Nasal trauma injury addressed by Houston Rhinoplasty specialist

December 3rd, 2014 Kirin

Nasal Trauma Injury Needs to be Addressed

Sports injuries, accidents and other traumatic events can cause damage to the nose.  Many signs of injury to the nose are external and easily observed, such as, bruising, bleeding and swelling.  However, there can also be internal damage as well, including a fractured septum, deviated septum or a septal perforation that are not visible to the eye.

Surprising to many, the anatomy of the nose is very involved with many intricate and delicate elements, bone and cartilage. The geometry of the nose is highly complex with no straight lines or simple curves.  Airflow through the nose is a more complicated process than air over a jet wing.

When you injure your nose, there can be a wide range of damage done.  So, if your injury results in any symptoms such as swelling, disfigurement or difficulty breathing, you should seek out a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon, like Houston Rhinoplasty specialist,  Dr. Russell Kridel.

Timeframe for Surgery:

If the injury is extensive with visible bleeding, most patients go to the emergency room.  A wise decision. However, if the injury was not extensive, many patients believe little or no damage was done and simply put ice on their nose, wait for the swelling to go down and nothing else.  Sometimes, patients have a sports injury in childhood and adjust to abnormal breathing into adulthood until they have so much difficulty breathing they seek a physician’s help.

In fact, any impact with the nose can result in extensive damage, particularly internal injury.  If an injury occurs, here is a good overall timeframe to follow.

  • If your nose is bleeding excessively or you have a great deal of pain you should seek immediate professional medical care
  • For patients who notice any moderate to significant changes in breathing or have swelling and bruising, should see Dr. Kridel within a couple of days.  He will be able to assess the damage and help set a treatment plan.  Simple breaks or deviations can be reset within 7 to 14 days.
  • If Dr. Kridel finds the injuries require more extensive surgery, he will recommend surgery for about six months after the trauma and the nose has healed.

Septal Perforation:

In some cases, the traumatic injury can result in a perforated septum, which is a hole in the septum.  This hole cannot be seen in a mirror and left unidentified can actually grow in size over time.  A septal perforation can result in nasal crusting, whistling, difficulty breathing that can be both annoying and in some instances, debilitating.  One more reason not to wait to have an evaluation by Dr. Kridel following a traumatic nasal injury.  Fortunately, Dr. Kridel is recognized as the preeminent expert in septal perforation repair.  But, needless to say, he would far prefer that patients take more preventive and active measures following a traumatic injury to avoid a perforation if possible.

Correcting Damage from Nasal Trauma:

No two noses are the same and when traumatic injury is involved, the challenge is even greater because the internal anatomy may also have changed.  It is important that you identify a facial plastic surgeon to consult.  Facial plastic surgeons, like Dr. Kridel, have extensive training focused solely on the nose, head and neck.  To become a facial plastic surgeon, you must first complete a residency in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. Then they complete an additional residency on facial plastic surgery.  So, they can address both the appearance, but also the function to restore or enhance the look of your nose and also make sure that you can breathe normally once again.  General plastic surgeons perform surgery on the whole body and do not have this additional training focused on the nose.

For the majority of patients, Dr. Kridel will need to perform a septoplasty to correct the damage to the septum.  He may also need to reduce the turbinates to improve airflow. In addition, in most cases the shape of the nose has also been altered as a result of the injury.  Where appropriate, Dr. Kridel will perform a rhinoplasty to correct and improve the appearance of the nose to match your aesthetic goal.

What sets Dr. Kridel apart?

No other plastic or facial plastic surgeon in Houston has as much expertise or experience in nasal surgery as Dr. Russell Kridel.  He is recognized as a world-renowned expert in Rhinoplasty by both peers and patients and is often referred to as “The Nose Doc” because of the depth of his expertise. Dr. Kridel has been performing facial plastic surgery procedures for over 20 years and currently performs more than a hundred fifty nasal surgeries per year. He has published over 60 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on the subject of Rhinoplasty and has developed four innovative surgical techniques for nasal surgery that have been incorporated into the curriculum for plastic surgery training. Dr. Kridel is also invited as a featured guest lecturer on Rhinoplasty to the most prestigious medical symposiums in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Kridel has also been named a Castle Connolly and H-Texas Magazine Top Doc from 2005 – 2014, among many other accolades. Because of this experience, physicians refer other patients, themselves and family members to Dr. Kridel for Rhinoplasty surgery.

Needless to say, you will be in the best of hands with Dr. Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for a  Rhinoplasty consultation, please call 713/526-5665.

You can see some of Dr. Kridel’s before and after Rhinoplasty photos here.  When you come in for your consultation you will also be able to review other photos not available on the Internet.

