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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics

Dr. Patronella

“One of the Ten Most Dependable Plastic Surgeons of the Western United States”

Goldline Research Studypublished in Forbes Magazine

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

Dr. Christopher K. Patronella

Dr. Patronella’s rock-solid reputation for delivering impressive aesthetic results and premier care have made him the personal plastic surgeon of choice for thousands of physicians, nurses, and people throughout the globe. His development and refinement of advanced techniques for body contouring, breast surgery, and facial rejuvenation have led Dr. Patronella to receive many speaking invitations from some of the most prestigious plastic surgery organizations. His True Form Plastic Surgery® approach, for example, is the culmination of his efforts to perfect traditional cosmetic surgery methods while avoiding some of their most commonly encountered pitfalls. With each procedure he performs, Dr. Patronella incorporates a combination of techniques he has refined through more than 20 years of experience, capturing and restoring the features that characterize natural beauty and create authentic-looking results.

Exceptional Proficiency

Acclaimed Surgical Expert

Houston-area physicians and residents have repeatedly voted Dr. Patronella one of the top doctors for cosmetic surgery and breast surgery in annual magazine polls. Fellow plastic surgeons elected him to be president of the Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2012-2013. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and founding partner of the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) in Houston, Texas—one of the largest private medical partnerships specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery in Texas—Dr. Patronella has received numerous awards, board appointments, and invitations to speak to surgeons across the globe.

Exceptional Proficiency

Award-Winning Safety Innovator

While surgical precision and artistic expertise are defining hallmarks of his esteem, Dr. Patronella also has made significant contributions to advance the safety of plastic surgery procedures. As a founder of the ACPS SurgiCentre, a private AAAASF-certified operating room licensed by the Texas Department of Health, Dr. Patronella developed and mandated strict safety guidelines for the SurgiCentre. He implemented patient care guidelines that are a reflection of his commitment to providing patients with specialized service and excellence in surgical techniques.

Exceptional Proficiency

Commitment to Comprehensive Care

Dr. Patronella’s commitment to patient safety and satisfaction is reflected in his comprehensive approach to providing patients with attentive care at each step of their experience to ensure that it is positive and rewarding. Patients appreciate not only the attention to detail he devotes to achieving successful aesthetic outcomes, but also the compassionate service he and his staff provide from the initial consultation through postoperative recovery. It is this high level of care and satisfaction that inspires so many of his patients to refer their family and friends to his practice.

Guiding Practice Principles

  • Develop and Protect Patient Trust

    Patients must feel comfortable communicating every concern with their surgeon. Emotional, physical, and financial considerations should be openly shared to provide the best surgical experience and optimal results. Dr. Patronella wants his patients to know they can trust that he and his staff will look out for their best interest.

  • Offer Successful Procedures With a Low Level of Risk

    Experience matters. Results are more predictable when a surgeon has performed the procedure for many years. Consequently, Dr. Patronella is better able to confidently recommend procedures that he has routinely performed throughout his career. He gives a professional evaluation that best addresses each patient’s unique concerns and expectations so that realistic goals can be established, providing an opportunity for him to assess the predictability of the result and the potential limitations for each procedure. Once goals have been reviewed and surgical options thoroughly explained, including the risk associated with surgery, patients can make an informed decision.

  • Never Over-Treat

    Patients are encouraged to set long-term goals that can be achieved over time rather than a “quick-fix” solution that could jeopardize their safety and lead to a recovery that is longer than expected with undesirable effects. A youthful, natural result with minimal detectability and maximum satisfaction is Dr. Patronella’s overriding goal.

  • Employ an Educated, Compassionate, and Trustworthy Staff

    Over the past 20 years, Dr. Patronella has been committed to developing a team of medical and administrative professionals who have been trained to anticipate and respond to every need of our patients. His staff goes above and beyond to ensure that patients are treated with dignity and respect and that the privacy of their personal information is protected. Members of his support team strive to accommodate the scheduling needs of his patients, being sensitive to their valuable time, work, and family commitments.

  • Provide Care Safely

    Safety is always Dr. Patronella’s top priority when considering surgical options. His surgery center is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), which is considered the gold standard in accreditation. Additionally, he has exceeded the recommended guidelines to gain licensure from the Texas Department of Health. He also insists on employing board-certified anesthesiologists to monitor each patient before, during, and after surgery.

  • Always Aspire for Total Patient Satisfaction

    Dr. Patronella wants all of his patients to be 100 percent satisfied with the services they receive. From the initial phone call to the recovery from surgery, he wants patients to feel his team has met and even exceeded their expectations. This high level of patient care and satisfaction is another reason his patients feel comfortable referring their family and friends to his practice. Providing patient care is a privilege and a profound responsibility, one that Dr. Patronella fulfills with respect and reverence.

