Post op Rhinoplasty Tips

June 29th, 2014 Kirin

Post-Op Rhinoplasty Tips: Key Factors for Healing

At FPSA, follow-up care is one of the hallmarks that sets us apart from others.  Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are fastidious and dedicated to the highest quality of care.

post op rhinoplasty

At your pre-op visit you will be given numerous post-op appointments.  It is important that you keep all of your follow-up appointments.

Here are some post op Rhinoplasty tips that can help your healing process following surgery:




  • Don’t take medicines containing aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Avoid bending or heavy lifting
  • Be careful not to bump your nose and avoid touching any of the dressings
  • Keep from blowing your nose until you are approved to do so
  • Try to sneeze or cough with your mouth open to reduce pressure inside your nose
  • Avoid wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses.  If needed, they can be taped above the nose
  • Protect your nose from the sun and use sunscreen
Our patients can contact us at any time.  If you have sudden increase in pain, fever, heavy bleeding or other unusual symptoms, you should call us immediately.

You can see Dr. Kridel talk about Rhinoplasty surgery on multiple videos on You Tube.  Check out this one where Dr. Kridel speaks about Rhinoplasty surgery.

Dr. Kridel is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 50 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters about facial rejuvenation procedures such as Rhinoplasty (often commonly referred to as nose job).

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston


What to expect after facelift

June 26th, 2014 Kirin

What can you expect after facelift surgery?

AT FPSA, we are told time after time that the recovery process after a facelift with Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel is far easier than anyone expected. When Dr. Kridel performs a facelift, it is a surgical procedure, known as a MVP Lift, which involves meticulous dissection, lifting and re-draping and impeccable attention to detail to hide incisions and to give you a natural, yet youthful, look  — setting back the clock at least ten years. It is for patients with significant signs of aging, such as facial jowling and sagging. It is not a lunchtime style lift, which rely on minimal, if any, dissection, and only last about 2 to 3 years.

Dr. Kridel patient before facelift

Patient before MVP Lift facelift surgery

What to expect after facelift? Well, it is only natural, that a patient would like to have a facelift one day and look ten years younger the next. However, patience is key, as it will take some time to heal for you to achieve the long lasting and more youthful appearance you desire.

When you have a MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel, the surgery will be performed with general anesthesia.  After the surgery is finished, you will be taken to the recovery area. Typically, when a patient wakes up from general anesthesia, they can feel nauseated, experience chills and be a little disoriented or groggy for a short time. Any discomfort can be addressed with medication prescribed by the surgeon.  Once released from the recovery area, you will be moved to your hospital room where you can be monitored and rest overnight before being released the next morning.  In some cases, the surgery is performed at an out-patient facility. If so, you will need to be sure a friend or relative drives you home.

Dr. Kridel patient profile after facelift surgery

Patient after MVP Lift facelift surgery

Following surgery your face will be wrapped up in thick bandages. There may have been one or more drainage tubes attached to make sure the blood drains properly, and your face may feel tight and sore from the procedure. You will see a physician the very next day after surgery and the initial bandages will be removed. You can also expect to see varying degrees of swelling and bruising one to three days after surgery.  It is quite normal for swelling and bruising to occur in and around incision areas post-operatively and doesn’t indicate a problem or concern. However, you should call our office right away if the swelling and bruising worsen significantly.

Keep in mind also that Dr. Kridel and staff will be keeping close tabs on your recovery with numerous post-op visits.  At FPSA, our pre-op and post-op care is one of the significant benefits of having surgery with Dr. Kridel and further sets us apart from others.

It is important that patients follow post-operative instructions that will be provided and reviewed with you during your pre-operative visits.  Avoid medicines, such as aspirin, that may cause blood thinning as this will increase your risk of post-surgery bleeding. While you need to avoid strenuous activity and get plenty of rest, it is helpful to stay active during your in-home recovery period following surgery. This keeps the blood circulating and can help incision areas receive well-oxygenated blood to promote the healing process.

About seven days after surgery, you can use make-up to cover up any bruising if you want to go out. And while, there may still be some swelling, you will already notice the significant improvement in your appearance.  While every person heals differently, as a rule of thumb after three to four weeks, everything has settled in and you will be amazed at how much younger you look.  And with Dr. Kridel’s hidden incision technique you will also be amazed that your incisions are virtually undetectable. The icing on the cake will be all the compliments you will receive from family and friends.

You can see Dr. Kridel talk about facelift on multiple videos on You Tube.  Check out this one where Dr. Kridel speaks about his facelift surgery approach.

Dr. Kridel is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 30 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters about facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift (MVP Lift).

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Laser Resurfacing vs Facelift: Which is better?

June 14th, 2014 admin

Laser Resurfacing vs Facelift:  Apples and Oranges

In the case of laser resurfacing vs facelift, there isn’t truly one that is better than the other because each is very different, like apples and oranges.  While they both are approaches to facial rejuvenation, each techniques is used for a very different reason.

A facelift will lift sagging skin and muscle while removing excess fat. Laser resurfacing will correct fine wrinkles or lines on the skin’s surface, but it will not tighten skin or correct sagging of the neck. Some patients may require both. And, in many such cases patients will have both done at the same time.

Patient before facelift and facial resurfacing

Patient Before Facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

A facelift is very different than laser resurfacing because it is a surgical procedure.  A facelift is actually a cheek, jaw and necklift all in one because it re-supports the cheek, jawline and neck. To achieve the most natural, long-lasting results, a facelift requires meticulous dissection done in layers and therefore, a great deal of skill. The sagging skin is repositioned and the underlying muscles re-supported, while the excess skin and fat is removed. Dr. Kridel is internationally recognized for his MVP Lift (Mulit-Vector Positioning Lift) because of his attention to fine detail in the dissection on multiple planes and his unique technique that leaves no visible scars.

Laser resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure. It is also important to understand that there are several types or modalities of laser resurfacing, not just one. This is because there are different lasers with different spectrums of power.  The rule of thumb for patients is that the stronger the power, the longer the down time, but also longer lasting results.  Laser resurfacing can be performed as a standalone procedure or in combination with another surgical procedure, such as a facelift.

Patient after facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

Patient after facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

The most powerful laser is the CO2 laser. For patients with a great deal of sun damage and wrinkles, this will have the longest lasting effect. In fact, the results are quite impressive. 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 Dr. Kridel is one of only a few surgeons in Houston who performs this laser technique with such great success and has written several scientific papers on the topic.  However, while a patient only needs to have one procedure, this technique also requires the greatest amount of downtime.

In the case of younger patients with less significant wrinkles and some brown spots, Fraxel laser resurfacing may be the recommended technique.  This is the least powerful laser and requires a series of 3 to 4 treatments spaced about 6 weeks apart.  However, there is virtually no downtime for each session.

The Fractionated CO2 is more powerful than Fraxel, yet this too may require more than one session. The Fractionated CO2 Laser technique uses the same basic technology as the full CO2. However, this laser is less powerful then the CO2 laser that’s fully ablative. Instead of burning off a large section of skin, the fractional approach sends down little pulses of energy in only selected sections of skin. It does not totally take off the top layer of skin.

At FPSA, we are very fortunate because we have all 3 modalities, or types, for laser skin resurfacing in our office — 3 different grades of lasers that can achieve the results patients will appreciate.

There are no two faces exactly alike. And as a result, it is important to have a consultation first so that they surgeon can provide the most appropriate treatment plan to help you obtain your goal of a more youthful and vibrant appearance.

To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Kridel, call 713/526-5665. 

To learn more about the different laser resurfacing techniques, visit Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel where you can see multiple videos, like this one, about laser resurfacing.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

How Long Does A Facelift Last?

June 1st, 2014 admin


Facelift is one of the most common facial rejuvenation procedures.  It provides the most remarkable and long-lasting improvement in your appearance, particularly for those with significant sagging at the jawline, loose neck skin, as well as sagging in the cheek area.

One of the most common questions patients ask is — How long does a facelift last?  There is not one single answer to this question due to a number of factors, including your health, age, and underlying anatomy at the time of the surgery, as well as how well you take care of yourself after the surgery.   A facelift resets the aging clock by about 10 to 15 years.  You will continue to age, but you have time shifted the aging conveyor belt.  For some patients, they are happy with that amount of shift throughout their future years, while others will have another surgery in ten or fifteen years.


Before MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

Before MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

The younger you are the longer you can expect facelift results to last.  If you are older at the time of facelift surgery, you will experience more dramatic improvement, but you can not expect the surgery to wipe out the aging process entirely.  You want your facelift to look natural.  Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel’s facelift technique, MVP Lift, results in a natural and long-lasting look and NOT a windblown, pulled back look.  In addition, his trademark hidden incision technique means no one, except maybe your hairdresser, will know you had surgery.  Irrespective of your age, you can expect a facelift (MVP Lift) to improve your appearance — a more well-rested and healthy you — as well as your personal outlook.

After MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

After MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel


Dr. Kridel performs about 100 facelifts each year and is recognized by his peers and patients as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the country.  The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery awarded him their top honor for his innovations in surgical techniques.  He has published over 30 medical journal articles and textbook chapters on facelift and facial rejuvenation techniques and other surgeons travel from all over the world to train with him.

Needless to say, you will be in the best of hands for facelift (MVP Lift) surgery with Dr. Russell Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Check out videos like this Facelift Video by Dr. Russell Kridel on his You Tube channel.

For addition before and after facelift photos click here

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