The Top 5 Reasons to select an ABFPRS board certified surgeon for facial plastic surgery?

June 28th, 2013 Kirin


Selecting a surgeon to perform any type of cosmetic surgery on your face and neck can be a very daunting process.  Fortunately, there is an important selection criteria that is already available to you – the surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Why?  This is an elite group of surgeons, which specialize in the face and neck area.


Only surgeons who meet the following stringent criteria can qualify for ABFPRS certification:

  1. Before obtaining ABFPRS certification (which has additional requirements noted below), the surgeon must first have already earned prior board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This requires completion of a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery or Plastic surgery after completion of medical school. That means your surgeon will be double-board certified when they receive ABFPRS certification.
  2. The surgeon must pass a rigorous 8-hour written and oral examination on facial plastic surgery anatomy and surgical techniques. The examination is the concluding activity of the AAFPRS Foundation fellowship program and the first step toward certification by the ABFPRS.  There are only about 45 fellowship programs across the United States, which is an additional full year of training specifically in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  3. A surgeon must have been in practice for at least two years and submit for peer-review a minimum  of 100  operative reports of facial plastic surgeries.
  4. He/She must prove that they operate in an accredited facility.
  5. The surgeon must currently hold the appropriate licensure and adhere to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics.

Why is this so important to patients? Because you want a surgeon who specializes in the face and neck, not a surgeon who prefers to do hand surgery or breast surgery.

In addition to being ABFPRS board-certified, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel is also a Board Examiner.  Because of his expertise and reputation, he is one of a handful of facial plastic surgeons that has been selected to actually give the board examination to surgeons applying for certification.  Dr. Kridel is also a Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Fellowship Program. Dr. Kridel’s fellowship program is one of just 45 sanctioned programs across the United States and Canada and one of only two programs in Texas. He has received the highest honors for his surgical expertise in facial plastic surgery by his peers.

Needless to say, your face and neck will be in great hands with Dr. Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Dr. Russell Kridel Quoted in Medscape Article on Obesity as a Disease

June 26th, 2013 Kirin

Dr. Russell Kridel was quoted in the June 19, 2013 Medscape online article, “AMA Declares Obesity a Disease.”  At the recent 2013 annual Americal Medical Association (AMA) meeting in Chicago, physicians voted to label obesity as a disease that requires a range of interventions to advance treatment and prevention.

While physicians agree that obesity is an epidemic.   Not all agree that obesity should be labeled a disease.  Russell Kridel, MD, incoming chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health (CSPH), told Medscape Medical News that there is no debate about the importance and urgency of addressing the problem, but he doesn’t believe it qualifies as a disease.

“It’s more like smoking. Smoking isn’t a disease. Smoking can cause disease such as lung cancer and emphysema in the same way that obesity can lead to diabetes and hypertension,” he explained. “We’re really talking nomenclature here, not philosophy.”

He noted that behavior and dietary choices play a part in obesity. “Thirty years ago, we did not have the obesity problem we have now. If you look scientifically at what has changed, our diet has changed. There’s been no change in our genetic structure in the past 30 years.”

Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel, MD, said he would like to see more attention focused on prevention and personal responsibility. The CSPH issued a 14-page report opposing the classification of obesity as a disease.

Click here to read the full Medscape article . You can also visit

To get more information on current health issues read Dr. Kridel’s Science and Your Health blog and his Kridel On Health blog.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates


Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Now Offers Belotero, the New Dermal Filler

June 23rd, 2013 Kirin

Facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm now offer the new dermal filler, Belotero.  Belotero is made of hyaluronic acid (or HA). It has been approved by the FDA to safely and effectively treat moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.

While BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is made of the same material (hyaluronic acid) as some other dermal fillers (also known as wrinkle fillers), like Juvederm and Restylane, Belotero has a unique manufacturing process that offers a soft, cohesive gel that is able to fill in your wrinkles.  By binding to water, it can fill in wrinkles and folds for immediate correction that can last for six months or so.

The versatility of the product makes it strong enough to handle deep treatment areas such as nasolabial folds (smile lines around the mouth), yet soft enough to treat more delicate areas such as vertical lip lines (thin lines that appear above the lip line).

Based on the positive results and patient experience with Belotero thus far, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have found that while it can be used in deep nasolabial folds, they have found Belotero to be particularly beneficial for small areas that need softening, such as the corners of the mouth and vertical lines above the lip.  So patients often elect to use other fillers like Juvederm or Restylane for deeper folds, like nasolabial folds (crease between your nose and mouth), and complement it with Belotero for these other fine line areas.

You can also check out the Belotero website

For more information about Dr. Kridel.

For more information about Dr. Sturm.

To make an appointment with Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Angela Sturm call 713/526-5665.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates