Beauty
Knows No Bounds
& Neither Does Our Care.

Dr. Christopher Patronella MD, FACS, FICS

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

  • 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
  • Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery in Houston award- H Texas Magazine, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery award, Houstonia Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • 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

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

  • 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 Abdominal Anatomy: 10 Key Elements for Restoring Form in Abdominoplasty. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2015;35:972-86.
  • 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.

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