Dr. Kridel Supports the TMA Foundation’s Hard Hats for Little Heads

November 29th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

Make a Child’s Holiday a Little Safer by giving a bike helmet.

Your donation of $25 or more to the TMA Foundation for the “Hard Hats for Little Heads” program, will make a difference in a child’s life.

Gifts made between now and Dec. 21 will go toward Hard Hats events in December.

For more information about the program and to make a donation click here

— Dr. Russell Kridel, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX

Dr. Kridel shares Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty Expertise with surgeons in Brazil

November 25th, 2012 Kirin

As one of the most highly regarded Rhinoplasty experts, Dr Russell Kridel is invited to speak at medical courses all around the world. He believes it is important to train other surgeons to improve the level of care available to patients everywhere.

Recently, Dr. Kridel, Houston TX, was a featured presenter at the Rhinoplasty 2012 course in Uberlandia, Brazil.  Hundreds of facial plastic and general plastic surgeons attended the conference from all around the world to further develop their own expertise by training with masters of Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, such as Dr. Kridel.

Dr. Kridel presented four lectures on Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, including; “Incisions and Aesthetics of the Columella”, “Tip Techniques”, “Alar Notching Repair”, and “Preventing Mistakes in Rhinoplasty—Lessons Learned From Revisions”.

In addition, Dr. Kridel was selected as one of the few facial plastic surgery guest speakers to perform a Live Primary Rhinoplasty at the course.  Attendees were able to gain deeper insights into the challenges and surgical solutions surrounding Rhinoplasty surgery in real time by observing Dr. Kridel perform a live Rhinoplasty surgical procedure.

Dr. Kridel participated in multiple round tables with other surgeons.  You can see additional photos taken at the conference here, including a few photos of the local architecture taken by Dr. Kridel


At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, we always like to remind patients that they should seek a Rhinoplasty specialist who performs at least 75 Rhinoplasty surgeries every year, rather than a plastic surgery specialist who performs only a handful because they are primarily focused on other parts of the body. Rhinoplasty, also known as a Nose Job or Cosmetic Nasal Surgery, is far more complicated than patients realize when looking in the mirror.  Dr. Kridel has performed thousands of Revision Rhinoplasty surgical procedures and has seen the mistakes other surgeons have made first hand.  Dr. Kridel provided insights to the Rhinoplasty 2012 course attendees to help them avoid these mistakes during his talk, “Preventing Mistakes in Rhinoplasty—Lessons Learned From Revisions”. As Dr. Kridel stated, “while I am always pleased to help patients improve their results through Revision Rhinoplasty, it always saddens me a little bit that an additional surgery could have been avoided had the patient selected the appropriate surgeon the first time.”

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX



Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Kridel and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

November 22nd, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

Thanksgiving is America’s harvest festival.  All that we behold is full of blessings.  It is a time to acknowledge the love and support of family and friends. And, a reminder of what a gift it is to give back. It’s a day to overindulge in the here and now, even as we reflect on the past. In other words, it’s the perfect holiday for being thankful.

As we express our gratitude, we must also never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

— From Dr. Russell Kridel and the entire staff at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

Dr. Kridel Recommends: Think Skin Healthy this Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

Preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner this year? Make sure you’re serving skin healthy Thanksgiving foods.

Getting together with family for Thanksgiving is filled with great food and conversation.  But, what if you select Thanksgiving dishes that can help bring your family great skin, too?

Sweet Potatoes:  Skip the marshmallows and serve baked or mashed sweet potatoes with just a touch of natural brown sugar instead.  Sweet potatoes are filled with beta carotene, which converts to Vitamin A.

Cranberries: These berries are another great source of antioxidants.  Throw cranberries, fresh orange slices and some sprigs of cilantro into a blender and you have created a great cranberry salsa that tastes great and can add a glow to your skin.

Pumpkin:  Fresh and cooked pumpkin has essential vitamins and nutrients for your skin such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and beta carotene.

If it’s your turn to be the host,  not only can you serve foods that taste great but you can also contribute to glowing, radiant skin that will have your family walking out of your house feeling full and beautiful.


Be sure to spend some time getting some exercise on Thanksgiving day.  Go for a walk with your guests, play some touch football or put on some great music and dance.   If you are going outside, don’t forget to put on sunscreen, even if it is cloudy outside.

Happy Thanksgiving!

— Dr. Russell Kridel, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX




Dr. Kridel Now Offers the New ULTHERA Update with Improved Patient Comfort

November 13th, 2012 Kirin

We would like to share with you multiple newsworthy and exciting updates for the extremely popular skin tightening treatment, Ulthera.

New FDA Clearance:

First of all, Ulthera has recently received additional FDA clearance to non-invasively lift lax tissue on the neck and under the chin.  This is in addition to FDA clearance already in place for use in achieving a non-invasive eyebrow lift. Here is more information on the FDA clearance announcement. 

New Ulthera Amplify software system upgrade is here!

In addition, Dr. Russell Kridel and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates have the new Ulthera new software system upgrade, called Ulthera Amplify.  The system update has added effectiveness and decreased patient discomfort. Dr. Kridel is one of the first plastic surgeons in the Texas Medical Center area to offer Ulthera and the new upgrade.

About Ulthera Amplify:

The three key elements of the Ultherapy Amplify software upgrade include:

1) Improved patient comfort – Patients do not require medication for treatment.  However, patients can request it.

2) Increased efficiency through a more intuitive user interface for the physician

3) Updated treatment guidelines which include higher density treatments.The new guidelines with Ulthera Amplify have increased the full Ulthera treatment time slightly, from one hour to one hour, twenty minutes.

With the new Ulthera Amplify software upgrade, patients do not require medication for treatment.  However, for even greater comfort during the Ultherapy treatment we can apply topical cream.  And, we can also use nerve blocks to further numb the skin if desired.

Our Results Show and We Are Proud Of Them:

Facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien have already performed a significant number of Ulthera treatments and have found that the best candidates not only like the results, but also appreciate the fact that it is a non-surgical treatment with virtually no downtime. When you come in for your consultation, you will review before and after photos.



Ulthera Segment on Good Morning America:

If you’d like to see the Ulthera treatment in action, check out this segment on “Good Morning America.” 




The best way to get started on facial rejuvenation is to come in for an individual consultation. In that appointment, we will discuss your issues and determine if you are a good candidate for Ultherapy.  Call us at 713/526-5665.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

FPSA Office-Based Surgery Facility Certified by AAAHC

November 12th, 2012 Kirin

Celebrate With Us!

We are so proud to share the news that our office-based Facial Plastic Surgery Associates (FPSA) Surgery Facility in Houston, TX, has been certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).   AAAHC is an independent, not-for-profit organization, that completes an extensive assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care.

Status as an AAAHC accredited organization distinguishes our office-based surgery center from many other outpatient facilities.  It means Facial Plastic Surgery Associates has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC.

Going through the accreditation process is voluntary and extremely thorough. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.  However, not all facilities put themselves through this expensive and complex process and not all that go through the process actually achieve certification.

In addition, through the accreditation process, FPSA Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm O’Brien became a Board-Certified Infection Preventionist with the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). An Infection Preventionist is someone in the healthcare field that studies about the potential infections that a patient can acquire and how to prevent them. As the Board-Certified Infection Preventionist for our operating facility, Dr. Sturm-O’Brien acts as the “go to”  for reporting infections, practices to prevent infections (handwashing, etc) and planning for any construction or changes in the layout in the facility and how it will impact the patients.

What does this mean to our patients?

Seeing the AAAHC logo displayed in our front office says more than our facility is accredited — it gives patients the peace of mind that we care about them having the best care possible and that we hold ourselves to the highest standards. Status as an AAAHC accredited organization means Facial Plastic Surgery Associates has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care.

As Dr. Russell Kridel, facial plastic surgeon, says, “I am so pleased.  Our patients deserve the best.  We want our patients to feel comfortable knowing that our operating room facility has met these exacting standards.  We also like to provide the option of office-based surgery for some facial plastic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty, because patients often prefer the personal attention of our fabulous staff and the convenience of our lovely environment.”

You can learn more about AAAHC and the accreditation process here. 

