Tech Neck Can Be Relieved

October 14th, 2014 Kirin


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


  • 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


  • Thick-Skinned Rhinoplasty
  • Ethnic Rhinoplasty Panel Discussion


  • The Update in Septal Perforations
  • Septal Perforation Panel Discussion


  • 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

And, to learn more about septal perforation go to

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Facelift After Weight Loss

September 10th, 2014 Kirin

An MVP Facelift after weight loss can work wonders to make you look as young as you feel!

Woman Using a Scale

Losing massive amounts of weight is a wonderful achievement.  It takes a great deal of courage, will power and perseverance.  However, patients who have lost substantial amounts of weight are faced with significant sagging skin. Their skin has stretched so far that it doesn’t rebound as quickly or fully.

The patients’ new shape is sidelined by sagging skin and tissue that makes them feel unattractive. So, it’s not surprising that neck lift and facelift after weight loss requests have gone up proportionally with the increasing popularity of surgical weight loss treatments. In fact, a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reported a 13 percent increase in the number of patients seeking facelifts and neck lifts to remove the excess skin and tissue.

So, what can patients with significant weight loss do to address sagging skin?

Select a Facelift Specialist

This is not an instance where one stop shopping for a surgeon is the right thing to do.  Quite the contrary. It is critical that patients select a facial plastic surgeon to address sagging skin in the face and neck area.  Facial plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic surgery from the neck up and have had years of extra training, including fellowship, specifically for this area of specialty.  Along the same lines, it is important to select a general plastic surgeon who is a body specialist to address the sagging skin that occurs following weight loss below the neck. But, the face is a far different and more complex anatomical area.  So, a body specialist does not necessarily make a good facelift surgeon.

In a nutshell, you should only trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Russell Kridel.  Dr. Kridel has performed thousands of successful facelifts.  He has an international reputation as “The Doctors’ Doctor” because other surgeons refer patients, themselves and their family members to him for their facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.  He has published over 100 scientific medical journal articles and textbook chapters on facial rejuvenation.

MVP Facelift Will Address Sagging Skin on the Face and Neck

A facelift is extremely effective at lifting sagging skin from the lower cheeks, jawline, and neck.  While there are non-surgical skin tightening solutions, such as Ulthera, for weight loss patients with a lot of loose skin, the traditional facelift is the ideal solution.

Dr. Russell Kridel has pioneered a surgical facelift technique called the MVP Lift.  The medical terminology for MVP Lift is Multi-Vector Positioning Lift. It refers to his special multi-layer dissection, draping and closing technique. Skin is meticulously lifted off the underlying tissue and adjusted to a more youthful position.  The skin is draped and any excess skin is surgically removed. One of the other unique elements of Dr. Kridel’s MVP Facelift are his Invisible Incisions technique.  After the healing process is complete, incisions are virtually undetectable.  We have patients who go to their hairdresser and even their hairdresser can’t tell they had a facelift.

The MVP Lift also refers to the Most Valuable Patient – status that every patient receives under our care and, the fact that Dr. Kridel tailors every MVP Lift to an individual patient to achieve the most natural and longer-lasting results.

Neck Lift

While many patients ask about a Neck Lift separate from a Facelift, the reality is that the best facelift techniques, such as the MVP Lift, is actually a Facelift and Necklift combined.  The necklift portion of the facelift simply addresses the area below the chin and jaw and along the neck.

The Consultation:

Prior to your MVP Facelift surgery you will undergo a consultation with Dr. Kridel.  During this appointment, he will examine your skin and muscle tone, as well as discuss your surgical goals. Photographs are also taken and through computer imaging, you will be able to visualize what you can expect from your surgery. You will also see images of other patients who have had similar surgery that can not be viewed on the Internet.  Dr. Kridel and the entire FPSA team is very thorough and happy to ask any question you may have.  You can expect to be with us for about two hours for your consultation.

The Reward

If you have won the battle of weight loss, you deserve to reward yourself with facial rejuvenation. With an MVP Lift you will look as young as you now feel.


To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for an MVP Facelift consultation, please call 713/526-5665.  We can also provide you with a referral to a general plastic surgery specialist for body lifts.

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.


— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston


Five Common Questions About Facelift surgery

August 7th, 2014 admin


1.  Will a Facelift get rid of all my wrinkles and sagging skin?

A facelift should really be called a midface and neck lift because it lifts sagging skin and tissue from the mid portion of the face, jawline and neck.  A facelift does not correct sagging brows or forehead which is addressed by a separate surgery called a Browlift, which can be done in conjunction with Dr. Kridel’s signature MVP Lift.  The MVP Lift stands for  facelift. Dr. Kridel developed the MVP Lift. The medical terminology for MVP is Multi-Vector Positioning Lift. It refers to Dr. Kridel’s meticulous dissection and multi-layer technique.  MVP also refers to the fact that he tailors every MVP Lift to each individual to achieve the natural result you desire and to give you the MVP – most valuable patient – status that you deserve.

2.  Will the scars show?

No.  Dr Russell Kridel takes a great deal of care to hide the incisions around the ear and back into the hair so they are virtually undetectable, while preserving the hair in front and behind the ears. He has written extensively in medical journal articles about this surgical technique that he developed, as well as trained surgeons from around the world, about his MVP Lift and his Hidden Incision technique that gives the best facelift results. One of the Dr. Kridel’s scientific articles relating to hidden incisions can be found here in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery  

EB_25406 6 mo postflift

6 months Post-op Facelift patient. Note no visible scars.

3.  How long does it take to recover?

Following a facelift, you should plan on taking off approximately ten days to two weeks.  While discomfort is minimal, you may experience some tightness from the swelling.  You will see a physician the day after surgery and then several days later we will see you again for a hair wash and check up. At about the end of the first week, you will have the stitches removed. After that, you can return to most activities, providing your job does not require any strenuous activities. About three weeks should pass before you resume any heavy exercise or work routines. In three to four weeks, you’ll be ready to show off your new face, which will remind you of the way you looked 10 to 15 years ago.

4.  How Long Does a Facelift Last?

Typically, an MVP Lift facelift with Dr. Kridel lasts 10 years or more. But, in truth, it is lasting a lifetime since it sets back the aging process by those ten years.  There are other factors as well that can effect the longevity: significant weight loss or gain, heavy sun exposure or other medical conditions.

5.  Is a Liquid Facelift cheaper and easier?

Liquid facelifts gained popularity as a non-surgical choice to a facelift. Instead of incisions and surgical alteration of skin and muscle tissue, dermal fillers (examples: Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma) and wrinkle relaxers (examples: Botox, Dysport) are used to ease the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Before you sign up for a liquid facelift, you really need to stop and think about the cost. Botox usually needs touch-ups after approximately five months. This means to maintain any benefits you must pay for Botox injections at least twice a year. Facial fillers, the other component of a liquid facelift, last anywhere from eight months to a year and a half.

These are the five common questions about facelift surgery that patients often ask.  However, you may have many more questions.  At FPSA, we are happy to answer any questions you may have — just call us at 713/526-5665.  You can also read more at facelift page.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Click here to watch a You Tube video by Dr. Kridel on hidden facelift incisions.


Eyelid Surgery Procedure Wipes Away Years

July 30th, 2014 admin

Eyelid Surgery Procedure (Blepharoplasty) Works Wonders

Many people feel young and full of energy, but their faces may tell a different story.  If you have droopy eyelids or under eye bags, your entire face gives the appearance of being exhausted, tired and older.

The first signs of aging usually appears in your eyes. Laxity in the skin above and below the eyes can occur as early as your 30s.  While sun damage and other lifestyle choices can speed up the aging process, your genetic makeup is the biggest indicator.  If your parents had eyelid laxity when they were in their 30s or 40s, you will too.

