About Dr. Kridel
As a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon for more than 25 years, Russell Kridel, M.D., is recognized as one of the country’s top surgeons by both his peers and his patients. He is often referred to as “The Doctors’ Doctor.” Triple board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Kridel is consistently named among the numerous Top Doc lists, including the acclaimed Castle Connolly Top Doctors, an accomplishment achieved by roughly only 2% of physicians.
FPSA-Certified Surgical Center
Dr. Kridel is proud to offer patients an exceptional surgical experience with state-of-the-art, on-site operating facilities. Facial Plastic Surgery Associates has been certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation by this highly regarded, independent organization ensures that Dr. Kridel’s in-office operating room facility meets the highest quality standards of staffing, licensing, certification, equipment, and physical plant standards.
What Sets Him Apart
Dr. Kridel understands that patients need individualized care based on their goals and expectations to achieve the most natural results. Through his extensive experience and outstanding surgical skills, Dr. Kridel leads his patients through this highly personal process of rejuvenation, whether it is a minimally invasive treatment or a complete cosmetic transformation. Dr. Kridel has published more than 100 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.
Dr. Kridel specializes in procedures for the face and neck, exclusively. He has pioneered surgical techniques for rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facelift and septal perforation 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. He is the most noted, of only a few specialists, in the U.S. with an extremely high success rate for complex septal perforation surgery. Dr. Kridel also has extensive experience performing many other cosmetic procedures such as otoplasty, eyelid surgery, CO2 laser resurfacing, hair restoration, and other leading-edge, non-surgical treatments.
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 plethora 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 a Clinical Professor and Director, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology – 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.
Patients and physicians have consistently named Dr. Kridel to Top Doc lists annually for over 15 years, including; Texas Monthly Super Doctor, H-Texas Magazine Top Doc and Best Doctor, and Castle Connolly Top Doctor. For his professional achievements, the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery awarded Dr. Kridel the F. Mark Rafaty Award and the William K. Wright Award — their highest honors for surgical excellence. 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.”
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, as well as, physicians across all disciplines, 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. In 2014, Dr. Kridel was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees and is currently the Chair-Elect.
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 49 sanctioned programs across the United States and Canada and one of only two programs in Texas. 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.
In 1995, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell W. H. 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.
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" Dr. Kridel did a face/neck (F/N) revision originally done by another acclaimed Houston MD, I will call Dr. X?. When Dr. X did my F/N surgery, he exchanged breast implants that were placed 30 yrs earlier after a large weight loss. This 1-stop shopping approach to plastic surgery doesn?t work! Dr. X improved my F/N, but residual loose neck skin & a somewhat tired look remained; he also did not remove built up breast scar tissue with the implant exchange. My new? breasts were dysmorphic & tender. So I went to Dr. John Lomonaco, who specializes in breast and bariatric procedures, & he removed the breast scar tissue, gave me an AWESOME lower body lift & highly recommended Dr. Kridel for my residual F/N issues. Dr. X offered to fix my F/N at the cost of the OR, but I chose Dr. Kridel. The cost of another face/neck surgery with Dr. Kridel was worth it! My face is now more natural and less tired appearing. I also LOVE the lack of loose neck skin! I find it interesting that Dr. Kridel established and oversees The Face Foundation?, a charitable organization which helps financially?strapped victims of domestic violence undergo facial procedures, that otherwise would not be available to them. I think it is a telling testament to the level of his skillset, his integrity and his own emotional centeredness. Probably many of those battered and broken individuals are problematic and complex cases, some maybe permanently limited from ever achieving cosmetic perfection. I would imagine a few surgeons, even if paid, would chose to opt out rather than have their work displayed for possible judgment. Nonetheless, Dr. Kridel proceeds; perhaps with the goal of relieving pain, or rebuilding function, maybe restoring dignity and/or offering hope for a brighter tomorrow - nonetheless, he proceeds. Now that?s the physician I want doing my facial surgery!"
"It took me years to take the plunge. But, I did. I had a facelift and eyelid surgery with Dr. Kridel and I am just thrilled with the results. I attended a wedding and all of my friends asked what I had done because I looked 15 years younger. The recovery was much faster than I thought it would be, very little bruising. I couldn't be happier."
"Dear Dr. Kridel, Today, One year after you operated me, I want to send you my greetings and my deepest grateful. I remember you very often. Every day whenever I breath, when I realize that my perforation is closed, I remember of you and I feel grateful for your expertise and your marvelous hands.?I will never forget you. I will never say thank you enough times.?Thousands of thanks and best regards."
"dr. kridel removed a small facial cancer from my face. i had been to 2 other surgeons and 1 dermatologist prior to him who all assured me this was "nothing" to be concerned with. after the initial visit, i was totally confident in his med/surg. ability as he fully explained in detail all procedures and possibilities. both he and his staff were professional and knowledgable, at the same time warm and caring....i also have been a client in his spa for over 2 yrs. ..the same qualities apply here...his aesthetician, lacy is WONDERFUL. ..again,the highest of integrity in work ethic and knowledge of her field.i have never been disappointed!"
"To say Dr. Kridel is awesome is actually a gross understatement. His keen eye, precision & attention to detail is first-class. When I am at his office to get fillers & other non invasive procedures, I know I am getting the best treatment humanly possible. He comprehends the science behind the treatments & makes sure as a patient you understand exactly what ur getting. His esthetician (Lacy Gifford) is another reason why I patronize Today?s Face. She is phenomenal at what she does which is to make ur skin Fabulous. I am proud to say I have a Team Gifford lifetime membership card. Great Job Dr K & Lacy!!! Two Thumbs Way Up!!!"
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