About Voluma Injections in Houston

February 18th, 2014 Kirin

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUMA:

In Houston Voluma injections are a hot topic.   Here are ten of the most frequently asked questions about Juvederm Voluma XC, commonly known as Voluma.

Juvederm Voluma XC

WHAT IS VOLUMA?

Juvederm Voluma XC is the newest HA (hyaluronic acid) soft tissue filler to gain FDA approval to instantly add lift to the cheek area in patients over the age of 21.  It is commonly referred to as Voluma.

HOW DO I KNOW IF VOLUMA IS RIGHT FOR ME?

To learn if Voluma is right for you, Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm will perform a thorough consultation.  They have extensive experience with the wide array of different fillers and wrinkle relaxers and will select the best treatment plan for your specific needs.

WHY DO PATIENTS CHOOSE DR. KRIDEL AND DR. STURM FOR THEIR VOLUMA INJECTIONS?

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Voluma treatments are performed by one of our physicians —- Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm. As top facial plastic surgeons in Houston, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are considered leading experts in facial fillers. They customize treatments for each patient, which may include a combination of different fillers and techniques in order to achieve the best outcomes. Dr. Kridel is always on the leading edge of aesthetic treatments and as a result, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates is one of the first cosmetic medical practices in Houston to offer Juvederm Voluma XC.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR JUVEDERM VOLUMA INJECTIONS?

Virtually anyone 21 years or older with volume loss in their cheek area is a candidate for treatment with Voluma. Many patients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s may not be appropriate candidates for surgery, or are not ready for downtime associated with surgery and will benefit instead from Voluma treatment.

IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME AFTER VOLUMA INJECTION TREATMENT?

There is no downtime after treatment, and patients may return to their normal activities.  However, we suggest that you avoid strenuous activities in the first 24 hrs after Voluma injections or other injectable treatments.

HOW LONG DOES VOLUMA INJECTIONS LAST?

Results are immediate and can last up to 2 years. The duration of filler correction depends on the facial area treated, the injection technique, and the rate that the patient ‘s tissues break down the filler. The majority of patients can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Some patients may experience slight swelling and bruising, but this typically improves rapidly.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF VOLUMA INJECTIONS?

Side effects include are considered mild to moderate and can last two to four weeks. The most common side effects are tenderness swellings firmness bumps bruising redness itching or discoloration at the entry site.

WHAT IS A HYALURONIC ACID?

Voluma is made up of hyaluronic acid (ha), which is a naturally occurring substance that helps to bind water to cells. Its extensive cross-linking helps to provide lifting capacity, which makes it an excellent choice for restoring volume in the cheeks and midface.

Juvederm Voluma is unique in that the HA is cross-linked through a process called Vycross that helps provide good lifting capacity. This special cross-linking also helps to avoid degradation, making Voluma last longer.

HOW IS VOLUMA DIFFERENT FROM SCULPTRA?

Voluma is an injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid. Sculptra is not a filler.  It is made of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA), a synthetic biodegradable polymer that is both resorbable and bio-compatible. It works by stimulating the body to produce new collagen at the sites of injection, thereby replacing lost volume and contours to restore a fuller, more youthful appearance. Houston Sculptra injections do not give immediate results like the true fillers do. Since Sculptra has to stimulate the body to create new collagen, this process takes time. Sculptra can last at least two or more years because it causes the body to stimulate its own collagen. Two to three sessions generally 4-6 weeks apart are usually needed to accomplish optimum volume.

IS VOLUMA PART OF THE BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS PROGRAM?

Voluma is made by the same company that manufactures Juvederm XC, Latisse and Botox— Allergan, Inc.  So, yes, this is part of the Brilliant Distinctions Program.

To make an appointment with Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm phone us at 713/526-5665. Feel free to contact Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm also.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

How to choose a Revision Rhinoplasty surgeon

February 14th, 2014 Kirin

While nose surgery is considered the most difficult surgical procedure of the head and neck area, Revision Rhinoplasty is even more challenging than a Primary Rhinoplasty, which is also often referred to as a nose job.

Here are 5 tips about how to choose a Revision Rhinoplasty surgeon:

  1. Be Sure to Select A Facial Plastic Surgeon

A board-certified facial plastic surgeon (AAFPRS) performs only cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on the face, head and neck.  Training includes post-graduate training in general surgery residency and at least four additional years of specialty training just in head and surgery and facial plastic surgery.  Many  surgeons specialize further by undertaking an additional year fellowship in facial plastic surgery and become board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).  For example, Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel is double-board certified by the AAFPRS and the ABFPRS.

This is in contrast to a general plastic surgeon who performs surgery on the entire body, with no additional post-graduate study required specifically on the head and neck area for board certification.

In a nutshell, you want to trust your face — and in this case, your nose — to a specialist.

  1. Identify a Surgeon with Significant Experience in Revision Rhinoplasty

Nasal surgery, known as Primary Rhinoplasty, is one of the most difficult surgeries of the face and neck because of the vast differences in each person’s anatomy.  Revision Rhinoplasty is even more complex because the anatomy inside your nose has already been altered.  Since every nose is different and may have been drastically changed by a previous surgeon, the Revision Rhinoplasty surgeon can not really know the full extent of the alterations inside your nose until he/she begins the procedure.  So, it is critical that you identify a surgeon that truly specializes in nasal surgery and has performed hundreds (or more) of revision rhinoplasty procedures.  That way, there are no real surprises and you will feel comfortable knowing that the surgeon has the skill set to successfully perform the procedure on your specific nose.  Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel is a world renowned expert in Revision Rhinoplasty. He has performed thousands of Revision Rhinoplasty surgeries with extremely successful outcomes.  His patients are ecstatic with their results.

  1. Select a Facial Plastic Surgeon that has published scientific journal articles on Revision Rhinoplasty

You want a surgeon who is passionate about noses.   A surgeon that is so knowledgeable about Rhinoplasty that they write and publish scientific journal articles to share their techniques with other trained surgeons to advance science for the benefit of all patients.  There are rigorous standards for a medical journal to accept a scientific paper, so truly it requires the most devoted and skilled surgeons to meet these high standards.  Dr. Russell Kridel has published over 60 scientific articles and text book chapters on Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty alone and has been an invited lecturer at medical conferences all around the world on the subject of Revision Rhinoplasty. He has won top honors by his peers and patients and is considered one of the best Rhinoplasty surgeons in the country.

How to choose a revision rhinoplasty surgeon

Revision Rhinoplasty patient of Dr. Russell Kridel

  1. Look at Before and After Photos

When you visit the facial plastic surgeon(s) you have selected, be sure to review their Before & After Revision Rhinoplasty photospu.  You may also look at the primary Rhinoplasty photos, but you want to be sure to look at the photos of the Revision Rhinoplasty patients performed by that specific surgeon. Your consultation should be extremely thorough. In addition to a medical exam, the surgeon should review your own computer imaged photos so that you can see what your nose will look like post-surgery.  At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, you can expect to spend about 2 hours at our office meeting with Dr. Kridel and his team.

Here is an example of a before and after photo.  However, when you visit Dr. Kridel’s office you will be able to review an extensive book of additional examples.

  1. Be realistic

It is very important that you are realistic about what can be achieved, particularly if your nose was significantly altered internally by the prior surgeon.  You may or may not be able to have the exact nose you had imagined when you had surgery the first time.  However, in the hands of a skilled Rhinoplasty specialist like Dr. Kridel, you will be able to achieve a very pleasing outcome and be extremely happy with the results.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX