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

Univerity of Kansas
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Nose Sculpting (Rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult surgical procedures. The nose’s delicate framework must be manipulated in a manner that not only produces immediate results but also produces results that will endure for the patient’s lifetime. Our surgeons, J. David Kriet, MD and Clinton D. Humphrey, MD, are rhinoplasty specialists, performing the highest volume of rhinoplasty surgeries in the Kansas City area. By modifying nasal shape and proportions, rhinoplasty can bring the nose into harmony with other facial features. Desired changes are often subtle, but many patients remark that their self-confidence and poise are dramatically improved after rhinoplasty surgery. While many rhinoplasty surgeries are performed for cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty is also used to correct functional breathing problems and deformities created by previous nasal fractures.

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation for rhinoplasty in the Kansas City, Overland Park, and Johnson County region.

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The Rhinoplasty Surgery Procedure

Depending on the work being performed, rhinoplasty surgery is sometimes performed through incisions hidden completely inside the nose. More often, internal incisions are combined with a small, well-camouflaged, external incision on the columella (the skin that separates the nostrils). The skin is then freed from the nasal framework, allowing the facial plastic surgeon to sculpt the underlying cartilage and bone into the desired shape. Incisions are closed with fine sutures, and a protective splint is applied for one week. Rhinoplasty surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery

Patients who have undergone rhinoplasty surgery have bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes that improves over the first couple of weeks. Some patients may appreciate minor swelling that persists for a few months depending on their skin type. Discomfort is generally quite mild and readily treated with medication. After about one week, the surgeon will remove stitches and the protective splint. Most patients return to work in five to seven days. Eyeglasses should not rest on the nasal bridge for four to six weeks. We will be happy to show you how to safely adjust your glasses during the healing period. Contact lenses can be worn during the healing process if desired.

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It is important that prospective Kansas City patients thoroughly explore their options and expectations for rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. J. David Kriet and Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey are here to address any questions or concerns you may have. To schedule a consultation, please contact our Kansas City practice today.