You can see Dr. Kridel talk about Rhinoplasty surgery on multiple videos on You Tube.  Check out this one where Dr. Kridel speaks about Rhinoplasty surgery.

How to Select a Surgeon for Septal Perforation Repair

December 1st, 2014 Kirin

Finding the Best Surgeon to Repair a Perforated Septum

Because repairing a perforated septum is so complex, it is imperative that you select a facial plastic surgeon who is a noted specialist in nasal surgery and has performed hundreds of septal perforation repair surgeries, as well as Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty surgeries.  But, that is just the beginning, there is far more you need to ask to truly identify the best possible surgeon to consult.

Questions to Ask:

Here are the key questions you want to ask during your selection process:

1.  How many septal perforation repair surgeries have you done?

Dr. Kridel has performed hundreds of this complex surgery.  A perforated septum is not a common medical condition and requires a great deal of skill to repair.

2. How many rhinoplasty and/or revision rhinoplasty surgeries do you perform each year?

Dr. Kridel does cosmetic nose surgery on about 150 patients each year and has performed over 15,000 successful Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty surgeries. He is often referred to as “THE Nose Doctor” by his peers because of the level of his experience, skill and expertise.

3.  Have you taught major courses to your peers on septal perforation repair in the past 3 years?

Giving a course to other surgeons on the topic of septal perforation comes from having great expertise. Dr. Kridel is considered a cutting-edge leader by his peers, teaching many courses on septal perforation, rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty every year.

4. Have you written scientific papers on the subject of septal perforation?

No other doctor has published as many peer-reviewed scientific papers on septal perforation repair, rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgical techniques as Dr. Kridel.  He has published more than 80 scientific journal articles and medical textbook chapters on nasal surgery, including 20 specifically on septal perforation repair.

It is important to note that writing a medical journal paper and having it accepted for publication requires a very high standard of skill for peer review.  While some physicians have published articles for websites or for consumer publications, Dr. Kridel is one of the very few specialists who has published extensively on septal perforation in peer-reviewed scientific outlets.

5.  Have you lectured on this subject at major medical institutions on septal perforation repair in the past three years?

Dr. Kridel has been one of the invited faculty members to numerous AAFPRS and other Advanced rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery courses every year to speak on the subject of septal perforation repair.  He is considered one of the most sought after speakers having lectured on this subject throughout the U.S. and all over the globe.

6.  Do other doctors refer patients to you with this condition?

Most surgeons do not want to attempt such a difficult surgery.  Because of his reputation, specialists from all around the country, including ENT, facial plastic, general plastic and general surgeons, refer patients with septal perforations to Dr. Kridel to obtain the highest possible level of care for their patients.

7.  Do other doctors refer themselves and/or family members to you for septal perforation repair or any other type of nasal surgery, such as Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty?

Due to his expertise, Dr. Kridel is often referred to as “The Nose Doc” or “The Doctor’s Doctor”.  He is the surgeon other surgeons go to for nasal surgery of any type, particularly septal perforation repair, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty.

8.  Do you have an appointment to a medical school and are you actively involved?

Dr. Kridel serves on the faculty as a Clinical Professor and Director, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He is also on the medical staff of several Houston hospitals, including Methodist Hospital.

9. What is your success rate?

Our success rate is 99%.  In some cases, where a perforation is quite large, the surgery may need to be done in phases, requiring more than one operation.  Dr. Kridel is the leading expert and will be honest with you about the possibility of repair.  While he has successfully closed extremely difficult cases that others could not repair, he (nor any other surgeon) can ever promise closure.

10.  Are there before and after patient photos I can view?

Dr. Kridel and the clinical staff will be happy to show you before and after photos of patients who underwent septal perforation surgery.  Since the perforation is inside the nose, photos are taken during surgery.

However, many patients also have rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty at the same time.  This is a cosmetic procedure and it is important for you to view before and after photos of other patients who have also had similar aesthetic adjustments to make an educated decision. Remember that any plastic surgeon can do nose surgery, but very few can do it well.

11. Are you board certified in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery?

A board certification is given when a doctor passes a test after completing a residency program; therefore boards should not be the sole criterion of your doctor search.  Sadly, many review sites rely on this criteria rather than identifying other qualifications that speak to relevant surgical skills.

However, when a physician is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery (ABFPRS), he or she has gone a step above other boards because the ABFPRS requires as an entry level to even take its exam that the applicant is already certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  The additional training required to reach this second level of certification provides you with additional confidence that your surgeon focuses on the area you are concerned about.  Dr. Kridel is also certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

12. Have you received honors or awards for your surgical skills?

Dr. Kridel has received all of the highest honors for surgical excellence from his specialty — the Mark Rafaty Award and the William K. Wright Award.  He has also received the Dean’s Award from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, as well as all of the Top Doc honors every year for the past 10 years, such as Castle Connolly and H-Texas Magazine to mention a few.

13. Do you have a fellowship program?

Dr. Kridel is so well respected that he oversees an AAFPRS (American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) fellowship program. He has trained over 30 fellows.  For one fellowship spot, he receives over 25 applications each year from doctors who want to work alongside an acknowledged master of his specialty.  There are only 48 such programs in the entire country.

Having a fellowship program is considered quite an honor. Dr. Kridel believes it is important to share his expertise with others.  However, it is important to understand that the Fellow does not perform surgery, ONLY Dr. Kridel performs the septal perforation repair surgery.

14.  How often do you see patients following their surgery?

At FPSA, we take great pride in having the highest level of patient care available.  We are devoted to our patients and treat each one as if they were our own family member.  Patients who have septal perforation surgery will visit us the very next day following surgery and many times during their first two weeks post-operatively.  In addition, Dr. Kridel follows his patients at the three month, six month and one-year mark to monitor the success of the repair.  All post-operative visits are included in the cost of the surgery.

15. Do you have patients I could contact who have had septal perforation repair surgery?

Dr. Kridel and the staff at FPSA would be happy to provide you with names of patients who would be happy to share their success stories with you.  Having this surgery has been life changing for many and these patients want the same happiness for you.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Russell Kridel about septal perforation repair, contact us at 713/526-5665.

And, to learn more about septal perforation go to septalperforations.com, which is a site Dr Kridel developed specifically to help educate patients.

You can also see  Dr. Kridel’s video about septal perforation repair surgery and an interview with one of Dr. Kridel’s patients who had successful repair surgery.

You can also learn more about Rhinoplasty surgery at todaysface.com.

Facelift Benefits Are Abundant

November 28th, 2014 Kirin

Benefits of the Modern Facelift Are Significant

A modern facelift procedure, like the MVP Lift, is a fine-tuned facial plastic surgery approach that can be life-changing for patients.  Given advancements in techniques, including several pioneered by Dr. Kridel, the procedure is now a reliable method, sought out by men and women across many age groups and ethnicities for facial rejuvenation.

What is an MVP Lift?

An MVP Lift, or multi—- vector positioning lift, is the advanced technique used by Houston facelift specialist Dr. Russell Kridel.  It requires meticulous dissection and re-draping of the tissue layers to deliver the most natural facelift results.

Modern MVP Facelift Benefits

For the thousands of patients that undergo facelift surgery each year, the benefits have far outweighed the risks. Face this modern surgery with the hope that these benefits will far outweigh whatever minor risks are still a part of this plastic surgery procedure.

  • The term facelift is a misnomer.  With an MVP Lift it is actually a cheek, jawline and neck lift that can alleviate loose skin, deep wrinkles, jowls, lost contour to the lower face.
  • With Dr. Kridel’s hidden incision technique, your incisions will be virtually undetectable.
  • Results from an MVP facelift will be natural for a new, younger version of yourself and not a windblown or tunnel effect that makes you unrecognizable.
  • Facelifts can alleviate that exhausted, worn down look from your face — dialing back the hands of time by ten to fifteen years.
  • Risks of a modern MVP facelift are very minor with a very low rate of occurrence.
  • Recovery time following a facelift lasts about two weeks, a fair trade for the incredible results.
  • The amount of pain and discomfort is minimal for the majority of patients.
  • Facelifts can boost self-confidence and improve a patient’s self-image.

Major improvements —  but, there are still risks

A facelift is still a major surgery, no matter how advanced the techniques have become. Surgeries also always involve risks and potential side effects, which patients can work to prevent with the help of an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Kridel.

Originally, the yesteryear facelift was just a facial skin tightening procedure and not much more. During this surgery, the surgeon would lift the skin and pull it tighter, placing it into a new position. Any excess skin was removed before the incisions were stitched up. Because no efforts were made to strengthen the structure of the face, the sagging tissues or the muscles beneath the tighter skin, results would not last for very long.

Today’s modern facelift procedure is a fine-tuned approach that, when delivered by a board certified facial plastic surgeon, can result in a more youthful appearance for many, many years.  While we cannot stop the aging process, following an MVP lift you have re-set the time clock by ten years or more.

