May 27th, 2013 Kirin
Dr. Russell Kridel was quoted in the May 23, 2013 issue of the Houston Business Journal about the recent launch by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) of the Physicians Services Organization for Patient Care.
In the article, Dr. Kridel stated, “The Physician Services Organization for Patient Care will provide services to help physicians navigate the changing health care delivery system. The best use of a physician’s time is in directly taking care of the patient one-on-one, not in dealing with red tape, reporting measures and compliance regulations.”
As the President of the Harris County Medical Society, Dr. Kridel helped lead the group to team up with the TMA Association as a key member of the new physician organization designed to provide doctors with the tools to perform better and more efficient patient care. For example, one service of the Physicians Services Organization for Patient Care might help physicians comb through their data to identify chronically ill patients who need extra help to stay as healthy as possible and stay out of the hospital. Another might align primary care physicians and specialists to better coordinate the care they provide to their common patients.
Dr. Kridel was also featured in the Houston Business Journal earlier in 2013 to discuss ways to address the rising health care costs.
Check out Dr. Kridel’s blogs on topics relating to Facial Plastic Surgery and current health care issues: Dr. Kridel on Health blog and Science and Your Health blog.
— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates
May 25th, 2013 Kirin
Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel MD, was a featured speaker at the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) prestigious Advances in Rhinoplasty course in Chicago, IL from May 10 – May 12. This Rhinoplasty course is the longest running of its kind and is considered the best in the world.
Dr. Kridel was invited to present a 45-minute scientific talk on Rhinoplasty surgical techniques to a record number of facial plastic and general plastic surgeons from the United States and around the world gathered to learn more from internationally recognized experts such as Dr. Kridel. His talk, “Structure, Creativity, and Common Sense in Rhinoplasty,” provided physicians in attendance with numerous practical approaches to nose surgery, including several innovative techniques pioneered by Dr. Kridel that are now taught in medical schools. Only the most respected and highly published facial plastic surgeons are invited by their peers to present at this level — a significant honor for Dr. Kridel.
” I came to this course just so I could hear Dr. Kridel’s talks and learn from his techniques,” stated a plastic surgeon in attendance.
In addition, Dr. Kridel presented three additional scientific talks on Rhinoplasty, including; “Prevention: Disasters in Rhinoplasty,” “Aging Nose Rhinoplasty” and “Revision Rhinoplasty.” And, as a faculty member, he provided individualized instruction to members participating in a cadaver workshop for Rhinoplasty.
Dr. Russell Kridel Training Surgeons on Advanced Rhinoplasty Techniques
Dr. Kridel has published over 60 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on Rhinoplasty and has taught general plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons advanced surgical techniques all around the world. Considered by his peers as “the doctors doctor,” patients come not only from Houston, but from other parts of the United States and other countries to have nose surgery (Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty) by Dr. Kridel.
Click here to view a few of his before and after Rhinoplasty photos.
— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates
May 2nd, 2013 Kirin
Please join us in congratulating Facial Plastic Surgery Associates (FPSA) surgeons, Russell Kridel, MD and Angela Sturm O’Brien, MD, on being named H-Texas Magazine 2013 Top Doc for Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Russell Kridel is one of the most highly honored plastic surgeons in Houston and has received the H-Texas Top Doc award annually since 2006.
It is the first year Dr. Sturm has been eligible for this status— a significant achievement as a new associate to FPSA. Only the top 1-2% of doctors receive the “Top Doc” honor based upon votes from both physicians and patients. She has also received the 2013 Top Women in Business award.
“I love what I do and am always so humbled by the kind words and accolades from patients and other surgeons. Dr. Sturm and my entire staff are all so passionate about providing our patients with the best possible care, so this is a great achievement for them as well,” said Houston-based facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel.
“As a new associate, I deeply appreciate the recognition and support from physicians and patients. I am absolutely thrilled to be named a Top Doc and will continue to strive to deliver the highest level of care,” declared Dr. Angela Sturm.
Facial Plastic Surgery Associates is located in the prestigious Texas Medical Center. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm offer the most technologically advanced surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques in a beautiful and elegant setting.
For more information about Dr. Kridel.
For more information about Dr. Sturm.
Check out the Top Doc listing for Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm in the recent Spring Issue of H-TexasMagazine
To make an appointment with Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Angela Sturm call 713/526-5665.
April 5th, 2013 Kirin
Dr. Russell Kridel often does Revision Rhinoplasty to correct a dysfunctional airway — in other words, the person can’t breathe well. This can result from a problem that existed prior to your first surgery (known as Primary Rhinoplasty or Nose Job). Or if the nasal airway was changed during your previous surgery by another physician, you may now be having trouble breathing through your nose, especially if your nose was made smaller or if you experienced a post-operative drooping of the tip of your nose.
As a result, you may now need correction of a deviated or crooked septum (the partition between the nostrils), and trimming of your turbinates may be required (turbinates are structures deep inside the nose on the sides which warm and humidify the air going through your nose). Although you may have already had surgery on your septum, a revision septoplasty may be necessary to improve your breathing. Furthermore, you may need a graft to re-support the tip of your nose.
Revision rhinoplasty is a significantly more difficult procedure because scar tissue has formed and often some of the structures inside the nose may have been altered or removed. However, following successful revision rhinoplasty surgery with Dr. Kridel, patients are ecstatic that they can breathe again.
Dr. Kridel is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Houston. He is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. This dual training is very significant in nasal revisions, because the revision rhinoplasty procedure is a classic combination of both functional and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Kridel performs more than 50 revision rhinoplasties each year and has written over 20 scientific papers and textbook chapters on Revision Rhinoplasty and has been invited by physicians all around the world to speak at medical conferences.
Check out a video by Dr. Kridel about Rhinoplasty and some of Dr. Kridel’s before and after photos.
— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates
March 9th, 2013 Kirin
Dr. Russell Kridel is internationally recognized as one of the few experts in the surgical repair of septal perforation — a condition that involves a hole in the nasal septum. He has written over 20 scientific journal articles and developed several innovative surgical techniques that have made him a recognized leader in this field.
Septal perforation is a very complex problem. It can occur as a result of previous nasal surgery, trauma, cocaine use, septum piercing, cancer, excessive nose picking and disease such as syphilis, typhoid and tuberculosis.
And when a septal perforation is present, a patient can have any number of uncomfortable and irritating symptoms that can make daily life more challenging. Such symptoms can include; bleeding, crusting, runny nose and a whistling sound within the nose. Dried blood may also accumulate within the area and lead to difficulty breathing.
Because of the level of difficulty of septal perforation surgery, many physicians refer patients to Dr. Kridel. As a result, patients come, not only from the Houston area, but from all around the world for consultation and surgery with Dr. Kridel.
At the one-year anniversary of his successful septal perforation repair surgery by Dr. Kridel, one of our patients from Spain wrote the following:
“Dear Doctor Kridel,
Today, One year after you operated me, I want to send you my greetings and my deepest grateful. I remember you very often. Every day whenever I breath, when I realize that my perforation is closed, I remember of you and I feel grateful for your expertise and your marvellous hands.
I will never forget you. I will never say you thank you enough times.
Thousands of thanks and best regards.” —J.G. 3/13
This patient has even created his own website, in Spanish, devoted to his journey from the struggles of living with a septal perforation, through his surgery with Dr. Kridel, and after the successful closure. Feel free to visit this fascinating site: https://sites.google.com/site/septalperforation/
Photo series that shows hole in septum being measured before surgery and post surgery photos of the closed perforation
In addition, Dr. Kridel has a site, http://www.septalperforations.com, which is devoted to helping educate patients, family and friends about this debilitating condition and how it can possibly be resolved.
It is important for patients to seek proper medical attention for a perforated septum, as untreated larger holes may affect the structure of the nose and lead to physical deformities. If you or a friend has a septal perforation, please call us at 713/526-5665 for a consultation with Dr. Kridel.
Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX
March 8th, 2013 Dr. Russell Kridel
Dr. Sturm-O’Brien featured in Winter 2013 issue
Congratulations to my associate, Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien, on being one of H Texas Magazine’s Top Women in Business seen in this month’s (Winter, 2013) issue!
Dr. Sturm-O’Brien is committed to the highest standards of surgical achievement and patient care. And it shows!
Russell Kridel, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic Surgery Associates
You can also click here to learn more about Dr. Sturm-O’Brien.
February 10th, 2013 Kirin
As the newly installed President of the Harris County Medical Society, Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel delivered a noteworthy inaugural speech at the 2013 HCMS/HAM Installation of Officers & Leadership Recognition Dinner on January 18, 2013 at the Petroleum Club in downtown Houston.
2013 HCMS President, Dr. Russell Kridel accepts the gavel from outgoing President, Dr. Keith Bourgeois.
Here is an excerpt from Dr. Kridel’s inaugural speech:
…”The absolute commitment to patients is what defines physicians and separates them from other professions. Patients put their lives in our hands; how scary it is for them to have a disease process change the course of their lives. That sacred trust they place in us comes with great responsibility, to provide the best care possible and be patient advocates without any other motivation”…
The full transcript of the speech can be found at Dr. Kridel’s blog —kridelonhealth.com — on current health care issues that are important to both physicians and patients.
In addition, an abbreviated version of the speech can be found here on the Harris County Medical Society website where it was published in the February 1 Physician’s Newsletter.
— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX
February 8th, 2013 Kirin
“OUT with the old and IN with the new”
Now is a good time to start a new skin care regimen and reward yourself with more radiant skin in 2013 and beyond. If you have drawers full of skin care products that you’ve tried in the past without much success, toss them and start fresh with professional grade skin care products such as Obagi.
At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, we limit the product lines that we carry to those that Dr. Kridel and the entire staff believe in. This includes Obagi — we carry three different Obagi skin care systems that address very different needs for our patients.
Obagi Nu-Derm System:
Obagi Nu-Derm System
The Obagi Nu-Derm System, is the #1 prescription-strength, physician-dispensed skin care system. It is clinically proven to transform skin to look and feel healthier. This is an anti-aging therapy that penetrates below the skin’s surface to transform skin cell functions at the cellular level. The Obagi Nu-Derm products are designed in a system with a specific dosage and frequency to maximize your results. However, it is very important to understand that the results do not happen quickly and you will go through several stages over the course of a year or so to maximize results. So, you will need to be consistent in your usage of the products.
Phase 1: Out With the Old (Weeks 1-6)
Phase 2: In With the New (Weeks 7-12)
Phase 3: Healthy Glow (Weeks 13-18)
Phase 4: The New You (typically lasts indefinitely, with maintenance)
Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. System:
Obagi CLENZIderm System
For patients struggling with acne, we also carry the Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. System. This is a product line that targets the root of acne to clear skin fast and help maintain a clear and healthy complexion for a lifetime. There are 3 easy steps with products to match: Daily Care Foaming Cleanser, Pore Therapy, Therapeutic Lotion. The CLENZiderm System can give you a visibly clearer complexion in as little as one week.
Obagi Rosaclear System:
Obagi Rosaclear System
Our third Obagi product line is Rosaclear System. It is designed to help patients with Rosacea get a clearer, calmer, more balanced-looking complexion. In clinical studies, 90% of patients experienced at least a Grade 1 reduction by the second week of treatment with the Roasaclear System.
As facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm know the importance of maintaining healthy skin. A good skin care regimen, in combination with surgical and/or non-surgical treatments, can help everyone preserve a healthy, youthful appearance throughout their life. So, don’t forget your skin. After all, just because another year has gone by doesn’t mean your skin has to look older too.
Call Heather today at 713/526-5665, to order your Obagi skin care products and have them sent to you or stop by our office and check them out in our Skin Care & Makeup room.
— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX
January 25th, 2013 Kirin
It is important for patients to understand what to expect with nasal surgery. Dr. Kridel answers several common questions that relate to nasal surgery — both Rhinoplasty (also knwon as a Nose Job) and Septoplasty.
How long does nasal surgery take?
Nasal surgery, usually lasts about two hours in an outpatient surgical facility. If it is a more complicated Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty surgery, it will take additional time.
What do I feel like right after surgery?
You will likely wake up a bit groggy from having been under light anesthesia. There’s a small external splint on your nose and a small dressing inside your nose. Your nose feels stuffy, and slightly bloody mucous drainage may seep into the dressing applied below your nose. You may also experience swelling and bruising around your eyes.
Will it hurt after surgery?
Few patients are bothered by pain related to this surgery. Actually, most people who have nose surgery describe any pain associated with rhinoplasty as “mild.” You can take mild medication that is prescribed by Dr. Kridel after surgery to handle any discomfort. However, it is important to avoid aspirin products and other medications that tend to increase bleeding.
What do I do after I go home from surgery?
After you go home, you should rest with your head elevated. Dr. Kridel may also suggest that you use a cold compress to minimize swelling.
When do I get the dressings off?
You will visit the office the day after surgery and the physicians will look at your nose and remove any light packing and change the dressing.
When can I go back to work?
Most people can return to work or school a week after surgery, but you must wait several weeks before resuming significant exercise. Air travel is allowed a week after having nose surgery.
If you had Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty surgery, by the time you return to work or school, your nose will look really good. It will continue to improve over the months to come, and you will see your final result “settle in” after about a year. With Septoplasty surgery, it is functional nasal surgery and there is not a cosmetic improvement component.
Check out one of Dr. Kridel’s before and after Rhinoplasty photos:
Before Rhinoplasty with Dr. Kridel
After Rhinoplasty with Dr. Kridel
Dr. Kridel is passionate about providing the highest standards of care, including follow-up care. You will be visiting Dr. Kridel numerous times after you have the surgery and he follows patients for years. He has written dozens of medical journal articles about the longevity of the results of his surgical techniques.
—- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX
January 25th, 2013 Kirin
We often get calls about various procedures that have been heavily advertised directly to consumers, including the following procedures noted in this article in Allure magazine: Vampire Lift (injecting patient’s own blood plasma), SmartLipo (Laser Liposuction), Stem-cell Lift and Artefill (for lips). Unfortunately, the majority of these procedures do not have scientific evidence of effectiveness and have not been written up in peer-reviewed medical journals by widely respected facial plastic surgeons. Sadly, we actually see patients that have tried some of these “fad” procedures and now require revisions by Dr. Kridel.
The Allure magazine article, titled “The 10 most overrated trends in cosmetic surgery”, provides an interesting overview of many procedures that Dr. Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien do not perform or recommend with one exception — Ulthera. In the article the criticism about Ulthera was based on patient discomfort (and not about poor results). Since this article was published in mid-2012, Ulthera received FDA clearance to non-invasively lift lax tissue on the neck and under the chin, in addition to the FDA clearance they already had for non-invasive eyebrow lift. Ulthera also completed a system upgrade — Ulthera Amplify — to increase effectiveness and reduce patient discomfort. At FPSA we have the new Ulthera Amplify system and Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien have found that the majority of patients do not require medication for treatment. However, for even greater comfort during Ultherapy, we can also apply topical cream to the treatment areas.
Dr. Kridel has also found great success using Sculptra for patients with hollow cheek areas. However, like stated in this article, Dr. Kridel absolutely does not recommend Sculptra for use in the lips. To view more information about Sculptra click here or to view videos of Dr Kridel speaking about Sculptra click here.
The best advice we can provide to patients about the latest cosmetic surgery fads — Buyer Beware. Stay away from unproven, unscientific plastic surgery procedures and always seek out an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon.
— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates