Dr. Kridel, Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Wish You A Very Happy New Year

December 31st, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel




When the midnight bell rings tonight

Let the clarion signal a new year of delight.

Embrace 2013 with not just a new look

But maybe explore a mysterious nook.

Fresh thinking and new hope,

New aspirations and new scope.


From all of us at FPSA, we wish you and your family a very Healthy and Happy New Year!

— Dr. Russell Kridel, Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien, and the entire staff of Facial Plastic Surgery Associates (Houston, TX)


Holiday Greetings from Dr. Kridel and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

December 25th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

Holiday Greetings from all at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates








During this holiday season, as you gather with friends and family for joyous festivities, we offer you this message:

May your home be filled with peace, warmth and comfort.

May the joy of the holiday season find its way into your heart.

May this joy extend through this season, and into the New Year.

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

Plaid Tidings & Merry Christmas!

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


It’s Not Too Late to Give the Gift of Beauty by FPSA and Dr. Kridel

December 21st, 2012 Kirin





This holiday give the Gift of Beauty by FPSA!

Are you looking for the unique holiday gift that keeps on giving? Why not pamper someone special in your life with an FPSA “Gift of Beauty “certificate.


  • Is your husband looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for you?
  • Does a friend keep hinting about wanting Botox or fillers?
  • Has a family member expressed an interest in facial plastic surgery, or been inspired by how youthful you look after a recent procedure?
  • Or would you like to treat yourself to a more youthful look?

An FPSA (Facial Plastic Surgery Associates) “Gift of Beauty” gift certificate can be used for any of our skin care products or cosmetic surgery services— from consultation with Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien, to nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments (think Botox, Restylane, Ulthera, Thermage, and Fraxel) or to our signature facial plastic surgery procedures. Gift Certificates for Plastic Surgery Products and Services are available for any amount.

Your loved ones will be thrilled to receive the “Gift of Beauty” with the best facial plastic surgeon in Houston.  Give us a call at 713/526-5665 today!

*** Of course, we will examine the recipient of your gift to decide if they are a candidate for a given procedure, and make recommendations based on their goals, exam, and overall medical status.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX

Dr. Kridel and FPSA Weigh In On New Year’s Resolutions

December 20th, 2012 Kirin


It is that time of year where we find ourselves making New Year’s Resolutions.  Losing weight or getting fit is traditionally the top one resolution every year according to Time magazine.

It is exactly why there are so many ads for gyms and diets. However, within a month, often less, the resolution is broken and our old habits return. The statistical odds are against you because you may have set unrealistic goals.


So how can we effectively change our behavior?

In the Tuesday December 11, 2012  issue of Red Bulletin dropped into the LA Times newspaper, columnist Jeff Wise made an interesting hypothesis — the key to transforming our lives is to accept the need for a fundamental change and simply behave like the person you want to become.  So, the way to become a fit person is to act like one.

As Dr. Russell Kridel has stated, the hardest part is getting started.  So, keep it simple. And, instead of making a resolution to tackle a new fad diet regimen that requires you to completely change your eating habits overnight or setting a wildly aggressive goal of losing 20 lbs in a month, just complete the following 2 Steps .

Step 1: Put on your sneakers each day.  Once they’re on there’s pretty much a 100% chance that you will do some kind of exercise, even if it is walking around the block or jumping up and down.

Step 2: Drink one less sugary drink a week and then evolve to one less sugary drink a day.  Remember, soda isn’t the only drink that contains sugar.

Just the act of putting on your sneakers and drinking one less sugary drink is what a fit person would do.  Before long, the person you want to be becomes the person that you are.

So skip the resolution.  Just put on your sneakers and drink one less sugary drink. You are well on your way to fitness in 2013!

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX

Dr. Kridel is Featured Distinguished Faculty Member at International Update Course on Head & Neck Surgery

December 16th, 2012 Kirin


While there was a lot to see underwater, there was even more to share above the ocean floor.

As a Clinical Professor of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, Dr. Russell Kridel was a featured distinguished faculty member at the 6th International Update Course: Otolaryngology Underwater held by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Several hundred Otolaryngology, Head & Neck physicians, including Facial Plastic surgeons, from all around the world attended the conference in Cayman Brac.

Dr. Kridel presented 6 scientific lectures on subjects including: Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty and Face Lift, to attendees who were seeking additional medical education and training to expand their own surgical skills.

As a world-renowned expert in Rhinoplasty, Dr. Kridel presented three scientific lectures on the topic often referred to as Nose Jobs: Septoplasty and Nasal Airway Considerations in Rhinoplasty”, “Basic Open Rhinoplasty”, and “Lessons Learned from 30 years of Rhinoplasties”.