Selecting a Facelift Surgery Specialist

You should only trust your face to a specialist in facial plastic surgery. Board-certified facial plastic surgeons focus solely on procedures of the head and neck and do not perform other body procedures, such as breast augmentation.  In addition, you want to make sure the facial plastic surgeon you select performs at least 50 or more facelifts each year and shows you before and after photos of actual patients.  Looking at the angle of the photography is also important, so that you can see the quality of the incisions.

At FPSA, “Our Results Show and We Are Proud of Them”

Dr. Russell Kridel is a triple-board certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.  He has published over 100 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on facial rejuvenation surgical procedures, including facelift surgical techniques.  He is invited to speak at plastic surgery conferences all around the world to educate and train other surgeons on his MVP Facelift approach.  He has received numerous awards, including the top two honors by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) for surgical excellence.

As a result of his internationally recognized expertise in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kridel is known as “The Doctor’s Doctor” —- the surgeon that other physicians refer other patients as well as themselves and their own family members go to for their facial plastic surgery concerns.

Needless to say, you will be in the best of hands with the best facelift surgeon in Houston —  Dr. Russell Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for an MVP Facelift consultation, please call 713/526-5665.

To learn more about Dr. Kridel’s MVP Lift click here.

You can also go to Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel for a few of his videos on facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures.

 

 

Rhinoplasty Expert Dr. Russell Kridel Shares Knowledge

November 27th, 2014 Kirin

Dr. Kridel Invited as Faculty Member to myRhinoplasty Course

Rhinoplasty Expert, Dr. Russell Kridel

Russell Kridel, MD was a featured faculty member at the recent myRhinoplasty course at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, England.  As an internationally recognized leader on nasal and facial rejuvenation surgical techniques, Dr. Kridel was invited to share his expertise with other surgeons attending the meeting.

The well respected myRhinoplasty meeting was designed to enhance participant’s understanding of nasal deformity and the options and rationale for contemporary correction. The international, multi-specialty faculty represented the highest standards of intellectual inquiry leading to contemporary nasal analysis and planning, and the art of surgical mastery.

Rhinoplasty expert Dr. Kridel was one of just four surgeons from the U.S. invited to speak about several of his advanced  Rhinoplasty surgical techniques to an audience of multi-specialty surgeons attending the course from around the world. He presented three courses on Rhinoplasty —”Dorsal Reduction and Restoration: Focus on the Middle Third”, “Using Costal Cartilage”, “Correcting Disorders of Tip Projection and Rotation” and, was on two scientific panels.  Dr. Kridel also presented a course on one of the most complex nasal surgeries that few surgeons perform, “Repair of Nasal Septal Perforations.”

“Julian and Mehmet should be congratulated on an excellent course,” confirmed Dr. Kridel.

Royal College of Surgeons, London

The Royal College of Surgeons is a venerable institution in London with a classic Roman architecture outside and beautiful elegant wood paneled rooms on the inside with many artifacts and statues from generations of surgeons who have advanced surgical standards and quality care for patients.

As one of the most renowned Rhinoplasty and Septal Perforation experts, Dr. Russell Kridel is often invited to speak at medical conferences to share his surgical expertise with other surgeons looking to improve their skills.  Dr. Kridel is often referred to by his peers as “THE Nose Doctor,” because of his expertise, surgical awards and all of the significant contributions he has made to facial plastic surgery and quality patient care.

There is no other facial plastic surgeon in Houston that has the depth of expertise, experience and reputation in regard to nose surgery, including Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty and Septal Perforation.

If your nose is not becoming to you, you should be coming to Dr. Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment for a consultation with Houston Rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Russell Kridel, contact us at 713/526-5665.

You can also learn more about Rhinoplasty surgery at todaysface.com.

And, to learn more about septal perforation go to septalperforations.com.

You can also see multiple Rhinoplasty videos and other videos on other facial plastic surgery procedures on Dr. Kridel’s YouTube channel.

 

 

Angela Sturm MD Awarded Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40

November 9th, 2014 Kirin

 

Award winner, Dr. Angela Sturm

Angela Sturm, MD is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and Associate at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates. Shevcontinues to make a positive impact in her community and her profession. Dr. Sturm was awarded Houston Business Journal 40 under 40, a significant accomplishment for a young surgeon.  She was recently recognized at the HBJ award ceremony and was written up in the September 17 issue of the Houston Business Journal recognizing all of the award winners.

Peers and patients have shown their overwhelming support and respect for Dr. Sturm. She has received numerous accolades in the past year, including Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Award by Vitals.com, H-Texas Magazine Top Doc, Best Female Cosmetic Surgeon in Out Smart Magazine, Blazing Star Award by Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Top Women in Business and one of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston.

Please join Dr. Russell Kridel and all of us at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates (FPSA) in applauding Dr. Sturm for all of her accomplishments.

