Angela Sturm MD Awarded Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40

November 9th, 2014 Kirin


Award winner, Dr. Angela Sturm

Angela Sturm, MD is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and Associate at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates. Shevcontinues to make a positive impact in her community and her profession. Dr. Sturm was awarded Houston Business Journal 40 under 40, a significant accomplishment for a young surgeon.  She was recently recognized at the HBJ award ceremony and was written up in the September 17 issue of the Houston Business Journal recognizing all of the award winners.

Peers and patients have shown their overwhelming support and respect for Dr. Sturm. She has received numerous accolades in the past year, including Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Award by, H-Texas Magazine Top Doc, Best Female Cosmetic Surgeon in Out Smart Magazine, Blazing Star Award by Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Top Women in Business and one of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston.

Please join Dr. Russell Kridel and all of us at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates (FPSA) in applauding Dr. Sturm for all of her accomplishments.

Check out detail from the HBJ issue: Angela Sturm MD Awarded Houston Business Journal 40 under 40 and photos from the award ceremony.

For more information about Dr. Sturm visit  Or to make an appointment with Dr. Sturm, call Facial Plastic Surgery Associates at 713/526-5665.




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.

Dr Angela Sturm is Woman of the Year Candidate

April 16th, 2014 admin

Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Dr Angela Sturm is Woman of the Year Candidate for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates we believe in uplifting our patients and our community. Our Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm, is a Leukemia and Lymphoma Woman of the Year Candidate helping to raise funds for research for a cure and support for patients and their families. Please support Dr. Sturm and this amazing organization by making contributions online or in our office.

Dear Family and Friends,
In the US, nearly 1.1 million people are living with, or are in remission from leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL or myeloma. Someone is diagnosed every 4 minutes and loses their life every 10 minutes to these diseases. Therefore, blood cancers touch just about all of us, our family or our friends. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society funds research for cures, as well as for helping patients and families through treatment. This is an organization that is doing the right things with the dollars it raises; therefore I am proud to be a candidate of James Ryan, an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) survivor. James was diagnosed at only 13 months old in 2007. After nearly 3 years of treatment, he finished chemotherapy in September of 2010. James was declared cancer free in September of 2015! He loves to play sports, particularly soccer and basketball. He also loves writing and playing with Legos. James is the older brother to Adrianne and Rachel. LLS not only works hard to find a cure for kids like James, but helped his family with financial aid during his treatment.

I ask you to join me today in the campaign to end cancer. We have a short 10 weeks, March 20 through May 30, 2014, to raise as much money as possible for people like James. The focus of the campaign is not about being Woman of the Year; it is about funding critical research and aiding families with things as simple, but impactful as parking costs during treatment.

Please send your tax-deductible contribution via my contribution page

As a special favor, I’d like to also ask you to reach out to others you know and ask them to do the same. Many people have a connection to blood cancer and want to support our efforts.

Thank you in advance for your friendship and support.

Angela Sturm, MD

Dr. Kridel & Dr. Sturm Receive 2013 Top Doctor Honors

July 29th, 2013 Kirin

Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel, MD, continues to be recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons for his exceptional facial plastic surgery skills and quality patient care. Already one of the most highly honored surgeons in Houston and in his specialty of facial plastic surgery, Dr. Kridel has been named by peers and patients to numerous prestigious 2013 Top Doctor lists.

Dr. Kridel has been named a 2013 Castle Connolly Top Doctor and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor: Southeastern Texas for the third year in a row. Each year, Castle Connolly surveys thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals and asks them to identify excellent doctors in every specialty in their region and throughout the nation. They follow an extensive screening process to identify the top doctors and to provide consumers with detailed information in the Castle Connolly Top Doctors printed guides, online directories and published features. Check out more about the Castle Connolly Top Doctor award process

From 2005-2013, Dr. Kridel has also been designated a Super Doctor in Texas Monthly’s annual Super Doctors list. Candidates are selected based upon surveys of physicians, a medical panel review and additional research analysis. Key Professional Media performs the process, with the goal of finding doctors who have acquired both a “high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” Super Doctors explains the process here used to nominate Dr. Kridel 

Through an additional peer-review process, Dr. Kridel has been selected as a “Best Doctor”, a prestigious roster that represents the top five percent of experts across more than 400 specialties and subspecialties of medicine across the nation.  It is the fourth year in a row that Dr. Kridel has received the distinguished award.  Best Doctors was founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School affiliated physicians with the purpose to provide patients with access to the best minds in medicine. More information about Best Doctors is available here 

In addition to these recent 2012 accolades, Dr. Kridel has received numerous prestigious honors and awards throughout his years in practice, including the two highest honors from the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ” — The F. Mark Rafaty Award for surgical excellence and the William K. Wright Award.  You may also want to read about Dr. Kridel’s additional awards and publications posted here on the site 

H-Texas Magazine voted Dr. Kridel as a Houston’s Top Doc for 2013 — an honor he has received annually since 2006. H-Texas Magazine also named FPSA Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm, as a 2013 Houston Top Doc.  It is the first year Dr. Sturm has been eligible for this honor— a significant achievement as a new associate to FPSA. Only the top 1-2% of doctors receive the “Top Doc” honor based upon votes from both physicians and patients. Check out the Top Doc listing for Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm in the Spring issue of H-Texas Magazine.

Dr. Sturm has also received the 2013 H-Texas Magazine Top Women in Business award and was featured as a Top Health & Beauty Expert in the July, 2013 Issue of Modern Luxury.

“We are so touched by the kind words and accolades we receive from patients and other surgeons,” reflected Dr. Kridel.

“All of us in the practice are so passionate about providing our patients with the best possible care.  We really love what we do”, said Dr. Sturm.



For more information about Dr. Kridel or 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

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

Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien Named 2013 H-Texas Magazine Top Doc for Facial Plastic Surgery

May 2nd, 2013 Kirin


Please join us in congratulating Facial Plastic Surgery Associates (FPSA) surgeons, Russell Kridel, MD and Angela Sturm O’Brien, MD, on being named H-Texas Magazine 2013 Top Doc for Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Russell Kridel is one of the most highly honored plastic surgeons in Houston and has received the H-Texas Top Doc award annually since 2006.

It is the first year Dr. Sturm has been eligible for this status— a significant achievement as a new associate to FPSA. Only the top 1-2% of doctors receive the “Top Doc” honor based upon votes from both physicians and patients. She has also received the 2013 Top Women in Business award.

“I love what I do and am always so humbled by the kind words and accolades from patients and other surgeons. Dr. Sturm and my entire staff are all so passionate about providing our patients with the best possible care, so this is a great achievement for them as well,” said Houston-based facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel.


“As a new associate, I deeply appreciate the recognition and support from physicians and patients. I am absolutely thrilled to be named a Top Doc and will continue to strive to deliver the highest level of care,” declared Dr. Angela Sturm.

Facial Plastic Surgery Associates is located in the prestigious Texas Medical Center.  Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm offer the most technologically advanced surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques in a beautiful and elegant setting.

For more information about Dr. Kridel.

For more information about Dr. Sturm.

Check out the Top Doc listing for Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm in the recent Spring Issue of H-TexasMagazine

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