J. David Kriet, MD, FACS
Clinton D. Humphrey, MD, FACS

Univerity of Kansas
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon Describes the Typical Facelift Patient

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Dr. J. David Kriet outlines common attributes of the average facelift patient and discusses the presurgical approach he and Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey take at University of Kansas Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Kansas City, KS — According to the most recent statistics published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 10 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2012; a 3% increase from the previous year. With an interest in cosmetic enhancement still trending upward, Kansas City facial plastic surgeons J. David Kriet, MD and Clinton D. Humphrey, MD perform facelift surgery as one of the most popular procedures at University of Kansas Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

In a recent blog post on their website titled, “Is Facelift Surgery Right for Me?”, Dr. Kriet discusses typical candidates for facelift surgery, as well as his approach to establishing expectations. According to the post, the following are some commonalities shared by his average facelift patients:

  • Healthy
  • Stable weight
  • Between 48 and 75 years of age
  • Presence of facial skin laxity
  • Appearance of stubborn fatty deposits around the face and neck

The Kansas City facial plastic surgeon says many of his patients begin considering facial rejuvenation in their mid-40’s but typically only pursue non-surgical treatment options like BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers at that time. However, once those same patients reach their late 40’s to early 50’s, he notes that they often transition into considering surgical options such as the facelift. Furthermore, he adds that many patients opt to maximize the results of their facelift by combining both surgical and non-surgical procedures.

When asked about his approach to helping patients determine realistic goals and expectations for their facelift surgery, Dr. Kriet answers:

“During the initial consultation, a conversation regarding goals and expectations takes place. In most cases, we come to a mutual agreement with the patient on the treatment plan at this initial visit. We will then often have one or two additional consultations to confirm expectations and answer any questions the patient may have. Our goal is for every patient to feel like their needs have been met with our care.”

Dr. Kriet also states, “Every patient is unique, and the facelift is modified accordingly for skin thickness, the presence of neck bands, fat accumulations, hairline position, chin position, and jawline.” Ultimately, he urges anyone interested in the procedure to seek a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in order to help ensure the utmost degrees of safety and efficacy are achieved.

About J. David Kriet, MD, FACS
Dr. Kriet earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and later continued his medical training at both the University of Washington and the Oregon Health and Sciences University. A leader in his field, Dr. Kriet remains dedicated to the medical community through lecturing, educating other surgeons, and contributing articles to prestigious medical journals. He also participates in FACE TO FACE, an organization designed to help victims of domestic violence through complementary surgery. He is available for interview upon request.

About Clinton D. Humphrey, MD, FACS
Dr. Humphrey earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and received extensive surgical training from the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Humphrey remains devoted to the medical field by lecturing nationally and contributing his research on facial plastic surgery to leading medical journals. He also enjoys volunteering around the world – he provides medical care to impoverished populations lacking access to proper medical care, including the people of Honduras, Mexico, and the Philippines. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information about Drs. Kriet and Humphrey, visit kufacialplasticsurgery.com.

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University of Kansas Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
(913) 871-9785

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Is Facelift Surgery Right for Me?

Due to its prominent exposure, the face is usually the first part of the body to show signs of aging. Some people choose to receive facelift surgery to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, but with a number of other non-surgical facial rejuvenation options available, others can be a little more hesitant to move forward with the facelift procedure. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. J. David Kriet, recently sat down with us to answer some questions that may be able help you determine if facelift surgery is a good option for your cosmetic goals.

Question: What is the average age range of your facelift patients?

Dr. Kriet: On average, our patients range from ages 48 to 75.

Q: Who makes an ideal candidate for facelift surgery?

DK: The ideal patient should be generally healthy and at a stable weight.

Q: Typically, in your experience, is there a specific age you’ve observed when patients considering facial rejuvenation change their thinking from non-surgical to surgical?

DK: It is very common for patients in their mid-40’s to discuss rejuvenation options, and they may choose office-based treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and dermal fillers. These same patients frequently decide to proceed with facelift surgery in their late 40’s to early 50’s.

Q: Minimally invasive procedures can also be used to correct deep folds, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. How do you determine whether a surgical or non-surgical method is needed?

