Dr. Paul L. Leong, MD

Rhinoplasty Morgantown, WV

Rhinoplasty surgery, which you’ll often hear or see referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping” – has both cosmetic and functional benefits. If you’re looking for a Morgantown rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Paul Leong performs this highly intricate procedure at multiple plastic surgery practices near Morgantown, WV.

State-of-the-art rhinoplasty is Dr. Leong’s specialty. Thanks to his world-class training, surgical experience, artistry, and obsessive attention to detail, Dr. Leong can dramatically transform any misshapen nose.  As in all other areas of medicine, Dr. Leong strongly believes that a high level of specialization is beneficial to patients.  Dr. Leong limits his practice to facial plastic surgery and never performs body plastic surgery.  This level of focus means that rhinoplasty is a major component of his surgery practice.  Importantly, he can improve the appearance of any nose without ever compromising nasal function. Not only does he strive to satisfy a patient’s cosmetic goals, but he also wants to sculpt a nose that is easy to breathe through. It is his belief that any good nose or nasal surgery must optimize both that person’s appearance and nasal breathing.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Simply put, rhinoplasty is a nose job or nasal reshaping. “Rhino” is derived from the Greek word rhin meaning nose or nasal. Rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure where nasal cartilage and/or nasal bone is reshaped to produce a natural, harmonious nasal contour for better looks and easier breathing.

Since rhinoplasty is performed on such a tiny portion of the face, and involves many fragile and sensitive nasal membranes, it’s perhaps the most difficult facial plastic surgery performed. This is why finding the right Morgantown rhinoplasty surgeon for your procedure is so important.

A successful nose job and nasal surgery requires a cosmetic surgeon with expertise and experience with this specific procedure.

Dr. Leong is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He has trained, honed, and continuously developed his rhinoplasty skills at some of the leading institutions in the country.

So, is rhinoplasty right for you? Most people we see at Sistine Plastic Surgery are considering rhinoplasty because they’re dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose. Perhaps they’re self-conscious of its size or shape.

Aesthetically, a rhinoplasty surgery can:

  • Alter the size of a nose; making it either smaller or larger (implants)
  • Alter the profile of a nose; removing humps or depressions on the bridge
  • Alter the nasal tip, allowing for a more refined and harmonious tip
  • Alter the position or size of the nostrils
  • Alter a nose’s width
  • Alter the nose to make it proportional to other features

Few people think of a misshapen nose as something that restricts airflow. However, we’ve come to find that physical abnormalities of the nose can result in corresponding functional abnormalities, such as impaired nasal breathing.

For example, a deviated septum, the cartilage and mucosa dividing the two sides of a nose, is usually prevalent in crooked noses. This is why even a surgery with primarily cosmetic or aesthetic goals can have functional benefits as well.

We encourage you to contact Sistine Plastic Surgery today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leong where he can assess your situation and discuss options with you.

Why Choose Dr. Leong & Sistine Plastic Surgery

Dr. Leong is part of a new breed of facial plastic surgeons. A younger group who weren’t indoctrinated into a very set idea as to how a nose should look. There are many plastic surgeons that approach “a nose job” with the same series of regimented steps from one patient to the next. Not surprisingly, these same steps often produce a fairly standard look for every patient.

Dr. Leong doesn’t feel that rhinoplasty should result in a standard or formulaic appearance. Cookie cutter isn’t his game. His approach to any Morgantown rhinoplasty surgery is to evaluate every patient as an individual. After all, each of us has unique facial features. Each of our noses should fit in harmoniously with the rest of our face and proper nasal breathing is essential.

Prior to becoming a Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Leong completed his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then honed his skills in head, face, and neck surgery in the top-five-ranked otolaryngology program at the University of Pittsburgh. He further developed his surgical skills through fellowships in Advanced Oncologic Surgery of the Head & Neck at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

A nose’s shape and contour is determined by its bone, cartilage, and overlying skin. The challenge of any rhinoplasty surgery is there are an infinite number of variations in how these variations of bone, cartilage, and skin interact to produce every distinctive nose.

Dr. Leong can respond to all of these variations. At the core of his approach is maintaining as much bone and cartilage as possible to still produce a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.

Dr. Leong ensures that none of his patients look unnatural post-surgery. An unnatural or “operated on” look is from too much manipulation of nasal tissue. This is why he tries to maintain as much bone and cartilage as he can during surgery. This helps ensure a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.

Dr. Leong is often asked to perform revision rhinoplasty surgery for Morgantown patients who have had too much bone and cartilage removed in a previous nose job by another surgeon. He has mastered the ability to replenish or reconstruct the nose through the use of cartilage found elsewhere in the body. Cartilage from the ears, ribs, septum, and elsewhere in the body can often be used to improve a poor-quality nose job with a collapsed appearance or impaired functionality.

How Is Rhinoplasty Performed?

First and foremost, you aren’t scheduled for surgery until you’re 100% comfortable moving forward with the procedure and Dr. Leong. There will be an un-rushed consultation where details of your health, the problems with your nose, and surgical options are reviewed and discussed. You’ll have ample opportunity to review a large volume of before and after pictures in addition to the pics viewable here on our website. Dr. Leong will answer any questions you might have.

Once a path forward has been set, there are six basic steps in a successful rhinoplasty surgery…

  • Anesthesia: As with any surgical procedure, medication is administered to optimize patient comfort. This may include general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
  • Incision: Rhinoplasty can either be performed using a closed procedure – where incisions are hidden on the inside of the nose – or an open procedure – where the incision is made across a narrow strip separating the nostrils called the columella. While some facial plastic surgeons religiously adhere to one approach over the other, Dr. Leong is fully trained and experienced with both. He feels it’s best to evaluate each patient individually to determine if their desired result is best achieved with an open or closed rhinoplasty procedure.
  • Reshaping nose structure: For an overly large nose, its size can be reduced by removing bone or cartilage. Cartilage grafts are sometimes necessary. Cartilage from the septum is commonly used for this purpose. Cartilage from the ear or a section of rib cartilage (very rarely) can be used.
  • Correcting a deviated septum: A deviated septum can be straightened and projections within the nose can be reduced for better breathing.
  • Closing the incision: Incisions can be closed once the desired shape of the nose’s structure has been achieved and nasal skin and tissue have been redraped. Sometimes additional incisions may be placed within the nostrils’ natural creases to alter their size.
  • See the Results: Soft rubber type splints inside the nostrils and a nasal cast are needed to support the nose in the week following surgery. Swelling will typically subside within just a few weeks, but it may take up to 12 months the last elements of swelling to subside and for the new nasal contour to be fully refined.

What Is the Cost of Rhinoplasty in Morgantown, WV?

The cost of rhinoplasty near Morgantown WV can range from $6,000 to $14,500. The cost of Morgantown rhinoplasty is largely dependent on the degree of complexity of each case. Every patient has a unique nose and different goals. Dr. Leong and staff will meticulously go over all applicable fees based on your in-depth consultation. We’ll make sure you know what you’re looking at financially before you schedule your rhinoplasty procedure.


For more information on our rhinoplasty near Morgantown, please contact Sistine Plastic Surgery today.


Morgantown, WV to SouthSide Works

Get on I-79 N in Western from US-19 S
9 min (2.6 mi)

Continue on I-79 N to Pittsburgh. Take exit 72A from I-376 E
1 h 9 min (74.0 mi)

Take Fifth Ave and Birmingham Bridge to E Carson St
7 min (1.8 mi)

SouthSide Works Cinema
425 Cinema Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Morgantown, WV to Sewickley

Get on I-79 N in Western from US-19 S
9 min (2.6 mi)

Follow I-79 N to PA-65 N/Ohio River Blvd in Glenfield. Take exit 66 from I-79 N
1 h 7 min (73.8 mi)

Continue on PA-65 N. Drive to Ohio River Blvd in Edgeworth
8 min (4.4 mi)

301 Ohio River Blvd Suite 204
Sewickley, PA 15143

Morgantown, WV to Greensburg

Get on I-68 E in Eastern from Willey St, US-119 N and Cheat Rd
13 min (4.9 mi)

Take PA-43 N to US-119 N in Fayette County
17 min (18.4 mi)

Continue on US-119 N. Drive to Pellis Rd in Hempfield Township
50 min (38.0 mi)

510 Pellis Rd.
Greensburg, PA 15601

Morgantown, WV to Wexford

Get on I-79 N in Western from US-19 S
9 min (2.6 mi)

Follow I-79 N to Warrendale Bayne Rd in Wexford. Take exit 75 from I-79 N
1 h 15 min (83.3 mi)

Follow Warrendale Bayne Rd and US-19 S to Stonewood Dr in Pine Township
5 min (2.1 mi)

Forefront Dermatology / Wexford
1000 Stonewood Dr.
Wexford, PA 15090

Morgantown, WV to St. Clair Hospital

Get on I-79 N in Western from US-19 S
9 min (2.6 mi)

Follow I-79 N to PA-50 W in Collier Township. Take exit 55 from I-79 N
55 min (62.1 mi)

Take Vanadium Rd and Bower Hill Rd to your destination in Mount Lebanon
8 min (2.8 mi)

St. Clair Hospital
1000 Bower Hill Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15243

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