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Introducing “The Body Patient” – A Patient’s Perspective on Plastic Surgery with Houston’s Dr. Ravi Somayazula—Part 1 of Tummy Tuck

1/25/2018

What better way to know what to expect from our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ravi Somayazula and staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery then by directly getting input from an actual patient. We are starting an interview series called “The Body Patient” where we will conduct an interview with a recent patient. For our inaugural interview, we chose a recent tummy tuck patient. Get to know our recent tummy tuck patient, Jennifer, so that you could learn about her journey, from her point of view.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I currently work in sales and I’m always on the go. I like to keep a busy lifestyle and lead a very active life. I’m 31 years old and I have a 11-year-old son who is in the sixth grade. We live in the Memorial neighborhood in Houston, Texas. And I’ve been a Houstonian my entire life.

What made you consider plastic surgery?

Although I’m not currently married, I’ve always thought about potentially have more kids down the road. As the years have passed by, I eventually realized the possibility of having more children was becoming less and less likely. I have been researching tummy tuck surgery in Houston ever since I had my son more than 10 years ago. After my pregnancy I started dropping the extra weight, but I unfortunately realized that my stomach would never look the same again. Regardless of how much I worked out or how much weight I lost, the extra, loose skin has always made me feel self-conscious, especially in a bikini. I also didn’t want to go under the knife twice, which may have been necessary if I did have another child. So, I kept putting off my tummy tuck until I was for sure done having kids.

What plastic surgery procedures did you have?

Dr. Ravi Somayazula performed an abdominoplasty with liposuction of my abdomen and waist. I also chose to have liposuction of my bra rolls, lower back and arms at the same time.

What were you looking for in a plastic surgeon and plastic surgery practice?

First and foremost, I looked for a plastic surgeon who was board certified. I also wanted a plastic surgeon who specialized specifically in body contouring since I knew that every plastic surgeon had their area of expertise. To me, it was just a matter of finding someone who I am comfortable with but also had the experience in tummy tucks I was looking for. I did plenty of research online by reading reviews and looking at before and after pictures. I was impressed with the fact that Dr. Ravi had hundreds of positive online reviews. I was especially pleased that his patients mentioned his great bedside manner and how he made them feel so comfortable. Of course, I also felt that he had the best before and after pictures; to me, his tummy tuck pictures were just unbelievable. I really wanted to find the best plastic surgeon in Houston and someone that I would recommend to my friends without any reservations.

What were your thoughts about Dr. Ravi and the staff during your experience?

I initially called to office to get some information and set up a consultation. I was treated kindly and very professionally. At my appointment, my first impression was way better than I had expected. First and foremost, the office is drop dead gorgeous. I did expect to be greeted the same as at most other doctors’ offices, with just a “Hi, please sign in and take a seat”. However, at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, I was welcomed by the friendly front desk coordinator Karla who greeted me with open arms and was very engaging in conversation. Instead of treating me like just another number, or just another patient, she made me feel at ease and comfortable from the get-go. I met with Natalie, the patient coordinator, and off the bat we hit it off. We had a conversation and felt it was more than just the standard medical Q & A’s. She genuinely tried to get to know me and my personal reasons for being there for my consultation. When meeting with Dr. Ravi I instantly felt comfortable, and never at any point felt rushed. He was thorough in his explanation of the procedures he recommended to me and what my alternatives were as well. He was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions before I even asked.

Why did you eventually choose Dr. Ravi to perform your surgery?

I chose Dr. Ravi because of his experience, results, and bedside manner. He listened to all my concerns and made me feel like I was making the right decision to finally proceed with surgery. I met with a few other surgeons and even though they had great results, I just didn’t feel the same level of comfort with them. Dr. Ravi gave me his undivided attention and was actually available to meet with me during the initial consultation, unfortunately other doctors were not the same.


Our next blog will have the conclusion of our interview with Jennifer. She will give you advice on getting prepared for surgery, her recovery and if she was happy with her results. To learn more about Tummy Tucks (or other procedures, such as Breast Augmentation, Mommy Makeovers and Brazilian Butt Lift), please call us today at 281-242-1061 or email us to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Ravi is a board -certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic contouring surgeries of the breast and body. Our staff and Dr. Ravi would be excited to discuss a tummy tuck in person!

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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.

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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.

Our office is open and ready to serve you. We have restarted performing elective surgeries at an Ambulatory Surgery Center, and in office elective surgical procedures will resume after May 8th. In order to decrease viral spread and to minimize utilization of medical supplies during this time of need, we have implemented a strict screening protocol. As far as non-surgical procedures, we are slowly rolling out these procedures. We are currently offering Botox and other non-surgical in office procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling. We tentatively will be restarting filler treatments on May 18th. All staff and all patients are required to wear masks at all times. We are also not allowing any additional guests at this time. We are taking extra time and extra steps to make sure all contact surfaces, such as door handles and counter tops, are cleaned around the clock with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety had always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, will continue to offer both complimentary virtual consultations via a HIPAA compliant and secure platform and in person office consultations. We are happy to provide these two options so that you can choose the option that is most comfortable for you.

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.

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