Question for Dr. Kridel: Is Rhinoplasty wise with facial bacterial present?

August 26th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

On the Real Self website, a patient posted the question, “Should I proceed with Rhinoplasty with a Bacterial Infection on Face?”

The patient provided additional information that they had a recurring breakout on their face.  A dermatologist cultured the area and lab reports showed a gram negative bacteria called “Acinetobacter.”  Also, a nasal swab culture indicated “Enterobacter aerogenes.”  The dermatologist prescribed Cipro for both.

It is generally not wise to proceed with a Rhinoplasty or any elective cosmetic operation when a bacterial infection is present.

In the example provided, the type of bacteria from the nasal swab is not a normal contaminant of the nose and could cause a nasal infection in the area of the Rhinoplasty. And a bacterial infection of the face that is not yet controlled, could also lead to a nasal infection.

This is an important issue because patients can get a bacterial infection between the time of their last visit with the surgeon and the surgical date.  If you have, or think you have, any type of bacterial infection prior to scheduled surgery it is very important to let your surgeon know immediately.  The surgeon will want to postpone your nasal surgery  (or other cosmetic surgery) until the infections are gone.

— Russell Kridel, MD, Houston, Texas

Dr. Russell Kridel Welcomes New Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien

August 10th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

I am so pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien as an Associate to Facial Plastic Surgery Associates.

Dr. Sturm-O’Brien is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery which examines its applicants in facial plastic surgery as well as, other head & neck specialties.  She completed the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Fellowship with me.  Dr. Sturm-O’Brien is also well on her way to becoming one of approximately 50 female surgeons board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).

I know that Dr. Sturm-O’Brien shares the same commitment to the highest
standard of patient care and surgical skill that has been the hallmark of our facial plastic surgery practice here in Houston. With the significant growth in aesthetic procedures, particularly for patients wanting to maintain their youthful appearance at an earlier age, she is passionate about working with every patient to tailor the most effective method — whether it is surgical or non-surgical — to help them achieve their desired results for facial rejuvenation.
In addition to advanced training in facial plastic surgical techniques for Rhinoplasty, Facelift and Blepharoplasty, Dr. Sturm-O’Brien has extensive training and expertise in non-surgical modalities for facial rejuvenation including, advanced laser techniques such as: Ulthera, Thermage and Fraxel.  Her expertise also applies to laser treatment of birthmarks, unsightly veins, tattoo and laser hair removal.
Patients can make an appointment for consultation with Dr. Sturm-O’Brien by calling 713/526-5665. You can also read more about Dr. Sturm-O’Brien, including her CV on our site 
Please join me and the entire FPSA staff in welcoming, Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien, to Facial Plastic Surgery Associates.
— Dr. Russell Kridel, Houston, TX

Dr. Kridel Receives Multiple 2012 Top Doctor Honors

August 8th, 2012 Kirin

In 2012, Dr. Russell Kridel continues to receive the highest levels of recognition for his exceptional facial plastic surgical skills and quality patient care.  Already one of the most highly honored surgeons in Houston and in his specialty, Dr. Kridel has been named by peers and patients to several prestigious 2012 Top Doctor lists.

“I am always so humbled by the kind words and accolades from patients and other surgeons.  I love what I do. All of us in the practice are so passionate about providing our patients with the best possible care,” said Dr. Kridel.


Dr. Kridel has been named a 2012 Castle Connolly Top Doctor and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor: Southeastern Texas. Each year, Castle Connolly surveys thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals and asks them to identify excellent doctors in every specialty in their region and throughout the nation. They follow an extensive screening process to identify the top doctors and to provide consumers with detailed information in the Castle Connolly Top Doctors printed guides, online directories and published features. Check out more about the Castle Connolly Top Doctor award process

Through an additional peer-review process, Dr. Kridel has been selected as a “Best Doctor” — a prestigious roster that represents the top five percent of experts across more than 400 specialties and subspecialties of medicine across the nation.  It is the third year in a row that Dr. Kridel has received the distinguished award.  Best Doctors® was founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School affiliated physicians with the purpose to provide patients with access to the best minds in medicine.  More information about Best Doctors is available here 

From 2005-2012, Dr. Kridel has also been designated a Super Doctor in Texas Monthly’s annual Super Doctors list. Candidates are selected based upon surveys of physicians, a medical panel review and additional research analysis. Key Professional Media performs the process, with the goal of finding doctors who have acquired both a “high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” Super Doctors explains the process here used to nominate Dr. Kridel  

 H-Texas Magazine voted Dr. Kridel as a Houston’s Top Doc for 2012.  He has received this honor annually since 2006. Only the top 1-2% of doctors receive the “Top Doc” honor based upon votes from both physicians and patients.

In addition to these recent 2012 accolades, Dr. Kridel has received numerous prestigious honors and awards throughout his years in practice, including the two highest honors from the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery —- The F. Mark Rafaty Award for surgical excellence and the William K. Wright Award.  You may also want to read about Dr. Kridels’ additional awards and publication posted here on the site 


Septal Perforation: A Patient’s Story

August 3rd, 2012 Kirin

One of Dr. Kridel’s patients shares his amazing journey from living with a septal perforation to finding the world’s expert on septal perforation repair — Dr. Kridel.  He wanted to share his story so that he could help others find quality care for their own septal perforation problems.

Check out this patient’s story here:


Septal perforation is a very complex problem. It is a hole in the nasal septum that can occur as a result of previous nasal surgery, nasal fracture or other trauma, use of steroid nasal sprays, as well as other causes. When a septal perforation is present, a patient can have any number of uncomfortable and irritating symptoms that make their daily life very challenging and uncomfortable.  Many of these are shared by the patient in the video.

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Russell Kridel, a facial plastic surgery specialist, has developed innovative surgical techniques and written over 20 scientific journal articles on septal perforation that have made him recognized as a leader in this field internationally. Patients and doctors come from all around the world for surgery because of Dr. Kridel’s unique surgical expertise in septal perforation and rhinoplasty.

If you find this interesting, you may want to read the journal articles posted here on the site Dr. Kridel devotes specifically to septal perforations