Physician-Led Weight Loss Program

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge for many people. A physician-led weight loss program in Houston, TX, can provide the support, guidance, and expertise needed to help individuals reach their weight loss goals. Under the care of Dr. Gopathi at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, patients benefit from a personalized approach to weight loss that addresses their unique needs and includes learning how to maintain results.

About The Physician-Led Weight Loss Program

The Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics physician-led weight loss program takes a medically-supervised approach that combines various weight loss techniques. The comprehensive program suggests dietary changes, exercise programs, and behavior modifications to help patients lose weight with a focus on maintaining long-term success. Being closer to an ideal weight before surgery can reduce the risk of complications, support a smooth recovery, and give the patient better overall surgical results. However, this program is ideal for individuals with a BMI between 25-45 who need to lose weight before surgery or to help recent surgical patients maintain or improve their results.

The Expert Team at Body by Ravi

Dr. Gopathi is board-certified in both Lifestyle Medicine and Internal Medicine, with over a decade of experience in preventative care and clinical experience at Houston Methodist Hospital’s weight management program. Her combination of medical training and expertise gives Dr. Gopathi a deep understanding of the physical, psychological, social, and environmental factors that impact weight loss and overall health. Dr. Gopathi and the team at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics are dedicated to helping each patient reach their BMI requirement for surgery and maintain long-lasting results. For most surgeries, a BMI of 30 or less is ideal.

Process Overview: Customized Weight Loss Plans

The physician-led weight loss program at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics begins with an in-depth consultation where Dr. Gopathi assesses the patient’s medical history, current health status, and medications. In addition to gaining an understanding of the patient’s relationship with food, lifestyle habits, such as sleep and stress management, are also reviewed. If needed, lab tests might be ordered.

What Sets Us Apart From Other Weight Loss Programs?

Our physician-led weight loss program employs a balanced, sustainable approach. We will create a personalized nutrition plan to work with each patient’s lifestyle and preferences. We also educate our patients on portion control, mindful eating, and better food choices, giving them practical strategies to manage their food intake. Weekly checks are made to monitor progress as well as monitor any side effects. Nausea is a common issue and we proactively take measures to decrease this burden on our patients. Dr. Gopathi will personally see you every 4 weeks to closely follow your journey as well as review our comprehensive Wellness Journal.

Incorporating Exercise and Lifestyle Changes

Our weight loss program emphasizes the importance of incorporating regular physical activity and positive lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain weight loss success. Patients receive guidance on developing an exercise routine suitable for their fitness level and individual needs, as well as support in addressing any psychological or emotional factors that may contribute to weight gain. Through a combination of exercise, nutrition counseling, and behavioral modifications, patients are empowered to adopt a healthier lifestyle and maintain their weight loss results for the long term.

Monitoring Progress and Adjusting Treatment Plans

Throughout the medical weight management program, Dr. Gopathi and the team at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics closely monitor each patient’s progress and make any necessary adjustments to their treatment plan.

Ideal Candidates for the Physician-Led Weight Loss Program

Ideal candidates for the physician-led weight loss program at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Houston, TX, include individuals with a BMI between 25 and 45 who struggle with obesity or weight-related health issues. If you are already being treated with weight loss medications, previously had weight loss surgery, or are currently being treated for Diabetes Mellitus, you are not a candidate and should follow up with your regular primary care physician. 

Some factors that may make a patient an ideal candidate for this program include:

  • Struggling with weight loss through traditional methods
  • Having obesity-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, or metabolic syndrome
  • Needing to lose weight before undergoing a surgical procedure
  • Seeking long-term weight management solutions and a healthier lifestyle

Success and Long-lasting Results

After completing the physician-led weight loss program, patients are encouraged to maintain their new healthy habits and continue working towards their long-term weight management goals. At our program, we recognize that support and accountability play vital roles in successfully maintaining weight loss. That is why support from our dedicated team is an integral part of our program. We aim to keep you motivated, well-informed, and focused on your weight loss journey through regular checkups and a wealth of educational resources, ensuring you achieve sustainable and long-lasting results. Our team is committed to guiding you every step of the way, helping you overcome challenges, and celebrating your progress. By providing a comprehensive and personalized approach to weight loss, the physician-led weight loss program at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics helps patients in Houston, TX, achieve successful long-term weight management and improved overall health.

Cost of Physician-Led Weight Loss Program

The cost of a physician-led weight loss program at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics can vary depending on the specific treatment plan and individual needs of the patient. Factors that influence the overall cost include the duration of the program and prescription medication.

