By Sherri Roberts
Although breast augmentation surgery is completed in approximately one hour, its effects are often long-lasting andtransformative to a woman’s sense of feminine beauty and self-confidence. Women of all ages and from all walks of life—including businesswomen, stay-at-home moms, teachers and physicians—come to Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Patronella for the procedure. While some seek breast augmentation because they want to obtain a look that more closely fulfills their aesthetic ideal, others desire to restore volume and shape to breasts that have changed as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or aging. Many women are disappointed to discover that these experiences have left their breasts smaller and deflated as a result of volume fluctuations, weakened skin elasticity, and the effects of gravity.
Despite the apparent simplicity of the procedure, successful breast augmentation surgery requires a combination of technical expertise, artistic skill, and experience that goes far beyond merely placing implants inside the breasts. “There is a certain finesse with breast augmentation surgery that comes with experience and learning how to predict results when subtle anatomical variations or asymmetry are present,” said Dr. Patronella.
“I am much more capable today than I was 20 years ago in achieving a natural and elegant breast augmentation result through an improved understanding of how the elasticity of breast tissue and the structure of the rib cage can affect the overall appearance of the breast. Understanding that helps me to plan more effectively a procedure that matches a woman’s unique anatomy or characteristics.”
For Dr. Patronella, breast augmentation surgery encompasses far more than simply adding volume to breasts. Detailed attention to the subtle nuances and characteristics of a woman’s unique anatomy allows him to create soft and shapely curves that appear to be a natural part of her body, in contrast to an artificial, bolted on look. “The majority of patients seek a breast shape that appears natural, youthful, and well proportioned with the rest of the body,” said Dr. Patronella.
In recognition of his expertise in breast enhancement and and corrective surgery, Dr. Patronella was invited by Allergan Medical, as the only plastic surgeon in the greater Houston area, to become a charter member of the Board of Advisors for NOVO, The National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics. NOVO is a leading advisory board sponsored by Allergan Medical, a worldwide leader in medical product development and education. This council provides important clinical input and recommendations aimed at improving product and device development in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery.