Kridel & Sturm Get Houston Top Doc

June 10th, 2017 admin

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm awarded H-Texas Top Doc

Houston Top Doc

Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm have each been named 2017 H-Texas Magazine Top Doc. This Houston plastic surgery dynamic duo have been awarded the honor of Houston Top Doc annually for many years in recognition of their achievement as the best facial plastic surgeons in the Houston area.  Only the top 1-2% of doctors receive the H-Texas Top Doc recognition based upon votes from both physicians and patients.


Both Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have received numerous Top Doc awards for their surgical excellence and quality patient care from multiple groups including, but not limited to; Texas Monthly Super Doc, Top Doc, Best Doctors and Castle Connolly Top Doc.

Houston Top Doc, Dr. Russell Kridel

Houston Top Doc, Dr. Russell Kridel

As the most highly honored plastic surgeon in Houston and in his specialty of facial plastic surgery, it is no surprise that Dr. Kridel is often referred to as “The Doctor’s Doctor” by his peers. He has received each of the highest awards for surgical excellence by the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as been given the highest distinction of a “Legacy” paper for one of over 100 medical journal articles he has authored on facial plastic surgery.  He has pioneered several surgical techniques for nasal surgery (and revision rhinoplasty and rhinoplasty) that are now taught in medical schools across the country. Recently, Dr. Kridel received the prestigious Stephen C. Duffy (right) Award for Leadership, Health Policy and Advocacy from the AAFPRS.



“I am so touched by all of the accolades given to me and to all of our FPSA team members by patients and peers. We are so proud,” reflected Houston Top Doc Dr. Kridel.



Houston Top Doc, Dr. Angela Sturm

Houston Top Doc, Dr. Angela Sturm

Dr. Angela Sturm has been an associate with Facial Plastic Surgery since 2013.  Her rapid rise as one of the most highly regarded facial plastic surgeons in Houston is a testament to her training as a facial plastic fellow with Dr. Kridel, her commitment to advancing superior surgical techniques in facial plastic surgery and the level of care and attention given to patients.

She also received the Texas Monthly Super Doctors Rising Star in 2016, as well as Trademark Women of Distinction Award.  Dr. Sturm has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the Top 40 under 40 and People on the Move.

“Being the best possible surgeon and compassionate physician for every one of my patients is my passion.  I love what I do,” stated Houston Top Doc Dr. Sturm.

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have also made highly honored contributions to their communities in the areas of domestic abuse, patient advocacy and obesity prevention.  Their commitment to both their profession and to their patients is extraordinary.  Their boundless energy and passion for what they do can also be seen in each of their curriculum vitae — To read more About Dr. Kridel.  To read more About Dr. Sturm.

To call or make an appointment with one of our award-winning Top Docs, please contact us at 713-565-5775.

Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Staff

January 2nd, 2017 admin

Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Staff Share Holiday Spirit

Each year, the fantastic Facial Plastic Surgery Associates staff has fun celebrating the holiday season. Patients enjoy the joyous team spirit that welcomes them at every visit.  This year, Amanda, Krystal, Kendra, Brigitte, Ashlee, Stephanie and Alana, wore holiday-themed sweaters to toast the season.


Facial Plastic Surgery Associates staff share holiday spirit


Facial Plastic Surgery Associates (FPSA) is the private practice of world-renowned facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel, MD FACS.

“We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful staff.  Their passion and dedication to providing  every patient the best and most compassionate care is unprecedented,” stated Dr. Russell Kridel and Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm.

Facial Plastic Surgery Associates stunning office is located at the top of the 6655 Travis medical building in the prestigious Texas Medical Center. Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm are both award-winning facial plastic surgeons. They have published over 120 scientific journal articles on facial plastic surgery procedures such as: face lift, rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty and browlift.

How to repair a perforated nasal septum

January 18th, 2015 Kirin

Septal Perforation Repair Explained:

Repair of a septal perforation, also known as a perforated septum, is considered one of the most technically challenging nasal surgeries.  Since a septal perforation is a three-layered hole in all three tissue layers of the septum, repair of septal perforations must address reconstructing all of these three layers to achieve the greatest success.

Success of a repair should be based not only on the closure of the perforation, but also restoration of the physiological function of the nasal septum. In other words, in addition to making sure the hole is closed and you are symptom-free, the surgeon should also make sure that you can breathe normally once again.

In general, techniques which utilize extensively mobilized, bilateral, intranasal mucosal advancement flaps and interposition and anchoring of a connective tissue-type graft have the most success.

For the majority of septal perforation repair surgeries, Houston nasal surgery specialist, Dr. Russell Kridel utilizes an open rhinoplasty approach rather than a closed approach. An external rhinoplasty approach allows Dr. Kridel to gain greater access to the septum where the perforation resides.  Not only does this approach have a proven high success rate in restoring normal nasal function and physiology it also has the advantage of allowing Dr. Kridel to combine rhinoplasty surgery at the same time.  Many patients desire cosmetic improvement of their nose as well as the functional repair.

Dr. Kridel is regarded within the medical community as THE EXPERT in septal perforation repair. He has pioneered and refined surgical techniques that have proven to be effective in closure of septal perforations, with a 99% success rate.  His techniques are considered the gold standard among surgeons around the world. Dr. Kridel has published more than 60 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on Rhinoplasty techniques, with more than 15 specifically on the subject of septal perforation repair.  No other nasal surgery specialist currently active in private practice in the U.S. has published as many scientific papers on perforated septum repair as Dr. Kridel.

Other methods of repairing a perforation can involve the use of other materials such as skin grafts or grafts from inside the mouth that have been transferred up to this area. The problem with skin grafts or grafts from the mouth, or totally free grafts, is that these grafts do not fill the hole with the same kind of normal lining tissue of the nose. Skin grafts in the nose tend to shed and crust continuously. Free grafts sometimes fail and die in the nose leaving you with the original perforation or a worse problem. Grafts from inside the mouth are very drying and never feel normal. Additionally, these other techniques have about a 50% success rate. Dr. Kridel does not use this type of approach.

Septal perforation repair in the hands of the right surgeon can be a life changing, life improving, event.  Just ask our patient Mark, who came all the way from Australia, after visiting surgeons all around the world, to have his perforated septum repaired by Dr. Kridel.

So, if you want to know how to repair a perforated nasal septum, look no further than contacting Dr. Russell Kridel at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in Houston, TX. To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Russell Kridel about septal perforation repair, contact us at 713/526-5665.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

You can also see  Dr. Kridel’s video about septal perforation repair surgery.

And, if you are interested in cosmetic improvement of your nose as well, you can learn more about Rhinoplasty surgery at




Study Shows Increase in Rhinoplasty Popularity

January 7th, 2015 Kirin

Noted in the recently published “Rhino-popularity Report” by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), Rhinoplasty is the most popular surgical procedure for both men and women under the age of 35 and the number one most requested facial plastic surgery procedure overall among men.  Over 500,000 people had consultations last year for Rhinoplasty surgery.

The uptick in Rhinoplasty popularity, also commonly referred to as ‘nose job’ is testament to the positive impact the surgery can make on a person’s appearance.  Even a minor correction can make a huge improvement in facial harmony and self-confidence.

Since your nose is the first thing you notice every time you look in the mirror, it is not surprising that patients would like to have imperfections corrected.  Per the study, the five most common reasons for having a rhinoplasty include, noses that are too long, too big, crooked or twisted, thick tip or a profile out of balance.

However, it is also important to understand that rhinoplasty is one of the most complex plastic surgery procedures.  Patients should make sure they select a facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Russell Kridel, who specialize in this procedure and performs more than 150 every year.  No two people are alike and no two noses are alike.  To make sure you have a successful rhinoplasty surgery that results in a natural looking nose that looks like you could have been born with it, you need to be in the best of hands.

Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel is known by other physicians and patients as “The Nose Doctor” because of his international reputation as one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the country.  He has authored more than 60 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty. Dr. Kridel has pioneered more than four surgical techniques for rhinoplasty that are now taught in medical schools across the country.  In addition, surgeons travel from all over the world to Houston to observe Dr. Kridel or to hear him speak at medical conferences around the world.  He has received the top awards for surgical excellence from the AAFPRS.

There is no other cosmetic surgeon in Houston that has the depth of expertise, experience and reputation in regard to nose surgery.

— 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 and see before and after photos at

Watch multiple Rhinoplasty videos on Dr. Kridel’s YouTube channel.


Planning for Rhinoplasty Surgery

December 31st, 2014 Kirin


Like snowflakes, no two noses are the same.  Each of us has our own unique facial structure.  However, some people do not like the appearance of their nose relative to their other features they were born with or they dislike the altered look due to a nasal injury. Fortunately, Rhinoplasty surgery, which is the cosmetic correction of the nose, can help patients address their aesthetic concerns.

Often patients, who do not like their nose, see celebrity noses they like and come in with a photograph requesting a similar nose.  Just as you might want to have a particular celebrity’s hair style, picking out a celebrity nose from a tabloid magazine may seem like a good way to start your rhinoplasty planning process. After all, it looks great on their face, so why not yours? While the appeal is understandable, the possibility isn’t as realistic.

You are your own celebrity!

Just because a photograph of any one celebrity nose might be easy to find, it does not make it a good choice for you. Rhinoplasty is not a one size fits all kind of surgery. Proportions and balance of your specific nose and facial structures must be considered.  If you are not Kate Middleton, then Kate Middleton’s nose is not going to work well for you. To achieve the most natural looking nose that best complements your face, proportions and balance of your individual facial structure must be considered. If you’re really inspired by a certain nose, talk about what aspects are the most appealing to you with Dr. Russell Kridel. Often it is a feature of the celebrity nose, rather than the whole nose itself, that interests you. For example, you may like the rounded tip or smooth bridge.  These changes can be made relative to your face. So in combination with other nasal changes that Dr. Kridel may recommend, you will achieve a beautiful nose that looks natural to you, as if you were born with it.

Selecting the Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon in Houston

Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most difficult surgeries of your face and neck.  It is critical that you select a facial plastic surgeon that focuses on  Rhinoplasty surgery.  Houston Rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Russell Kridel is a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 60 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters about Rhinoplasty (often commonly referred to as nose job) and Revision Rhinoplasty surgical techniques.  He has also won the top awards for surgical excellence from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), as well as all of the Top Doc awards.  Within the medical and patient community, he is often referred to as “THE Nose Doc,” because of his recognized expertise and success in nasal surgery. No other facial plastic surgeon or general plastic surgeon in private practice in the Houston area has published so extensively nor performed as many successful rhinoplasty surgeries.

The Rhinoplasty Consultation

At FPSA, we believe you will experience the most thorough Rhinoplasty consultation of any other cosmetic surgeon in Houston.  We take great pride in providing patients with the information and time they need for such an important decision.  When you come in for a consultation, you will be with us for 2 to 2.5 hours. During that time, Dr. Kridel will do a thorough examination of your nose and you will also have a special Rhinometry test to evaluate your airflow function for breathing.  If you are having trouble breathing, Dr. Kridel will help make sure that your nose looks fantastic and that you can breathe well once again. During your consultation we will also take photos and then through digital computer imaging and review with Dr. Kridel determine what you can expect from your Rhinoplasty surgery. You will also view an informative video about nasal surgery and be able to look at a very extensive library of before and after photos of other Rhinoplasty patients of Dr. Kridel’s that are not available online.

Needless to say, if your nose is not becoming to you, you should be coming to Dr. Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for a Rhinoplasty 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.



