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.

More About Dr. Patronella

An engaging and informative atmosphere promotes trust and reassurance, while instilling confidence that your needs and goals are being appreciated. Clear communication regarding goals, expectations, limitations, and lifestyle is essential to the attainment of a successful aesthetic outcome” –Dr. Christopher Patronella

On your initial visit to the practice, Eva Cadena, Dr. Patronella’s patient coordinator of 20 years, will greet you and introduce you to his practice. Warm, caring, and down-to-earth, Eva will help you to feel comfortable and at ease while listening to your aesthetic concerns, goals for improvement, and answering any questions you may have.

In your consultation with Dr. Patronella, he will talk with you in order to understand your goals, vision, and expectations related to pursuing cosmetic plastic surgery. During the evaluation, he will assess these goals, and discuss with you any limitations in meeting them and his recommendations to achieve the best results for you.

Eva will then help you review the appropriate combination of services and options which Dr. Patronella has recommended, provide you with related educational materials, a price quote and financing options, and she will assist you with scheduling surgery and visits.

Eva and the entire professional and administrative staff of Dr. Patronella have been thoroughly trained to meet your needs while respecting your privacy and concerns. We look forward to meeting you and invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation or to discuss any questions you may have by calling 713-354-5118.

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Patient Coordinator

As Dr. Patronella’s patient coordinator for almost 20 years, I have been privileged to gain invaluable experience and information from working with one of the nation’s best doctors in plastic surgery. I want patients to know that when they walk through our door, they will be in the best of hands before, during, and after their surgery.
While Dr. Patronella’s artistic talent and surgical skill are essential to the excellent aesthetic results he consistently achieves, his patients equally appreciate his honesty, integrity, and wonderful bedside manner.


My goal as Dr. Patronella’s patient coordinator is to help patients feel comfortable and at ease during their consultation and to provide them with assistance and guidance for all of their needs at every step of the surgical experience.
As a mother of four children, I understand the demands of balancing family and work commitments while also taking time to pursue the activities and goals that bring personal fulfillment. One of the most rewarding aspects of my role is seeing the satisfaction on my patients’ faces when their dreams became a reality and hearing the positive impact this so often has on other areas of their lives such as their relationships and self-image.

I invite you to email or call our friendly patient care team at 713-799-9999 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Patronella. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your appearance goals, providing you with a wonderfully rewarding experience through every stage of the surgery experience and beyond!

True Form Plastic Surgery®

For centuries, artists have sought to capture the simple, yet unsurpassed beauty of the human body in sculpture, painting, and photography. In the early years of my work as a plastic surgeon, the feedback of patients mirrored my own sense that standard plastic surgery textbook methods often yielded artificial-looking results because they failed to restore the natural physical nuances which contribute to the body’s overall beauty.

By studying photos of the ideal body in order to analyze the myriad of attractive details that characterize it, I incorporated steps to replicate these features in my patients’ surgical procedures. My True Form Plastic Surgery™ breast, body contouring, and facial rejuvenation procedures represents the culmination of my efforts and the combination of techniques I’ve refined through 25 years of experience. My goal is to create results which appear so natural that no one could detect you had surgery and to minimize the appearance of postsurgical scars through strategic incision placement and a scar treatment program.

It is important to me that my patients feel comfortable from the moment they walk into my practice until they are discharged from surgery. I am extremely proud of my incredible staff, most of whom have been with me an average of 10 years or more. Compassionate, accommodating, and down-to earth, they consistently provide my patients with unsurpassed continuity of care and the added degree of comfort and reassurance that comes from seeing friendly, familiar faces.

Together, we have witnessed the life-changing impact that plastic surgery has upon so many of our patients’ lives both physically and psychologically. 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.

My staff and I consider it an honor and privilege to partner with women and men to help them attain their aesthetic dreams and the boost in self-confidence, attractiveness, and relationship satisfaction that inspires them to reach for their dreams and live life to the fullest.

CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY, 1992

  • Founder and Director: The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery, 1997
  • Founder and Director: ACPS – The 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

 ACADEMIC BACKGROUND / MEDICAL EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Medicine, 1982 University of Texas Medical School, Galveston, Texas
  • Board Certification – American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1992
  • Graduate Surgical Residency, The Ochsner Clinic , 1988
  • Graduate Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Houston St Joseph Hospital, 1990

 BOARD CERTIFICATION

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

PROFESSIONAL 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

 RESIDENCY/FELLOWSHIPS

  • 1988-1990 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship : St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX;
    The Cronin, Brauer, Biggs Clinic
  • 1982-1983 Internship : The Ochsner Clinic and Medical Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1983-1988 General Surgery Residency: The Ochsner Clinic and Medical Foundation,
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1984-1985 Surgical Research: The Ochsner Medical Foundation

 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

 HONORS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Newsweek: America’s Best Plastic Surgeons 2022 (in the categories of Facelift and Breast Augmentation)
  • Newsweek: America’s Best Plastic Surgeons 2021 (in the categories of Facelift, Liposuction, and Breast Augmentation)
  • Makeover of the Year – Face, 2019, My Face My Body Awards
  • Male Plastic Surgeon of the Year, 2018, My Face My Body Awards
  • Named one of the 100 Global Aesthetic Leaders, 2019, 2020 – 2021; My Face My Body
  • Texas Super Doctors Hall of Fame – 2018 – present
  • 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 upon the votes of the plastic surgeon members at the TSPS meeting.
  • Best Published Aesthetic Surgery Article 2008 – Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Official Publication of the The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • 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
  • Charter Member: NOVO (National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics), Allergan Medical, Board of Advisors – 2007
  • Shaping Futures – National Body Contouring Board of Advisors (Sponsored by ETHICON) – 2006
  • Doctor’s Choice Award, Health and Fitness Sports Magazine, December 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Best Plastic Surgeon Reader’s Choice Winner – 2013, Living Magazine
  • 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, 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978

 PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • 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 – 2006 – National Body Contouring Board of Advisors

 SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS

May 2021: Miami, Florida
“A Dozen Tip to Improve Abdominoplasty,”  panelist, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting
May 2019: New Orleans, Louisiana
“Keeping Your Body Contouring Patients Safe: Twenty Tips to Better Contouring Strategies and Safer Surgery,” American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting
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: Cartegena, 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
April 2016: Buenos Aires, Argentina
“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.” American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting
September 2015: San Antonio, Texas
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 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
May 2015: Montreal, Canada
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’ 2013 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 2009 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

  • “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.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Nneamaka Agochukwu-Nwubah, MD, Christopher Patronella, MD, Expanding the Progressive Tension Suture Concept: A Study of its Utility in Body Contouring Procedures, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 2021; sjab120, https://doi.org/10.1093/asj/sjab120
  • Patronella, C.K., Restoring Form in Abdominoplasty. ISAPS News. Volume 14, Number 1, January – March 2020
  • Patronella CK, Nemir S, Deigni OA. Screening and Safety Issues in the Massive Weight Loss Patient. In: Nahai F,  Kenkel J, Stevens G, Nahai F, Hunter J, Adams WP, eds. The Art of Aesthetic Surgery: Principles and Techniques. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Thieme; 2020.
  • Patronella CK, Husmann K, Mentz HA III, Newall G, Johnson DJ, Snyder BJ. Group Practice in Plastic Surgery. In: Korman JM, Furnas HJ, eds. The Business of Plastic Surgery. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Thieme; 2020
  • Marc Everett, Rolando Morales, Jr, German Newall, Paul F Fortes, Kristi L Hustak, Christopher K Patronella, MD, FACS, FICS Henry A Mentz, III, “Safest Practices for Autologous Buttock Augmentation With Fat Grafting Using a Roller Pump Injection Technique.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Volume 38, Issue 7, June 2018.
  • Morales Jr .Rolando,  Ruff Eric , Patronella Christopher,  Mentz III Henry, Newall Germán, Hustak Kristi L., Fortes Paul, Bush Amelia  “Safety and Efficacy of Novel Oral Anticoagulants vs Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Thromboprophylaxis in Large-Volume Liposuction and Body Contouring Procedures.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Volume 36, Number 4, April 2016.
  • Patronella, C.K., Redefining Abdominoplasty Through 10 Key Elements. ISAPS News. Volume 10, Number 3, September – December 2016
  • Patronella, C.K., Redefining Abdominal Anatomy: 10 Key Elements for Restoring Form in Abdominoplasty. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2015;35:972-86.
  • Patronella, Christopher, et al. “Safety and Efficacy of Novel Oral Anticoagulants Versus Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Thromboprophylaxis in Large-Volume Liposuction and Body Contouring Procedures. ” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. April 2016.
  • Patronella, Christopher K.; Mentz, Henry A.; Johnson-Alviza, Jaclyn: The Delay Fill Technique: A Safer Approach to Combination Augmentation Mastopexy. Semin Plastic Surg. 2015; 29(02): 085-093. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1549049
  • Morales, Rolando/ Mentz, Henry/ Newall, German/ Patronella, Christopher, “Use of Abdominal Field Block Injections With Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal Volume 33, Number8, November 2013
  • Minkowitz, Harold/Onel, Erol/Patronella, Chris/Smoot, John D.,”A Two-Year, Observational Study Assessing the Safety of DepoFoam Bupivacaine after Augmentation Mammoplasty.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Volume 32, Number 2, February 2012
  • Patronella, C.K./ Ruiz-Razura, A./ Newall, G./ Mentz, H.A./ Arango M.L./ Assavapokee T./ Siarski J., “Thromboembolism in High Risk Aesthetic Surgery: Experience with 17 Patients in a Review of 3,871 Consecutive Cases.: Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Vol 28, Issue 6, November/December 2008.
  • Patronella C.K./ Ruiz- Razura A., Book Chapter: Body Contouring Surgery. In “Be Your Best: A Comprehensive Guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, written by the Experts: by Dr. Peter Bela Fodor, Medical Editor. International Press 2007.
  • Patronella, C.K./ Ruiz-Razura, A./ Mentz, H.A./ Newall, G., “Precautions to ensure safe one stage abdominoplasty in combination with body contouring procedures. Plastic Surgery Products. Ascend Media Pub. April 2006. Mentz, H.A./ Ruiz-Razura, A./ Newall, G./ Patronella, C.K., Pectoral Etching: A Method for Augmentation, Delineation and Contouring the Thoracic Musculature in Men. Ideas & Innovations, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal. Vol 120 Num 7, 2122-2123. December 2007
  • Ruiz-Razura, A./ Newall, G./ Patronella, C.K., “Correction of the Bra Strap Shoulder Groove Deformity in Women. View Points. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal. Vol 120 Num 7, 2122-2123 December 2007.
  • Ruiz-Razura, A./ Patronella C.K., book chapter: “ The Surgical Facility.” In Be Your Best: A Comprehensive guide to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, written by the Experts. By Dr. Peter Bela Fordor, Medical Editor. International Press. 2007.
  • Mentz, H.A./ Ruiz-Razura, A./ Newall, G., Patronella, C.K., “For men only: Body contouring for the athlete.: Plastic Surgery Products. Ascend Media Pub. Pp. 26-32, December 2004.
  • Mentz, H.A., Ruiz-Razura, A./ Newall, G./ and Patronella, C.K., “Facelift: Measurements of Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System Advancement with and without Zigomaticus Major Muscle Release.” Aes. Plast. Surg. 29: 353-362, 2005.
  • Mentz, H.A./ Ruiz-Razura, A./ Newall, G./ and Patronella, C.K., “The Use of a Regional Infusion Pump for the Control of Postoperative Pain After an Abdominoplasty.: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 29: 415-421, 2005
  • Newall, G./ Ruiz-Razura, A./ Patronella, C.K./ Mentz, H.A./ Ibarra F.C./ and Zarak A., “A Retrospective Study with the Use of a Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Large Volume Liposuction and Body Contouring Procedures.: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 30: 86-95, 2006.