DK: Minimally invasive procedures definitely play a role in facial rejuvenation and are sometimes used in conjunction with surgical treatments. Laxity of the facial skin or stubborn fatty deposits are two of the primary determinants that suggest surgical intervention may be needed.

Q: When a patient is interested in facial rejuvenation, how do you determine the appropriate procedure? Generally speaking, do you often combine procedures?

DK: A complete evaluation of the patient and a thorough discussion about their wishes leads to the formulation of a surgical treatment plan. Many patients choose to combine rejuvenation of the upper face (browlift and eyelid surgery) with the lower facelift procedure. Other patients prefer to take a step-wise approach. We work with each patient to help them achieve the results they desire.

Q: What is your approach to establishing expectations and goals with a facelift patient?

DK: During the initial consultation, a conversation regarding goals and expectations takes place. In most cases, we come to a mutual agreement with the patient on the treatment plan at this initial visit. We will then often have one or two additional consultations to confirm expectations and answer any questions the patient may have. Our goal is for every patient to feel like their needs have been met with our care.

Q: You mention that every aspect of a patient’s face is assessed. How do qualities such as a patient’s skin texture, bone structure, and muscle tone affect the facelift procedure?

DK: Every patient is unique, and the facelift is modified accordingly for skin thickness, the presence of neck bands, fat accumulations, hairline position, chin position, and jawline.

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Dr. Kriet recommends anyone considering a facelift to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. If you have any questions about facelift surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your facial rejuvenation options, please contact our office today.

Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeons Help Enhance Medical Care Abroad

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Dr. J. David Kriet and Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey of KU Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery travel to Austria and Guatemala to help improve medical care internationally.

Kansas City, KS — Facial plastic surgeons J. David Kriet, MD and Clinton D. Humphrey, MD of University of Kansas Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have recently extended their medical care and expertise outside the United States. Through separate efforts to enhance the level of facial plastic and reconstructive care received worldwide, Dr. Kriet served as a guest international faculty member for a facial surgery course in Vienna, Austria and Dr. Humphrey is presently volunteering his services on a medical mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala.

According to their practice’s blog post entitled, “Dr. Kriet Serves on Faculty at International Facial Surgery Course,” Dr. Kriet was invited overseas to the 4th AOCMF Operative Techniques in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Course where he led a practical session on rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery. During his session, he instructed participants on the intricacies of the aforementioned surgical procedures and demonstrated open rhinoplasty, upper eyelid surgery, and lower eyelid surgery on a frozen human specimen to provide hands-on training. Due to the variance in rhinoplasty experience among his session participants, Dr. Kriet focused a majority of his efforts on reviewing essential nasal anatomy and passing along helpful tips he has attained through first-hand experience with complex rhinoplasty cases.

In another recent blog post, Dr. Humphrey’s pursuit to raise the level of care patients receive around the world is highlighted. According to “Dr. Humphrey Performs Revision Rhinoplasty in Guatemala,” the Kansas City facial plastic surgeon is currently serving on a Medical Missions Foundation (MMF) trip dedicated to providing both clinical and surgical care to those in need. Early into the trip, Dr. Humphrey was presented with the case of a young man seeking help after previously receiving an unsuccessful rhinoplasty procedure. Utilizing cartilage taken from the boys ear, Dr. Humphrey performed a revision rhinoplasty procedure and was successfully able to reconstruct the boy’s nose.

Whether it be instructing other surgeons on the latest techniques available or actually performing procedures for those in need, the two surgeons say their ongoing goal is to do their part to help provide an opportunity for patients around the world to receive the medical care and attention they deserve. Regarding plans outside their current and most recent work abroad, Dr. Kriet notes that he and Dr. Humphrey continue to pursue every opportunity to strengthen their expertise, as well as that of other surgeons both nationally and internationally.

About J. David Kriet, MD, FACS

Dr. J. David Kriet earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his Residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a Diplomat and Senior Examiner of the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, as well as a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Kriet is available for interview upon request.

About Clinton D. Humphrey, MD, FACS

Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed his Residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and he is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Humphrey is available for interview upon request.

Dr. Kriet Serves on Faculty at International Facial Surgery Course

Faculty pictured from left to right: J David Kriet, USA; Christos Perisanidis, Vienna, Austria; Risto Kontio, Helsinki, Finland; Nikolaos Papadogeorgakis, Athens, Greece; Julio Acero, Madrid, Spain; Paul Pöschl, Vienna, Austria.

Faculty pictured from left to right: J David Kriet, USA; Christos Perisanidis, Vienna, Austria; Risto Kontio, Helsinki, Finland; Nikolaos Papadogeorgakis, Athens, Greece; Julio Acero, Madrid, Spain; Paul Pöschl, Vienna, Austria.

For facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, continuing one’s education on a regular basis is imperative to consistently providing patients with the highest level of care available. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and leader in his field, Dr. J. David Kriet is dedicated not only to continuing his own education, but also helping others further theirs. In his most recent effort, Dr. Kriet traveled to Vienna, Austria where he served as a guest international faculty member at the 4th AOCMF Operative Techniques in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Course. This was his second opportunity to visit Vienna for the course chaired by Christos Perisanidis, MD, DMD of Medical University of Vienna, and participants traveled from all around the world to attend.

According to AOCMF, the intensive course was designed to instruct surgeons on all essential operative procedures in oral and maxillofacial surgery while providing the opportunity for participants to perform particular procedures under the guidance of experts. Over the duration of three days, a total of eight practical sessions covering a variety of facial surgeries were led by local and international faculty members. Each session included a step-by-step introduction succeeded by an on-site demonstration and hands-on training using frozen human cadavers.

Dr. Kriet explains how he approaches various rhinoplasty challenges to the course participants.

Dr. Kriet explains how he approaches various rhinoplasty challenges to the course participants.

As a result of his extensive experience in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kriet was specifically invited to lead a session on rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty during which he instructed and performed open rhinoplasty, upper blepharoplasty, and lower blepharoplasty procedures. Since all participants had expertise in maxillofacial surgery but varied in their rhinoplasty experiences, Dr. Kriet most notably reviewed key nasal anatomy essential for performing rhinoplasty with consistent outcomes and shared personal tips he has found useful when performing this intricate procedure.

In reflection of his overall experience, Dr. Kriet highlights: “Vienna has such a rich history in the understanding of human anatomy, and it was an honor to participate in this state-of-the art educational event. Having the opportunity to share my knowledge and simultaneously learn from my colleagues and course participants in such a wonderful city and facility was fantastic. I was able to catch up with old friends from around the world and make many new friends. This was certainly a high point of my recent educational travels.”

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For more information on the AOCMF course, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kriet, please contact our office today.

Dr. Humphrey Performs Revision Rhinoplasty in Guatemala

Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey is currently volunteering on a medical mission trip in Antigua, Guatemala. Organized by the Medical Missions Foundation (MMF), this trip is one of several international missions dedicated to providing clinical and surgical care to patients in impoverished countries who would otherwise not be able to receive the medical attention they need.

According to MMF’s blog, “Day 5” of the trip was a particularly eventful and gratifying day for our own Dr. Humphrey. That day, an 18 year-old boy entered the Obras Sociales del Hermano Pedro – the hospital and church at which Dr. Humphrey is operating – seeking help. It was apparent from the warped rib graft sticking through his nose that the young man had previously undergone an unsuccessful rhinoplasty surgery. After learning how embarrassed the boy was about his appearance, Dr. Humphrey was called upon to perform a revision rhinoplasty procedure in order to reconstruct his nose. Using cartilage from the young man’s ear, Dr. Humphrey was able to reconfigure the previous rib graft and successfully complete the surgery without any complications.

When the boy eventually awoke in postoperative care, a relentless stream of joyful tears limited him to three emotional words: “I’m so happy.” Upon witnessing the impact the surgery had already made on the young man’s life, Dr. Humphrey and his fellow team members became overjoyed in the heartfelt moment.

To keep track of the work Dr. Humphrey and his medical teammates are doing in Guatemala, check out the MMF blog.

Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon Named a Best Doctor in Kansas City Business Journal

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Dr. J. David Kriet has been recognized as a “Best Doctor” by the Kansas City Business Journal for his excellence in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Kansas City, KS – Dr. J. David Kriet, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Kansas City, has been named a “Best Doctor” for the fourth year in a row by the Kansas City Business Journal and Best Doctors Inc. According to Best Doctors Inc., the list of outstanding doctors is designed to be an extensive resource for anyone looking for medical care around the United States. The list is regenerated biennially and added to Best Doctors Inc.’s database for an updated view of physicians who are considered the “best of the best.” The Kansas City Business Journal recognizes the select few doctors from the Kansas City area and features them in their yearly “Best Doctors” issue.

Dr. J. David Kriet is experienced in a number of procedures ranging from facelift surgery and brow lift, to eyelid surgery and revision rhinoplasty. He says he is honored to be included in the elite list, as it is a highly regarded resource only selecting about 5% of doctors in America.

In order for a doctor to qualify for the list, the following must apply to them:

  • Recommended by peers
  • Thoroughly trained and experienced
  • Leaders in their field
  • Affiliated with respected medical practices

Selection of the “Best Doctors” is done through an extensive research process. As noted in the practice’s recent blog post entitled, “Dr. J. David Kriet Named a ‘Best Doctor’ in the Kansas City Metro,” a doctor is considered for the list only upon being nominated by his peers already recognized as top doctors. These current “Best Doctors” were asked various questions, including “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” Nominated physicians are then scored through the Best Doctors Inc. software system – designed to remove any biases – and then added to a preliminary list. From this list, each nominated doctor’s certification, licensure, medical work and past disciplinary action are all reviewed. Finally, those who are considered the “best of the best” are added to The Best Doctors in America database from which the Kansas City Business Journal highlights local physicians.

For over 20 years, Dr. Kriet says people have turned to the list to find the most respected medical professionals. Since surveyed doctors are not paid for their participation, and Best Doctors Inc. is not compensated for its efforts, he notes that the list proves to be a trustworthy resource without any biases. Ultimately, the Kansas City facial plastic surgeon says he is thrilled to be part of the prestigious directory and looks forward to continuing to provide excellent patient care to the Kansas City area.

About J. David Kriet, MD, FACS

Dr. David Kriet is board certified facial plastic surgeon. He earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his Otolaryngology Residency at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Kriet is a leader in his field and stays involved within the medical community by participating in mission work, hosting wellness seminars and lecturing at acclaimed events. He is available for interview upon request.

Dr. J. David Kriet Named a “Best Doctor” in the Kansas City Metro

For over 20 years, the Kansas City Business Journal and Best Doctors Inc. have partnered to recognize the area’s top doctors in an effort to create a trusted resource for patients seeking medical care. Upon conclusion of this year’s selection process, we are proud to announce that our own Dr. J. David Kriet has once again been named a “Best Doctor” in the Kansas City metropolitan area. This year marks the fourth time Dr. Kriet has received this prestigious accolade for his work in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and he is honored to again be considered by his medical peers as an elite provider of facelift surgery, revision rhinoplasty, and more.

To be named a “Best Doctor,” medical professionals must first receive peer nominations from physicians currently on the Best Doctors list. Through phone interviews and other means of communication, “Best Doctors” nationwide are contacted and asked, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” Following peer nominations, results are run through a software system developed by Best Doctors Inc. that scores each nominee and compiles a preliminary list of physicians who meet the initial criteria for inclusion. Each doctor meeting these criteria is then further reviewed for a variety of factors including certification, licensure, clinical activity, and any disciplinary actions. After correcting for any biases, the list is then finalized and recipients are added to The Best Doctors in America database. From this database, the Kansas City Business Journal acknowledges all deserving doctors practicing in the Kansas City area in a special “Best Doctors” edition.

Only about 5% of practicing physicians nationwide are selected as a “Best Doctor,” and Dr. Kriet encourages patients in the Kansas City area to use this publication as a valuable resource when choosing a medical care provider.

Congratulations, Dr. Kriet!

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For more information about the “Best Doctor” selection process, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. J. David Kriet, please contact us today.

New Responsive Mobile Site Launches for Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgery Practice

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Drs. J. David Kriet and Clinton D. Humphrey announce the launch of their new responsive mobile website designed to enhance user experience and improve doctor-patient communication.

Kansas City, KS — University of Kansas Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recently announced the launch of a new responsive mobile version of their practice’s website. The site differs from ordinary mobile websites due to the implementation of responsive technology. Drs. Clinton D. Humphrey and J. David Kriet, Kansas City facial plastic surgeons at KU, say their new mobile site will provide a comprehensive experience to users because it will automatically detect screen dimensions and adjust the site layout to display appropriately.

With this innovative technology, the same user experience is maintained regardless of screen size. This feature prevents distorted formatting, which can cause confusion for viewers. Drs. Kriet and Humphrey felt a move to this new user-friendly style was necessary in order to maintain a strong connection with their Kansas City facial plastic surgery patients.

Dr. Kriet expressed his enthusiasm for the move to a responsive site: “Prospective patients interested in a procedure such as rhinoplasty will now be able to access information no matter where they are, and get a better idea of what to expect prior to their consultation.”

Improving communication between the doctors and their patients is important, according to Dr. Humphrey, as both he and Dr. Kriet are educators and wish to further patient education. The responsive mobile site helps current patients to contact the practice while on-the-go, and provides detailed information to prospective patients. When viewed on a tablet or smartphone, the website will still allow viewers to access the same information available on the full site, with certain features optimized for mobile devices. Some of these features are:

  • “Before and after” photo gallery
  • Patient testimonials
  • Location information with maps
  • Virtual consultation with Drs. Kriet and Humphrey
  • Detailed patient information and education
  • One-touch call or e-mail

As facial plastic surgeons, Drs. Kriet and Humphrey specialize in procedures such as eyelid surgery, facelift, neck lift, nasal reconstruction, and rhinoplasty. These procedures are delicate and complex, and Dr. Kriet believes well-educated patients are crucial to a successful outcome. With the popularity of mobile technology, he feels more of his patients will continue to conduct their research online, so it seemed appropriate for them to respond with a website that reflects the need for instant access to information.

About J. David Kriet, MD, FACS

Dr. J. David Kriet is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, as well as an associate professor and Director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Kansas Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. Kriet is also dedicated to helping those in need through medical mission work locally and internationally. He is available for interview upon request.

About Clinton D. Humphrey, MD, FACS

Board-certified head and neck surgeon and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He is currently an assistant professor of facial plastic surgery at Kansas University Medical Center. Dr. Humphrey is available for interview upon request.

Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeons Advise On Selecting a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Facial Plastic Surgeons in Kansas City on How to Select a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Facial Plastic Surgeons in Kansas City on How to Select a Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Drs. David Kriet and Clinton Humphrey stress the importance of individualized care and attention from facial plastic surgeons throughout the rhinoplasty procedural process.

Kansas City, KS – At the University of Kansas Medical Center, Drs. J. David Kriet and Clinton D. Humphrey, each a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Kansas City, perform rhinoplasty as a staple of their practice. Rhinoplasty (or the reshaping of the nose) is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures. However, due to the fact that there can be wide variation in postoperative patient satisfaction, selecting an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon is imperative.

A significant portion of Drs. Kriet and Humphrey’s Kansas City facial plastic surgery practice is dedicated to the refinement, reconstruction, and repair of the nose. According to the Kansas City plastic surgeons, altering the shape and proportions of the nasal bridge or tip can dramatically change one’s entire facial aesthetic by balancing and harmonizing the features of the face.

Rhinoplasty procedures can also vary widely in type and complexity. Dr. Kriet explains, “A patient may breathe well but have a nasal hump that they want reduced. Another patient might have a crooked or collapsed nose with obstructive symptoms that will require more extensive reconstruction.”

The philosophy at KU Facial Plastic Surgery revolves around individual care for each patient. “Dr. Humphrey and I both embrace each opportunity to positively impact people’s lives,” says Dr. Kriet. “We hope this is evident to every new patient that comes into our office.”

According to Dr. Humphrey, one of the most important steps in performing nose sculpting surgery is developing a surgical plan in collaboration with the patient that is tailored to his or her specific goals and cosmetic desires. Keeping this in mind, Drs. Kriet and Humphrey believe it is important to educate patients about their expectations of the procedure in relation to their own anatomy.

Drs. Kriet and Humphrey note that while desired changes are often subtle, many of their Kansas City facial plastic surgery patients remark that their self-confidence and poise are dramatically improved after rhinoplasty surgery. Ultimately, the two surgeons believe that each nasal procedure they perform is distinctive, and say they work with a combination of scientific and artistic sensibilities to achieve the most effective results for their patients.

About J. David Kriet, MD, FACS

Dr. David Kriet earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He has served as an associate professor and the Director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Kansas Department of Otolaryngology since 1998. In addition, Dr. Kriet is a reviewer for the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery medical journal. He is available for interview upon request.

About Clinton D. Humphrey, MD, FACS

Dr. Clinton Humphrey earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He went on to complete a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center. Dr. Humphrey currently serves as an assistant professor of facial plastic surgery at Kansas University Medical Center. In addition, he has co-authored articles concerning facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology for many leading medical publications. Dr. Humphrey is available for interview upon request.

Kansas Facial Plastic Surgeons Say Spring “Tune-Ups” Are Gaining Popularity

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Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgery Practice Discusses Popularity of Spring Season Enhancements

Kansas City, KS — With warm summer weather on the horizon, flocks of people often take to the gym and the sun in an effort to boost their appearance before the coming months of lighter clothing, swimsuits, and outdoor social gatherings. At their Kansas City facial plastic surgery practice, KU Facial Plastic Surgery, Drs. J. David Kriet and Clinton Humphrey say patients are also migrating to medical practitioners for cosmetic “tune-ups” that can enhance the youthful, vibrant tone of their skin and face as the emerging sun warms winter’s pale hue. Dr. Kriet and Dr. Humphrey say they typically see a growing demand for facial plastic surgery procedures and minimally-invasive rejuvenation treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic during spring, an observation they say has been compounded this year with a number of other factors.

According to the most recently released study from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), a rising trend in aesthetic procedures is improved patient education about plastic surgery, including the various procedures and fillers that are available as well as patient safety practices. As more patients become aware of cosmetic enhancements and their ability to improve self-confidence, Drs. Kriet and Humphrey say traditionally popular months for treatment such as March, April, and May will continue to be popular seasons for undergoing a procedure. The AAFPRS study also shows that patients are now showing more prevalent use of non-surgical cosmetic procedures, a statistic which Dr. Kriet says reflects an increasing desire to achieve meaningful and natural results with minimal downtime.

As facial plastic surgeons in Kansas City, Drs. Kriet and Humphrey say popularity of more conservative, natural enhancement is characteristic of patient preparation for the upcoming summer months. They say patients are most often looking to restore and rejuvenate their facial appearance before spending extended periods of time in the sun and outdoor lighting. Through office procedures, Dr. Kriet says patients can achieve an enhanced “tune-up” without having to spend time recovering: “Spring is a great time for tune-ups before summer. Office procedures such as laser peels, filler injections, and Botox or Dysport are especially popular this time of year. These procedures can have a quick impact with pretty limited recovery time.”

Regardless of whether patients are looking for some quick finishing touches before summer or a more significant procedure to make noticeable changes in their appearance and confidence, Drs. Kriet and Humphrey recommend consulting with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon before undergoing any treatment. They stress the importance of choosing a dedicated and experienced practice for one’s procedure so as to ensure the safest, most effective results possible are attained. Through personalized attention and a strong doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Kriet and Humphrey add that patients can spend less time feeling self-conscious and more time enjoying the things they love about summertime.

About J. David Kriet, MD, FACS

Dr. J. David Kriet earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and completed an Otolaryngology Residency at the University of Washington, Seattle, in addition to a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Kansas, and a volunteer with FACE TO FACE, a program designed to help the victims of domestic violence recover and move past their experience. Dr. Kriet is a Diplomat and Senior Examiner of the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

About Clinton D. Humphrey, MD

A graduate of the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Dr. Clinton Humphrey completed his residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery at Kansas University Medical Center. Dr. Humphrey is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the American Medical Association.

The KU Facial Plastic Surgery Center has two locations at KU MedWest 7405 Renner Road in Shawnee, KS and the KU Medical Center 3901 Rainbow Blvd in Kansas City, KS. The practice can be reached at (913) 871-9785 or online via the website kufacialplasticsurgery.com or the KU Facial Plastic Surgery Facebook page.

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