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 todaysface.com.

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


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.


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 todaysface.com for more information.

What to expect after facelift

June 26th, 2014 Kirin

What can you expect after facelift surgery?

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

Dr. Kridel patient before facelift

Patient before MVP Lift facelift surgery

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

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

Dr. Kridel patient profile after facelift surgery

Patient after MVP Lift facelift surgery

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

It’s Not Too Late to Give the Gift of Beauty by FPSA and Dr. Kridel

December 21st, 2012 Kirin





This holiday give the Gift of Beauty by FPSA!

Are you looking for the unique holiday gift that keeps on giving? Why not pamper someone special in your life with an FPSA “Gift of Beauty “certificate.


  • Is your husband looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for you?
  • Does a friend keep hinting about wanting Botox or fillers?
  • Has a family member expressed an interest in facial plastic surgery, or been inspired by how youthful you look after a recent procedure?
  • Or would you like to treat yourself to a more youthful look?

An FPSA (Facial Plastic Surgery Associates) “Gift of Beauty” gift certificate can be used for any of our skin care products or cosmetic surgery services— from consultation with Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien, to nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments (think Botox, Restylane, Ulthera, Thermage, and Fraxel) or to our signature facial plastic surgery procedures. Gift Certificates for Plastic Surgery Products and Services are available for any amount.

Your loved ones will be thrilled to receive the “Gift of Beauty” with the best facial plastic surgeon in Houston.  Give us a call at 713/526-5665 today!

*** Of course, we will examine the recipient of your gift to decide if they are a candidate for a given procedure, and make recommendations based on their goals, exam, and overall medical status.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX

Dr. Kridel is Featured Distinguished Faculty Member at International Update Course on Head & Neck Surgery

December 16th, 2012 Kirin


While there was a lot to see underwater, there was even more to share above the ocean floor.

As a Clinical Professor of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, Dr. Russell Kridel was a featured distinguished faculty member at the 6th International Update Course: Otolaryngology Underwater held by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Several hundred Otolaryngology, Head & Neck physicians, including Facial Plastic surgeons, from all around the world attended the conference in Cayman Brac.

Dr. Kridel presented 6 scientific lectures on subjects including: Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty and Face Lift, to attendees who were seeking additional medical education and training to expand their own surgical skills.

As a world-renowned expert in Rhinoplasty, Dr. Kridel presented three scientific lectures on the topic often referred to as Nose Jobs: Septoplasty and Nasal Airway Considerations in Rhinoplasty”, “Basic Open Rhinoplasty”, and “Lessons Learned from 30 years of Rhinoplasties”.

Having written over 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications on Facial Rejuvenation and the Aging Face, Dr. Kridel is also well known for his innovative techniques in hiding incisions associated with Face Lift surgery.  At the conference, Dr. Kridel presented two lectures on the topic: “Evaluation and Treatment of the Aging Face” and “Simplifying Face Lifts”.

In addition, Dr. Kridel presented a panel discussion on “What is New and Exciting in My Area”, to share his insights as a leader in facial plastic surgery advances and innovations.

Double-board certified facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Kridel, focus on the surgery of the face, head and neck.  They have had extremely extensive training, even more so than a general plastic surgeon.  They are board certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. And, by undertaking an additional year’s fellowship in facial plastic surgery, they have become certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).




To read one of the numerous scientific articles on Rhinoplasty, written by Dr. Kridel click here.

To read one of the numerous scientific articles on Face Lift and the Aging Face, written by Dr. Kridel click here.


— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

Understanding the difference between Surgical Facelifts and Drive-Thru Style Lifts

December 5th, 2012 Kirin



During the holiday season, we often see an increase in advertising and marketing of a lifting technique for faces referred to by names such as: the mini-lift, weekend lift, and lunchtime lift.

Most of these lifts rely on very minimal, if any, dissection. We refer to them as “Drive-Thru Lifts” because their indications are for patients with limited signs of aging and the longevity of the results from such techniques are short lived — only about 2-3 years.

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Russell Kridel does not perform this type of treatment.  For those patients with more limited or early signs of aging, Dr.Kridel will recommend other non-surgical options (ex: Fraxel, Ulthera, Thermage, Botox, Restylane — among others) based on a patient’s individual needs (determined at the time of consultation) that he knows will provide terrific facial rejuvenation benefits and be more cost-effective.  He feels this is very important, rather than seeing the patient spend thousands of dollars now on a “Drive-Thru Lift”, only to have to repeat the procedure in another two to three years. For patients with more significant signs of aging such as jowling and sagging, a true surgical facelift will be more appropriate. When Dr. Kridel performs a facelift, it is a surgical procedure that involves meticulous dissection, lifting and re-draping, and impeccable attention to detail to hide incisions so that they will not be detected.  The results provide a more youthful, rested and natural appearance that helps re-set the aging clock back by more than ten years.  Just ask one of our patients.

To learn more about other non-surgical options click here

To view a wide array of videos about facelift surgery with Dr. Kridel click here 

For general questions and answers about facelift surgery click here 

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX

Dr. Kridel Now Offers the New ULTHERA Update with Improved Patient Comfort

November 13th, 2012 Kirin

We would like to share with you multiple newsworthy and exciting updates for the extremely popular skin tightening treatment, Ulthera.

