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. Continue reading Get ‘Tite’ with Four Tempting Treatments
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. Continue reading At What Age Should I Start Fillers?
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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A Quick Guide to Fillers
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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:
Deeper facial creases
Nasolabial Folds (from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
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
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
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.
Restore fullness of the cheeks
Replenish age-related volume loss under the eyes and mid-face
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
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 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
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sculptra Aesthetic from Body by Ravi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery
Sculptra Aesthetic is a one-of-a-kind 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At your in person consultation or during a virtual consultation, our board-certified physicians will determine the areas that you would need Sculptra injections based on your goals. Pricing depends on how much area you are trying to volumize. Each vial of Sculptra is priced at $800 and we do offer a discount for using 10 vials at one treatment, that price is $5500. Most people will need between 2 to 6 vials per treatment for small areas of indentation and for overall increase in buttock size, we may recommend 10 vials per treatment. All of our Sculptra Buttock injections are performed by a board-certified physician.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
There’s nothing better than taking a gorgeous selfie! Getting that exact angle and chiseled jawline is key. We see any men and women in our practice who are frustrated with how they look in pictures. Extra fat under the chin and at the jawline can be upsetting to many Houston area men and women. It’s especially surprising when it’s seen on a very fit individual.
Even with dedication to a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine, this stubborn submental fat, or ‘double chin’ is often difficult to address. Up until recently, there were few options for eliminating submental fat and restoring a sleek chin or neck that did not include surgery and liposuction. Luckily, today there is a safe and easy option: Kybella®. Once injected directly into the fat, deoxycholic acid, the active ingredient in Kybella®, will work to permanently destroy the unwanted fat cells. Houston’s Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi recommend Kybella® injectable treatments to many of their patients looking to improve not only their double chin, but also the contour of their jaw.
“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
THE BENEFITS OF KYBELLA®
Kybella® is the simple injectable solution designed to address a double chin, offering the ability to transform your jawline and profile through a quick, noninvasive technique. Instead of traditional surgical methods, which are more invasive and may require a longer recovery, Kybella® injections only take a few minutes in the office and you have no downtime. With no downtime, you can get back to your busy schedule right away. Best of all, the results from Kybella® are long-lasting; as long as you remain at a healthy weight, the results cannot be undone. The Benefits of Kybella Include®:
Non-surgical reduction in Submental fullness (fat along the chin/jawline, also known as the “double chin”)
Other areas of use are the bra rolls, axillary fat, banana roll under the buttocks
Minimal bruising and swelling
No incisions to take care of
Wear makeup the same day
Return to normal activities immediately
Kybella® results courtesy of Allergan®
Why Choose BODY BY RAVI PLASTIC SURGERY AND AESTHETICS for Kybella®?
Kybella® is one of the most beneficial and innovative, injectable treatments available in Houston today. Patients should only trust their appearance to an experienced, board-certified physician. Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi are two of Houston’s most revered, board-certified physicians. Each offers vast experience in facial anatomy and physical contours, allowing them to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results for every patient.
Dr. Ravi has more than a decade of plastic and reconstructive surgery experience, widely known for his extensive knowledge of surgical and noninvasive aesthetic techniques. His kind bedside manner gives Dr. Ravi the ability to get to know every patient who walks in the door, customizing their treatment to meet their specific set of needs. Dr. Gopathi, Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ Director of Medical Aesthetics, specializes in wellness, anti-aging and facial contouring. She is dedicated to finding the best, noninvasive solution to meet each patient’s lifestyle and desired level of results.
The ideal CANDIDATE for kybella®
Any adult, over the age of 18 who is concerned about their submental fullness, can make an excellent candidate for Kybella®. This injectable treatment has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe method for reducing problem fat beneath the chin. Kybella® is recommended 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 and Dr. Gopathi can also offer alternative options for patients who struggle with larger amounts of fat in the area, including facial liposuction or FaceTite to tighten lax skin along the jawline.
