New Revision Rhinoplasty Staging System Published

June 11th, 2016 admin

141223-fps-265x265Throughout his career, Russell Kridel, MD, has made numerous significant contributions to his specialty of facial plastic surgery.  For example, he has pioneered several Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty surgical techniques that are considered the gold standard among peers and taught in medical schools throughout the U.S. and the world.

His passion for advancing medical techniques and sharing that knowledge with other physicians, along with the ultimate goal of advancing the quality of patient care and surgical success, is once again revealed in his recent journal article, “A Staging System for Revision Rhinoplasty.”

Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Regina Rodman, recently introduced a new staging system, the PGS System, to determine the overall difficulty of surgery for revision rhinoplasty. Their findings have been released and published in the prestigious JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery Journal; “A Staging System for Revision Rhinoplasty.”

The 3 major components of the PGS system can be described as; the “P” represents “problem,” consisting of the specific anatomic anomaly with which the patient presents. The second component in our system is “G” for “graft,” based on the number of grafts required. The third component of this system is “S,” for “number of previous surgical procedures.” In addition, Kridel and Rodman have included a category “E,” for “patient expectations,” which is added after the stage of the patient’s condition has been determined through the PGS classification.

As Dr. Kridel states in the journal article, a standardized evaluation system such as PGS System, will allow meaningful comparisons of surgical techniques and evaluations of outcomes of rhinoplasty procedures among physicians.  In addition, the PGS preoperative staging system also help patients understand the degree of difficulty of their required repair and help manage expectations.

The journal article also contains a very informative audio interview (JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery podcast) with Russell Kridel, you won’t want to miss about this exciting classification system.

There has also been additional media attention given to Dr. Kridel’s PGS system, noted here.

Dr. Kridel has published more than 65 scientific journal articles and text book chapters on Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty.  Physicians seek out Dr Kridel for their own surgery, as well as refer friends and family because of his skill and expertise.  It is no surprise that he is known throughout Houston and the country as “The Nose Doctor.”

You can see some of Dr. Kridel’s before and after Rhinoplasty photos here.  When you come in for your consultation you will also be able to review other photos not available on the Internet.

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.

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

Facelift Surgery Expert, Dr. Russell Kridel, Speaks at International Conference

March 24th, 2016 admin
Russell Kridel, MD speaks at conference in Bogota, Colombia

Acclaimed facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel, speaks to surgeons attending medical conference

Russell Kridel, MD was a featured faculty member at the recent 14th International Course on Facial Plastic Surgery & Rhinology in Bogota, Colombia. As an internationally recognized leader on Rhinoplasty and Facelift surgical techniques, Dr. Kridel was invited to share his expertise with other surgeons attending the meeting.

Dr. Kridel was invited to discuss several surgical techniques he pioneered to an audience of multi-specialty surgeons attending the course from around the world. He presented numerous master level courses, including three courses on Rhinoplasty —“Top Modifications in Rhinoplasty: Increasing Definition and Projection”, “Tip Modifications in Rhinoplasty: Deprojection and Improving Columellar Disproporation”, and “Lessons Learned in 30 Years of Rhinoplasty.”

Dr. Kridel also presented two courses on progressive face lift approaches.  “Simplifying Facelifts” gave attendees new insight into planning facelift surgery for the greatest efficiency and patient success.  While his talk on “Adjuncts in Facial Rejuvenation (blepharoplasty, forehead lifting, facial implants, laser surgery)”, helped provide physicians with the tools of looking at how other surgical procedures combined with facelift can provide the most optimal result to meet a patient’s true aesthetic goal.

“It is a pleasure to speak to so many talented surgeons.  Sharing advanced techniques in this type of course environment benefits patients across the globe, “confirmed Dr. Kridel.

bogotaThe well respected course in Bogota, was designed to enhance participant’s understanding of facial plastic surgery approaches for contemporary correction. The international, multi-specialty faculty represented the highest standards of intellectual inquiry and surgical mastery.

As an internationally recognized expert on Rhinoplasty and Facial Rejuvenation, Dr. Russell Kridel is often invited to speak at medical conferences to share his surgical expertise with other surgeons looking to improve their skills.  He is referred to as “The Doctor’s Doctor,” by his peers because they entrust their family’ and their own facial plastic surgical needs to Dr. Kridel because of the depth of his surgical expertise exemplified by the highest surgical awards and honors as well as the volumes of scientific publications he has authored or co-authored on facial plastic surgery.

There is no other facial plastic surgeon in Houston that has the same level of expertise and respect in regard to Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty and Facelift surgery.

To make an appointment for a Rhinoplasty or Facelift consultation with Dr.Russell Kridel, contact Facial Plastic Surgery Associates at 713/526-5665.

You can also learn more about Rhinoplasty surgery with Dr. Kridel at

You can also see multiple Rhinoplasty videos and other videos on other facial plastic surgery procedures on our YouTube channel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston


Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm named as Houston Best Facial Plastic Surgeons

August 2nd, 2015 admin
Houston Best Facial Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm

Houston Best Facial Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm


In the recent Houston Culture Map entry, Dr. Kridel was ranked at the top of the popularity poll for facial plastic surgery and rhinoplasty. And FPSA Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm, was also named as one of the best in Houston in the article.  Needless to say, we are very proud of our surgeons and our entire FPSA team.  The numerous accolades Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm continue to receive, confirm what we know from all of our patients, that they are leaders in their specialty. And, in their hands, our patients from Houston and from around the world rave about their fabulous aesthetic results.

Certainly asking friends throughout the community for a recommendation, as noted in the Culture Map article, is one element of selecting a cosmetic surgeon — however,  we can not emphasize enough the importance of asking several key questions as you go through the selection process.  Remember, all surgeons are not great and all surgeons are not great at all things.  You want to be sure to select a specialist in the surgery you desire to help reduce the possibility of an undesirable result.  This takes some homework for patients, but is well worth the effort.

In the Culture Map article, Dr. Kridel outlines the most important questions for every patient to ask in selecting a plastic or facial plastic surgeon. Be sure to capture this list or print it out and take it with you to your appointments.

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have very extensive training and surgical experience.  You can readily review their resumes, which include extensive scientific publications on a wide range of facial plastic surgery procedures, including; face lift, rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and much more,  on the site.  The site also contains a great deal of information about various surgical and non-surgical procedures for educational purposes.

Congratulations, once again, to Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm, for being named Houston best facial plastic surgeons by Culture Map.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment with facial plastic surgery specialists, Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm,  for a consultation, please call 713/526-5665.




Rhinoplasty Specialist Shares Knowledge

February 17th, 2015 Kirin

Sharing Knowledge of Advanced Rhinoplasty Techniques Helps Patients Everywhere

Visiting surgeon, Dr. Aftab Ahmed with Dr. Russell Kridel

Surgeons from around the world travel to Houston, Texas each year to visit internationally recognized Rhinoplasty specialist and expert, Dr. Russell Kridel.  Recently, Dr. Aftab Ahmed from Manchester, England, came for several weeks to observe Dr. Kridel’s advanced facial plastic surgery techniques, including Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, to enhance his own training and take back learning he can apply to his own patients.

Dr. Kridel believes it is important to share his knowledge and advanced techniques with other surgeons so that patients from all around the globe can receive the highest level of care.  He also believes the dialogue between experts helps stimulate new techniques, refinements and scientific breakthroughs that further benefits patients.

What does this mean for patients in Houston and other parts of Texas and the U.S. in selecting a facial plastic surgeon for their Rhinoplasty?

The fact that other surgeons travel at their own expense to learn from Dr. Kridel further validates his reputation as one of the best facial plastic surgeons and nasal surgery specialists in the world.  In addition, Dr. Kridel is an invited guest lecturer every year to the most prestigious medical conferences by other facial plastic and general plastic surgeons. Thus, patients who select Dr. Kridel for their Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty surgery can feel further validated that they have made the best selection for their care.

What is important about being asked to lecture at a medical conference as a Rhinoplasty Specialist and Expert?

Only the best and the brightest surgeons get invited to be a guest lecturer at the most prestigious aesthetic surgery conferences.  These conferences are put on by professional medical societies, so they only select surgeons that are considered the experts in their field.  To be considered an expert, a surgeon must publish scientific journal articles and textbook chapters that are reviewed by other surgeons first for accuracy and validity.  In addition, a surgeon needs to have a proven surgical track record of success.  Dr. Kridel is recognized as a premier expert  in facial plastic surgery because he has published over 100 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters, pioneered numerous advanced surgical techniques now taught in medical schools, been given the highest awards for surgical skill by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgery and named clinical professor of the year by the dean of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, just to mention a few of his accomplishments.

Do visiting surgeons do any of the surgery on Dr. Kridel’s patients?

Absolutely not.  Visiting surgeons come only to observe Dr. Kridel. They have their own patients and their own practices.  Dr. Kridel does all of his own surgery.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

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

You can see some of Dr. Kridel’s before and after Rhinoplasty photos here.  When you come in for your consultation you will also be able to review other photos not available on the Internet.

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.





Facelift After Weight Loss

September 10th, 2014 Kirin

An MVP Facelift after weight loss can work wonders to make you look as young as you feel!

Woman Using a Scale

Losing massive amounts of weight is a wonderful achievement.  It takes a great deal of courage, will power and perseverance.  However, patients who have lost substantial amounts of weight are faced with significant sagging skin. Their skin has stretched so far that it doesn’t rebound as quickly or fully.

The patients’ new shape is sidelined by sagging skin and tissue that makes them feel unattractive. So, it’s not surprising that neck lift and facelift after weight loss requests have gone up proportionally with the increasing popularity of surgical weight loss treatments. In fact, a survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reported a 13 percent increase in the number of patients seeking facelifts and neck lifts to remove the excess skin and tissue.

So, what can patients with significant weight loss do to address sagging skin?

Select a Facelift Specialist

This is not an instance where one stop shopping for a surgeon is the right thing to do.  Quite the contrary. It is critical that patients select a facial plastic surgeon to address sagging skin in the face and neck area.  Facial plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic surgery from the neck up and have had years of extra training, including fellowship, specifically for this area of specialty.  Along the same lines, it is important to select a general plastic surgeon who is a body specialist to address the sagging skin that occurs following weight loss below the neck. But, the face is a far different and more complex anatomical area.  So, a body specialist does not necessarily make a good facelift surgeon.

In a nutshell, you should only trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Russell Kridel.  Dr. Kridel has performed thousands of successful facelifts.  He has an international reputation as “The Doctors’ Doctor” because other surgeons refer patients, themselves and their family members to him for their facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.  He has published over 100 scientific medical journal articles and textbook chapters on facial rejuvenation.

MVP Facelift Will Address Sagging Skin on the Face and Neck

A facelift is extremely effective at lifting sagging skin from the lower cheeks, jawline, and neck.  While there are non-surgical skin tightening solutions, such as Ulthera, for weight loss patients with a lot of loose skin, the traditional facelift is the ideal solution.

Dr. Russell Kridel has pioneered a surgical facelift technique called the MVP Lift.  The medical terminology for MVP Lift is Multi-Vector Positioning Lift. It refers to his special multi-layer dissection, draping and closing technique. Skin is meticulously lifted off the underlying tissue and adjusted to a more youthful position.  The skin is draped and any excess skin is surgically removed. One of the other unique elements of Dr. Kridel’s MVP Facelift are his Invisible Incisions technique.  After the healing process is complete, incisions are virtually undetectable.  We have patients who go to their hairdresser and even their hairdresser can’t tell they had a facelift.

The MVP Lift also refers to the Most Valuable Patient – status that every patient receives under our care and, the fact that Dr. Kridel tailors every MVP Lift to an individual patient to achieve the most natural and longer-lasting results.

Neck Lift

While many patients ask about a Neck Lift separate from a Facelift, the reality is that the best facelift techniques, such as the MVP Lift, is actually a Facelift and Necklift combined.  The necklift portion of the facelift simply addresses the area below the chin and jaw and along the neck.

The Consultation:

Prior to your MVP Facelift surgery you will undergo a consultation with Dr. Kridel.  During this appointment, he will examine your skin and muscle tone, as well as discuss your surgical goals. Photographs are also taken and through computer imaging, you will be able to visualize what you can expect from your surgery. You will also see images of other patients who have had similar surgery that can not be viewed on the Internet.  Dr. Kridel and the entire FPSA team is very thorough and happy to ask any question you may have.  You can expect to be with us for about two hours for your consultation.

The Reward

If you have won the battle of weight loss, you deserve to reward yourself with facial rejuvenation. With an MVP Lift you will look as young as you now feel.


To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for an MVP Facelift consultation, please call 713/526-5665.  We can also provide you with a referral to a general plastic surgery specialist for body lifts.

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.


— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston


Selfies and Plastic Surgery Are Linked

July 10th, 2014 Dr. Russell Kridel

Selfies and Plastic Surgery Requests Are Linked

Selfies and Rhinoplasty Surgery

While we all look at ourselves in the mirror every day, with Selfies, many people also check their looks on their mobile phones multiple times a day.In many ways, the growing trends of placing Selfies on social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram and Tumblr, create greater demand for people to look the best they possibly can. Because these images are presented to the vast online world, people set a high standard for themselves of how they should look.


Rhinoplasty Surgery Requests Have Increased With Selfie Culture

The Selfie culture has shifted the focus of our interactions to a very visual level. Suddenly, facial flaws seem magnified and the need for plastic surgery procedures, like nasal surgery, known as Rhinoplasty, becomes more apparent. Your nose is a dominant feature of your face and any flaws that may concern you feel magnified on social media particularly, profile or three-quarter views. Increasingly, People seek Rhinoplasty surgery, commonly referred to as a nose job, to resolve many of their unwanted nasal features. In a March, 2014 survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), they found that the Selfie trend increases demand for facial plastic surgery, particularly for Rhinoplasty surgery. Many people, primarily those between 18 and 34, are looking for an edge to create a picture-perfect face and share it with the world. For example, shaving down a nasal bump or straightening a twisted nose can make the face look more symmetric from all directions.

“Imaged-based social media forces patients to look at their image with a more critical eye.  They want to make sure they look their very best to the online world, particularly to friends and loved ones, current or potential.  So it is completely understandable why we are seeing more younger patients seeking cosmetic procedures,” stated Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel.

If looking at your collection of selfies uncovers features you have always disliked about yourself, your reason to have Rhinoplasty surgery is no less valid than someone who broke their nose multiple times. The intensity of your dislike might be increased due to the amount of photos you are faced with daily, but it doesn’t change the fact that you don’t like your nose.

Importance of Selecting a Facial Plastic Surgeon for Cosmetic Nasal Surgery

However, it is still critically important to select the best surgeon for your nose job.  There is a difference!  First of all, you need to select a facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Russell Kridel,  because facial plastic surgeons specialize in the head and neck area and have additional training specific to noses.  You will not only have a better looking nose, but care will be taken to make sure you can breathe well out of it as well.

During your consultation, Dr. Kridel will talk about what you don’t like about your nose and what lead you to decide that Rhinoplasty could be a good option. He will evaluate your physical health, your facial features and your nasal features. In addition, computer imaging will be done, so that you can get a realistic idea of what your nose will look like after surgery. Every nose is different, so the goal for rhinoplasty surgery is to create an improved nasal shape that is proportionate to your specific face.  It is not appropriate to want your nose to look just like a favorite celebrity.  “If you ask for Taylor Swift’s nose, I will tell you to select a different surgeon,” said Dr. Kridel.  To look your best so that you can achieve your goal of being the best you and therefore, an even better selfie, is a realistic approach and you will be thrilled with the results.

Dr. Kridel performs more than one hundred nose surgeries (Rhinoplasty) every year. He has published over 50 scientific medical journal articles on nasal surgery and has developed surgical techniques for Rhinoplasty that are now taught in medical schools around the world.  Dr. Kridel is referred by many fellow surgeons as “The Nose Doc” because of his expertise and internationally recognized surgical skills in Rhinoplasty.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Click here to view Dr. Kridel on Rhinoplasty surgery (Nose Surgery)  on You Tube.


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


Angela Sturm MD named 2013 Texas Blazing Star

November 30th, 2013 Kirin

FPSA Associate — Angela Sturm MD — Honored by Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas!

Angela Sturm MD wins 2013 Trailblazer Award

Facial plastic surgeon, Angela Sturm MD, was recently named the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas Business Woman of the Year (TBOY): “Texas Blazing Star” for 2013.   Dr. Sturm is an Associate with Facial Plastic Surgery Associates located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

The “Texas Blazing Star” award was announced at the MAPcon + TBOY Conference and Awards event in Austin, Texas. This prestigious distinction recognizes business women who are on the fast track to success.  The event is presented by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas and is known as the “Academy Awards” for Texas business women. The coveted awards are given to business owners and professional women in Texas, whose style and drive go above and beyond setting them apart from the crowd.

“I’m elated to have received such a distinguished award, said Angela Sturm MD. It’s an honor to have been nominated and recognized for my hard work and effort towards my profession and community.”

Facial Plastic Surgery Associates founder, Dr. Russell Kridel, adds, “I am so thrilled for Angela to be named a 2013 Trailblazer.  She is highly deserving of this award for her contributions to facial plastic surgery, her commitment to the highest standards of patient care and for all of her contributions to our community as a whole.”

Please join all of us at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in congratulating Angela on this great accomplishment!

—- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

For more information about Angela Sturm MD.

Beware of Unproven & Unscientific Plastic Surgery Procedures

January 25th, 2013 Kirin


We often get calls about various procedures that have been heavily advertised directly to consumers, including the following procedures noted in this article in Allure magazine: Vampire Lift (injecting patient’s own blood plasma), SmartLipo (Laser Liposuction), Stem-cell Lift and Artefill (for lips).  Unfortunately, the majority of these procedures do not have scientific evidence of effectiveness and have not been written up in peer-reviewed medical journals by widely respected facial plastic surgeons.  Sadly, we actually see patients that have tried some of these “fad” procedures and now require revisions by Dr. Kridel.

The Allure magazine article, titled “The 10 most overrated trends in cosmetic surgery”, provides an interesting overview of many procedures that Dr. Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien do not perform or recommend with one exception — Ulthera. In the article the criticism about Ulthera was based on patient discomfort (and not about poor results). Since this article was published  in mid-2012, Ulthera received FDA clearance to non-invasively lift lax tissue on the neck and under the chin, in addition to the FDA clearance they already had for non-invasive eyebrow lift. Ulthera also completed a system upgrade — Ulthera Amplify — to increase effectiveness and reduce patient discomfort.  At FPSA we have the new Ulthera Amplify system and Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien have  found that the majority of patients do not require medication for treatment.  However, for even greater comfort during Ultherapy, we can also apply topical cream to the treatment areas.

Dr. Kridel has also found great success using Sculptra for patients with hollow cheek areas.  However, like stated in this article, Dr. Kridel absolutely does not recommend Sculptra for use in the lips.  To view more information about Sculptra click here or to view videos of Dr Kridel speaking about Sculptra click here.

The best advice we can provide to patients about the latest cosmetic surgery fads — Buyer Beware.  Stay away from unproven, unscientific plastic surgery procedures and always seek out an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates





Dr. Russell Kridel is Interviewed by the Houston Business Journal on Rising Health Care Costs

January 20th, 2013 Kirin

Russell Kridel, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic Surgery Associates
2013 President of HCMS

Internationally recognized facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel spoke to the Houston Business Journal about the important issue of rising health care costs in the January 11, 2013 issue of the Houston Business Journal.

As the new President of the Harris County Medical Society for 2013, Dr. Kridel shared his thoughts on the implications of the Affordable Care Act for healthcare providers.

He also stated that one of his goals during his tenure is to focus on the obesity epidemic  — helping doctors counsel their patients on healthy lifestyles and provide to tools to help them empower their patients to take greater control over their health.

Click here to read the entire article, “A New Prescription,” in the January 11th issue of the Houston Business Journal

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates