Five Common Questions About Facelift surgery

August 7th, 2014 admin

ANSWERS:

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  

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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 todaysface.com 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

 

What to expect after facelift

June 26th, 2014 Kirin

What can you expect after facelift surgery?

AT FPSA, we are told time after time that the recovery process after a facelift with Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel is far easier than anyone expected. When Dr. Kridel performs a facelift, it is a surgical procedure, known as a MVP Lift, which involves meticulous dissection, lifting and re-draping and impeccable attention to detail to hide incisions and to give you a natural, yet youthful, look  — setting back the clock at least ten years. It is for patients with significant signs of aging, such as facial jowling and sagging. It is not a lunchtime style lift, which rely on minimal, if any, dissection, and only last about 2 to 3 years.

Dr. Kridel patient before facelift

Patient before MVP Lift facelift surgery

What to expect after facelift? Well, it is only natural, that a patient would like to have a facelift one day and look ten years younger the next. However, patience is key, as it will take some time to heal for you to achieve the long lasting and more youthful appearance you desire.

When you have a MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel, the surgery will be performed with general anesthesia.  After the surgery is finished, you will be taken to the recovery area. Typically, when a patient wakes up from general anesthesia, they can feel nauseated, experience chills and be a little disoriented or groggy for a short time. Any discomfort can be addressed with medication prescribed by the surgeon.  Once released from the recovery area, you will be moved to your hospital room where you can be monitored and rest overnight before being released the next morning.  In some cases, the surgery is performed at an out-patient facility. If so, you will need to be sure a friend or relative drives you home.

Dr. Kridel patient profile after facelift surgery

Patient after MVP Lift facelift surgery

Following surgery your face will be wrapped up in thick bandages. There may have been one or more drainage tubes attached to make sure the blood drains properly, and your face may feel tight and sore from the procedure. You will see a physician the very next day after surgery and the initial bandages will be removed. You can also expect to see varying degrees of swelling and bruising one to three days after surgery.  It is quite normal for swelling and bruising to occur in and around incision areas post-operatively and doesn’t indicate a problem or concern. However, you should call our office right away if the swelling and bruising worsen significantly.

Keep in mind also that Dr. Kridel and staff will be keeping close tabs on your recovery with numerous post-op visits.  At FPSA, our pre-op and post-op care is one of the significant benefits of having surgery with Dr. Kridel and further sets us apart from others.

It is important that patients follow post-operative instructions that will be provided and reviewed with you during your pre-operative visits.  Avoid medicines, such as aspirin, that may cause blood thinning as this will increase your risk of post-surgery bleeding. While you need to avoid strenuous activity and get plenty of rest, it is helpful to stay active during your in-home recovery period following surgery. This keeps the blood circulating and can help incision areas receive well-oxygenated blood to promote the healing process.

About seven days after surgery, you can use make-up to cover up any bruising if you want to go out. And while, there may still be some swelling, you will already notice the significant improvement in your appearance.  While every person heals differently, as a rule of thumb after three to four weeks, everything has settled in and you will be amazed at how much younger you look.  And with Dr. Kridel’s hidden incision technique you will also be amazed that your incisions are virtually undetectable. The icing on the cake will be all the compliments you will receive from family and friends.

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

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).

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Laser Resurfacing vs Facelift: Which is better?

June 14th, 2014 admin

Laser Resurfacing vs Facelift:  Apples and Oranges

In the case of laser resurfacing vs facelift, there isn’t truly one that is better than the other because each is very different, like apples and oranges.  While they both are approaches to facial rejuvenation, each techniques is used for a very different reason.

A facelift will lift sagging skin and muscle while removing excess fat. Laser resurfacing will correct fine wrinkles or lines on the skin’s surface, but it will not tighten skin or correct sagging of the neck. Some patients may require both. And, in many such cases patients will have both done at the same time.

Patient before facelift and facial resurfacing

Patient Before Facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

A facelift is very different than laser resurfacing because it is a surgical procedure.  A facelift is actually a cheek, jaw and necklift all in one because it re-supports the cheek, jawline and neck. To achieve the most natural, long-lasting results, a facelift requires meticulous dissection done in layers and therefore, a great deal of skill. The sagging skin is repositioned and the underlying muscles re-supported, while the excess skin and fat is removed. Dr. Kridel is internationally recognized for his MVP Lift (Mulit-Vector Positioning Lift) because of his attention to fine detail in the dissection on multiple planes and his unique technique that leaves no visible scars.

