Tech Neck Can Be Relieved

October 14th, 2014 Kirin


Woman looking down at smartphone

Our beloved smartphones and tablets might be to blame for some of the extra wrinkles you see in the mirror. Often called “tech neck,” or “text neck”, this condition occurs as a result of frequently looking up and down at these devices. The movement and the position causes creases, double chins, and wrinkles to form on the lower face and neck.

Clearly, we are not going to give up our tech devices.  So, what can we do to maintain our youthful appearance?

Fortunately, there are surgical and non-surgical solutions depending on an individual’s needs.


Tech neck is a condition involving loose skin, lines and wrinkles, skin folds, and a double chin. This phenomenon is starting to spread as more and more people discover that their addiction to technology is taking its toll. Newly formed double chins, neck creases, and jawline folds have all begun as a result of frequently bending over your smartphone or tablet.

The position is much different from that used at a laptop or desktop computer, since the screens are flat and often lying on a surface below eye level. Reading your tablet on the surface of a desk requires a unique positioning of your face and neck. If you spend a lot of time in this position, you’ve probably started to notice some new creases here and there.

Think of a piece of paper that you had folded in half in your pocket for awhile, then open it up and flatten it out.  The paper is flat, but the line is still there. This is similar to people who do texting and do repetitive looking down. The concept is that by moving the neck forward and back, and forward and back you’re again causing those wrinkles by scrunching up the skin.  Take a look at someone who is staring down at a smartphone or Ipad in their hand and observe how the skin and tissues react in this position.

Certainly, the biggest culprit for skin damage remains the sun.  In addition, the aging process, as well as your genetic makeup also factor in heavily for loose skin and jowling.  Then add to the mix, the tech neck phenomenon and you may feel like you are looking older faster than you would like.


Looking ahead, you might try to make an effort to read your smartphone and tablet screens when they are at eye-level or elevated above you, but even that won’t erase those creases, loose skin and wrinkles that are already there.


For individuals who have more significant loose skin, wrinkles and jowling in the face and neck area, facelift surgery will add smoothness and tautness to the skin, remove a double chin and create a more youthful profile. It is important to understand that a true facelift performed by a facial plastic surgery specialist is actually a face and neck lift combined, to give you the greatest benefit. With the MVP Lift technique used by Dr. Russell Kridel, you will regain your youthful appearance.  His results are known for being natural, so you will look like a younger you, not a different you.  Patients don’t need to wait until their late 50’s or 60’s for a facelift.  Many patients, from their late 30’s and 40’s, have a facelift, which will permanently shift back the hands of time by ten to fifteen years.

Obviously, a facelift doesn’t completely stop the aging process, but you will have accomplished a virtual time shift.  Read more about Dr. Kridel’s special MVP Lift technique. In a nutshell, tech neck symptoms will be banished by an MVP Lift, leaving you with the clean slate you need to help you change your screen-reading habits.


For patients who are seeing the early signs of aging, as well as tech neck, may not want, need or have time for the downtime associated with facelift surgery.  Ulthera, also known as Ultherapy, skin tightening treatment is a superb option for you.

Ulthera was first of its kind to be cleared by the FDA for non-invasive lifting of the eyebrow, neck and under the chin.  It is now also FDA approved to improve décolletage lines and wrinkles as well. The Ulthera procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer typically addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.

Like all treatments, results can vary from patient to patient. However, with just a single Ulthera treatment, the regenerative process has begun. Some patients express some immediate results, but the full effect will build gradually over the course of 2-3 months. Patients like the gradual, natural change that occurs over time and remark that their friends and co-workers don’t know that they have had anything done; just that they look more refreshed. Ulthera helps slow down the aging process, with results lasting an average of 12-18 months.


Every person and every face and neck is different.  So, it is imperative that you seek out a facial plastic surgeon.  Facial plastic surgeons, such as Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm, focus exclusively on the face and neck. No boobs. No butts.  They believe patients should trust their face to a specialist in this area because the anatomy from the neck and up is far more complicated.

So, the first step is to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm.  They are extremely thorough and will provide you with a facial rejuvenation plan specific to you.  Not one size fits all.   Consultations with our surgeons are extremely thorough, so you will need to plan on being with us for about two hours.


Dr. Russell Kridel is known as “The Doctor’s Doctor.”  He has authored over 100 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on facial rejuvenation surgery.  As a recognized expert in facial plastic procedures, Dr. Kridel is frequently invited to share his specific techniques with his peers at plastic surgery meetings around the world. Patients and physicians refer themselves and their own family members and friends because of his surgical expertise and international reputation as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the country.

Dr. Sturm trained with Dr. Kridel and has also been recognized for her surgical skill by patients and peers, having also been named to numerous Top Doc lists.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm for an MVP Facelift or Ulthera consultation, please call 713/526-5665.

You can also go to Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel for a few of his videos on facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures or visit for more information.