New FDA Clearance:

First of all, Ulthera has recently received additional FDA clearance to non-invasively lift lax tissue on the neck and under the chin.  This is in addition to FDA clearance already in place for use in achieving a non-invasive eyebrow lift. Here is more information on the FDA clearance announcement. 

New Ulthera Amplify software system upgrade is here!

In addition, Dr. Russell Kridel and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates have the new Ulthera new software system upgrade, called Ulthera Amplify.  The system update has added effectiveness and decreased patient discomfort. Dr. Kridel is one of the first plastic surgeons in the Texas Medical Center area to offer Ulthera and the new upgrade.

About Ulthera Amplify:

The three key elements of the Ultherapy Amplify software upgrade include:

1) Improved patient comfort – Patients do not require medication for treatment.  However, patients can request it.

2) Increased efficiency through a more intuitive user interface for the physician

3) Updated treatment guidelines which include higher density treatments.The new guidelines with Ulthera Amplify have increased the full Ulthera treatment time slightly, from one hour to one hour, twenty minutes.

With the new Ulthera Amplify software upgrade, patients do not require medication for treatment.  However, for even greater comfort during the Ultherapy treatment we can apply topical cream.  And, we can also use nerve blocks to further numb the skin if desired.

Our Results Show and We Are Proud Of Them:

Facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien have already performed a significant number of Ulthera treatments and have found that the best candidates not only like the results, but also appreciate the fact that it is a non-surgical treatment with virtually no downtime. When you come in for your consultation, you will review before and after photos.



Ulthera Segment on Good Morning America:

If you’d like to see the Ulthera treatment in action, check out this segment on “Good Morning America.” 




The best way to get started on facial rejuvenation is to come in for an individual consultation. In that appointment, we will discuss your issues and determine if you are a good candidate for Ultherapy.  Call us at 713/526-5665.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

Dr. Kridel’s MVP Lift sets “the” highest standard for a natural, yet youthful, look

October 31st, 2012 Kirin

Are you an MVP Candidate?

Do you feel like an MVP —Most Valuable Player —- but, when you look in the mirror you think you look more like an OHP — an Over-the-Hill Player?

It is a fact of life that with time, our faces age. Yet, while our face may appear older, our inner spirit remains youthful and vibrant. We often have patients tell me that their outside doesn’t match their inside — they want their outer beauty to match their inner beauty.

A facelift is a way to restore what time and gravity have stolen and to regain a more youthful appearance. It is like shifting the conveyor belt of aging back ten years. The aging process still continues, but you have a newer starting line.

It is important to understand all face lifts are not created equal. First of all, the term, “face lift” (facelift), is actually a misnomer. In truth, a “face lift” is a face and neck lift, because it re-supports the cheek, jawline and neck. There are also different techniques that surgeons use for a facelift procedure based on their surgical skills and experience, some more effective than others. And the various heavily advertised Drive-Thru-style lifts do not last and some versions may leave unsightly scars or can alter the natural hairline.

To achieve the most natural, long-lasting results, a face lift requires meticulous dissection done in layers. The sagging skin is repositioned and the underlying muscles re-supported, while the excess skin and fat is removed. Dr. Kridel, Houston, TX, takes a great deal of care to hide the incisions around the ear and back into the hair so they are virtually undetectable, while preserving the hair in front and behind the ears. He has written extensively in medical journal articles about this surgical technique that he developed, as well as trained surgeons from around the world so that they too can achieve better facelift results. One of the articles relating to hidden incisions can be found here in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery 

Dr. Kridel refers to this face lift (facelift) surgical technique as the MVP Lift. The medical terminology for MVP is Mulit-Vector Positioning Lift. However, it also refers to the fact that he tailors every MVP Lift to each individual to achieve the natural result you desire and to give you the MVP — most valuable patient — status that you deserve.

Today many people have facelift surgery earlier, as part of a preventative maintenance program rather than a rejuvenation effort. Whether you want to go the prevention or the rejuvenation route is up to you. But, if you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing your parents or grandparents face staring back, remember that an MVP Lift can give you a face that looks at least 10 years younger.

Here is an example of one of our (Facial Plastic Surgery Associates) numerous MVP’s.

Dr. Kridel Notes that Ulthera Remains Popular In the News

September 13th, 2012 Kirin

Apply the Heat

One of the hottest options available to combat sagging skin is Ulthera. And it is in the news again. The September 11, 2012 issue of the Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/9z9vb29), “Fighting Wrinkles With Heat”, discussed facial rejuvenation treatments, including Ulthera, that use radio frequency or ultrasound energy to heat the tissue.  Ulthera, also known as Ultherapy, uses ultrasound technology, where the sound waves deliver energy directed deep under the skin. This gently heats the tissue to lift and tighten loose skin without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.The heat stimulates the growth of collagen.

Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien have found that among their Ulthera patients, the greatest attraction to both men and women is that Ulthera is done in one treatment in the office and has virtually no downtime.  It is more effective for mild sagging around the jawline and brows.  However, for more significant laxity or moderate jowling and deeper wrinkles, other surgical and nonsurgical treatments are a more appropriate option.

Dr. Russell Kridel and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates is one of the first private practices in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas to offer the new Ulthera technology. To make an appointment to see if you are a candidate for Ultherapy, please call us at 713 526 5665.  In addition, you can find a great deal of information about Ulthera and Ultherapy here, including a demonstration.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, Texas