“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
YOUR Kybella® Consultation and Examination
Prior to your first Kybella® session, a private consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Ravi or Dr. Gopathi. This time will be devoted to understanding your aesthetic needs and desires, so plan on your consultation taking from 30 minutes to one hour. During this appointment, your surgeon will examine your chin, jawline, and submental fat. Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi take their time discussing all of your options, including Kybella® and other noninvasive treatments such as FaceTite or Morpheus8.
Once Kybella® has been determined the best procedure for your needs, the surgeon will explain your treatment plan. To keep realistic expectations in mind, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi will determine the number of Kybella® injections needed and the number of recommended sessions required for optimal results.
The kybella® treatment session
Once checked in for your appointment, you will be taken back to a comfortable, private treatment room. While Kybella® is not considered painful, each small injection may sting or pinch.
Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi will apply Kybella® through a series of small injections placed underneath the chin along the target areas. Each injection site is predetermined, marked using a specially created template to ensure an even and well-balanced treatment of the underlying fat cells. As soon as the Kybella® injections are complete you will be free to return to normal activities.D9L
Getting Back to normal after kybella®
After your Kybella® procedure, you may experience mild swelling, bruising, numbness, tenderness, or redness in the treated area. These side-effects are short-lived and will diminish over the next five to seven to ten days. Most swelling will improve in one to two weeks. It is also common to experience areas of hardness along the injection area for some time; however, this is a sign that the treatment is working. More serious complications such as facial asymmetry, nerve damage, and infection are extremely rare. It is important, however, that patients always put their trust in a board-certified physician, experienced with Kybella® and other noninvasive treatments.
Kybella® is a minimally invasive procedure, so you may return to work immediately after your injections. There are no restrictions on activities or makeup. However, patients should avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24-48 hours to reduce the chance for swelling.
The results from Kybella® are not immediate. Over time, you will begin to notice a decrease in the fullness of your chin as Kybella® begins to take effect. The most significant results can typically be seen after your second session; however, some patients may require up to five treatments.
The fat cells that are destroyed and eliminated by Kybella® are gone forever and cannot reform. For this reason, you can depend on Kybella® to offer results that last for years to come. Keep in mind, the surrounding fat cells can still expand with weight gain. With a healthy lifestyle, you can maintain long-lasting results and a well-defined appearance of the chin and jawline.
SCHEDULE A CONFIDENTIAL KYBELLA® CONSULTATION AT BODY BY RAVI PLASTIC SURGERY AND AESTHETICS
Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics is located at 9230 Katy Freeway near Memorial and Katy, easily reached from every side of Houston. Designed with our patients in mind, each private treatment room is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. The team at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics is a highly trained group of aesthetic professionals, ready to take the stress out of your cosmetic procedure.
Remember, there is never a substitute for an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. To find out if Kybella® could be the right noninvasive treatment for your facial rejuvenation needs, contact Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281.242.1061 or fill out our online Contact Us form. We will be happy to answer your questions and arrange for a complimentary, confidential consultation with Dr. Ravi or Dr. Gopathi. During this appointment, a personalized treatment plan, designed around your unique needs, will be created.
Kybella® is the first and only injectable treatment for excess submental fat, also known as a ‘double chin’. Created from Deoxycholic Acid, a naturally occurring molecule that breaks down fat cells, Kybella® can effectively create a tighter, smoother, more defined jawline for long-lasting facial rejuvenation.
The ideal candidate for Kybella® will be in generally good health yet unhappy with the appearance of fatty tissue under the jaw. Potential patients should understand the treatment process, commit to the number of recommended Kybella® sessions, and have realistic expectations for the final results. Patients who are pregnant or have an active skin infection may be asked to postpone their Kybella® treatment. For those with an excess of lax skin along the chin and jawline, Dr. Ravi or Dr. Gopathi may recommend an additional technique designed for tightening and smoothing, including FaceTite or Morpheus8.
Each Kybella® session involves a series tiny injections, placed along the target area under the chin. Treatment will take from 30 to 60 minutes. Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi perform their Kybella® treatments in their Houston-area office. Each session takes place in a private, comfortable treatment room. As soon as the Kybella® injections are complete, patients are free to return to their normal routine.