Rhinoplasty Expert, Dr. Russell Kridel, Speaks at International Conference

October 9th, 2014 Kirin

Rhinoplasty Expert, Septal Perforation Expert and Facial Rejuvenation Expert!

Dr. Kridel at the 2014 conference in Spain

Dr. Russell Kridel with other faculty members of the 2014 EAFPS Conference

Russell Kridel, MD was a featured faculty member at the recent 37th Annual Conference of the EAFPS (European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  Over two hundred facial plastic surgeons attended the conference from all around the world.  As an internationally recognized expert on nasal and facial rejuvenation surgical techniques, Dr. Kridel was invited to share his expertise with other surgeons attending the meeting.

Dr. Kridel presented an unprecedented 14 educational talks on facial plastic surgery at the course.  Of the 14 course talks, 9 were specifically on Rhinoplasty, 2 on Septal Perforation and 3 on Facial Rejuvenation.  Here is a list of the majority of the talks Dr. Kridel presented at the EAFPS conference.


  • Management of the Aging Nose
  • Alar Notching Repair
  • Not All Easy Rhinoplasties Are So Easy
  • Nasal Tip Management
  • Structure, Creativity, and Common Sense in Rhinoplasty


  • Revision Rhinoplasty


  • Thick-Skinned Rhinoplasty
  • Ethnic Rhinoplasty Panel Discussion


  • The Update in Septal Perforations
  • Septal Perforation Panel Discussion


  • SMAS Facelift
  • Skin: Laser, CO2 Laser Resurfacing

As one of the top Rhinoplasty and Septal Perforation experts, Dr. Russell Kridel is often invited to speak at medical conferences to share his surgical expertise with other surgeons looking to improve their skills.  Dr. Kridel is often referred to by his peers as “THE Nose Doctor,” because of his expertise, surgical awards and all of the significant contributions he has made to facial plastic surgery and quality patient care.

There is no other cosmetic surgeon in Houston that has the depth of expertise, experience and reputation in regard to nose surgery, including Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty and Septal Perforation, as well as facelift surgery.  Needless to say, patients are in the best of hands with Dr. Kridel for all of their facial plastic surgery needs.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Russell Kridel, contact us at 713/526-5665.

You can also learn more about Rhinoplasty surgery at

And, to learn more about septal perforation go to

You can also see multiple Rhinoplasty videos and other videos on other facial plastic surgery procedures on Dr. Kridel’s YouTube channel.

Facelift Under 50

October 4th, 2014 Kirin

Facelift Under 50 Has Lasting Benefits

There is truly is no “magic age” when a facelift is most effective or achieves the best results. Today, many younger patients in their 40’s, even in their 30’s, are visiting facial plastic surgeons in search of their “first facelift,” a surgery that will turn back the clock and help them age gracefully for years to come.

According to recent research, patients who have their first facelift surgery before the age of 50 tend to experience the longest-lasting satisfaction with their surgical results. Because they have caught the aging process earlier, while their skin has more elasticity, the facelift surgery will last 10 to 15 years.  In essence, they are starting early to shift the conveyor belt of aging. Patients who wait until later in life for their first facelift, often see more dramatic change, but because they are older the aging process occurs a little quicker and they may want a maintenance facelift in 9-11 years, contrasted with facelift patients in their late 30’s and 40’s, who are more likely to have a maintenance facelift about 15 years later to help maintain their youthful look.

Facelift surgery addresses the drooping, loose and wrinkled skin that comes with time and gravity. Other factors can also contribute to how early and how quickly this damage becomes evident, including heredity and genetics, sun damage, and other environmental exposure.  So, depending on these factors, some patients age more quickly than others.

The MVP Lift pioneered by Dr. Russell Kridel is a facelift surgical technique that uses meticulous dissection and re-draping to give you the most natural and long lasting results. In addition, Dr. Kridel’s surgical approach is designed to hide your incisions so that they are virtually undetectable to anyone, including your hairdresser.

Every person is unique, so it is imperative that you select a surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery.  And it is also important to select a surgeon, like Dr. Kridel, who performs this procedure frequently because they know the nuances of the facial structure.  When you trust your face to a surgeon like Dr. Kridel you will have the comfort and confidence that your facelift will look natural and tailored to your individual needs and will not  look fake or windblown.

Dr. Kridel has published over 100 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on facial rejuvenation surgical procedures.  He is invited to speak at plastic surgery conferences all around the world to educate and train other surgeons in advanced facial plastic surgical techniques.  He has received numerous awards, including the top honor by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) for surgical excellence.  As a result of his internationally recognized expertise in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kridel is known as “The Doctor’s Doctor” —- the surgeon that other physicians refer other patients as well as themselves and their own family members go to for their facial plastic surgery concerns.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

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

To learn more about Dr. Kridel’s MVP Lift click here.

You can also go to Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel for a few of his videos on facelift and facial rejuvenation procedures.