• Charter Member: NOVO (National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics), Allergen Medical, Board of Advisors, 2007
• Shaping Futures—National Body Contouring Board of Advisors (Sponsored by Ethicon), 2006
• Trustees Award for Excellence in Medical Writing, Ochsner Medical Foundation, 1985
• Top Viewed Author award—The ACPS Research website (Knol) is a Google-award winning site with more than 100,000 website visitors
President, Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2012-2013


Houstonia Top Doctor, Houstonia Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Houstonia magazine has named Dr. Patronella a Top Doctor award winner in every year since 2013. The magazine solicited peer nominations from nearly 16,000 medical professionals though out the Houston area and surrounding counties to obtain its Top Doctor nominees and winners.


Goldline Research study, published in Forbes Magazine— “The Ten Most Dependable Plastic Surgeons of the Western United States, 2008
Leading Providers-Plastic Surgeons of the United States, 2009
Dr. Patronella was selected as one of the “Ten Most Dependable Plastic Surgeons of the United States” in 2008, based upon a Goldline Research study published in Forbes Magazine (www.leadingproviders.com). In 2009, the firm honored Dr. Patronella by naming him to its “Leading Providers—Plastic Surgeons of the United States” list. Goldline Research identifies leading providers through an in-depth and multi-month research process.


Best Plastic Surgeon Reader’s Choice Winner – 2013, Living Magazine (Katy)

Readers of Katy Living Magazine named Dr. Patronella “Best Plastic Surgeon,” in a 2013 Reader’s Choice poll the magazine conducted.


Dr.Patronella has been a consistent nominee for Texas Monthly Magazine’s annual Super Doctor™ list since 2001. Key Professional Media performs the polling, research and selection for Super Doctors through a process designed to find the doctors with a “high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement,” Key Professional Media performs polling, research, and selection of doctors. The nomination process consists of surveys of medical Doctors (peer balloting), panel review (group of peers chosen to review and score the nominees), and a research process. In this research process, Key Professional Media interviews and corresponds with medical professionals to identify the top doctors. More about the selection process can be found at http://www.superdoctors.com, or by contacting TexasMonthly® at


Houston Top Doc Award, H Texas Magazine, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Dr. Patronella has been consistently selected by Houston-area physicians and citizens as one of the city’s top plastic surgeons. This honor is given to only the top one to two percent of doctors in a poll conducted and published annually in H Texas® Magazine. Voters select doctors for the Top Doc Award through mailed ballots and online voting at H Texas® Magazine’s website, www.HTexas.com


Doctor’s Choice Award, Health and Fitness Sports Magazine, December 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Houston-area physicians chose Dr. Patronella as a “Doctors’ Choice” in a 2008 survey published in Health and Fitness Magazine. The survey, which was mailed to more than 2.800 doctors in the Houston area, asked them to identify the top two plastic surgeons to whom they would send their friends and family members.


Best Aesthetic Journal Article –2008, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Official Publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Dr. Patronella received the prestigious award, “Best Aesthetic Journal Article” of 2008, from the respected Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In the article, “Thromboembolism in High Risk Aesthetic Surgery,” Dr. Patronella and his colleagues presented research based upon a review of 3,871 body contouring cases.


“Best Presentation Award,” Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2006
As a result of his insights related to preventing deep vein thrombosis in patients, the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons selected Dr. Patronella to receive its prestigious “Best Presentation Award,” at its annual meeting in 2006.

ACPS Update

Our hearts go out to all those impacted with last week’s horrific storm.  We hope you and your loved ones are doing well.  ACPS is happy to announce we will be totally operational starting Monday, May 20th.