Fortunately, eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a remarkable procedure that can readily address aging eyes and restore your youthful appearance.  It is a very popular procedure for both men and women in their 30’s and 40’s because it can have such a significant impact with very little downtime or discomfort. A lot of professionals have this surgery because they feel it is important to maintain a younger look.

An upper lid blepharoplasty or eyelid lift, removes excess skin from the upper lids.  A lower lid blepharoplasty removes any excess skin and bags, which are actually fat pads.  The majority of patients need a lift on both the upper and lower eyelids together.

The eyelid surgery procedure (blepharoplasty) can be done under IV sedation in our FPSA fully accredited office surgical suite.  It requires only one to two hours of surgery.  After surgery the eyelids may be bruised and swollen temporarily, but most patients return to work within five to seven days. The results are long lasting and effectively provides instant facial rejuvenation without anyone having to know you had anything done.

Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are the best blepharoplasty surgeons in Houston.  As facial plastic surgery specialists they are highly trained specifically in the anatomy of the head and neck.

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have published a scientific journal article about eyelid surgery and Dr. Kridel has published over 100 additional scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on all aspects of facial rejuvenation, including blepharoplasty.

Click here to watch a You Tube video by Dr. Kridel on eyelid surgery.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates


Selfies and Plastic Surgery Are Linked

July 10th, 2014 Dr. Russell Kridel

Selfies and Plastic Surgery Requests Are Linked

Selfies and Rhinoplasty Surgery

While we all look at ourselves in the mirror every day, with Selfies, many people also check their looks on their mobile phones multiple times a day.In many ways, the growing trends of placing Selfies on social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram and Tumblr, create greater demand for people to look the best they possibly can. Because these images are presented to the vast online world, people set a high standard for themselves of how they should look.


Rhinoplasty Surgery Requests Have Increased With Selfie Culture

The Selfie culture has shifted the focus of our interactions to a very visual level. Suddenly, facial flaws seem magnified and the need for plastic surgery procedures, like nasal surgery, known as Rhinoplasty, becomes more apparent. Your nose is a dominant feature of your face and any flaws that may concern you feel magnified on social media particularly, profile or three-quarter views. Increasingly, People seek Rhinoplasty surgery, commonly referred to as a nose job, to resolve many of their unwanted nasal features. In a March, 2014 survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), they found that the Selfie trend increases demand for facial plastic surgery, particularly for Rhinoplasty surgery. Many people, primarily those between 18 and 34, are looking for an edge to create a picture-perfect face and share it with the world. For example, shaving down a nasal bump or straightening a twisted nose can make the face look more symmetric from all directions.

“Imaged-based social media forces patients to look at their image with a more critical eye.  They want to make sure they look their very best to the online world, particularly to friends and loved ones, current or potential.  So it is completely understandable why we are seeing more younger patients seeking cosmetic procedures,” stated Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel.

If looking at your collection of selfies uncovers features you have always disliked about yourself, your reason to have Rhinoplasty surgery is no less valid than someone who broke their nose multiple times. The intensity of your dislike might be increased due to the amount of photos you are faced with daily, but it doesn’t change the fact that you don’t like your nose.

Importance of Selecting a Facial Plastic Surgeon for Cosmetic Nasal Surgery

However, it is still critically important to select the best surgeon for your nose job.  There is a difference!  First of all, you need to select a facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Russell Kridel,  because facial plastic surgeons specialize in the head and neck area and have additional training specific to noses.  You will not only have a better looking nose, but care will be taken to make sure you can breathe well out of it as well.

During your consultation, Dr. Kridel will talk about what you don’t like about your nose and what lead you to decide that Rhinoplasty could be a good option. He will evaluate your physical health, your facial features and your nasal features. In addition, computer imaging will be done, so that you can get a realistic idea of what your nose will look like after surgery. Every nose is different, so the goal for rhinoplasty surgery is to create an improved nasal shape that is proportionate to your specific face.  It is not appropriate to want your nose to look just like a favorite celebrity.  “If you ask for Taylor Swift’s nose, I will tell you to select a different surgeon,” said Dr. Kridel.  To look your best so that you can achieve your goal of being the best you and therefore, an even better selfie, is a realistic approach and you will be thrilled with the results.