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

Selecting a skilled surgeon is critical for Ethnic Rhinoplasty

November 9th, 2012 Kirin

Importance of Selecting A Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Rhinoplasty, particularly Revision Rhinoplasty and Ethnic Rhinoplasty, surgery can be the most difficult and exacting of all facial plastic surgery procedures.  While it may not seem that way when you look in a mirror and see the simple outline of your nose, the underlying anatomy is actually quite complex. In the case of Ethnic Rhinoplasty, the tissue structures may be different than in a Caucasian nose.

However, no matter what your ethnicity, it is important to remember that no two noses are alike.  So the most important thing a patient can do to ensure the best possible outcome  is to select a facial plastic surgeon who does about 100 Rhinoplasty procedures each year like Dr. Kridel.  Why?  Because the surgeon will have the specific expertise and experience performing this challenging surgery on all types of noses.  You won’t be a guinea pig.

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Our society is now one large, wonderful melting pot of various ethnicities and cultures.  So, in the case of Ethnic Rhinoplasty, not only does the surgeon need to understand the anatomy, but they must also have a complete understanding of the patient’s desired level of maintaining their ethnicity.  And, they must have the proven ability to finesse their surgical techniques.   In other words, one nose does not fit all.  Dr. Kridel’s approach to Rhinoplasty surgery, no matter the ethnicity, is to tailor the procedure to each individual.


Dr. Kridel is a world-renowned Rhinoplasty surgeon:

Dr. Kridel is considered by his peers as one of the best Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty surgeons in the world.  He has written over 80 scientific journal articles and book chapters on Rhinoplasty, including several articles noted below, specific to Ethinic Rhinoplasty.  He has been invited to speak at medical courses all around the globe and trained thousands of surgeons using surgical techniques that he has developed and are now taught at medical schools across the country.

So, before having any type of Rhinoplasty surgery, be sure to select the most skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon and be sure to ask the following questions during your consultation.

Questions to ask when selecting a surgeon:

1) How many Rhinoplasty surgeries do you perform each year?

2) How many of those would be considered an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

3) Do you have before and after photos of your own patients?

4) Have you published any medical journal articles on Rhinoplasty?

5) Have you taught other surgeons on Rhinoplasty?

6) Have you performed Rhinoplasty surgery on other surgeons and their famiy members?

7) Do you specialize in the head and neck area?

Sample of medical journal articles on Ethnic Rhinoplasty authored by Dr. Russell Kridel, Houston, TX:

Kridel, RWH, Rowe-Jones J: Guest Editors. Ethnicity in Facial Plastic Surgery. Facial Plastic Surgery.  Thieme Medical Publishers, 2010; 26 (2).

Kridel, RWH, Patel, A. “African-American Rhinoplasty” In Ethnicity in Facial Plastic Surgery. Facial Plastic Surgery.  Thieme Medical Publishers, 2010; 26 (2): 131-141.

Kridel, RWH, Patel, A. “Hispanic-American Rhinoplasty” In Ethnicity in Facial Plastic Surgery. Facial Plastic Surgery.  Thieme Medical Publishers, 2010; 26 (2): 142-153.

—- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

Dr. Kridel shares importance of Investing in Prevention

November 6th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

We all need to invest in healthcare prevention

‘”Three old American sayings capture the interconnections among personal responsibility, preventive medicine, and health care costs. Consider ‘You are what you eat,’ and ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ and ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’.

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If we as individuals take better care of ourselves — if we as a society take better care of ourselves — we’ll be not only healthier but also wealthier in the long run. Every Texan needs to have more skin in the health care game, especially those who have too much skin and fat already. We can no longer blow smoke at proven ways to stop people from smoking and exposing others to their secondhand smoke. We need a shot in the arm to stop the spread of deadly, contagious diseases. A healthy and wealthy Texas depends on a sound health care system with robust medical care and effective public health components… All in all, a stitch in time does indeed save nine.”

Taken from TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020, Invest in Prevention, Section 5

Healthy Vision 2020 is the the roadmap for the Texas Medical Association initiatives through 2020.  If you would like a complete copy of Healthy Vision 2020 click here 

— Dr. Russell Kridel,  Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX