Nose Sculpting (Rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult surgical procedures to perform. The delicate framework of the nose must be manipulated in a manner that not only produces immediate results, but results that will endure for the patient’s lifetime. Our board-certified facial plastic surgeons, J. David Kriet, MD and Clinton D. Humphrey, MD, excel in rhinoplasty and perform the highest volume of rhinoplasty surgeries in the Kansas City area. From primary rhinoplasties to complex secondary or revision rhinoplasty procedures, our surgeons have the advanced skill and expertise to achieve outstanding results for patients seeking cosmetic and/or functional enhancement of their noses.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty can accomplish the following improvements to the size, shape, and function of the nose:

  • Refine the nasal tip
  • Revise the size or shape of the nostrils
  • Change the angle of the nose
  • Straighten or narrow the bridge
  • Smooth a hump or dip
  • Enhance definition and structure
  • Improve breathing

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 can also correct functional breathing problems and deformities created by previous nasal fractures and/or genetics.

The Rhinoplasty Consultation

For those considering rhinoplasty, we recommend scheduling a consultation with either Dr. Kriet or Dr. Humphrey. During the appointment, your surgeon will complete a thorough physical examination, discuss your medical history, and evaluate your nose. You and your surgeon can identify your areas of concern and the results you would like to achieve with rhinoplasty. If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty, he will begin formulating a customized surgical plan for creating the appearance you desire.

The Rhinoplasty Surgery Procedure

Rhinoplasty surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and patients are typically under general anesthesia during the procedure. Depending on the work being performed, rhinoplasty surgery is sometimes conducted through incisions hidden completely inside the nose (called endonasal, or closed rhinoplasty). 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 your surgeon to sculpt the underlying cartilage and bone into the desired shape (called external, or open rhinoplasty). Once reshaping is complete, the incisions are closed with fine sutures. Rhinoplasty can take between one to three hours based on the complexity of the procedure.

What to Expect After Rhinoplasty Surgery

After surgery, a protective splint is applied to the nose and remains in place for one week. Bruising and swelling around the nose and eyes is very common and usually improves over the first couple of weeks of recovery. Some patients may experience minor swelling that can persist for up to a year, depending on their skin type. Discomfort is generally quite mild and readily treated with medication. Within about a week after surgery, the surgeon will remove stitches and the protective splint. Most patients return to work within 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.

Rhinoplasty Results

Dr. Kriet and Dr. Humphrey have helped many rhinoplasty patients attain the nose shape and profile they have always wanted. Our surgeons’ training and experience in reconstructive facial plastic surgery has also allowed them to successfully restore proper breathing and nasal function to patients suffering from structural abnormalities and/or traumatic nasal injuries. If you are considering rhinoplasty, our facial plastic surgeons have the specialized skill and expertise to help you achieve optimal results from your procedure.

Contact Our Practice

Dr. J. David Kriet and Dr. Clinton D. Humphrey can address any questions or concerns you may have during a consultation. For more information about rhinoplasty, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our practice today.