Check out detail from the HBJ issue: Angela Sturm MD Awarded Houston Business Journal 40 under 40 and photos from the award ceremony.

For more information about Dr. Sturm visit todaysface.com.  Or to make an appointment with Dr. Sturm, call Facial Plastic Surgery Associates at 713/526-5665.

 

 

 

Teenage Rhinoplasty Can Make An Impact

November 3rd, 2014 Kirin

Teenage Rhinoplasty Is More Common Than You May Think

If you have ever been unhappy with the size or shape of your nose, you are not alone.  In 2012, over 180,000 people had Rhinoplasty surgery, with about 15% being performed on teenagers between the ages of 13 – 19*. Among teens, Rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic procedure.

With the nose being the most prominent feature, if it is out of proportion, it may dominate your face.  But, the great news is that if your nose doesn’t do justice to the rest of your face, you don’t have to live with it for the rest of your life.  That’s why our young Rhinoplasty patients say, “Let’s change it now before I am labeled as the person with the large nose.” Or, “I want to change it now so others perceive me as I perceive myself and no longer judge me based on my nose.”

Today, having an unsightly feature improved upon is as much a possibility for teenagers as having crooked teeth corrected with braces.  Our patients are amazed by the difference it makes in their self-esteem.  And, for young people, that extra bit of confidence can make all the difference as they begin to establish themselves professionally and socially.  No one wants to be teased and everyone want to feel and look their best.

Dr. Kridel has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries, often referred to as a “nose job”, and often finds that he needs to correct airway problems inside while he is correct the outside shape, so the nose not only looks good but also breathes well.  Sometimes, he will further improve the profile with a chin implant, because a weak chin can make a nose look even larger.

When Your Nose Doesn’t Fit Your Face

A less than desirable inherited feature is the primary reason patients, including teenagers, seek cosmetic improvement of their nose.  However, sports injuries or nasal trauma, is also very common.  In these circumstances, there is often internal damage, such as a deviated septum, that can hinder your ability to breathe.  A severely deviated septum can also alter the external appearance of the nose.  It is far more effective and efficient to address any desired cosmetic changes at the same time as correcting internal damage.  Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Diana Agron have improved the appearance of their nose in addition to repairing internal structural damage.

Everyone wants to know what their nose is going to look like after surgery.  To help with that visualization, Dr. Kridel does digital computer imaging so patients can sit down and visually plan the goal for their surgery.  Dr. Kridel understands that no two noses are the same, so he tailors the cosmetic change based on each patient’s individual anatomy and goals. He does not and will not take a one size fits all approach.

Dr. Kridel is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 70 medical journal articles and textbook chapters about Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty. He performs more than 150 Rhinopolasty surgeries every year.  Within the medical and patient community, he is often referred to as “THE Nose Doc,” because of his recognized expertise in nasal surgery. Patients and physicians refer themselves and their own family members and friends because of his international reputation as one of the best Rhinoplasty surgeons in the world.  Dr. Kridel is also invited as a featured guest lecturer to the largest and most prestigious plastic surgery courses every year to share his specific techniques with other surgeons who want to improve their skills.  He has  been named to numerous Top Doc lists year after year and has received the highest honors from his own specialty for surgical excellence.

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for an Rhinoplasty consultation, please call 713/526-5665.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

You can see some of Dr. Kridel’s before and after Rhinoplasty photos here.  When you come in for your consultation you will also be able to review other photos not available on the Internet.

You can see Dr. Kridel talk about Rhinoplasty surgery on multiple videos on You Tube.  Check out this one where Dr. Kridel speaks about Rhinoplasty surgery.

*2012 ASPS Plastic Surgery Statistics Report

Tech Neck Can Be Relieved

October 14th, 2014 Kirin

DON’T LET TECH NECK GET THE BEST OF YOU

Woman looking down at smartphone

Our beloved smartphones and tablets might be to blame for some of the extra wrinkles you see in the mirror. Often called “tech neck,” or “text neck”, this condition occurs as a result of frequently looking up and down at these devices. The movement and the position causes creases, double chins, and wrinkles to form on the lower face and neck.

Clearly, we are not going to give up our tech devices.  So, what can we do to maintain our youthful appearance?

Fortunately, there are surgical and non-surgical solutions depending on an individual’s needs.

WHAT’S CAUSING TECH NECK?

Tech neck is a condition involving loose skin, lines and wrinkles, skin folds, and a double chin. This phenomenon is starting to spread as more and more people discover that their addiction to technology is taking its toll. Newly formed double chins, neck creases, and jawline folds have all begun as a result of frequently bending over your smartphone or tablet.

The position is much different from that used at a laptop or desktop computer, since the screens are flat and often lying on a surface below eye level. Reading your tablet on the surface of a desk requires a unique positioning of your face and neck. If you spend a lot of time in this position, you’ve probably started to notice some new creases here and there.

Think of a piece of paper that you had folded in half in your pocket for awhile, then open it up and flatten it out.  The paper is flat, but the line is still there. This is similar to people who do texting and do repetitive looking down. The concept is that by moving the neck forward and back, and forward and back you’re again causing those wrinkles by scrunching up the skin.  Take a look at someone who is staring down at a smartphone or Ipad in their hand and observe how the skin and tissues react in this position.

Certainly, the biggest culprit for skin damage remains the sun.  In addition, the aging process, as well as your genetic makeup also factor in heavily for loose skin and jowling.  Then add to the mix, the tech neck phenomenon and you may feel like you are looking older faster than you would like.

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT TECH NECK?

Looking ahead, you might try to make an effort to read your smartphone and tablet screens when they are at eye-level or elevated above you, but even that won’t erase those creases, loose skin and wrinkles that are already there.

FACELIFT IS A LONGER LASTING SOLUTION

For individuals who have more significant loose skin, wrinkles and jowling in the face and neck area, facelift surgery will add smoothness and tautness to the skin, remove a double chin and create a more youthful profile. It is important to understand that a true facelift performed by a facial plastic surgery specialist is actually a face and neck lift combined, to give you the greatest benefit. With the MVP Lift technique used by Dr. Russell Kridel, you will regain your youthful appearance.  His results are known for being natural, so you will look like a younger you, not a different you.  Patients don’t need to wait until their late 50’s or 60’s for a facelift.  Many patients, from their late 30’s and 40’s, have a facelift, which will permanently shift back the hands of time by ten to fifteen years.

Obviously, a facelift doesn’t completely stop the aging process, but you will have accomplished a virtual time shift.  Read more about Dr. Kridel’s special MVP Lift technique. In a nutshell, tech neck symptoms will be banished by an MVP Lift, leaving you with the clean slate you need to help you change your screen-reading habits.

ULTHERA IS A TERRIFIC NON-SURGICAL SOLUTION

For patients who are seeing the early signs of aging, as well as tech neck, may not want, need or have time for the downtime associated with facelift surgery.  Ulthera, also known as Ultherapy, skin tightening treatment is a superb option for you.

Ulthera was first of its kind to be cleared by the FDA for non-invasive lifting of the eyebrow, neck and under the chin.  It is now also FDA approved to improve décolletage lines and wrinkles as well. The Ulthera procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer typically addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.

Like all treatments, results can vary from patient to patient. However, with just a single Ulthera treatment, the regenerative process has begun. Some patients express some immediate results, but the full effect will build gradually over the course of 2-3 months. Patients like the gradual, natural change that occurs over time and remark that their friends and co-workers don’t know that they have had anything done; just that they look more refreshed. Ulthera helps slow down the aging process, with results lasting an average of 12-18 months.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR ME?

Every person and every face and neck is different.  So, it is imperative that you seek out a facial plastic surgeon.  Facial plastic surgeons, such as Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm, focus exclusively on the face and neck. No boobs. No butts.  They believe patients should trust their face to a specialist in this area because the anatomy from the neck and up is far more complicated.

So, the first step is to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm.  They are extremely thorough and will provide you with a facial rejuvenation plan specific to you.  Not one size fits all.   Consultations with our surgeons are extremely thorough, so you will need to plan on being with us for about two hours.

WHY FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY ASSOCIATES?

Dr. Russell Kridel is known as “The Doctor’s Doctor.”  He has authored over 100 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on facial rejuvenation surgery.  As a recognized expert in facial plastic procedures, Dr. Kridel is frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at plastic surgery meetings around the world. Patients and physicians refer themselves and their own family members and friends because of his surgical expertise and international reputation as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the country.

Dr. Sturm trained with Dr. Kridel and has also been recognized for her surgical skill by patients and peers, having also been named to numerous Top Doc lists.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm for an MVP Facelift or Ulthera consultation, please call 713/526-5665.

You can also go to Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel for a few of his videos on facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures or visit todaysface.com for more information.

Rhinoplasty Expert, Dr. Russell Kridel, Speaks at International Conference

October 9th, 2014 Kirin

Rhinoplasty Expert, Septal Perforation Expert and Facial Rejuvenation Expert!

Dr. Kridel at the 2014 conference in Spain

Dr. Russell Kridel with other faculty members of the 2014 EAFPS Conference

Russell Kridel, MD was a featured faculty member at the recent 37th Annual Conference of the EAFPS (European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  Over two hundred facial plastic surgeons attended the conference from all around the world.  As an internationally recognized expert on nasal and facial rejuvenation surgical techniques, Dr. Kridel was invited to share his expertise with other surgeons attending the meeting.

Dr. Kridel presented an unprecedented 14 educational talks on facial plastic surgery at the course.  Of the 14 course talks, 9 were specifically on Rhinoplasty, 2 on Septal Perforation and 3 on Facial Rejuvenation.  Here is a list of the majority of the talks Dr. Kridel presented at the EAFPS conference.

RHINOPLASTY:

  • Management of the Aging Nose
  • Alar Notching Repair
  • Not All Easy Rhinoplasties Are So Easy
  • Nasal Tip Management
  • Structure, Creativity, and Common Sense in Rhinoplasty

REVISION RHINOPLASTY:

  • Revision Rhinoplasty

ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY:

  • Thick-Skinned Rhinoplasty
  • Ethnic Rhinoplasty Panel Discussion

SEPTAL PERFORATION: 

  • The Update in Septal Perforations
  • Septal Perforation Panel Discussion

FACIAL REJUVENATION:

  • SMAS Facelift
  • Skin: Laser, CO2 Laser Resurfacing

As one of the top Rhinoplasty and Septal Perforation experts, Dr. Russell Kridel is often invited to speak at medical conferences to share his surgical expertise with other surgeons looking to improve their skills.  Dr. Kridel is often referred to by his peers as “THE Nose Doctor,” because of his expertise, surgical awards and all of the significant contributions he has made to facial plastic surgery and quality patient care.

There is no other cosmetic surgeon in Houston that has the depth of expertise, experience and reputation in regard to nose surgery, including Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty and Septal Perforation, as well as facelift surgery.  Needless to say, patients are in the best of hands with Dr. Kridel for all of their facial plastic surgery needs.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Russell Kridel, contact us at 713/526-5665.

You can also learn more about Rhinoplasty surgery at todaysface.com.

And, to learn more about septal perforation go to septalperforations.com.

You can also see multiple Rhinoplasty videos and other videos on other facial plastic surgery procedures on Dr. Kridel’s YouTube channel.

Facelift Under 50

October 4th, 2014 Kirin

Facelift Under 50 Has Lasting Benefits

There is truly is no “magic age” when a facelift is most effective or achieves the best results. Today, many younger patients in their 40’s, even in their 30’s, are visiting facial plastic surgeons in search of their “first facelift,” a surgery that will turn back the clock and help them age gracefully for years to come.

According to recent research, patients who have their first facelift surgery before the age of 50 tend to experience the longest-lasting satisfaction with their surgical results. Because they have caught the aging process earlier, while their skin has more elasticity, the facelift surgery will last 10 to 15 years.  In essence, they are starting early to shift the conveyor belt of aging. Patients who wait until later in life for their first facelift, often see more dramatic change, but because they are older the aging process occurs a little quicker and they may want a maintenance facelift in 9-11 years, contrasted with facelift patients in their late 30’s and 40’s, who are more likely to have a maintenance facelift about 15 years later to help maintain their youthful look.

Facelift surgery addresses the drooping, loose and wrinkled skin that comes with time and gravity. Other factors can also contribute to how early and how quickly this damage becomes evident, including heredity and genetics, sun damage, and other environmental exposure.  So, depending on these factors, some patients age more quickly than others.

The MVP Lift pioneered by Dr. Russell Kridel is a facelift surgical technique that uses meticulous dissection and re-draping to give you the most natural and long lasting results. In addition, Dr. Kridel’s surgical approach is designed to hide your incisions so that they are virtually undetectable to anyone, including your hairdresser.

Every person is unique, so it is imperative that you select a surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery.  And it is also important to select a surgeon, like Dr. Kridel, who performs this procedure frequently because they know the nuances of the facial structure.  When you trust your face to a surgeon like Dr. Kridel you will have the comfort and confidence that your facelift will look natural and tailored to your individual needs and will not  look fake or windblown.

Dr. Kridel has published over 100 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on facial rejuvenation surgical procedures.  He is invited to speak at plastic surgery conferences all around the world to educate and train other surgeons in advanced facial plastic surgical techniques.  He has received numerous awards, including the top honor by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) for surgical excellence.  As a result of his internationally recognized expertise in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kridel is known as “The Doctor’s Doctor” —- the surgeon that other physicians refer other patients as well as themselves and their own family members go to for their facial plastic surgery concerns.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for an MVP Facelift consultation, please call 713/526-5665.

To learn more about Dr. Kridel’s MVP Lift click here.

You can also go to Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel for a few of his videos on facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures.

 

 

 

 

Helpful Rhinoplasty Consultation Checklist

September 28th, 2014 Kirin

RHINOPLASTY CONSULTATION CHECKLIST IS INVALUABLE TO PATIENTS

When you decide to proceed with a Rhinoplasty (or nose job) after a great deal of thought and consideration, the next step is to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon.  This next phase of your quest for the perfect nose is one of the most important.  Follow this Rhinoplasty Consultation Checklist to help you identify the best facial plastic surgeon and gain confidence in a having a successful surgery.

SELECTING A SURGEON TO CONSULT

It is critical that you select a facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Russell Kridel, who specializes in surgery from the neck up.  Look for surgeons who are board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).  To become board certified by the ABFPRS, the surgeon must have completed years of additional training strictly in the head and neck area, including a prestigious Fellowship and completed over 100 peer-reviewed surgical cases and they are double-board certified. You can go to the ABFPRS website to find a list of surgeons in your community.

Next, seek out facial plastic surgeons who have published scientific medical journal articles and given lectures at medical conferences specifically on Rhinoplasty surgical techniques.  These surgeons are recognized by their peers in the medical community as experts in Rhinoplasty.  You can identify these surgeons by looking at their resumes on their websites.

You also want to select a specialist, like Dr. Russell Kridel, who does at least 100 noses every year.  Because no two noses are alike it takes a skilled and experienced surgeon to be able to tailor a surgical approach specifically for you.  Ask this question before you book a consultation.

Sadly, there are many physicians who perform cosmetic surgery procedures, but do not have advanced specialty training.  So, it is important that you do your homework on selecting a specialist to consult. Depending on the size of the community that you live in, you should consult with 2 or 3 facial plastic surgeons.

Bottom line: only trust your nose and your face to a facial plastic surgery specialist.

PREPARING FOR THE CONSULTATION

Before your consultation, list out your medical history. Start by including your current and past medical conditions, any known drug allergies, and any previous medical treatments. Any of these could increase your risk factors during Rhinoplasty or cause delayed healing. Also, make a list of your current medications, vitamins and herbal supplements, and your usage of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Previous surgeries will also be a key discussion point during your consultation, so include even minor operations on other parts of the body. In addition, make a list of what bothers you about your nose and what you want from your Rhinoplasty surgery.  At FPSA, we provide you with special patient forms that help you walk through all of this important information to share with your surgeon.  You will either send back the forms in advance of your consultation or bring with you to your consultation with Dr. Kridel.

THE CONSULTATION

When you visit more than one surgeon for a consultation you will find similarities and differences between each practice.  As a result, you will also be able to identify the surgeon that you feel most comfortable with to perform your surgery.

At FPSA, we believe you will experience the most thorough Rhinoplasty consultation of any other cosmetic surgeon in Houston.  We take great pride in providing patients with the information and time they need for such an important decision.  When you come in for a consultation, you will be with us for 2 to 2.5 hours.   During that time, Dr. Kridel will do a thorough examination of your nose and you will also have a special Rhinometry test to evaluate your airflow function for breathing.  If your breathing is compromised, Dr. Kridel will help make sure that your nose looks fantastic and that you can breathe well. During your consultation we will also take photos and then through digital computer imaging and review with Dr. Kridel determine what you can expect from your Rhinoplasty surgery. You will also view an informative video about the surgery and be able to look at a very extensive library of before and after photos of other Rhinoplasty patients of Dr. Kridel’s that are not available online.

While the focus of the consultation is on you and your nose, Dr. Kridel wants your input about what bothers you about your current nose and about the nose you’d like to have when your rhinoplasty is finished. Feel free to ask Dr. Kridel, the clinicial staff or office staff any question.  As they say, there is no such thing as a wrong or dumb question. The only way to guarantee successful results in line with your own desires is to share your thoughts and concerns with Dr. Kridel and our staff. From these discussion and expectations, Dr. Kridel will design the best surgical plan for your nose to create the most pleasing, proportional, and appropriate shape specific to you. After the consultation, you will meet with the patient coordinator to review costs and set a surgical date together that allows enough recovery time for you.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

You can see Dr. Kridel talk about Rhinoplasty surgery on multiple videos on You Tube.  Check out this one where Dr. Kridel speaks about Rhinoplasty surgery.

Dr. Kridel is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 100 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters about facial rejuvenation procedures, such as Rhinoplasty (often commonly referred to as nose job). Within the medical and patient community, he is often referred to as “THE Nose Doc,” because of his recognized expertise in nasal surgery.