Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel, is an expert in facial rejuvenation treatments, including non-invasive Botox treatments. At FPSA, our physician designs and performs Botox treatments tailored to the individual’s aesthetic goals. In the hands of this skilled specialist, Botox can eliminate the fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows and along the forehead, as well as crow’s feet and laugh lines, and re-shape eyebrows to give patients a more vibrant and youthful look.
Botox is an FDA-approved wrinkle relaxer. Known as a neurotoxin (or neuromodulator), Botox decreases the visual appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in areas on the face that show expression, such as the forehead, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet. Dr. Kridel also uses Botox to shape eyebrows. It can also help relieve medical issues such as, excessive sweating and migraine headaches. Once injected, the medication causes the underlying muscles to relax with a localized reduction of the muscle activity in the injected area. The result creates a smoother surface and more youthful appearance.
What Sets Us Apart?
At FPSA, your Botox treatments are performed by board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel, or a registered nurse under the direct supervision of the surgeon. This provides patients with the peace of mind that they are in the hands of a physician who focuses solely on the face and neck and the procedure is done in the safety and comfort of a medical office environment. In addition, Dr. Kridel makes sure patients are comfortable and experience very little discomfort during their treatment session, so patients can be given numbing cream or a dental block if they desire. At FPSA, Dr. Kridel takes facial injections quite seriously and believes it is important for patients to have highly skilled and trained hands that can tailor injections to your specific needs with greater finesse, rather than a one size fits all approach at many medical spas. In addition, our staff can deposit points into your Brilliant Distinctions loyalty program account at your office visit.
"Thank you Dr. Kridel - I am in my early fifties and work. I am in a competitive industry and I was getting self conscious that I was looking tired and old. I met with other docs too, but no one seemed to be as nice or listen like Dr. Kridel and his staff. He took time with me and was very honest. I had Fraxel laser on my face and neck, botox in my forehead and restylene in the lines by my mouth. None of it hurt. Let me tell you, I look soooo much better. The age spots on my face are not noticeable, my face creases are gone and I was only out of the office for a day and half. My friends in the office kept telling me how great and refreshed I looked. I didn't tell them a thing. I am just getting started and will never go to anyone else."- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 29, 2011
"50+ Female Ready for Revision Rhinoplasty - Houston, TX - I have started to work on my facial rejuvenation bucket list now that I am over 50 (by a few years). I have done botox and fillers, but no surgery. What was bothering me most was my nose. Had surgery many a moon ago and did not like the results. Didn't think it could be fixed, but finally decided to look into seeing if anyone could fix it. I went to 3 docs, 2 in Houston and 1 in Dallas who are supposed to be the best nose docs based on research I did or recommendations from friends. All 3 had written research papers on revision noses. After seeing all 3, I decided on Dr. Kridel in Houston. Most thorough consultation, great staff and was realistic about what could and could not be done, also loads of experience. Talked to other patients who had similar surgery and they raved about him. Can't wait"- K. / RealSelf / Jun 24, 2014
"61 Year Old, Trying Hard Not to Look 81 Years Old - Houston, TX - Amazingly professional and excellent surgeon."- L. / RealSelf / Dec 15, 2014
"Love her! - She the best, meticulous, precise and make it look perfectly natural. I go to her for Botox and fillers and she will make me look 10 years younger in 20 minutes and it looks completely natural."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 10, 2017
"I had a browlift with Dr. Kridel last August and I couldn't be more pleased with my results! I'm in my 30's and my brows weren't terrible -- They were just very straight. Dr. Kridel was able to raise them so I now have a noticeable arch. I love them! Added bonus, I haven't really needed any botox! My forehead is much smoother after the surgery."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 04, 2019
Botox is administered by Dr. Kridel during an in-office appointment that typically takes about 30-45 minutes. The depth, length, quantity and location of wrinkles varies for each patient. Therefore, the injection treatment, including the dosage and injection location, is tailored specifically to your facial structure and aesthetic goals. Dr. Kridel will mark the specific areas on the face that are going to be treated with a washable marker. There is no downtime and patients can return home or to work after their appointment.
What to Expect
Immediately following a series of Botox injections, there may be some mild swelling and redness at the injection site. This will subside a few hours after the procedure. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few hours. It typically takes 4-7 days for Botox to take effect after treatment. The result is wrinkles will cease to appear and skin appears smooth and soft.
Treatment costs vary for each patient depending on how much Botox is used. For men, it may take a larger dose to achieve the desired effect. A treatment session typically takes 1-3 syringes, with costs ranging between $360-$800 per session.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $360 - $810
- Recovery Time
- 1 Day
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-7 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Is it Safe?
Botox is approved by the FDA and has a long, safe history. It is administered in over 75 countries and consistently ranks as the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in America. However, even with its popularity, Botox is a drug and should only be administered by a qualified medical practitioner. Botox is not recommended for patients with some medical conditions. You should review these with the physician at the time of your consultation.
Dysport is also an FDA-approved wrinkle relaxer similar to Botox. It is also a neurotoxin, but the chemical balance is just slightly different between Dysport and Botox, so patients can react differently. One may be more effective than another depending on the patient. Plus, patients can develop a tolerance to one specific brand over time and can switch to another neurotoxin brand option.
BOTOX or Filler?
Wrinkle relaxers, like Botox and Dysport, temporarily freeze the underlying muscle. They do not fill in any lines and are more effective at removing wrinkles in the upper third of the face. Conversely, injectable fillers such as, Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane, are not wrinkle relaxers. Fillers help decrease wrinkles by adding volume to certain facial structures, which creates the appearance of smooth skin. Fillers are more effective in the bottom 2/3rds of the face. During your consultation, Dr. Kridel will do a thorough examination and discuss your aesthetic goals. He will design a treatment plan specific to your needs which may include wrinkle relaxers, wrinkle fillers or a combination of both.
Men and women who wish to soften and decrease facial lines and wrinkles may be candidates for Botox. The most common age to receive Botox injections is between 34-55. However, many patients in their late twenties and early thirties, have Botox injections at the early signs of aging to help timeshift the aging process. There are also a wide range of patients over the age of 55 who effectively use Botox to reduce the signs of aging and better match their youthful spirit.
Botox is not a permanent fix. Results will last for three to six months – sometimes longer – but they will not last forever. To maintain the youthful effects, patients have repeat injections as soon as they see signs that frown lines or wrinkles are returning, normally about 2 to 3 times a year.
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