Insurance Coverage and Support for Physician-Led Weight Loss Program

Insurance coverage for a physician-led weight loss program varies by state and provider. Some insurance policies cover these treatment programs in part or totally, but most people pay out of pocket. At this time, Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics does not take any insurance plans but patients are free to contact their carrier directly to ask for reimbursements.

Expected Results from a Physician-Led Weight Loss Program in Houston, TX

Patients who participate in the physician-led weight loss program at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics can expect to see significant improvements in their overall health and body weight. The average weight loss for patients in this program varies, as it depends on individual factors such as starting weight, adherence to the treatment plan, and personal weight loss goals. A healthy rate for weight loss is approximately 0.5 – 2.0 pounds a week. Many patients experience successful weight loss and long-term weight management, leading to a healthier lifestyle and reduced risk for obesity-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and sleep apnea. By following the customized treatment plan and receiving ongoing support from Dr. Gopathi and the team at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, patients can achieve their desired weight loss results and enjoy improved overall health and well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our concierge level care and close follow ups truly help our patients cope with side effects and implement lifestyle changes that help maintain long term results.

How long does the physician-led weight loss program typically last?

The duration of the physician-led weight loss program is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. We suggest committing to a 16-week program to begin. After the initial results are assessed, patients can decide on extending the program.

Request a Consultation with Dr. Gopathi

If you’re ready to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle and achieving your weight loss goals, request a consultation with Dr. Gopathi at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Houston, TX. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized, physician-led weight loss programs to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Five Tips to Prepare for Your Skin Tightening Treatment

At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we are pleased to offer several non-surgical skin tightening treatments. How you will prepare for yours depends on which one you select.

During your consultation, board-certified anti-aging and cosmetic physician Dr. Swapna Gopathi will assess your concerns, discuss possible treatment options, and provide personalized instructions to ensure you are fully prepared for whichever treatment you choose.

Getting Ready for Better Looking Skin

While personal recommendations are needed to help each individual prepare for skin tightening, there are also some general suggestions. In the days leading up to most skin tightening procedures, you will want to:

  1. Avoid Direct sunlight
  2. Avoid using harsh or irritating skincare products
  3. Refrain from waxing or laser hair removal
  4. Avoid lotions, perfumes, and makeup on the day of your treatment
  5. Shave the treatment area if there is coarse or dark hair
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Our Skin Tightening Options

While there are some similarities in preparation, a closer look at three of our skin tightening options illustrates how different preparation can be:

  • FaceTite. FaceTite is a radiofrequency energy skin tightening treatment that uses a tiny probe to gently heat underlying tissue and stimulate collagen production. In preparation for FaceTite, you must stop taking blood-thinning medications, supplements, and herbs. You will also need to stop using nicotine if you are a smoker.
  • Morpheus8. Morpheus8 combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production and tighten skin throughout the body. It is best to avoid direct sunlight in the days leading up to Morpheus8 treatment. It is also best to avoid irritating skincare products and to come to our office free of makeup, lotions, or anything else that will need to be removed.
  • SkinPen Microneedling. SkinPen was the first microneedling pen to be approved by the FDA. Safe and gentle, this device creates tiny wounds in the skin to stimulate collagen production. You must avoid waxing, laser hair removal, and depilatory creams for at least one week before treatment. Avoiding excessive sun exposure and coming to our office with clean skin is also important.

Dr. Gopathi will work directly with you in the days leading up to your treatment to help ensure you have all the tools you need for the most rewarding experience.

Please call our Houston office at 281-242-1061 to schedule your consultation today. Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics serves King, The Woodlands, and all nearby areas from our office in Houston.

Four Ways to Rejuvenate Your Skin During the Winter Months

During the winter months, cooler temperatures and reduced moisture can combine to irritate and dry the skin. Even in Houston, where it seldom gets below 40 degrees, skin irritation, redness, and flaking are all fairly common during the winter months – and these things can exacerbate skin aging, enhance the appearance of wrinkles, and result in general skin dullness.

Fortunately, several treatments are designed to address environmental damage and restore healthy-looking skin year-round. At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, board-certified anti-aging and cosmetic physician, Swapna Gopathi, MD, is pleased to offer the most advanced and efficacious solutions available. Continue reading Four Ways to Rejuvenate Your Skin During the Winter Months

Which Facial Treatment Is Right For You?


The process of aging, environmental factors, sun exposure, genetics, and more will all have an impact on the quality of your skin as you age. Issues such as textural irregularities, hyperpigmentation, sun and age spots, and fine lines and deep wrinkles may be slow to form, but once present, can have a profound impact on your overall appearance. Continue reading Which Facial Treatment Is Right For You?