Having written over 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications on Facial Rejuvenation and the Aging Face, Dr. Kridel is also well known for his innovative techniques in hiding incisions associated with Face Lift surgery.  At the conference, Dr. Kridel presented two lectures on the topic: “Evaluation and Treatment of the Aging Face” and “Simplifying Face Lifts”.

In addition, Dr. Kridel presented a panel discussion on “What is New and Exciting in My Area”, to share his insights as a leader in facial plastic surgery advances and innovations.

Double-board certified facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Kridel, focus on the surgery of the face, head and neck.  They have had extremely extensive training, even more so than a general plastic surgeon.  They are board certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. And, by undertaking an additional year’s fellowship in facial plastic surgery, they have become certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).




To read one of the numerous scientific articles on Rhinoplasty, written by Dr. Kridel click here.

To read one of the numerous scientific articles on Face Lift and the Aging Face, written by Dr. Kridel click here.


— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

Dr. Kridel shares expertise at International Plastic Surgery symposium in NYC

December 8th, 2012 Kirin


Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel, was an invited guest faculty member at the recent    international and interdisciplinary Rhinoplasty Symposium, “The Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium: Advanced Sculpting of the Nose in New York. Several hundred general plastic and facial plastic surgeons attended the conference, which featured the most respected aesthetic surgeons in the world.

Dr. Kridel was selected for his world-renowned expertise in Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty plastic surgery techniques. He presented four lectures on Rhinoplasty related topics; including, Ethnic Rhinoplasty, Use of Irradiated Cartilage, Profile Alignment and Dorsal Augmentation.

As a recognized expert in Ethnic Rhinoplasty, Dr. Kridel presented, Thick-Skinned Ethnic Noses with Wide Alar Bases,” an in-depth coverage of his philosophy and techniques.  Dr. Kridel has written numerous scientific medical journal articles on Ethnic Rhinoplasty, including; “African-American Rhinoplasty” in Facial Plastic Surgery medical journal. 

Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Sherrell Aston at the Cutting Edge Symposium in NYC


Dr. Kridel was also asked to speak about “Irradiated Costal Cartilage: Longevity and Complications” for Rhinoplasty.  Dr. Kridel published a landmark study on the subject —“Long-Term Use and Follow-up of Irradiated Homologous Costal Cartilage Grafts in the Nose” He received special recognition for this exhaustive research study which followed over 350 patients from 4 months to 24 years. Click here to read the full abstract. 

One of the talks included a five-minute video case presentation —Individual Techniques for Profile Alignment and Osteotomies— which included an interactive video that placed the attendees in the operating room with Dr. Kridel to demonstrate his specific nasal sculpting techniques.




In addition, Dr. Kridel presented a anel discussion on “Long-Term Dorsal Augmentation Problems: Autologous, Alloplastic: Fixation, Shifting, Warping, Irregularities, Reabsorption, Extrusion,” to demonstrate to surgeons attending the conference how to explore and resolve difficult rhinoplasty challenges.

We are so fortunate to have one of the finest and most respected Rhinoplasty surgeons in the world, Dr. Russell Kridel, call Houston and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, his home.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

Understanding the difference between Surgical Facelifts and Drive-Thru Style Lifts

December 5th, 2012 Kirin



During the holiday season, we often see an increase in advertising and marketing of a lifting technique for faces referred to by names such as: the mini-lift, weekend lift, and lunchtime lift.

Most of these lifts rely on very minimal, if any, dissection. We refer to them as “Drive-Thru Lifts” because their indications are for patients with limited signs of aging and the longevity of the results from such techniques are short lived — only about 2-3 years.

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Russell Kridel does not perform this type of treatment.  For those patients with more limited or early signs of aging, Dr.Kridel will recommend other non-surgical options (ex: Fraxel, Ulthera, Thermage, Botox, Restylane — among others) based on a patient’s individual needs (determined at the time of consultation) that he knows will provide terrific facial rejuvenation benefits and be more cost-effective.  He feels this is very important, rather than seeing the patient spend thousands of dollars now on a “Drive-Thru Lift”, only to have to repeat the procedure in another two to three years. For patients with more significant signs of aging such as jowling and sagging, a true surgical facelift will be more appropriate. When Dr. Kridel performs a facelift, it is a surgical procedure that involves meticulous dissection, lifting and re-draping, and impeccable attention to detail to hide incisions so that they will not be detected.  The results provide a more youthful, rested and natural appearance that helps re-set the aging clock back by more than ten years.  Just ask one of our patients.

To learn more about other non-surgical options click here

To view a wide array of videos about facelift surgery with Dr. Kridel click here 

For general questions and answers about facelift surgery click here 

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX