Four Fillers That Will Increase Your Confidence

04/20/2021

Dermal fillers offer a safe and effective way to address skin laxity, fine lines, deep wrinkles, and other signs of ageing without surgical intervention. Capable of addressing a number of issues, the dermal fillers offered at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics can improve:

  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Marionette Lines
  • Sunken Cheeks
  • Dark Circles/Hollowness Under the Eyes
  • Shallowness at the Temples
  • Sagging Jawline

Some dermal fillers can improve the appearance of the skin on the back of the hands. Others can be used to plump and fill the lips. Certain formulations can perform multiple treatments. Others may be more suitable for just one or two. The best way to find out which filler will be of most use for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable and inviting Houston office.

Our Fillers

We are pleased to offer fillers from Juvéderm®, Restylane® and Sculptra®. Some of the formulations we carry, such as Juvéderm® Volbella, are designed specifically for the lips, but others can treat a range of issues. 

Four of our most popular choices are:

  • Juvéderm Ultra® and Ultra Plus®
  • Juvéderm Vollure®
  • Restylane® Lyft and Defyne
  • Sculptra®

Both Juvéderm® and Restylane® use Hyaluronic acid (HA) to add volume and address age-related skin laxity. Sculptra® utilizes Poly-L-Lactic Acid for a similar effect. The active ingredient used can impact the longevity of results, with Sculptra offering results for up to 24 months. HA fillers typically produce results for six to eighteen months. With all options, results can be maintained through routine touch-ups.

Wrinkle Reduction and Lip Augmentation

Here to Help You Choose

At our practice, we are committed to helping each patient achieve their goals through personalized services that have been carefully selected to treat specific issues. When you come to us for nonsurgical skin rejuvenation, we will discuss all treatments that could prove useful, helping you to select those most suitable for your needs. Attentive and thoughtful, we welcome the opportunity to listen to your desires and provide you with honest information about the best way to reach your goals.

Please call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 832-937-3811 to schedule your initial consultation at our Houston office today.

Five Minimally Invasive Tweakments to Try Before the New Year

12/01/2020

A tweakment is a cosmetic procedure that produces subtle, natural-looking results. Most often nonsurgical, tweakments are ideal before big events, such as wedding or holiday gatherings, but can be just as suitable for a simple pick-me-up. There is no “right” reason to seek a tweakment. All you need is the desire to look and feel your absolute best. Continue reading Five Minimally Invasive Tweakments to Try Before the New Year

Four Things All First Timers Should Know About Lip Fillers

07/15/2020

Lip augmentation is a safe and effective way to improve the symmetry and fullness of the lips. At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, we offer several lip augmentation options, including:

  • Juvéderm Ultra adds natural-looking volume to thin, fading lips
  • Juvéderm Ultra Plus is a bit more rigid than Juvederm Ultra but in the right patient, will get beautiful results
  • Juvéderm Volbella adds volume to the lips and creates greater definition. It can also create a cupid’s bow
  • Restylane Refyne adds volume and structural support to the lips. It can also be used to soften nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Restylane Kysse is the newest filler offered at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics and creates a very soft and natural appearance with very little swelling

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Things to Consider Before Getting Dermal Fillers

01/16/2020

If it seems like everyone around you is getting a dermal filler these days, it’s probably true. More than 2.5 million filler injections were given in 2018, making it the second most popular noninvasive aesthetic procedure, coming in right after Botox Cosmetic.. The truth is, no matter your age, ethnicity, or gender, there is a good chance that dermal fillers could improve your appearance and temporarily eliminate a trouble spot or two. Prior to your appointment at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, read about these five things you should consider before sitting down for filler injections.

1. Who is your injector?

Dermal fillers should only be administered by a board-certified physician, not just anyone that says they can do injectables. If you do not know their credentials, never be afraid to ask. 
Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ Dr. Swapna Gopathi specializes in noninvasive medicine. She has over a decade of experience with dermal fillers and Botox Cosmetic. During your consultation, Dr. Gopathi will review your medical history, examine your skin, and discuss your desired results before determining if you are a good candidate for dermal fillers.  

2. What will be used?

Dermal fillers are made of a smooth, gel-like substance that immediately plumps the skin to reduce the associated line or crease. However, not every dermal filler is right for every area of the face. There are many unique dermal fillers on the market, each with a different chemical makeup and designed to address a different problem area:
Hyaluronic Acid (HA): A naturally occurring substance, HA is a smooth, hydrating gel that can eliminate fine lines and deep creases. Several FDA-approved fillers that contain HA, including:
• Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus
• Voluma
• Volbella
• Vollure
• Restylane Lyft
• Restylane Refyne
• Restylane Defyne
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHa): Products such as Radiesse® utilize a calcium substance naturally found in bones to ease wrinkles. The gel is thicker than other fillers, making it good for deeper wrinkles. Poly -L-Lactic Acid: Sculptra® is a Poly-L-Lactic Acid filler, used for deep facial hollowing. Sculptra is a safe, biodegradable, synthetic substance that helps to rebuild the collagen in your skin.

3. What can you expect after the injections?

Treatment with dermal fillers takes less than 30 minutes, making your appointment a true ‘lunch-time lift’. Dermal fillers require little to no downtime, meaning you can go back to your busy routine almost immediately. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. Light swelling or mild bruising from the injections, taking up to a week to fade. These can easily be covered by makeup, which can be worn right away. Exercise and alcohol should be avoided for the first 48 hours. This will reduce the chance of localized swelling.

4. How long will the results last?

While almost every filler offers immediate results, how long they last will vary according to the product and the treatment area. Plan your filler appointment accordingly if you want to look your best for an upcoming event.
• Juvederm Voluma – sculpts facial contours for 18-24 months
• Juvederm Ultra – works for up to 12 months smoothing deep wrinkles and around the mouth
• Juvederm Volbella – plumps lips and smooths vertical lines for 6 to 12 months
• Juvederm Vollure – enhances the lips for 12 to 18 months
• Restylane Lyft – eliminates severe facial folds for up to 12 months
• Restylane Defyne – erases lines between nose and mouth for up to 12 months
• Restylane Refyne – works on lines around nose and mouth for up to 12 months
• Radiesse – can smooth facial folds for up to 24 months
• Sculptra – addresses deep wrinkles for up to 24 months

5. Side-Effects and Potential Risks:

Dermal fillers are extremely safe and dependable but remember there is always a small chance for side-effects. Side-effects of fillers are mild and include swelling, bruising, tenderness, and itching. More serious issues such as an infection or nerve damage are exceeding rare. Never get your fillers from a friend, at a house party, or in a ‘pop-up shop’. You will have no idea if an FDA-approved product will be used and risk long-term scarring or even death.

Bonus – Where do you start?

Although you may do plenty of homework online, there is no substitute for an in-person filler consultation. Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics is the go-to place in Houston for consistent, natural-looking filler results, achieved in a safe, welcoming environment by a board-certified physician. Let us explain everything you can expect from your filler experience, including the potential results. Make your filler consultation with Dr. Gopathi by calling our Katy Freeway office at 281-242-1061

What is the Best Lip Filler?

11/15/2019 
Lip fillers are used to enhance, fill, and sculpt the lips into an ideally perfect pout. Also known as lip augmentation, using dermal fillers to produce natural-looking fullness to the lips is quick, minimally invasive, and immediately noticeable; but how can you tell which filler will work most effectively for your lips. Continue reading What is the Best Lip Filler?

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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