Dr. Christopher Patronella

Dr. Christopher Patronella


As one of the world’s foremost leaders in tummy tuck, body contouring, and corrective breast surgery, Dr. Patronella’s reputation for creating masterful, artistically-detailed aesthetic plastic surgery results and his uncompromising focus on patient safety have made him the cosmetic plastic surgeon of choice for thousands of physicians, nurses, their family members, and individuals who travel from around the globe to his practice.

Goldline Research Studies in Forbes magazine named Dr. Patronella one of the leading plastic surgery providers in the United States and one of the 10 most dependable plastic surgeons of the Western United States. Every year since 2004, Houston-area physicians and citizens have voted for Dr. Patronella as one of the top plastic surgeons in Houston, leading him to receive numerous H Texas Magazine “Top Doc” awards. As a Doctors Choice Award winner for 8 consecutive years and a Houstonia Magazine Top Doctor, Dr. Patronella is consistently cited by Houston-area physicians as one of the top cosmetic plastic surgeons and breast specialists to whom they would send their family and friends. Reflecting the high esteem in which he is held among his peers, Dr. Patronella’s colleagues elected him to serve as president of the  Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons from 2012-2013.

While Dr. Patronella is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top plastic surgeons for his surgical precision and artistic expertise, he’s also highly regarded for his groundbreaking safety strategies. His landmark article analyzing risk factors for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in tummy tuck and body contouring procedures received the prestigious “Best Published Aesthetic Surgery Article of 2008” award from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, one of the most respected publications in aesthetic plastic surgery and the official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).  The  impactful research and recommendations in this article continue to influence best practices to optimize the safety of  plastic surgery patients throughout the world. In addition, Dr. Patronella developed a technique which greatly reduced complications associated with combined breast augmentation and breast lift surgery (mastopexy). He was invited to write a chapter describing this method  for the publication Seminars in Plastic Surgery. The chapter, “The Delay Fill Technique: A Safer Approach to Combination Augmentation Mastopexy” details techniques to achieve a successful outcome for this traditionally challenging procedure.

Dr. Patronella is internationally acclaimed for the True Form Tummy Tuck® method he developed over 10 years to perfect the results of tummy tuck surgery using a combination of advanced techniques to create beautifully elegant, authentic-looking results. In 2015, Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck approach was selected as the acclaimed “Featured Operative Technique” for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The article, “Redefining Abdominoplasty” and its accompanying video detailed the 10 key elements of Dr. Patronella’s method, including:

  • subtle contour variations
  • consistent skin tone throughout all regions of the abdomen and adjacent areas
  • a deeply contoured navel
  • sensual beauty and elegance

Dr. Patronella has received numerous invitations to present his tummy tuck and navel contouring methods at plastic surgery conferences around the world, including  the 2015 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery conferencein Montreal and at the 2015 Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons’ meeting.  Because of his expertise in these areas, he was asked to be the moderator for a panel of plastic surgeons discussing the topic of tummy tuck surgery at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons 2015 meeting. In addition, as an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB), Dr. Patronella has been invited to present his advanced tummy tuck techniques to medical residents training to be plastic surgeons and surgical faculty throughout Texas on numerous occasions.

Dr. Patronella is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He and his warm, knowledgeable staff look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals for body contouring, breast surgery, and/or facial rejuvenation. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Patronella, please contact us at 713-354-5148, or submit the contact form at right.