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Russell Kridel, M.D. – Houston, TX Facial Plastic Surgeon

About Dr. Kridel

Russell Kridel, M.D., is one of the best facial plastic surgeons as recognized by both peers and patients. He is often referred to as “The Doctors’ Doctor” as doctors refer themselves and their families to him. Dr. Kridel is Triple board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (ABAO-HNS), and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS). Dr. Kridel is consistently named on Top Doc lists, including the acclaimed Castle Connolly Top Doctors, an accomplishment achieved by roughly only 2% of physicians. Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon, Best Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon, Best Facelift Surgeon, Best Septal Perforation Repair Surgeon are just a few of the most common accolades given Dr. Kridel.

FPSA-Certified Surgical Center

Dr. Russell Kridel, Dr. Sean Delaney and the entire Facial Plastic Surgery Associates (FPSA) team provide patients with an exceptional surgical experience at our on-site operating facility. For most cosmetic surgery procedures patients can enjoy the comfort, ease, and convenience of surgery in our offices. Facial Plastic Surgery Associates’ operating room has been certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation by this highly regarded, independent organization ensures that our in-office operating room facility meets the highest quality standards of staffing, licensing, certification, equipment, and physical plant standards. This accreditation is similar to the process completed for out-patient surgical facilities associated with hospital systems.

What Sets Him Apart

Dr. Kridel is known for the “most natural cosmetic surgery results.” He understands that patients need individualized care to achieve their aesthetic goals and expectations. Through his extensive experience and outstanding award-winning surgical skills, Dr. Kridel leads his patients through this highly personal process of facial rejuvenation and aesthetic rejuvenation, whether it is a minimally invasive treatment or cosmetic surgical procedures. Dr. Kridel has published more than 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters on facial plastic surgery techniques, many of which he pioneered and are now taught in medical schools. His unparalleled surgical expertise and compassion puts his patients at ease so they can embark on their surgical journey with confidence.

His Specialties

Dr. Kridel is a facial plastic surgeon, which means he specializes in procedures for the face and neck, exclusively. He has pioneered surgical techniques for rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facelift (with non-visible scars) and septal perforation repair that are now taught in medical schools across the country. Regarded as “the” leading expert in facial plastic surgery, patients, including physicians and their family members, come from all over the world to have Dr. Kridel perform their surgery. Dr. Kridel also has extensive experience performing many other cosmetic procedures such as browlift, otoplasty, eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty), CO2 laser resurfacing, and other leading-edge, non-surgical treatments.

Superlative Training

After obtaining his B.A. at Stanford, Dr. Kridel studied art history in Florence, Italy, and became fascinated with what proved to be a lifelong interest — beauty through the ages. He credits this time as a pivotal period in his development of a keen aesthetic eye, which has set him apart in a field in which a refined artistic sense is of paramount importance. After deciding facial plastic surgery would be his life’s work and passion, he attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residencies in general surgery and in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery – at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed a prestigious AAFPRS fellowship in facial plastic surgery.

Teaching and Instruction

Because his skills are well known and widely admired, Dr. Kridel has trained thousands of surgeons from around the world. Surgeons come to visit him in his private practice in Houston, and they travel to medical courses to hear him lecture. They consistently refer to the extensive list of scientific articles and textbook chapters he has authored to help advance their own surgical skills. Dr. Kridel serves on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston as an adjunct Clinical Professor, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, UT Health Science Center & Medical School. He is on the medical staff of several Houston hospitals, including Methodist Hospital.

Special Appearances & Speaking

Dr. Kridel’s vast range of experience not only makes him a sought-after speaker at meetings and courses nationwide, but his innovations and techniques make him an A-list interviewee for all forms of media.

Extremely articulate at describing procedures and benefits, Dr. Kridel has been interviewed by the CBS Early Show in New York, often featured in national magazines, and has been a featured medical authority for Texas publications and TV segments.

Outstanding Honors

Patients and physicians have consistently named Dr. Kridel to Top Doc lists annually for over 20 years for his highly successful and natural results. Dr. Kridel has also received the highest honors for surgical excellence from his medical specialty and from other surgeons, including, the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery awarded Dr. Kridel the F. Mark Rafaty Award and the William K. Wright Award. His research study on the use of irradiated cartilage grafting in nasal reconstruction was published in the AMA Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, and was hailed as a “landmark study,” which “epitomized the meticulous clinical observations that we all should strive to achieve in our practices.”

Professional Associations

Always an activist for excellence in health care delivery, Dr. Kridel believes better health care for patients comes, in part, from physicians’ dedication to developing medical advancements at all levels. Elected by surgeons from his own specialty and other multi-disciplinary physicians to numerous leadership positions, Dr. Kridel has served as President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, President of the Texas Medical Association Foundation, and President for the Harris County Medical Society. Dr. Kridel has also served on the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Association, including as Chair.

Commitment to Fellowship

Based on his reputation for superior surgical skills and innovative techniques, Dr. Kridel is a Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program. Dr. Kridel’s Fellowship is one of 45 sanctioned programs across the United States and Canada. A fellowship with Dr. Kridel is one of the most sought after by the best and the brightest physicians that have graduated at the top of their respective medical training programs.

Giving Back

In 1995, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel, M.D., established The Face Foundation charitable program. The Face Foundation provides surgical care at no fee to financially disadvantaged individuals who are survivors of domestic violence and need to receive restorative or reconstructive facial plastic surgery, especially battered women and children.

Articles, Blog, FAQs

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Dr. Russell Kridel - Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

Medical Privileges


"Dr.Kridel and his staff are the most amazing team out there. He performed my rhinoplasty and took care of each one of my concerns. As a senior in high school, I had no confidence when it came to my nose but after the surgery I look amazing and I’m actually more outgoing. I truly recommend him and his work. He is a very genuine person and cares for every patient. Honestly the best surgeon in Houston."



"My only regret is not coming here in the first place for my rhinoplasty!, I had my first rhinoplasty from a local surgeon who mostly did boob jobs, big mistake. My nose looked almost the same only it deviated to one side of my face making it asymmetrical and disturbing my facial harmony. Dr Kridell and his staff were super kind and made me feel welcome the entire journey. My nose looks amazing and I cant thank him enough!"



"I was incredibly nervous when it came to getting my septal perforation repaired. Dr Kridel and all of his staff were supportive and made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process. They were able to answer all my questions and made sure I understood everything happening in terms of recovery and healing."



"Originally I'd planned to use Dr. Kridel, the doctor that performed my mother's facial rejuvenation in 2006. Her result was perfect, and now in her mid-70s still looks better than any woman I've ever met her age. Dr. Delaney felt like the natural choice for my facial surgery. I'm more than satisfied with my result, and I'm happy that I didn't wait until I was older to do it."



"Very pleased with the result from my facelift. Dr Kridel and his staff are wonderful, very professional and attentive from start to finish. They deserve 10 stars!"



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