Laser resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure. It is also important to understand that there are several types or modalities of laser resurfacing, not just one. This is because there are different lasers with different spectrums of power.  The rule of thumb for patients is that the stronger the power, the longer the down time, but also longer lasting results.  Laser resurfacing can be performed as a standalone procedure or in combination with another surgical procedure, such as a facelift.

Patient after facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

Patient after facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

The most powerful laser is the CO2 laser. For patients with a great deal of sun damage and wrinkles, this will have the longest lasting effect. In fact, the results are quite impressive. The CO2 laser vaporizes, not burns, the top layers of the skin. Then over a matter of weeks and months after the procedure the skin regenerates Dr. Kridel is one of only a few surgeons in Houston who performs this laser technique with such great success and has written several scientific papers on the topic.  However, while a patient only needs to have one procedure, this technique also requires the greatest amount of downtime.

In the case of younger patients with less significant wrinkles and some brown spots, Fraxel laser resurfacing may be the recommended technique.  This is the least powerful laser and requires a series of 3 to 4 treatments spaced about 6 weeks apart.  However, there is virtually no downtime for each session.

The Fractionated CO2 is more powerful than Fraxel, yet this too may require more than one session. The Fractionated CO2 Laser technique uses the same basic technology as the full CO2. However, this laser is less powerful then the CO2 laser that’s fully ablative. Instead of burning off a large section of skin, the fractional approach sends down little pulses of energy in only selected sections of skin. It does not totally take off the top layer of skin.

At FPSA, we are very fortunate because we have all 3 modalities, or types, for laser skin resurfacing in our office — 3 different grades of lasers that can achieve the results patients will appreciate.

There are no two faces exactly alike. And as a result, it is important to have a consultation first so that they surgeon can provide the most appropriate treatment plan to help you obtain your goal of a more youthful and vibrant appearance.

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

To learn more about the different laser resurfacing techniques, visit Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel where you can see multiple videos, like this one, about laser resurfacing.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

How Long Does A Facelift Last?

June 1st, 2014 admin

FACELIFT LONGEVITY

Facelift is one of the most common facial rejuvenation procedures.  It provides the most remarkable and long-lasting improvement in your appearance, particularly for those with significant sagging at the jawline, loose neck skin, as well as sagging in the cheek area.

One of the most common questions patients ask is — How long does a facelift last?  There is not one single answer to this question due to a number of factors, including your health, age, and underlying anatomy at the time of the surgery, as well as how well you take care of yourself after the surgery.   A facelift resets the aging clock by about 10 to 15 years.  You will continue to age, but you have time shifted the aging conveyor belt.  For some patients, they are happy with that amount of shift throughout their future years, while others will have another surgery in ten or fifteen years.

 

Before MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

Before MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

The younger you are the longer you can expect facelift results to last.  If you are older at the time of facelift surgery, you will experience more dramatic improvement, but you can not expect the surgery to wipe out the aging process entirely.  You want your facelift to look natural.  Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel’s facelift technique, MVP Lift, results in a natural and long-lasting look and NOT a windblown, pulled back look.  In addition, his trademark hidden incision technique means no one, except maybe your hairdresser, will know you had surgery.  Irrespective of your age, you can expect a facelift (MVP Lift) to improve your appearance — a more well-rested and healthy you — as well as your personal outlook.

After MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

After MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

 

Dr. Kridel performs about 100 facelifts each year and is recognized by his peers and patients as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the country.  The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery awarded him their top honor for his innovations in surgical techniques.  He has published over 30 medical journal articles and textbook chapters on facelift and facial rejuvenation techniques and other surgeons travel from all over the world to train with him.

Needless to say, you will be in the best of hands for facelift (MVP Lift) surgery with Dr. Russell Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Check out videos like this Facelift Video by Dr. Russell Kridel on his You Tube channel.

For addition before and after facelift photos click here

To contact or make an appointment with Dr. Kridel at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, call 713/526-5665

Revision Rhinoplasty Specialist Key to Success

May 29th, 2014 admin

Revision Rhinoplasty Can Be Successful in the Hands of a Revision Rhinoplasty Specialist

If your nose has been operated on in the past and you don’t like it, you shouldn’t give up.  A revision rhinoplasty can be successful in the hands of a skilled surgeon who specializes in nose surgery.

Rhinoplasty before

Rhinoplasty patient before surgery with Dr. Kridel

Chances are, your nose can be revised to your satisfaction. “Few surgeons like to do secondary rhinoplasties because these are so technically difficult,” explains revision rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Russell Kridel, who does numerous revision rhinoplasty surgeries every month referred to him by surgeons from all over the world.

Rhinoplasty Patient after

Rhinoplasty Patient After Surgery with Dr. Kridel

As an internationally recognized expert on rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Kridel is known by many as “THE Nose Doc.” He has published over 60 medical journal articles and text book chapters on rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty and has pioneered multiple surgical techniques that are now used in medical schools around the country.

For many reasons, revision rehinoplasty is more difficult than primary rhinoplasty.  Prior to any surgery, there are layers of tissue planes that have natural separations between the different types of nasal tissues and as the surgeon operates, he can easily dissect or separate the layers to get to different structures.  After a first surgery though, these planes no longer exist m, making any subsequent surgery more difficult.

If your previous rhinoplasty was unsuccessful because not enough was done, for example, if a lump remains or is irregular, your revision rhinoplasty surgery will be less difficult because it is easier to take away than to add.  However, if your nose is too small, too short, turned up or pinched, your revision will be more difficult because natural structures and specially shaped tissues may have been removed and will need to be replaced with grafts from elsewhere.  These grafts must be molded to take on not only the shape but also the function of the previously removed tissue.

Another area to be resolved in many revisions is dysfunction of the airway.  If you had trouble breathing through your nose before your first surgery or if the nasal airway was changed during surgery, you may now be having trouble breathing through your nose, especially if your nose was made smaller or if you experienced post-op drooping of the tip.  You may need correction of a deviated or crooked septum and trimming of your turbinates.  Further, you may need a graft to re-support the tip.

Although revisions are very difficult, Dr. Kridel’s techniques as a highly trained and deeply experienced revision rhinoplasty specialist can reap better results.  But, it is important to remember that, like snowflakes, no two noses are alike, so it is very important for a patient to come in for a consultation and thorough nasal examination, whether it is a primary rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty.

To make an appointment for a Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty consultation with Dr.Russell Kridel, contact Facial Plastic Surgery Associates at 713/526-5665.

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

You can also see multiple Rhinoplasty videos and other videos on other facial plastic surgery procedures on our YouTube channel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment for a Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty consultation with Dr.Russell Kridel, contact Facial Plastic Surgery Associates at 713/526-5665.

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

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

 

Septal Perforation Repair

May 22nd, 2014 Kirin

Septal Perforation Repair is Extremely Complex

A septal perforation is a hole known as a “perforation” in the nasal septum, which is the tissue that separates the nostrils.  A perforation, in the nasal septum is not just a one-layered hole.  Rather, it is a hole in the cartilaginous, or bony portion of the septum that separates your nose into two distinct sides, as well as a hole in both membranes that cover the septum.    Depending on the location and size of the perforation, it is extremely difficult to repair.

Septal Perforation Repair by Dr. Kridel

Before and After Septal Perforation Repair by Dr. Kridel

Patients with a septal perforation can have many symptoms that are extremely uncomfortable and difficult to live with.  These include: frequent crusting, bleeding, whistling while breathing, nasal obstruction and runny nose (rhinorrhea).

Why do so many doctors say they can’t fix a septal perforation?

The reason is that the surgical technique is very difficult and if not performed correctly can result in a larger hole or simply an unsuccessful close. Very few surgeons across the country have the training, experience and comfort level to perform this surgery.  Therefore, physicians refer the patient to a facial plastic and reconstructive specialist, like Dr. Kridel, with significant experience in septal perforation surgery, particularly if the hole is of a certain size and some symptoms are present.

Dr. Kridel is the Best Surgeon for Repairing a Septal Perforation

Russell Kridel, MD is internationally recognized as “the expert” in septal perforation repair.  He has published over 20 medical journal articles and textbook chapters on septal perforation repair and has trained surgeons across the U.S and other countries on his pioneering techniques.  His 99% success rate is unprecedented in the community based on the range and complexity of perforations that are referred to him.

Septalperforations.com

To help patients learn more about septal perforation, Dr. Kridel created a website dedicated to providing in-depth information about the condition.

YouTube:  Dr. Kridel Septal Perforation Repair Patient

It can also be helpful to hear from a patient who shares some of the same challenges of having a septal perforation.  View this YouTube video of a septal perforation repair patient of Dr. Kridel who shared his incredible journey to finding Dr Kridel and how his life changed with the successful repair by Dr. Kridel.

 

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Houston, TX

For an appointment with Dr. Russell Kridel, please call 713/526-5665.