“My experience has taught me that when a person has a positive self-image, she/he is more engaged in the spectrum of daily activities related to work, parenting, and relationships. Because of the physical transformation they receive, my patients find more joy in putting on a swimsuit and going to the pool, they feel more confident about how they look in and out of clothes, and their relationships are often improved particularly their intimate relationships because they feel proud, whole and less inhibited.”
Christopher Patronella, MD
Dr. Patronella - Body Contouring Specialist
Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Patronella offers body contouring surgery to restore and improve the shape and proportions of the body. He has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in Houston in numerous magazine polls year after year, a testament to his reputation for consistently achieving outstanding results.
KEY ELEMENTS OF THE TRUE FORM BODY CONTOURING Approach
The creation of ideal proportions and balance between the upper and lower body is a fundamental element of my approach to body contouring. A well-balanced proportion appears healthier and more aesthetically appealing for both men and women.
A proportioned body not only appears more attractive, it can tolerate a greater weight and a larger clothes size than one which is the same weight, yet disproportionate. From a practical perspective, most clothing styles are designed to fit an individual with proportionate measurements.
The body should ultimately be gender specific: uniquely feminine or uniquely masculine. For most women, this includes a toned, flat, smooth abdomen; a narrow waist with a soft, curvy transition to the hips; and smooth, shapely thighs. There should be a gradual slope from the hip to the knee. It’s preferable to have some buttock projection rather than width.
Men typically desire an athletic appearance with a more muscular look and straighter contour lines. This includes a well-defined chest (gynecomastia surgery / male breast reduction, and/or pectoral sculpting to define the chest muscles), a flat, muscular abdomen (ab sculpting technique), and a firm waistline.
In the majority of body contouring procedures I perform, I use a combination of methods to reshape the body. Liposuctionreduces the excess accumulation of fat, while the use of lifting techniques and the removal of loose, sagging skin helps to restore a firmer, smoother look to the body.
I work closely with my patients to carefully evaluate, inform, and review the best options available to them, and to set long-term goals for maintaining ideal body proportions. During your consultation, we will review the concept of ideal form so that, together, we can agree upon shaping goals and realistic expectations.
PREPARING FOR BODY CONTOURING SURGERY
While not a prerequisite for body contouring surgery, aerobic conditioning and toning with an established exercise program for at least four weeks prior to surgery will speed recovery and enhance the overall surgical result. To ensure attention to patient safety, each patient will be carefully evaluated through a physical exam and a complete review of medical and surgical history.
CORRECTIVE PROCEDURES FOR PREVIOUS BODY CONTOURING SURGERY
A growing area of my practice has become corrective / revision procedures on patients who have undergone previous body contouring surgeries which failed to meet their goals, or resulted in complications that adversely affected the outcome. This specialized area of my practice is especially rewarding because it allows me to participate in the recovery of a patient’s self image and confidence.
RECOVERY FROM BODY CONTOURING SURGERY
Recovery may range from 1-4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the procedures performed and the physical condition of the patient. An early return to mobilization and activity will speed recovery. Specialized compression garments, nutritional supplements, and therapeutic massage are also important components of the healing process. As part of a comprehensive long-term plan, a commitment to healthy lifestyle changes will help to maintain and enhance what has been accomplished through body contouring.
If you are interested in learning more about body contouring surgery, call our office at 713.799.9999 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Patronella.
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