Dr. Kridel performs more than one hundred nose surgeries (Rhinoplasty) every year. He has published over 50 scientific medical journal articles on nasal surgery and has developed surgical techniques for Rhinoplasty that are now taught in medical schools around the world.  Dr. Kridel is referred by many fellow surgeons as “The Nose Doc” because of his expertise and internationally recognized surgical skills in Rhinoplasty.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Click here to view Dr. Kridel on Rhinoplasty surgery (Nose Surgery)  on You Tube.


Facelift after weight loss surgery

July 5th, 2014 Kirin

Will I need a facelift after weight loss surgery?

Your overall health is closely related to any surgery you may have, including surgeries performed on your face. The results of your facelift procedure, as well as other plastic surgery procedures, where fat plays an integral role, can easily be affected by weight loss both before and after surgery.

yield sign for facelift and weight loss

Individuals who are significantly overweight and considered obese, often have round and full faces.  And in most cases, the underlying fat smoothes out the face so there can be minimal wrinkles or deep facial creases.  If you plan on having weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass, it is important that you wait to have facelift surgery until after your weight loss surgery and after your weight has stabilized.  The timeframe for this is about 12 months.  It is equally important that you are committed to keeping the weight off, not only for health reasons, but also because weight gain will be seen in your neck and face, virtually undoing the positive effects of the facelift surgery.

It is not unusual for patients who have bariatric weight loss surgery to lose over 100 pounds.  However, when patients lose such a significant amount of weight they will also notice a significant change in their physical features, both in their body, but also their face and neck. The skin becomes loose as fat decreases — heavy lines or creases appear around the cheeks and the neck sags, giving the person the appearance of a “turkey neck”.   This can be very discouraging to patients who have worked so hard to lose the weight.  Fortunately, Dr. Russell Kridel’s signature facelift, known as an MVP Lift (Multi-Vector Positioning Lift) will lift and remove the excess skin, which will give you the cheek, jaw and neckline that you desire.  Your face and neck will be far more youthful and vibrant, yet natural.  And, you will feel even more confident when your new face matches your new and healthier body. Other procedures may be performed at the same time if indicated. For example, some patients may also have injectable fillers for deep creases, blepharoplasty for sagging upper and lower eyelids or a browlift.

At your consultation with Dr. Kridel, you will discuss the areas that are most troubling for you. You have made the commitment to health and should be very proud of yourself.  Now you can have the fresh, youthful appearance that you deserve to complete your healthy transformation.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

You can see Dr. Kridel talk about facelift on multiple videos on You Tube.  Check out this one where Dr. Kridel speaks about  natural looking facelifts.

Dr. Kridel is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 30 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters about facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift (MVP Lift).



Post op Rhinoplasty Tips

June 29th, 2014 Kirin

Post-Op Rhinoplasty Tips: Key Factors for Healing

At FPSA, follow-up care is one of the hallmarks that sets us apart from others.  Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are fastidious and dedicated to the highest quality of care.

post op rhinoplasty

At your pre-op visit you will be given numerous post-op appointments.  It is important that you keep all of your follow-up appointments.

Here are some post op Rhinoplasty tips that can help your healing process following surgery:




  • Don’t take medicines containing aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Avoid bending or heavy lifting
  • Be careful not to bump your nose and avoid touching any of the dressings
  • Keep from blowing your nose until you are approved to do so
  • Try to sneeze or cough with your mouth open to reduce pressure inside your nose
  • Avoid wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses.  If needed, they can be taped above the nose
  • Protect your nose from the sun and use sunscreen
Our patients can contact us at any time.  If you have sudden increase in pain, fever, heavy bleeding or other unusual symptoms, you should call us immediately.

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 50 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters about facial rejuvenation procedures such as Rhinoplasty (often commonly referred to as nose job).

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston