullness of your chin as Kybella® begins to take effect. The most significant results are typically seen after your second session; however, some patients may require more. With a healthy lifestyle, you can maintain long-lasting results and a well-defined appearance of the chin and jawline.

Basic information on the Internet is no substitute for a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula, who can provide in-depth answers to all of your questions about Kybella. He is here to guide you through all the steps of an informed decision-making process and will map out a treatment plan that fits your needs. We invite you to schedule a consultation today.