Everything You Need To Know About Morpheus8 – Non-Invasive Skin Resurfacing


Morpheus8 is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment that combines the proven benefits of microneedling with the awesome power of radiofrequency skin tightening. This highly effective treatment is safe, requires little to no downtime, and can be performed in-office with only a light topical numbing cream, making it a great option for patients looking to improve the appearance of their skin without discomfort or a significant healing period. Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About Morpheus8 – Non-Invasive Skin Resurfacing

What Is Facial Profile Optimization?


Facial profile optimization involves bringing all facial features into ideal symmetry by addressing issues such as skin laxity and volume loss to create a balanced, lifted, and generally more attractive appearance. At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we offer a comprehensive range of surgical and non-surgical options that can be used to address asymmetry and other issues detracting from your facial profile. We encourage you to get in touch for a one-on-one consultation to learn which option, or options, will produce the most remarkable results for you. Continue reading What Is Facial Profile Optimization?

Eight Ways Morpheus8 Can Improve Your Skin

Morpheus8 is a high-tech and effective skin resurfacing option that can address several common skin concerns. Combining microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) heat energy, this unique approach helps to boost the body’s production of collagen and elastin, producing results that are often visible within just a few short weeks of treatment. Safe for all skin tones and types,
Morpehus8 not only addresses various signs of aging but also helps to slow the process, continuing to produce results for several months longer than many other non-surgical options. Continue reading Eight Ways Morpheus8 Can Improve Your Skin

Get ‘Tite’ with Four Tempting Treatments

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


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

“Dr Gopahti is amazing! I went in to have Morpheus8 done. I had 3 sessions and I see the difference. I would recommend getting Morpheus8 done with Dr Gopathi and her team.”

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

What conditions can Morpheus8 treat?

Our expert team can use Morpheus8 for a wide variety of aesthetic concerns. These include:
  • To improve the appearance of surgical scars
  • To increase tissue firmness on the face and body
  • To correct sun damaged skin
  • To minimize fine facial lines and deep wrinkles
  • To eliminate acne scars and stretchmarks
  • To smooth uneven skin texture
  • To decrease pore size
  • To brighten skin tone
  • To treat active acne
  • To erase dark spots and areas of hyperpigmentation
Morpheus-8 Before & After Results 1

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


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

What areas can be treated with Morpheus8?

  • Entire Face
  • Neck
  • Décolletage
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Areas with Stretchmarks such as Abdomen, Thighs, Buttocks
  • Post-Surgical Scars, such as with Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Abdominoplasty
  • Banana Roll under Buttocks
  • Knees
  • Underarms for Sweating and Odor
Morpheus-8 Before & After Results 2

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

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

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

– Dr. Ravi Somayazula


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


Morpheus8 is a safe and effective method for rejuvenating the skin without the risks associated with laser treatments or invasive surgery. The treatment is safe for all skin types and complexions. Even patients with sensitive tissues can safely choose Morpheus8 for their skin resurfacing needs. An ideal candidate for Morpheus8 will be someone in overall good health, with a clear understanding of the treatment process, and have realistic expectations for their final results. Those who are pregnant, breast feeding, or struggling with an active skin infection may be encouraged to postpone their Morpheus8 treatment. If severe wrinkles or skin laxity is present, Morpheus8 may not be the best treatment option. During your consultation, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi can recommend the appropriate technique(s) for skin rejuvenation such as combination treatment with BodyTite PRO or Tummy Tuck.


Prior to scheduling your first Morpheus8 session, a private consultation will be arranged at the Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics’ Houston office. Plan on being at your initial consultation for 30-60 minutes, as we will take this time to get to know your individual needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to offer patient-centered care, creating a unique treatment plan for each individual. Your Morpheus8 consultation will begin with an in-depth skin assessment. The doctors will discuss your desires for both short-term and long-term improvements. Next, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi will carefully explain all of your treatment options, including Morpheus8, answering any questions that arise along the way. Finally, if Morpheus8 is determined to be the right technique for your needs, a customized treatment plan will be created, based on your desired results. At this time, our patient coordinator will also discuss the cost of treatment and all of your payment options.


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


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


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


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


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

What’s the Right Age to Start Dermal Fillers in Houston and Katy


There are many reasons why you may see a decline in facial volume over the years—genetics, sun exposure, smoking, stress, gravity, diet and exercise. However, the primary perpetrator is the natural aging process. Whether you’d like to make small changes to delay the unavoidable aging process a little while longer, or you want to completely reverse the signs of aging, we have all the options for you.  Age might have inevitably crept up on you, but at the end of the day…age is just a number!
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