Top 5 Facelift Tips

January 12th, 2015 Kirin

Follow these facelift tips and you will celebrate 2015 with a new look that is natural and specific to your aesthetic goals.

Countdown to the Top 5 Facelift Tips for 2015:

5.  Pamper Yourself

Immediately after your facelift surgery, you won’t be able to enjoy some of your favorite pampering activities.  So, go ahead and get your manicure and pedicure done a few days before your surgery. Get your hair cut and colored as well since you won’t be able to do so for about 4-6 weeks after your facelift. And in anticipation of not being able to take a shower for a few days, take a relaxing shower or bath the night before or early morning of your surgery.  However, don’t apply any products to your face or hair afterwards as you want to be in your most natural state at the time of surgery. A unique feature of an MVP Lift (MVP Facelift) with Dr. Russell Kridel, we will shampoo your hair for you a couple of days after your surgery. You will leave the office with an extra skip in your step.

One trick if you don’t want anyone to know you had surgery, is to change your hairstyle as well just before surgery.  After your facelift, your friends will be looking at your overall new look and your secret will remain safe.

4.  No Smoking

Smoking is a major “do not do.”  It is at the top of the list of habits to avoid for good reason. The nicotine and chemicals found in cigarettes can restrict the blood vessels and make it very difficult for the body to heal.  You must alert your facial plastic surgeon if you are a smoker during your consultation and patient history.  Because the detrimental effect of smoking is so significant, many surgeons will not operate on an active smoker at all. Some will require that you stop smoking for at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to surgery and 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.  Blood tests can actually confirm whether or not you are compliant. The best course of action of course, is to permanently quit months in advance.

3. Plan Ahead

When you have an MVP Lift at FPSA (Facial Plastic Surgery Associates) you will stay overnight in the hospital.  This is to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. The day after your surgery you will visit our office so that we can change your dressings. Following the overnight hospital stay, you will be recuperating at your home.  While the majority of patients find the recovery process much easier than they thought it would be, there will still be some discomfort.  It is critical to follow the post-operative instructions provided to you.

So, in preparation for your post-operative care regimen it is a great idea to plan “creature comforts” in advance of surgery — from making sure you have a loved one nearby for the first few days, to having your favorite sheets and pillows on your bed.

Set up a dedicated recovery area near your bedside with pillows, blankets, and plenty of comfortable, loose-fitting clothes with buttons or snaps, that don’t pull over your head. Fill a basket with your written instructions, medical supplies, water bottles, medications, and healthy snacks so you have everything you need right at your fingertips.

2. Create Your Own Checklist

At FPSA, we will set up all of your post-operative appointments prior to your surgery and we will provide you with complete pre and post-operative instructions.  However, it is really helpful to make a complete checklist, including all of your personal to-dos, before your facelift.  By creating a list based on a timeline countdown before your surgery and all the way through to one month after your surgery, you will be completely organized during the entire process.  You will include everything from all of your appointments with FPSA to picking up your dry cleaning.  Think of it as a personal vacation and you will be rewarded with a new look with very little stress.

1. Select the best facelift surgeon in Houston

To achieve a natural look, it is imperative that you select your surgeon carefully. After all, the success (or failure) to achieve your aesthetic goals lies solely in the hands of your surgeon.  The first step is to be sure to select a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, because of their advanced training they are specialists who focus solely on the face and neck.  You don’t want a surgeon who performs far more breast augmentation surgeries to perform the more intricate and challenging facelift procedure.  You also want to be sure your surgeon has a great deal of experience, more than 50 facelifts annually, and can show you before and after photos of other facelift patients.  Make sure you ask to see close-ups of the patient photos so that you can see how the surgeon handles the incisions.  Sadly, at FPSA, we have seen patients who come to Dr. Kridel for a revision facelift to correct unslightly incisions from a poorly executed facelift by another surgeon. You also want to meet your surgeon in person for a consultation that includes digital photo imaging, so that you can see an image of what you can expect to achieve. At FPSA, your consultation is extremely thorough, you can expect to be with us for 1.5 to 2 hours. Dr. Kridel and our entire staff happily answer all of your questions during your visit. In addition, we are happy to provide names of other facelift patients you can speak with about the surgical experience with Dr. Kridel.

Dr. Russell Kridel is considered one of the best facelift surgeons, not only in Houston, but throughout the entire country.  He has published over 25 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters just on facial rejuvenation techniques.  His MVP Lift, multi-vector positioning facelift, is noted for its high success rate and fabulous natural results.  One of the keys to this technique is meticulous dissection and re-draping.  Dr. Kridel has also pioneered a “hidden incision” surgical technique that makes your facelift incisions virtually undetectable.  We often get comments from patients that their own hairdresser could not tell that they had a facelift.  He is often referred to as “The Doctor’s Doctor” because other physicians refer themselves, their family members and other patients to Dr. Kridel for aesthetic surgery because of his proven records of success and reputation for superior surgical skill in facial plastic surgery techniques. He has also been recognized annually by patients and peers as a Top Doc and Best Doctor for over 15 years.  Needless to say, you will be in the best of hands with Houston facelift specialist, Dr. 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 to watch videos on facelift and facial rejuvenation.

 

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.

 

 

Tech Neck Can Be Relieved

October 14th, 2014 Kirin

DON’T LET TECH NECK GET THE BEST OF YOU

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.

WHAT’S CAUSING TECH NECK?

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.

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT TECH NECK?

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.

FACELIFT IS A LONGER LASTING SOLUTION

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.

ULTHERA IS A TERRIFIC NON-SURGICAL SOLUTION

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.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR ME?

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.

WHY FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY ASSOCIATES?

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.

Facelift Under 50

October 4th, 2014 Kirin

Facelift Under 50 Has Lasting Benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Five Common Questions About Facelift surgery

August 7th, 2014 admin

ANSWERS:

1.  Will a Facelift get rid of all my wrinkles and sagging skin?

A facelift should really be called a midface and neck lift because it lifts sagging skin and tissue from the mid portion of the face, jawline and neck.  A facelift does not correct sagging brows or forehead which is addressed by a separate surgery called a Browlift, which can be done in conjunction with Dr. Kridel’s signature MVP Lift.  The MVP Lift stands for  facelift. Dr. Kridel developed the MVP Lift. The medical terminology for MVP is Multi-Vector Positioning Lift. It refers to Dr. Kridel’s meticulous dissection and multi-layer technique.  MVP 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.

2.  Will the scars show?

No.  Dr Russell Kridel 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, about his MVP Lift and his Hidden Incision technique that gives the best facelift results. One of the Dr. Kridel’s scientific articles relating to hidden incisions can be found here in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery  

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6 months Post-op Facelift patient. Note no visible scars.

3.  How long does it take to recover?

Following a facelift, you should plan on taking off approximately ten days to two weeks.  While discomfort is minimal, you may experience some tightness from the swelling.  You will see a physician the day after surgery and then several days later we will see you again for a hair wash and check up. At about the end of the first week, you will have the stitches removed. After that, you can return to most activities, providing your job does not require any strenuous activities. About three weeks should pass before you resume any heavy exercise or work routines. In three to four weeks, you’ll be ready to show off your new face, which will remind you of the way you looked 10 to 15 years ago.

4.  How Long Does a Facelift Last?

Typically, an MVP Lift facelift with Dr. Kridel lasts 10 years or more. But, in truth, it is lasting a lifetime since it sets back the aging process by those ten years.  There are other factors as well that can effect the longevity: significant weight loss or gain, heavy sun exposure or other medical conditions.

5.  Is a Liquid Facelift cheaper and easier?

Liquid facelifts gained popularity as a non-surgical choice to a facelift. Instead of incisions and surgical alteration of skin and muscle tissue, dermal fillers (examples: Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma) and wrinkle relaxers (examples: Botox, Dysport) are used to ease the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Before you sign up for a liquid facelift, you really need to stop and think about the cost. Botox usually needs touch-ups after approximately five months. This means to maintain any benefits you must pay for Botox injections at least twice a year. Facial fillers, the other component of a liquid facelift, last anywhere from eight months to a year and a half.

These are the five common questions about facelift surgery that patients often ask.  However, you may have many more questions.  At FPSA, we are happy to answer any questions you may have — just call us at 713/526-5665.  You can also read more at todaysface.com facelift page.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Click here to watch a You Tube video by Dr. Kridel on hidden facelift incisions.

 

Facelift after weight loss surgery

July 5th, 2014 Kirin

Will I need a facelift after weight loss surgery?

Your overall health is closely related to any surgery you may have, including surgeries performed on your face. The results of your facelift procedure, as well as other plastic surgery procedures, where fat plays an integral role, can easily be affected by weight loss both before and after surgery.

yield sign for facelift and weight loss

Individuals who are significantly overweight and considered obese, often have round and full faces.  And in most cases, the underlying fat smoothes out the face so there can be minimal wrinkles or deep facial creases.  If you plan on having weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass, it is important that you wait to have facelift surgery until after your weight loss surgery and after your weight has stabilized.  The timeframe for this is about 12 months.  It is equally important that you are committed to keeping the weight off, not only for health reasons, but also because weight gain will be seen in your neck and face, virtually undoing the positive effects of the facelift surgery.

It is not unusual for patients who have bariatric weight loss surgery to lose over 100 pounds.  However, when patients lose such a significant amount of weight they will also notice a significant change in their physical features, both in their body, but also their face and neck. The skin becomes loose as fat decreases — heavy lines or creases appear around the cheeks and the neck sags, giving the person the appearance of a “turkey neck”.   This can be very discouraging to patients who have worked so hard to lose the weight.  Fortunately, Dr. Russell Kridel’s signature facelift, known as an MVP Lift (Multi-Vector Positioning Lift) will lift and remove the excess skin, which will give you the cheek, jaw and neckline that you desire.  Your face and neck will be far more youthful and vibrant, yet natural.  And, you will feel even more confident when your new face matches your new and healthier body. Other procedures may be performed at the same time if indicated. For example, some patients may also have injectable fillers for deep creases, blepharoplasty for sagging upper and lower eyelids or a browlift.

At your consultation with Dr. Kridel, you will discuss the areas that are most troubling for you. You have made the commitment to health and should be very proud of yourself.  Now you can have the fresh, youthful appearance that you deserve to complete your healthy transformation.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

You can see Dr. Kridel talk about facelift on multiple videos on You Tube.  Check out this one where Dr. Kridel speaks about  natural looking facelifts.

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).

 

 

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

Laser Resurfacing vs Facelift: Which is better?

June 14th, 2014 admin

Laser Resurfacing vs Facelift:  Apples and Oranges

In the case of laser resurfacing vs facelift, there isn’t truly one that is better than the other because each is very different, like apples and oranges.  While they both are approaches to facial rejuvenation, each techniques is used for a very different reason.

A facelift will lift sagging skin and muscle while removing excess fat. Laser resurfacing will correct fine wrinkles or lines on the skin’s surface, but it will not tighten skin or correct sagging of the neck. Some patients may require both. And, in many such cases patients will have both done at the same time.

Patient before facelift and facial resurfacing

Patient Before Facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

A facelift is very different than laser resurfacing because it is a surgical procedure.  A facelift is actually a cheek, jaw and necklift all in one because it re-supports the cheek, jawline and neck. To achieve the most natural, long-lasting results, a facelift requires meticulous dissection done in layers and therefore, a great deal of skill. The sagging skin is repositioned and the underlying muscles re-supported, while the excess skin and fat is removed. Dr. Kridel is internationally recognized for his MVP Lift (Mulit-Vector Positioning Lift) because of his attention to fine detail in the dissection on multiple planes and his unique technique that leaves no visible scars.