  • Be Critical of Results

    Seeing the results of his efforts is deeply gratifying, fulfilling a personal need that is part of his character. It is important to Dr. Patronella that patients know he will scrutinize the quality of their results and is ready to offer his expertise to improve them, if possible. A good surgeon recognizes that the art and science of plastic surgery are imperfect and continuously evolving. As new procedures, techniques, and products are introduced into the market, with the promise of quicker, safer, and less painful recoveries, the need for continuing education and critical analysis becomes essential. Dr. Patronella is committed to continually evaluating all of his techniques and procedures and making changes and refinements when better methods are clearly demonstrated.

Dr. P with his dog

Why Choose Dr. Patronella?

A founding partner of The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery in Houston, one of the largest and most respected private plastic surgery practices in Texas, Dr. Patronella is consistently voted in magazine surveys as one of the top cosmetic plastic surgeons to whom local physicians would send their family and friends. Dr. Patronella is internationally acclaimed for the True Form Tummy Tuck® method he developed over 10 years to perfect tummy tuck surgery results and deliver elegant, beautifully sculpted results.

Dr. Patronella and his friendly, highly skilled staff look forward to helping you achieve the new look you desire with tummy tuck, liposuction, body lift, breast augmentation, and breast lift surgery. Dr. Patronella also offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore a more youthful, refreshed facial appearance, including facelift/neck lift, eyelid surgery, cosmetic injectables, and laser skin resurfacing.

Credentials

Board Certification

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1992 – present
  • American Board of Surgery, 1989 – 1999

Academic Training

Medical Education
  • Board Certification – American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1992
  • Graduate Plastic Surgery Fellowship, St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, Texas, 1990
  • Graduate Surgical Residency, The Ochsner Clinic, 1988
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical School, Galveston, Texas, 1982
Residencies
  • 1988-1990 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship: St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX;
    The Cronin, Brauer, Biggs Clinic
  • 1983-1988 General Surgery Residency: The Ochsner Clinic and Medical Foundation,
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1984-1985 Surgical Research: The Ochsner Medical Foundation
  • 1982-1983 Internship: The Ochsner Clinic and Medical Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
Specialized Training
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Endoscopic Facial Surgery
  • Aesthetic Surgery of the Face
  • Aesthetic Body Contouring Surgery
  • Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery
  • Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
  • Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
  • Ultrapulse CO₂ Laser / Sciton Erbium Laser
  • Fraxel® Laser / Pulsed Dye Vascular Laser
  • Candela® Vascular Laser / YAG Laser

Organizations

  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Fellow, International College of Surgeons (FICS)
  • Harris County Medical Society, Houston
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Texas Medical Association (TMA)
  • American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery

Honors and Achievements

  • Male Plastic Surgeon of the Year, 2018, My Face My Body Awards
  • Named one of the 100 Global Aesthetic Leaders, 2019, My Face My Body
  • Texas Super Doctors Hall of Fame – 2018
  • Super Doctors, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2008 – present
  • Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery in Houston award – H Texas Magazine, 2004 – present
  • Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery award, Houstonia Magazine, 2013 – present
  • Dr. Patronella’s tummy tuck method spotlighted as the “Featured Operative Technique article” in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (Patronella, C.K., Redefining Abdominal Anatomy: 10 Key Elements for Restoring Form in Abdominoplasty. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2015;35:972-86.)
  • Best Paper Award (Fox Award) – Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS) 2015 Meeting, “Redefining Abdominal Anatomy: A New Application of the Progressive Tension Suture Technique.” Dr. Patronella received this award based on the votes of the plastic surgeon members at the TSPS meeting.
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, 2013-present
  • President, Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2012-2013
  • Forbes Magazine, Goldline Research Study: Leading Providers – Plastic Surgeons of the United States, 2009
  • Forbes Magazine, Goldline Research Study: “The Ten Most Dependable Plastic Surgeons of the Western United States,” 2008
  • Best Published Aesthetic Surgery Article – Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Official Publication of the The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2008
  • Doctor’s Choice Award, Health, and Fitness Sports Magazine, December 2008-2012
  • Best Plastic Surgeon Reader’s Choice Winner, Living Magazine—Katy, Texas, 2013
  • Shaping Futures – National Body Contouring Board of Advisors (Sponsored by ETHICON), 2006
  • Charter Member: NOVO (National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics), Allergan Medical, Board of Advisors, 2007
  • Best Paper Award – Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2006
  • Ochsner Medical Foundation Chief Resident, Surgery, 1987-1988
  • Trustees Award for Excellence in Medical Writing, Ochsner Medical Foundation, 1985
  • Mu Delta Medical Service Honor Society, 1982
  • Texas A&M University – summa cum laude, B.A. Biology, 1978
  • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society – Distinguished Student Award, 1975-1978
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, 1975-1978
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, 1975-1978

Professional Appointments

  • Founder and Director: The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS SurgiCentre), 1997
  • Founder: ACPS – The Added Touch MediSpa, 1999
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, 2013-present
  • President, Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2012-2013
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, 2013-present
  • President, Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2012-2013
  • Charter Member: NOVO (National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics), Allergan Medical, Board of Advisors, 2007
  • Shaping Futures – Sponsored by ETHICON – National Body Contouring Board of Advisors, 2006

Presentations

  • Speaker Presentations

    March 2018: Panama City, Panama

    “Redefining Abdominal Anatomy — 10 Key Elements for Restoring Form in Abdominoplasty,” Highlights of Plastic Surgery Meeting

    “Enhancing Aesthetic Results in Umbilicorraphy,” Highlights of Plastic Surgery Meeting

    September 2017: Cartagena, Colombia

    “Optimizing Safety and Results in Body Contouring Surgery,” Colombian National Plastic Surgery Meeting

    “Improving Safety and Aesthetics with Buttock Fat Grafting Using a New Pump Infusion Technique: Experience with 912 Patients,” Colombian National Plastic Surgery Meeting

    “A Comprehensive Strategy for Optimizing Aesthetics in Abdominoplasty: A Surgical Video Review,” Colombian National Plastic Surgery Meeting

    “Enhancing Aesthetic Results in Umbilicorraphy,” Colombian National Plastic Surgery Meeting

    April 2017: San Diego, California

    “Keeping Your Liposuction Patients Safe: Twenty Tips to Better Contouring Strategies and Safer Surgery,” American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting

    April 2016: Buenos Aires, Argentina

    “Redefining Abdominal Anatomy — 10 Key Elements for Restoring Form in Abdominoplasty,” International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting

    “Umbilicorraphy — Key Elements for Creating a Natural Umbilicus During Abdominoplasty,” International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting

    April 2016: Las Vegas, Nevada

    “Keeping Your Liposuction Patients Safe: Twenty Tips to Better Contouring Strategies and Safer Surgeries.” Dr. Patronella’s presentation portion of this group talk: “Improving Outcomes with Abdominoplasty And Excisional Body Contouring,” American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting

    September 2015: San Antonio, Texas

    Best Paper Award (Fox Award) — Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS) annual meeting, “Redefining Abdominal Anatomy: A New Application of the Progressive Tension Suture Technique.” Dr. Patronella received this award based upon the votes of plastic surgeon members at the TSPS meeting.

    May 2015: Montreal, Canada

    “Redefining Abdominal Anatomy — A New Application of the Progressive Tension Suture Technique.” American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting

    “Umbilicorraphy — Key Elements for Creating a Natural Umbilicus During Abdominoplasty.” American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting

    September 2014: San Antonio, Texas

    “Umbilicorraphy — Key Elements in Creating a Natural Umbilicus During Abdominoplasty.” Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2014 annual meeting

    May 2014: Houston, Texas

    “Redefining Abdominal Contour: 10 Key Elements for Ideal Aesthetics — My experience over 14 years with 1018 procedures.” The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston

    September 2013: Bastrop, Texas

    “Improving the Aesthetic Outcome in Abdominoplasty,” Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual meeting

    September 2012: San Antonio, Texas

    “Reducing Complications in Combined Breast Augmentation/Breast Lift Procedures: An Analysis of 304 Consecutive Cases.” Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons 2012 annual meeting

    October 2009: Houston, Texas

    “The Delay Implant Fill Technique For Single Stage Breast Lift and Augmentation: A Safer Approach.” The Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons

    September 2009: Grapevine, Texas

    Moderator: Panel on Advances in Major Body Contouring. The Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting

    May 2009: Las Vegas, Nevada

    “The Delay Fill Technique For Combination Augmentation/Mastopexy: A Safer Approach.” The Breast Surgery Panel at The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2009 annual meeting

    November 2008: Chicago, Illinois

    “Recommendations for Patient Safety in Body Contouring Surgery After a Review of 4000 Consecutive Cases.” Aesthetic Body Contouring Panel at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

    November 2008: San Antonio, Texas

    “The Delay Implant Fill Technique A Safer Approach to Combination Augmentation/Mastopexy.” Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons 2008 annual meeting

    February 2008: Houston, Texas

    Expert Panelist for The Symposium on “Advances in Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss.” Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

    September 2007: Bastrop, Texas

    “Optimizing Patient Care and Satisfaction.” The Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

    April 2007: New York, New York

    “Incidence of Thromboembolism in Major Body Contouring Procedures: A Review after 3600 consecutive cases.” The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

    September 2006: Frisco, Texas

    “Seeking A Common Denominator in 15 Patients That Developed DVT or PE After Abdominoplasty With Large Volume Liposuction or Other Major Body Contouring Procedures.” The Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (Best Presentation Award)

    May 2006: Houston, Texas

    “Personal Considerations for One-Stage Body Lift Surgery — Safety and Treatment.” The Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons

    September 2005: San Antonio, Texas

    “Improving Results with Body Lift and Abdominoplasty.” The Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

    August 2004: Houston, Texas

    “Body Lift and Body Contouring — Technical Refinements.” Bi-Annual Meeting of The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

  • International Presentations - Continued

    • “Thromboembolism in Body Contouring Surgery and Combined Procedures.” Patronella, C.K./Ruiz-Razura, A., Real San Jose Hospital. University of Guadalajara and the Mexican Association of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 2007.
    • “A Group Practice Recommendations for the Prevention of Thromboembolism in the Aesthetic Surgery Patient: Patronella, C.K./Ruiz-Razura, A. XVI International Congress of Body Contour and Post Bariatric Surgery, Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. Tijuana, Mexico, 2007.
    • “Thromboembolism in the Aesthetic High Risk Patient: Experience with 17 Complications in a review of 3,900 Cases.” Patronella, C.K./Ruiz-Razura, A., 14th Congress of the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS) Berlin, Germany, 2007.
    • “In Search of a Common Denominator in 17 patients that developed DVT and PE in a Revision of 3,867 Consecutive Cases.: Patronella, C.K./Ruiz-Razura, A./Mentz, H.A./Newall, G. XXXVIII National Congress of the Mexican Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Cancun, Mexico. 2007.
    • “Seeking Common Grounds in Thromboembolism Prophylaxis: Recommendations from a large group practice,” Patronella C.K./Ruiz-Razura A., University Autonomous of Nuevo Leon and the Mexican Northwest Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Monterrey, Mexico, 2007.
    • “Thromboembolism Prevention in Abdominoplasty with Added Combination Procedures: A group practice recommendations for safe and consistent results.” Patronella, C.K./Ruiz-Razura, A./Newall,G./Mentz, H.A., Plastic Surgery at the Red Sea International Symposium, Eilat, Israel, 2007.
    • “The Group Practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the New Millennium: Our Experience.” Patronella C.K./Ruiz-Razura, A./Mentz, H.A./Newall, G., Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery. XVII National Review Course in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Instituto Nacional de Cinecias Medicas y Nutricion “Salvador Zubiran.” Mexico City, Mexico. 2007.
    • “Salvage Strategy for a Compromised Nipple Areola Complex After Augmentation Mastopexy.: Mentz, H.A./Ruiz Razura, A./Patronella, C.K., Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeon, Bastrop, Texas, 2007.
    • “Evaluation of Compression Garments After Liposuction, Is there a Difference?” Ruiz-Razura, A./Newall, G./Patronella C.K./Mentz, H.A., Annual Meeting of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, Bastrop, Texas. 2007.
    • “Differential Liposuction in Body Contouring Surgery: the Pec Etching Technique.” Mentz, H.A./Ruiz-Razura, A., Real San Jose Hospital. University of Guadalajara and the Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. 2007.
    • “Use of Enoxaparin in Abdominoplasty and Large Volume Liposuction.” Newall, G./Ruiz-Razura, A./Patronella, C.K., XVI International Congress of Body Contour and Post Bariatric Surgery. Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. Tijuana, Mexico. 2007.
    • “Patient Safety in Aesthetic Surgery. Panel Coordinator: Ruiz-Razura, A. M.D. 14th Congress of the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS) Berlin, Germany. 2007.
    • “A New Delivery System of Topical Polydimethylsilicone for the treatment of Prominent Scars.” Ruiz-Razura, A./Patronella , C.K., Scientific Poster. The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. New York City, N.Y. 2007.
    • “A progress report with a clinical study with the use of compression garments in liposuction: Powernet versus Comfortweave Fabrics.” Ruiz-Razura, A./Newall, G./Patronella, C.K./Mentz, H.A., The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. New York City, N.Y. 2007.
    • “Postoperative Management with a Low Molecular Weight Heparin in the High Risk Aesthetic Surgery Patient.” Newall, G./Ruiz-Razura, A./ Patronella C.K., University Autonomous of Nuevo Leon and the Mexican Northwest Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Monterey, Mexico. 2007.
    • “Fundamentals for Creating a Clinical Research Unit within a Center of Excellence in Aesthetic Surgery. XVII National Review Course in Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery. Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion “Salvador Zubiran.” Mexico City. Mexico. 2007.

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