Indoor Tanning Damage and Aging Skin

December 30th, 2014 Kirin

Indoor Tanning Damage Can Result in Aging Skin

Recently, the AMA Wire published the synopsis (shown below) of media coverage on the CDC study about injuries from indoor tanning published in JAMA Internal Medicine .

Unfortunately, consumers are under the general impression that indoor tanning is safe and many are under the false impression that indoor tanning does not have the same effect on aging.  World-renowned Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel comments on indoor tanning damage, “Not only can there be direct injury from indoor tanning like burns, but indoor tanning ages the skin prematurely and can lead to the development of skin cancers; children are especially vulnerable because the damage is cumulative over the years of one’s life.”

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, we see the results of women (and to a lesser extent of men) who have spent a great deal of time using indoor tanning facilities.  Since the majority of people start using tanning beds between the ages of 18 and 34, we are seeing patients in their 40s who have skin laxity and pigmentation issues that could have been avoided for many years.  Fortunately, there are a number of facial rejuvenation procedures and laser resurfacing treatments that Dr. Kridel can perform to help address these issues.  For the most significant skin laxity, facelift surgery provides the best results and can turn back the hands of time.  At FPSA, we also have three different laser modalities that can help address skin texture and pigmentation issues.  Dr. Kridel has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals on facial rejuvenation topics and is recognized internationally as an expert in these procedures.

Prevention is still the best defense against aging skin. And one of the important recommendations is to stay away from indoor tanning.


Study: About 3,200 people suffered an indoor tanning injury every year in the US between 2003 and 2012.

USA Today (12/16, Painter) reports that a study by CDC researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that “an estimated 1,957 indoor tanners landed in U.S.” emergency departments (EDs) “in 2012 after burning their skin or eyes, fainting or suffering other injuries.” CDC researcher Gery Guy “says the actual number of injuries is certainly higher because the study did not include injured people who did not go to” EDs.

The Today Show Online (12/16) reports that for the study, the investigators “looked at 405 actual reports of indoor tanning related injuries from 66 hospitals, extrapolated them to the whole population, and estimated that on average, 3,200 people suffered an indoor tanning injury every year in the U.S. between 2003 and 2012.”

The Washington Post (12/16, Bernstein) “To Your Health” blog reports that “skin burns are the most common injury and women are more than four times as likely as men to get hurt, probably because they are, by far, the more common practitioners of ‘indoor tanning,’ according to the” study. The blog adds that “younger adults, aged 18-34, sustain well more than half the injuries, again because they are the most frequent users of tanning beds.”

The AP (12/16, Tanner) reports, “The CDC says burns severe enough to require” ED “treatment indicate overexposure to UV radiation.” Although “manufacturers are required to install timers to limit exposure…the CDC study found some patients had fallen asleep while tanning.”

melanoma.” The researchers “also noted other sources for eye injuries, like when tanning bulbs broke and shattered into people’s eyes, Guy adds.” Reuters (12/16, Doyle) and HealthDay (12/16, Reinberg) also cover the story.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

To make an appointment with Dr. Kridel for an MVP Facelift, facial rejuvenation or laser resurfacing 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.


How to Select a Surgeon for Septal Perforation Repair

December 1st, 2014 Kirin

Finding the Best Surgeon to Repair a Perforated Septum

Because repairing a perforated septum is so complex, it is imperative that you select a facial plastic surgeon who is a noted specialist in nasal surgery and has performed hundreds of septal perforation repair surgeries, as well as Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty surgeries.  But, that is just the beginning, there is far more you need to ask to truly identify the best possible surgeon to consult.

Questions to Ask:

Here are the key questions you want to ask during your selection process:

1.  How many septal perforation repair surgeries have you done?

Dr. Kridel has performed hundreds of this complex surgery.  A perforated septum is not a common medical condition and requires a great deal of skill to repair.

2. How many rhinoplasty and/or revision rhinoplasty surgeries do you perform each year?

Dr. Kridel does cosmetic nose surgery on about 150 patients each year and has performed over 15,000 successful Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty surgeries. He is often referred to as “THE Nose Doctor” by his peers because of the level of his experience, skill and expertise.

3.  Have you taught major courses to your peers on septal perforation repair in the past 3 years?

Giving a course to other surgeons on the topic of septal perforation comes from having great expertise. Dr. Kridel is considered a cutting-edge leader by his peers, teaching many courses on septal perforation, rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty every year.

4. Have you written scientific papers on the subject of septal perforation?

No other doctor has published as many peer-reviewed scientific papers on septal perforation repair, rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgical techniques as Dr. Kridel.  He has published more than 80 scientific journal articles and medical textbook chapters on nasal surgery, including 20 specifically on septal perforation repair.

It is important to note that writing a medical journal paper and having it accepted for publication requires a very high standard of skill for peer review.  While some physicians have published articles for websites or for consumer publications, Dr. Kridel is one of the very few specialists who has published extensively on septal perforation in peer-reviewed scientific outlets.

5.  Have you lectured on this subject at major medical institutions on septal perforation repair in the past three years?

Dr. Kridel has been one of the invited faculty members to numerous AAFPRS and other Advanced rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery courses every year to speak on the subject of septal perforation repair.  He is considered one of the most sought after speakers having lectured on this subject throughout the U.S. and all over the globe.

6.  Do other doctors refer patients to you with this condition?

Most surgeons do not want to attempt such a difficult surgery.  Because of his reputation, specialists from all around the country, including ENT, facial plastic, general plastic and general surgeons, refer patients with septal perforations to Dr. Kridel to obtain the highest possible level of care for their patients.

7.  Do other doctors refer themselves and/or family members to you for septal perforation repair or any other type of nasal surgery, such as Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty?

Due to his expertise, Dr. Kridel is often referred to as “The Nose Doc” or “The Doctor’s Doctor”.  He is the surgeon other surgeons go to for nasal surgery of any type, particularly septal perforation repair, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty.

8.  Do you have an appointment to a medical school and are you actively involved?

Dr. Kridel serves on the faculty as a Clinical Professor and Director, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He is also on the medical staff of several Houston hospitals, including Methodist Hospital.

9. What is your success rate?

Our success rate is 99%.  In some cases, where a perforation is quite large, the surgery may need to be done in phases, requiring more than one operation.  Dr. Kridel is the leading expert and will be honest with you about the possibility of repair.  While he has successfully closed extremely difficult cases that others could not repair, he (nor any other surgeon) can ever promise closure.

10.  Are there before and after patient photos I can view?

Dr. Kridel and the clinical staff will be happy to show you before and after photos of patients who underwent septal perforation surgery.  Since the perforation is inside the nose, photos are taken during surgery.

However, many patients also have rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty at the same time.  This is a cosmetic procedure and it is important for you to view before and after photos of other patients who have also had similar aesthetic adjustments to make an educated decision. Remember that any plastic surgeon can do nose surgery, but very few can do it well.

11. Are you board certified in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery?

A board certification is given when a doctor passes a test after completing a residency program; therefore boards should not be the sole criterion of your doctor search.  Sadly, many review sites rely on this criteria rather than identifying other qualifications that speak to relevant surgical skills.

However, when a physician is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery (ABFPRS), he or she has gone a step above other boards because the ABFPRS requires as an entry level to even take its exam that the applicant is already certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  The additional training required to reach this second level of certification provides you with additional confidence that your surgeon focuses on the area you are concerned about.  Dr. Kridel is also certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

12. Have you received honors or awards for your surgical skills?

Dr. Kridel has received all of the highest honors for surgical excellence from his specialty — the Mark Rafaty Award and the William K. Wright Award.  He has also received the Dean’s Award from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, as well as all of the Top Doc honors every year for the past 10 years, such as Castle Connolly and H-Texas Magazine to mention a few.

13. Do you have a fellowship program?

Dr. Kridel is so well respected that he oversees an AAFPRS (American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) fellowship program. He has trained over 30 fellows.  For one fellowship spot, he receives over 25 applications each year from doctors who want to work alongside an acknowledged master of his specialty.  There are only 48 such programs in the entire country.

Having a fellowship program is considered quite an honor. Dr. Kridel believes it is important to share his expertise with others.  However, it is important to understand that the Fellow does not perform surgery, ONLY Dr. Kridel performs the septal perforation repair surgery.

14.  How often do you see patients following their surgery?

At FPSA, we take great pride in having the highest level of patient care available.  We are devoted to our patients and treat each one as if they were our own family member.  Patients who have septal perforation surgery will visit us the very next day following surgery and many times during their first two weeks post-operatively.  In addition, Dr. Kridel follows his patients at the three month, six month and one-year mark to monitor the success of the repair.  All post-operative visits are included in the cost of the surgery.

15. Do you have patients I could contact who have had septal perforation repair surgery?

Dr. Kridel and the staff at FPSA would be happy to provide you with names of patients who would be happy to share their success stories with you.  Having this surgery has been life changing for many and these patients want the same happiness for you.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

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

And, to learn more about septal perforation go to, which is a site Dr Kridel developed specifically to help educate patients.

You can also see  Dr. Kridel’s video about septal perforation repair surgery and an interview with one of Dr. Kridel’s patients who had successful repair surgery.

You can also learn more about Rhinoplasty surgery at

Facelift Benefits Are Abundant

November 28th, 2014 Kirin

Benefits of the Modern Facelift Are Significant

A modern facelift procedure, like the MVP Lift, is a fine-tuned facial plastic surgery approach that can be life-changing for patients.  Given advancements in techniques, including several pioneered by Dr. Kridel, the procedure is now a reliable method, sought out by men and women across many age groups and ethnicities for facial rejuvenation.

What is an MVP Lift?

An MVP Lift, or multi—- vector positioning lift, is the advanced technique used by Houston facelift specialist Dr. Russell Kridel.  It requires meticulous dissection and re-draping of the tissue layers to deliver the most natural facelift results.

Modern MVP Facelift Benefits

For the thousands of patients that undergo facelift surgery each year, the benefits have far outweighed the risks. Face this modern surgery with the hope that these benefits will far outweigh whatever minor risks are still a part of this plastic surgery procedure.

  • The term facelift is a misnomer.  With an MVP Lift it is actually a cheek, jawline and neck lift that can alleviate loose skin, deep wrinkles, jowls, lost contour to the lower face.
  • With Dr. Kridel’s hidden incision technique, your incisions will be virtually undetectable.
  • Results from an MVP facelift will be natural for a new, younger version of yourself and not a windblown or tunnel effect that makes you unrecognizable.
  • Facelifts can alleviate that exhausted, worn down look from your face — dialing back the hands of time by ten to fifteen years.
  • Risks of a modern MVP facelift are very minor with a very low rate of occurrence.
  • Recovery time following a facelift lasts about two weeks, a fair trade for the incredible results.
  • The amount of pain and discomfort is minimal for the majority of patients.
  • Facelifts can boost self-confidence and improve a patient’s self-image.

Major improvements —  but, there are still risks

A facelift is still a major surgery, no matter how advanced the techniques have become. Surgeries also always involve risks and potential side effects, which patients can work to prevent with the help of an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Kridel.

Originally, the yesteryear facelift was just a facial skin tightening procedure and not much more. During this surgery, the surgeon would lift the skin and pull it tighter, placing it into a new position. Any excess skin was removed before the incisions were stitched up. Because no efforts were made to strengthen the structure of the face, the sagging tissues or the muscles beneath the tighter skin, results would not last for very long.

Today’s modern facelift procedure is a fine-tuned approach that, when delivered by a board certified facial plastic surgeon, can result in a more youthful appearance for many, many years.  While we cannot stop the aging process, following an MVP lift you have re-set the time clock by ten years or more.