Laser resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure. It is also important to understand that there are several types or modalities of laser resurfacing, not just one. This is because there are different lasers with different spectrums of power.  The rule of thumb for patients is that the stronger the power, the longer the down time, but also longer lasting results.  Laser resurfacing can be performed as a standalone procedure or in combination with another surgical procedure, such as a facelift.

Patient after facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

Patient after facelift and CO2 laser resurfacing

The most powerful laser is the CO2 laser. For patients with a great deal of sun damage and wrinkles, this will have the longest lasting effect. In fact, the results are quite impressive. The CO2 laser vaporizes, not burns, the top layers of the skin. Then over a matter of weeks and months after the procedure the skin regenerates Dr. Kridel is one of only a few surgeons in Houston who performs this laser technique with such great success and has written several scientific papers on the topic.  However, while a patient only needs to have one procedure, this technique also requires the greatest amount of downtime.

In the case of younger patients with less significant wrinkles and some brown spots, Fraxel laser resurfacing may be the recommended technique.  This is the least powerful laser and requires a series of 3 to 4 treatments spaced about 6 weeks apart.  However, there is virtually no downtime for each session.

The Fractionated CO2 is more powerful than Fraxel, yet this too may require more than one session. The Fractionated CO2 Laser technique uses the same basic technology as the full CO2. However, this laser is less powerful then the CO2 laser that’s fully ablative. Instead of burning off a large section of skin, the fractional approach sends down little pulses of energy in only selected sections of skin. It does not totally take off the top layer of skin.

At FPSA, we are very fortunate because we have all 3 modalities, or types, for laser skin resurfacing in our office — 3 different grades of lasers that can achieve the results patients will appreciate.

There are no two faces exactly alike. And as a result, it is important to have a consultation first so that they surgeon can provide the most appropriate treatment plan to help you obtain your goal of a more youthful and vibrant appearance.

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

To learn more about the different laser resurfacing techniques, visit Dr. Kridel’s You Tube channel where you can see multiple videos, like this one, about laser resurfacing.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

How Long Does A Facelift Last?

June 1st, 2014 admin

FACELIFT LONGEVITY

Facelift is one of the most common facial rejuvenation procedures.  It provides the most remarkable and long-lasting improvement in your appearance, particularly for those with significant sagging at the jawline, loose neck skin, as well as sagging in the cheek area.

One of the most common questions patients ask is — How long does a facelift last?  There is not one single answer to this question due to a number of factors, including your health, age, and underlying anatomy at the time of the surgery, as well as how well you take care of yourself after the surgery.   A facelift resets the aging clock by about 10 to 15 years.  You will continue to age, but you have time shifted the aging conveyor belt.  For some patients, they are happy with that amount of shift throughout their future years, while others will have another surgery in ten or fifteen years.

 

Before MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

Before MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

The younger you are the longer you can expect facelift results to last.  If you are older at the time of facelift surgery, you will experience more dramatic improvement, but you can not expect the surgery to wipe out the aging process entirely.  You want your facelift to look natural.  Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel’s facelift technique, MVP Lift, results in a natural and long-lasting look and NOT a windblown, pulled back look.  In addition, his trademark hidden incision technique means no one, except maybe your hairdresser, will know you had surgery.  Irrespective of your age, you can expect a facelift (MVP Lift) to improve your appearance — a more well-rested and healthy you — as well as your personal outlook.

After MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

After MVP Lift with Dr. Kridel

 

Dr. Kridel performs about 100 facelifts each year and is recognized by his peers and patients as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in the country.  The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery awarded him their top honor for his innovations in surgical techniques.  He has published over 30 medical journal articles and textbook chapters on facelift and facial rejuvenation techniques and other surgeons travel from all over the world to train with him.

Needless to say, you will be in the best of hands for facelift (MVP Lift) surgery with Dr. Russell Kridel.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

Check out videos like this Facelift Video by Dr. Russell Kridel on his You Tube channel.

For addition before and after facelift photos click here

To contact or make an appointment with Dr. Kridel at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, call 713/526-5665