Although faint results may be seen four to six weeks after the first Kybella® session, most patients will require between two and five sessions for optimal results. Over the next several months, as the fat cells are slowly metabolized by the body, the chin contours will continue to improve. As the damaged fat cells will not return, patients can expect the benefits of Kybella® to last for years to come.
The total cost of your Kybella® session will depend on the extent of correction. The only way to know the exact price will be through an in-person consultation at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. On average, most patients will find their Kybella® treatments will cost between $1,300 and $2,500. Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics accepts a variety of payments types, including cash and all major credit cards. Our office also accepts healthcare financing through CareCredit, United Medical Credit, Prosper Healthcare Lending, and ALPHAEON CREDIT. Contact our office at 281.242.1061 or fill out our online Contact Us form.
The first signs of aging can begin to appear all too early. After years of repetitive facial expressions and constant movements, dynamic wrinkles will begin to form between the eyebrows, along the corners of the eyes, and across the forehead. These fine lines can eventually turn into deep creases, adding unwanted years onto the appearance. Even the most expensive creams and moisturizers can do little to fight the changes in skin texture and quality as these wrinkles form.
The Benefits of Botox Cosmetic
Botox Cosmetic is a non-invasive aesthetic treatment, designed to improve the fine lines and wrinkles that result from repetitive expressions. Made from Botulinum Toxin Type A, Botox temporarily relaxes specific facial muscles. As these muscles relax, the associated lines on the face will become smooth and flat. Fine wrinkles and deep creases related to muscle movement can be erased for up to three months. While Botox Cosmetic is designed to address dynamic wrinkles, static lines (that result from a loss of tissue elasticity) can be targeted by adding a dermal filler, such as Juvederm or Restylane.
Botox Cosmetic can improve:
Frown Lines, between eyebrows (Glabella)
Crow’s Feet, on the outer corners of the eyes
Bunny Lines, along the sides of the nose
Neck bands (Platysma)
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under arms, hands, and feet)
Choosing Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for Wrinkle Reduction
Houston’s Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi are board-certified physicians known for their warm bedside manner, friendly demeanor and safe practices. Dr. Gopathi is the Director of Medical Aesthetics with a keen interest in female wellness, antiaging and facial contouring. She makes sure the entire team is dedicated to the creation of beauty, working with each patient to understand their aesthetic needs and desires. By offering a comprehensive menu of services, every individual’s goals can be attained with the proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Choosing a board-certified physician who has a comprehensive understanding of facial anatomy and movement who can execute advanced injection techniques will produce the most natural, beautiful results. To address the early signs of aging, Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics offers a full range of noninvasive techniques and treatments, including Botox Cosmetic. This ensures that patients can achieve their goals without the expense or lengthy recovery time associated with surgery. Dr. Gopathi and her team members will spend time discussing your needs and explaining all of the options before designing a personalized treatment plan.
“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.” –Dr. Ravi Somayazula
Anyone interested in smoothing the fine lines and wrinkles that come from years of facial expressions may make a potential candidate for Botox Cosmetic. Both men and women can benefit from the treatment. The injectable is safe for all ethnicities and skin types. The ideal patient will understand the Botox Cosmetic treatment plan and hold realistic expectations for their results. Those with certain skin conditions or are pregnant may be encouraged to postpone their Botox treatment. Hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating, of the underarms and hands is a medical condition that can be treated with Botox as well.
Botox Cosmetic Consultation and Examination
Potential patients should plan on their initial Botox Cosmetic consultation to take a half an hour, up to an hour at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. At this time, Dr. Gopathi and Dr. Ravi will perform an in-depth skin assessment, determining the best set of treatments and techniques to achieve the desired results. Time is needed to get to know each patient’s aesthetic goals, as well as their lifestyle and daily skin care regimen. Finally, a personalized treatment plan, including Botox Cosmetic, will be created. The Botox treatment can be done at that same visit.
At the consultation appointment, the total cost of treatment will be determined. Our experienced patient coordinator will explain all of the payment options available, assisting in arranging the most affordable treatment plan possible.
Each Botox Cosmetic session takes from 15 to 30 minutes, making it the perfect ‘lunchtime’ procedure. The injectable is applied in a private, comfortable treatment room at the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics office. Using a very fine needle, Botox is meticulously injected directly into the predetermined facial muscles. The injections are not considered painful; therefore, Botox Cosmetic does not require any anesthetic. However, a topical or local anesthetic can be applied for added comfort.
Getting Back to Normal After Botox Cosmetic
There is no downtime necessary after a treatment with Botox Cosmetic. Patients are feeling well enough to go back to work or school immediately. Mild redness, swelling, and tenderness may be seen along the treatment area, however these are normally short lived. Bruising is also common.
The benefits of Botox Cosmetic are not seen right away. Over the next one to two weeks, targeted wrinkles will begin to ease and smooth. Optimal results from Botox can be seen in 10-14 days, and will last for three to four months. This will vary according to the individual patient and the specific treatment area.
Botox Cosmetic is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe method for improving dynamic wrinkles. Side-effects are not common but can include pinpoint bleeding, severe headaches, and facial asymmetry. More serious complications, such as infection or nerve damage, are rare. To ensure the safest and most effective Botox Cosmetic results, patients are encouraged to only trust a board certified, experienced provider, such as Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics.
Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics offers patients the Brilliant Distinctions Program, bringing special pricing, discounts, and exclusive invitations. Brilliant Distinctions® members can earn points with each Botox Cosmetic treatment, which are then redeemable deep discounts on future purchases of Allergan products and services. Brilliant Distinctions® points will accumulate each time you purchase Botox® Cosmetic, Laisse ®, or any Juvederm® treatment. Speak with your Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ patient coordinator for more details on Brilliant Distinctions®.
Turn to Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for your Botox Cosmetic needs:
Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics is located at 9230 Katy Freeway near Memorial and Katy, but easily reached from every side of Houston. Our luxurious office is designed for up-most patient comfort and privacy. To find out more about the benefits of Botox Cosmetic, or to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Gopathi or Dr. Ravi, call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281.242.1061. For added convenience, fill out our easy, online Contact Us form and a patient coordinator will contact you shortly.
Botox Cosmetic is a noninvasive treatment made from Botulinum Toxin. The injectable is designed to smooth dynamic winkles and fine lines associated with repetitive facial movements. As Botox temporarily relaxes targeted muscles, the associated facial lines will slowly smooth and flatten.
The ideal candidate for Botox Cosmetic can be almost anyone who is frustrated with fine lines and wrinkles associated with early aging. Both men and women can benefit from Botox, as the injectable is safe for all ethnicities and skin types. People with certain skin conditions, or are pregnant, will be told to postpone their Botox Cosmetic treatment.
Botox Cosmetic relaxes targeted facial muscles, making it an excellent choice for smoothing dynamic wrinkles. The area’s most commonly treated with Botox include the Frown Lines (between the eyebrows), Crow’s Feet (along the corners of the eyes), and forehead creases. Botox has additional uses, as well, including the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
The benefits from Botox are not seen right away. Over the following week to two weeks, as the targeted muscles slowly relax, the benefit of treatment will appear. Patients can expect the results to last for three to four months. At this time, a maintenance session with Botox Cosmetic can safely extend the youthful results.
Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics
Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.
Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wished to all of those impacted by COVID-19. We understand that this has impacted our entire country in multiple ways, from falling sick to job changes and school cancellations. We understand your multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.
Please note that we will remain open and ready to serve you for your immediate follow up appointments. However, we are currently not doing any elective surgeries or in office procedures in order to decrease viral spread and to minimize utilization of medical supplies during this time of need.
Please keep in mind that Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicans, will be offering complimentary telemedicine virtual (video) consultations to continue your care and to discuss new areas of concern.
As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing bases.