The Face Foundation - Houston, TX

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"Sometimes it takes the helping hands of others to wipe away the past and bring a fresh face to life."
- Dr. Russell Kridel



In 1995, world renowned Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel, MD, established The Face Foundation charitable program. Through The Face Foundation, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney provide 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.

Sadly, the results of head and neck injuries can be a daily reminder to survivors of domestic violence. Having witnessed the traumatic and disfiguring head and neck injuries of countless victims of domestic violence throughout his career, Dr. Kridel wanted to provide an avenue for survivors without the financial means to obtain quality facial plastic surgery assistance to help them regain a sense of inner and outer beauty.

Through The Face Foundation, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney provide surgical services at no charge. In addition, some hospitals also donate resources such as operating rooms, nursing staff time and supplies and the services of an anesthesiologist. The total average benefit to each patient is often in excess of $10,000.The Face Foundation also provides education and training in facial plastic surgery and helps organize workshops to educate other physicians, publish articles to educate the public and fund research.

Surgery on battered women participating in The Face Foundation program is done in conjunction with the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project.  The AAFPRS Foundation partners with Break the Silence Foundation (BTSF) which is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to work with domestic violence victims and their families, through crisis intervention, advocacy, self-improvement, healthy relationship workshops, self-defense and workforce development.

Qualified patients interested in pursuing assistance by Dr. Russell Kridel or Dr. Sean Delaney through The Face Foundation must meet minimum requirements and submit a completed AAFPRS/BTSF Application for consideration.  The application will be reviewed by BTSF and approved applications will be submitted to AAFPRS FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project team.  The AAFPRS will match the approved application with our practice.  BTSF will provide contact information for the survivor to make an appointment for a consultation with FPSA.  During the consultation the surgeon will outline what can and cannot be done to achieve the goals desired and confirm participation in The Face Foundation program.

Click Here to complete the AAFPRS/BTSF Application. Be sure to state on the application that you reside in the Houston Metro Area and would like to request Dr. Kridel or Dr. Delaney. 



  • Must be a survivor (men, women or children) of domestic violence from a spouse, intimate partner, caregiver, sibling or parent.
  • Request for services from violent attacks, stranger assault, accident or cosmetic surgery requests NOT related to domestic violence do not qualify.
  • A survivor must have been out of the abusive relationship for a minimum of (12) months prior to submitting an application to BTSF.
  • All applicants must have had contact with a domestic violence advocate social worker, case manager, counselor, faith leader or therapist a minimum of (2) times and provide a letter of support from the individual or organization as part of the application process.
  • The AAFPRS/BTSF Application must be completed in full and signed in all appropriate areas to be considered for referral.
  • A survivor must sign the AAFPRS-BTSF Consent Form
  • The application reviewer will have at least one phone conversation with the applicant to verify the application information and confirm the above requirements
  • The application reviewer may at his/her discretion contact the advocate, social worker, case manager, counselor, faith leader or therapist to confirm the applicant's participation
  • The recipient must complete an in-person consultation with Dr. Kridel or Dr. Delaney and complete any FPSA specific paperwork required.



  • A woman is battered every 12 seconds in the United States.
  • An average of three women in America die as a result of domestic violence each day
  • One in four women and one in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence in their lifetime.
  • Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
  • Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. 75% of Texas 16-24 year olds have either experienced dating violence or know another young person who has.
  • More women are injured by their partners than by rape, auto accidents and muggings combined.
  • 37% of women who sought treatment in emergency rooms for violence-related injuries in 1994 were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.



The Face Foundation depends on kind and generous people like you to make a difference. Although surgeons provide their time and expertise at no cost, funds are still needed for anesthesia, supplies, recovery facilities, prescription drugs, dressings and incidentals, charges not donated by the hospital and staff coordination.

The Face Foundation is a non-profit organization. It is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, all donations qualify as charitable contributions for tax purposes.

Your gift now will help change the lives of survivors of domestic violence in the Houston community who are The Face Foundation recipients.

Please mail contributions to:

The Face Foundation, 2100 West Loop South Suite 1200, Houston, TX, 77027

Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address along with the check. The Face Foundation will email your receipt.


Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Russell Kridel, MD and Sean Delaney, MD



     Houston Area Women’s Center
     (713) 528-2121

     National Domestic Violence Hotline
     1-800-799-SAFE (7233)