Why Safety is Key to a Brazilian Butt Lift by Dr. Ravi in Houston

Why Safety is Key to a Brazilian Butt Lift by Dr. Ravi in Houston in Houston & Katy, TX


Jennifer Lopez first brought the hourglass figure to our attention several years ago, and since then the likes of Kim Kardashian have made that aesthetic mainstream. And it’s not going out of style anytime soon! Autologous Fat Grafting to the Buttock, known to the public as the “Brazilian Butt Lift”, is the fastest growing cosmetic surgery in the United States. This is true for the Houston plastic surgery market as well, as the best and brightest plastic surgeons in the field perform this surgery. Dr. Ravi Somayazula, Houston’s board-certified plastic surgeon, routinely performs this procedure with a goal of obtaining both safe and beautiful results. Not only is he a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) but was also selected to be a committee member on The Safety of Autologous Fat Transfer Subcommittee. You will be in no safer hands.

Beautiful results that showcase a rounded, volumized backside along with a more contoured waist can be obtained with this procedure. The proper waist to hip to buttock ratio can gorgeously shape a silhouette and sculpt the body. It all starts with choosing a plastic surgeon that can correctly incorporate anatomy and art. It’s not only about how the liposuction is performed, but also having the keen eye to know precisely where to liposuction. Liposuction provides the needed fat but those contoured areas will ultimately add desired proportions to the buttock silhouette. The most commonly liposuctioned areas are the waist, abdomen, upper and lower back which help contour the areas bordering the buttocks. This fat can then be used to add volume and shape to the buttocks and its inner and outer frame.

Unfortunately, over the years the safety of this procedure has come into question as untrained individuals, who are neither plastic surgeons nor board certified plastic surgeons, have performed it on patients. This does set up patients for unsavory, and quite honestly, unsafe situations when these practitioners do not know the proper safety measures. This was one of the main topics discussed during the most recent national and international meeting of the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) in New York City this past month.

The Brazilian Butt Lift, aka Fat Transfer to the Buttocks, requires a careful and detailed understanding of the anatomy of the buttock region. Certain techniques utilized during the procedure and the use of exclusive, state-of-the-art equipment during surgery are essential to obtaining safe and excellent outcomes. Keep in mind that Dr. Ravi is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a member of the ASAPS which require their plastic surgeons to stay up to date with cutting edge advancements in techniques. They also provide a network of surgeons from around the country that provide education to each other. They can share techniques that helps get the most sought-after results, while maintaining safety.

This means Dr. Ravi is a cut above non-members in his style and technique. If fat is not inserted at the proper depth, there is a possibility the fat may dislodged into blood vessels found at that depth. When this unfortunately occurs, fat can travel or embolize to the heart and lungs, in turn causing death. The occurrence of this phenomenon is 1:3000. Although extremely rare, there is still a chance and we must try our best to minimize the odds. Anatomic and cadaveric studies done by expert board certified plastic surgeons have shown that to ensure safety with this procedure, fat should be injected above the muscle only. In order to accomplish this, the injecting hand needs to effortlessly move while the non-dominant hand knows where the tip of the cannula is at all times.

In summary Autologous Fat Frafting or the “Brazilian Butt Lift” can result in an excellent and beautiful shape to the buttock. With an even higher complication rate associated with buttock implants, a BBL can be a safer option when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon who is also a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Call our Houston, Texas office at 281-242-1061 to meet with Dr. Ravi for an in-person consultation to determine if a BBL is the right surgery for you. Our office is conveniently located off I-10 in Spring Valley which is very close to Memorial, Katy, The Heights and Memorial.

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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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