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Spotlight: KU Facial Plastic Surgery: KC’s Rhinoplasty Experts

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Rhinoplasty, or reshaping of the nose, continues to be among the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Satisfied patients often report improvement in their appearance, self-esteem and even nasal function. Surgeons with more experience obtain the best rhinoplasty results.

In the Kansas City area, look no further than Drs. J. David Kriet and Clinton Humphrey of KU Facial Plastic Surgery. With offices in both Johnson County and near downtown Kansas City, Dr. Kriet and Dr. Humphrey consistently produce outstanding results for their patients. The lion’s share of their unique practice is dedicated to the refinement, reconstruction and repair of the nose.

Rhinoplasty Improves Overall Health

More than 50,000 rhinoplasties are performed annually in the United States. Most patients seek improvement in their appearance, breathing or both. While desired changes are often subtle, many patients remark that their self-confidence and poise are dramatically improved after rhinoplasty surgery. Altering the shape and proportions of the nasal bridge or tip can improve the entire facial aesthetic by bringing facial features into better balance and harmony. During a recent discussion with Drs. Kriet and Humphrey about rhinoplasty, one could sense the passion these doctors have for their work and for nasal surgery in particular.

There can be wide variation in the type and complexity of cosmetic or reconstructive nasal surgery necessary for individual patients. “A patient may come in who breathes well but has a nasal hump they want reduced. I can often perform a 60- to 90-minute outpatient procedure through incisions hidden inside the nose to refine this area alone,” explained Dr. Kriet. “Another patient might have a crooked or collapsed nose with obstructive symptoms that will require more extensive reconstruction. I find working with both types of patients to be extremely rewarding.”

Unique Patient-Centered Approach

“Every rhinoplasty patient is absolutely different,” added Dr. Humphrey. “One of the most important steps in performing rhinoplasty–more so than with other cosmetic procedures–is developing a plan together with the patient that is carefully tailored to his or her specific needs and desires. It is important to educate the patient about limitations of their own anatomy in terms of accomplishing our shared goals.”

As the doctors describe the distinctive nature of each nasal procedure, it’s clear that both scientific and artistic instincts are required for surgeons to perform this work. Drs. Kriet and Humphrey have honed these instincts in practice and during intensive training. Both doctors lecture about rhinoplasty on the national and international stage. Each doctor is board certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Office-Based Services

KU Facial Plastic Surgery also offers a wide array of other services including facial reconstruction and both surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Drs. Kriet and Humphrey work closely with many area dermatologic surgeons to coordinate facial reconstruction after skin cancer removal. Among the cosmetic surgical procedures they offer are face and neck lifts, eyelid tucks and brow or forehead lifts.


Popular non-surgical office procedures at KU Facial Plastic Surgery include BOTOX®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Sculptra® Aesthetic, SkinPen® and laser skin services.

“These office-based procedures are safe and create minimal down time,” noted Dr. Kriet. “Many of our patients cannot take time away from professional or social obligations for a lengthy recovery. Results are natural and predictable. Patient satisfaction is extremely high, and for this reason the number of office-based procedures we perform has grown rapidly for the past several years.”

Physician Involvement

In contrast to many other practices, Drs. Kriet and Humphrey carry out all injectable procedures. “As physicians, we personally perform the injectable procedures, bringing our extensive knowledge of anatomy and surgical experience that allows our patients to achieve the best outcomes,” said Dr. Humphrey.

These two gentlemen strive to improve or restore each patient’s appearance with not only formidable skill, knowledge and service, but most importantly, with sincere and caring hearts as well. Drs. Kriet and Humphrey regularly take time away from their practice to participate in mission work around the world, including recent trips to Uganda, Mali, Guatemala and the Philippines through the Kansas City-based Medical Missions Foundation. Domestically, KU Facial Plastic Surgery participates in FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project, a program sponsored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery through which victims of domestic violence can receive pro bono reconstructive procedures.

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

Drs. Kriet and Humphrey are on staff at The University of Kansas Medical Center. KU Facial Plastic Surgery’s main office is at KU MedWest, located at 7405 Renner Road in Shawnee, Kansas. Appointments can be made by calling 913-588-0101. Find them on the web at, or follow us on Facebook.