Selecting a Facelift Surgery Specialist

You should only trust your face to a specialist in facial plastic surgery. Board-certified facial plastic surgeons focus solely on procedures of the head and neck and do not perform other body procedures, such as breast augmentation.  In addition, you want to make sure the facial plastic surgeon you select performs at least 50 or more facelifts each year and shows you before and after photos of actual patients.  Looking at the angle of the photography is also important, so that you can see the quality of the incisions.

At FPSA, “Our Results Show and We Are Proud of Them”

Dr. Russell Kridel is a triple-board certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.  He has published over 100 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on facial rejuvenation surgical procedures, including facelift surgical techniques.  He is invited to speak at plastic surgery conferences all around the world to educate and train other surgeons on his MVP Facelift approach.  He has received numerous awards, including the top two honors 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.

Needless to say, you will be in the best of hands with the best facelift surgeon in Houston —  Dr. Russell Kridel.

— 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.



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.




Teenage Rhinoplasty Can Make An Impact

November 3rd, 2014 Kirin

Teenage Rhinoplasty Is More Common Than You May Think

If you have ever been unhappy with the size or shape of your nose, you are not alone.  In 2012, over 180,000 people had Rhinoplasty surgery, with about 15% being performed on teenagers between the ages of 13 – 19*. Among teens, Rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic procedure.

With the nose being the most prominent feature, if it is out of proportion, it may dominate your face.  But, the great news is that if your nose doesn’t do justice to the rest of your face, you don’t have to live with it for the rest of your life.  That’s why our young Rhinoplasty patients say, “Let’s change it now before I am labeled as the person with the large nose.” Or, “I want to change it now so others perceive me as I perceive myself and no longer judge me based on my nose.”

Today, having an unsightly feature improved upon is as much a possibility for teenagers as having crooked teeth corrected with braces.  Our patients are amazed by the difference it makes in their self-esteem.  And, for young people, that extra bit of confidence can make all the difference as they begin to establish themselves professionally and socially.  No one wants to be teased and everyone want to feel and look their best.

Dr. Kridel has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries, often referred to as a “nose job”, and often finds that he needs to correct airway problems inside while he is correct the outside shape, so the nose not only looks good but also breathes well.  Sometimes, he will further improve the profile with a chin implant, because a weak chin can make a nose look even larger.

When Your Nose Doesn’t Fit Your Face

A less than desirable inherited feature is the primary reason patients, including teenagers, seek cosmetic improvement of their nose.  However, sports injuries or nasal trauma, is also very common.  In these circumstances, there is often internal damage, such as a deviated septum, that can hinder your ability to breathe.  A severely deviated septum can also alter the external appearance of the nose.  It is far more effective and efficient to address any desired cosmetic changes at the same time as correcting internal damage.  Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Diana Agron have improved the appearance of their nose in addition to repairing internal structural damage.

Everyone wants to know what their nose is going to look like after surgery.  To help with that visualization, Dr. Kridel does digital computer imaging so patients can sit down and visually plan the goal for their surgery.  Dr. Kridel understands that no two noses are the same, so he tailors the cosmetic change based on each patient’s individual anatomy and goals. He does not and will not take a one size fits all approach.

Dr. Kridel is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 70 medical journal articles and textbook chapters about Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty. He performs more than 150 Rhinopolasty surgeries every year.  Within the medical and patient community, he is often referred to as “THE Nose Doc,” because of his recognized expertise in nasal surgery. Patients and physicians refer themselves and their own family members and friends because of his international reputation as one of the best Rhinoplasty surgeons in the world.  Dr. Kridel is also invited as a featured guest lecturer to the largest and most prestigious plastic surgery courses every year to share his specific techniques with other surgeons who want to improve their skills.  He has  been named to numerous Top Doc lists year after year and has received the highest honors from his own specialty for surgical excellence.

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

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates

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.

*2012 ASPS Plastic Surgery Statistics Report