AN EVENTFUL STAY AT THE CITY BY THE BAY
From September 8-11, leaders from the field of Facial Plastic Surgery came together in San Francisco to educate other aesthetic surgeons. Doctors and guest faculty members were educated on the latest surgical techniques for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Russell Kridel travelled to the 46th Annual Fall Meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in San Francisco, September 8-11, as an invited faculty presenter.
Dr. Kridel gave two lectures focused on nasal surgery. In his first lecture, “How to Obtain Stable Results in Ethnic Rhinoplasty,” Dr. Kridel presented his published techniques for providing structural support when performing cosmetic rhinoplasty to help ethnic patients maintain positive surgical outcomes over time. Building dorsal height, achieving nasal tip definition amidst thick skin, and producing a more aesthetically pleasing alar base are the major challenges. He also reiterated to the surgeons in attendance that the definition of ethnic rhinoplasty has evolved as the population has become more of a melting pot. Dr. Kridel stated that surgical planning should be sensitive to both individual and cultural differences in aesthetic perception and expectations.
Dr. Kridel also presented a talk on “The Nose Inside and Out: Septal Perforations,” which was available for Continuing Medical Education (CMD) credit for attending AAFPRS member surgeons and AAO-HNS (American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery) member surgeons. Nasal septal perforations are holes in the septum that may be caused by trauma, nose-picking, previous nasal surgery and cocaine use. Dr. Kridel presented several case studies of recent septal perforation patients to demonstrate the surgical techniques he has pioneered. He has also written over 20 peer-reviewed medical journal articles on septal perforations and is considered one of the country’s leading experts on the procedure. Over 700 facial plastic surgeons from the U.S. and around the world attended the conference to gain additional knowledge and training from guest speakers, such as Dr. Kridel, to take back to their practices.