Our society is a wonderful melting pot of various ethnicities and cultures. Within any ethnic population there are women and men who would like to make cosmetic changes to their nose, known as rhinoplasty. It is extremely important to select a facial plastic surgeon that has a complete understanding of the patient’s desired level of maintaining their ethnicity, as well as a complete understanding of the ethnic variations in the anatomy. Houston nasal surgery experts, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm, specialize in facial plastic surgery, particularly rhinoplasty, and have the proven ability to finesse their unique surgical techniques so that your rhinoplasty surgery will meet your individual goals for success. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm perform more than 100 rhinoplasty surgeries annually on patients from various ethnic backgrounds.
General Rhinoplasty Info
"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."- S.A. / Google / May 04, 2019
"Dr. Kridel has to be the very best out there. I am amazed at the outcome. His staff is personal and attentive. I truly feel fortunate to have him as my doctor."- Anonymous / Doctor.com / Oct 12, 2019
"The Doctor was great! Dr. Kridel has to be the very best out there. I am amazed at the outcome. His staff is personal and attentive. I truly feel fortunate to have him as my doctor."- Anonymous / Doctor.com / Oct 01, 2019
"Dr. Kridel's level of detail and expertise made me feel confident and comfortable throughout my entire experience. I absolutely love my nose and couldn't have made a better decision. I highly recommend him."- J.R. / Doctor.com / Oct 01, 2019
"I am about 6 weeks out from a grade 4 rhinoplasty revision and septaplasty surgery with Dr. Kridel. I did EXTENSIVE research before I chose my doctor. I was even willing to travel out of state if necessary. I wanted to choose the best, most capable, and skilled doctor, and I did. Dr. Kridel is still the BEST!I had my first septaplasty and rhinoplasty surgery almost 30 years ago and it was a horrific ordeal that left me feeling like I had PTSD for many years. My nose was never the same and eventually the tip started curving to the right and I could not breathe through my nose. I was too scared to go through the experience again, and I was afraid that I'd spend all the money and end up with similar results. Medicine has come a long way, in the past 30 years, and sometimes you get what you pay for in life. Dr. Kridel was not the cheapest, but I am confident that he is indeed the BEST possible option for me. I needed nine grafts to rebuild my nose, and my surgery was over 6 hours long. I woke up after surgery with minimal swelling; whereas, in my previous surgery I woke up with my eyes swollen shut and all bruised up. I never took a pain pill, as it was not needed. I did take Tylenol a few times. Bruising and swelling lasted a couple of days and then subsided. I've been waiting to review Dr. Kridel until I could fully determine the success of my surgery, and I'm super grateful to report to you that I can see that my nose will hold it's shape. I'm able to breathe and my nostrils are now symmetrical. There is no question that Dr. Kridel gave me his best work, and I'm so grateful!I've read reviews that claim that Dr. Kridel needs to move on, as he's getting older, but this is EXTREMELY false. Dr. Kridel is still very passionate about his craft and about teaching and helping others. He is still on the cutting edge of medicine in his field. He helps write text-books on these procedures, so he's clearly still extremely knowledgeable. On the day of surgery, you could tell that he was eager to help me and excited to do the surgery. There was nothing bored, checked-out, or overworked about him. I recommend that you do your research and interview a few doctors. You will see that Dr. Kridel and the two doctors that work with him are top-notch. I have met all three of them, and you cannot go wrong with their bedside manner, knowledge and expertise. This is the place you want to go for sure! I have seen Dr Caceres many times post-surgery, and he was always patient with me, kind, and caring. I was terrified to have my stitches and packing out, but he helped me get through it without any tears! Dr. Caceres truly cares about his patients and that goes a long way!Let me also point out that very few doctors do both procedures: plastic surgery (rhinoplasty) and ENT work (septaplasty). When it comes to the look and function of your nose, you want someone highly skilled at both."- J.P. / Google / Sep 06, 2019
Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are sensitive to both individual and cultural differences in aesthetic perception and the expectations for nice surgical results. Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most complex cosmetic surgery procedures. In the case of African American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Asian noses, the anatomical structures of the nose may be different than a Caucasian nose. Yet, the most popular facial plastic surgical procedure requested by Hispanic and African-American patients is rhinoplasty. It’s crucial that both the anatomy and aesthetic desires of the patients be taken into consideration in the surgical planning process. Patients from similar ethnic backgrounds can very easily want different levels of cosmetic changes. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have a complete understanding of the patient’s desired level of maintaining their ethnicity, as well as a complete understanding of the ethnic variations in the anatomy. In addition, Dr. Kridel has pioneered ethnic rhinoplasty techniques that create balanced changes without significantly altering ethnicity. Many of these surgical techniques are now taught in medical schools.
African American Rhinoplasty
Increased width, loss of definition and lack of projection characterize some of the typical features African-American patients desire to have cosmetically changed. Building dorsal height, achieving nasal tip definition amidst thick skin, and producing a more aesthetically pleasing alar base are the major challenges. Successful nasal surgery in the African-American nose requires understanding that the anatomy differs greatly from the Caucasian nose. The hallmark of rhinoplasty for African-American patients is augmentation of the osteocartilaginous framework with reduction of the alar base and thick skin envelope. However, it should not be forgotten that appreciating societal norms and individual desires is paramount to a post-operative result that pleases you.
For Hispanic patients, we have found that narrowing and augmenting the height of the nasal dorsum, increasing projection, rotation, and definition of the nasal tip, and reducing alar flare and base width are the most common concerns. The challenge of Hispanic rhinoplasty lies not only in the differences in anatomy from the Caucasian nose, but also the wide heterogeneity within the community from a multiethnic origin and patterns of migration. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm understand these nuances and have developed surgical techniques that can create a more aesthetically pleasing nose without drastically affecting ethnicity.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2.5-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQs
Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have extensive experience with this surgery and strive to provide results that look and appear natural. Yes, your face will look different, but the goal is for the result to appear natural in a way that makes you happy, while still respecting the cultural aesthetics of your ethnicity in a manner that meets your overall aesthetic goals.
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