Houston Facelift Surgery gets MVP treatment

January 31st, 2014 Kirin

MVP Lift is a better technique used for Facelift Surgery

For the most natural looking facelift, Dr. Russell Kridel uses a surgical technique he has perfected called MVP Lift.  MVP stands for Multi-Vector Positioning Lift.   It refers to his multilayer technique, but 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.

A facelift should actually be called a face and neck lift because it re-supports the check, jawline and neck. To achieve the most natural, long-lasting results, an MVP Facelift is a result of Dr. Kridel’s meticulous dissection done in layers and not just a surface layer pull that is used by some other physicians. The sagging skin is repositioned and the underlying muscles re-supported, while the excess skin and fat is removed.

Fortunately, an MVP Lift is a way to restore what time and gravity had stolen and to help you regain a more youthful appearance. It is like shifting the conveyor belt of aging back ten years or more. The aging process still continues, but you have a newer starting line.  Dr. Kridel takes a great deal of pride in his Houston Facelift Surgery techniques to make sure you look like a younger you and not someone completely different.

—- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates




Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Houston

January 30th, 2014 Kirin

Who is the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Houston?

From cocktail parties to book club gatherings, I am frequently asked questions about Rhinoplasty Surgery. And, the most common question is —“Who is the best Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Houston”?

Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon

There is no question in my mind that Dr. Russell Kridel is the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston.  And to be quite honest, one of the best in the world. Certainly there are other talented surgeons, and yes, I am biased.  But, I can readily and objectively support my point of view.

  1. Dr. Kridel has authored more than 60 textbook chapters and scientific journal articles on Rhinoplasty.  No one else in Houston, or Texas, has written so extensively on the subject.
  2. Dr. Kridel has been invited to be a featured speaker to hundreds of national and international medical conferences to teach other physicians about his Rhinoplasty techniques.
  3. Dr. Kridel has pioneered more than 4 specific surgical techniques used in Rhinoplasty that are now standard elements of medical school training.
  4. Dr. Kridel was singled out and lauded by the AMA Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery medical journal editor that his article on the Long Term Use of Irradiated Costal Cartilage Grafts in the Nose” as a landmark study.  Very few surgeons ever achieve this accolade.
  5. Dr. Kridel has been given the two highest awards by his own specialty, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) for his surgical excellence in facial plastic surgery, including Rhinoplasty
  6. Dr. Kridel held his own course, Rodeo Rhinoplasty, for two years, in Houston.  Over 200 surgeons attended from all over the world to hone their skills in Rhinoplasty under the auspices of Dr. Kridel (along with other invited specialists).
  7. No other surgeon in town provides the same level of pre and post-operative care and followup as Dr. Kridel. You may spend 2 or more hours at your  consultation appointment, but no other local cosmetic surgeon is as thorough.
  8. He has won Top Doc accolades annually for over ten years from H-Texas Magazine, Castle Connolly and Best Doctors among others.

Importantly, if you ask other surgeons the same question — “Who is the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Houston“, you will get the same answer:  Dr. Russell Kridel.  Needless to say, other physicians view Dr. Kridel as “The Doctor’s Doctor” or as some say, “The Nose Doc”.  They entrust their own noses and their family member’s noses to Dr. Kridel.

I would encourage anyone to ask our patient coordinator, Linda Estrada, to speak with a Facial Plastic Surgery Associate Rhinoplasty patient ambassador.  These are patients who have had Rhinoplasty surgery with Dr. Kridel and are happy to speak with any patient thinking of having a similar surgery.  We started this program because numerous patients of Dr. Kridel’s requested to be ambassadors to other patients because they feel very strongly that others considering this surgery understand the value of Dr. Kridel’s experience and surgical skills.  As one patient stated, “I would want someone to do the same for me.  Make sure that I am in the best possible hands, because nothing would be worse than having someone mess up my nose.”

And, flat out, Dr. Kridel loves doing Rhinoplasty surgery.  No two noses are exactly alike, so it is always exciting and very rewarding for Dr. Kridel when patients achieve the improved appearance they desire that looks so natural — as if they were born with their new nose. Needless to say, you are in the best hands with Dr. Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates


Top Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm featured in Modern Luxury Magazine

January 24th, 2014 Kirin

The January Issue of Modern Luxury features Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm as top Houston facial plastic surgeons.

Top Houston facial plastic surgeons

Houston Top Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm



Dr. Kridel is a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon particularly known for his skill and experience with Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Facelift (MVP Facelift), Septal Perforation and facial rejuvenation.  He has been recognized by his peers and patients with numerous honors and awards as a top Houston facial plastic surgeon annually for over ten years. Dr. Kridel has often been called The Doctor’s Doctor as surgeons as well as their family members often come to him for facial plastic surgery procedures.

Facial Plastic Surgery Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm, has already won accolades as a top Houston facial plastic surgeon as well.  Dr. Sturm trained with Dr. Kridel through his fellowship program and has also authored scientific papers on multiple facial plastic surgery procedures.

Check out the complete January issue of Modern Luxury Magazine including the info about Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm on page 98.


— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates







What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing

January 19th, 2014 Kirin

CO2 Laser Resurfacing in Houston

CO2 laser resurfacing in Houston, TX by Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Angela Sturm, is the gold standard in laser resurfacing of the face.  It is a one-time procedure with absolutely amazing results.

Don’t let the name throw you — carbon dioxide is just the type of medium that the laser uses. This is a fully ablative laser, which means that it works on the whole skin surface.  In essence, 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. As the skin regenerates, it does a number of things:

  • It generates new, smooth skin and the wrinkles are gone.
  • Because of the type of energy that’s entered into the skin, the collagen in the skin denatures and then reforms and remodels. So, you will see the results continue to improve over six months after the laser procedure is done.

Before and After Photo of CO2 Laser Resurfacing Patient (performed by Dr. Russell Kridel)

CO2 Laser Resurfacing Patient of Dr. Russell Kridel

CO2 Laser Resurfacing Patient, 4 mo. Post-Op (patient of Dr. Russell Kridel)


Best candidates for CO2 Laser Resurfacing in Houston:

Men and women with moderate to severe sun damage and wrinkles are the best candidates for CO2 Laser Resurfacing.  The procedure can be done on the entire face or anywhere that you have significant wrinkles.  Some patients with a past history of smoking have significant wrinkles or deep creases around the mouth that can not be erased with filler or removed with less powerful laser technology.

In addition, patients need to be able to set aside the appropriate amount of recovery time.  It will be 2 to 3 weeks before you can go out and about and can wear make-up.

Who is not a good candidate for CO2 Laser Resurfacing:

While you will benefit from some skin tightening as a result of the formation of new skin, CO2 laser is not a replacement for face lift surgery for those patients with sagging neck, cheeks and jowls.

Why are Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm the best surgeons for CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

The CO2 laser is the most powerful laser modality.  And as such, it requires a deft touch and a highly trained surgeon.  This is NOT a procedure that can or should be done by an aesthetician.  In fact, there are less than 10 facial plastic or general plastic surgeons in Houston that perform this procedure.  Dr. Kridel has written multiple scientific journal articles on CO2 laser techniques and has been invited to speak at medical conferences around the world to teach other surgeons about CO2 laser surgery.

In addition, at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, we are fortunate to have our own CO2 laser so that the CO2 laser procedure can be done in approximately 1.5 hours (depending on how much area is being done) in our fully accredited in-office surgical suite or at the hospital as an adjunct procedure to a face lift (which requires an overnight stay).

View this You Tube video of Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel, talking about C02 laser resurfacing in Houston.

It takes a great deal of skill to successfully perform this procedure.  Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are laser experts.  Dr. Kridel has published scientific journal articles on the laser resurfacing and has taught other surgeons all around the world about his techniques.

—- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates


How to Undo Sun Damaged Skin

January 7th, 2014 Kirin

Undo Sun Damaged Skin with Laser Resurfacing Technology

Fortunately, through medical technology and surgeon’s skill, at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel MD can undo damage the sun inflicts on the skin.  While there are numerous treatments and procedures advertised in the marketplace, the best and most effect approach is Laser Resurfacing.

It is important to understand that there are 3 different levels of laser resurfacing.  The rule of thumb is the greater the intensity of the laser, the longer the downtime, but the greater the results.

The gold standard for laser resurfacing in Houston is the fully ablative CO2 laser.  Ablative means that the laser vaporizes the entire layer of skin.  This stimulates collagen regrowth.   This is a one-time procedure that takes approximately two hours. The results are fantastic and the effects last more than ten years, assuming of course that you don’t go back out and lay in the sun without sunscreen and a hat.  However, there is also more downtime, about two weeks before you can use make-up and will want to go and about.  Remaining redness continues to dissipate over several weeks. For patients with moderate to significant skin damage, this is the most effective approach.   Since this is the most powerful laser, it also takes a great deal of skill and experience to obtain the best results.

Another approach is the Fractionated CO2.  Fractionated means the laser signal breaks through the skin in tiny spots rather than vaporizing the entire layer.  The downtime is about ten to twelve days.

The third approach is known as Fraxel.  This is the mildest form of laser.  It covers less surface area and as a result there is virtually no downtime.  Because it only covers a certain percentage of the skin per session, a patient needs to complete a series of 3 to 4 treatments about 4 to 6 weeks apart to be able to reach the surface of the entire face.  This is more effective for patients with mild to moderate skin damage

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, we have our own leading edge laser equipment.  Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm are noted experts on laser technology.   You will feel confident in knowing that we have performed thousands of laser resurfacing procedures to help patients successfully undo sun damaged skin.

See Dr. Kridel speak about laser resurfacing techniques on You Tube.

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

—- Kirin,  Facial Plastic Surgery Associates