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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.

Rhinoplasty Morgantown, WV

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 Facial 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 position or size of the nostrils
  • Alter the nasal tip, allowing for a more refined and harmonious tip
  • Alter a nose’s width
  • Alter the nose to make it proportional to other features

Why choose Dr. Leong & Sistine Facial 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 are determined by its bone, cartilage, and overlying skin. The challenge of any rhinoplasty surgery is that there are an infinite number of variations in how the 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.

Paul Leong MD FACS

The Facial Specialist

Dr. Leong completed his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then dedicated the next seven years honing his skills specifically in head, face, and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh—a university consistently ranked among the top five otolaryngology programs in the country. Dr. Leong continued to develop his surgical skills through a fellowship in Advanced Oncologic Surgery of the Head and Neck at the Pittsburgh Medical Center. This was followed by yet another fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

How is rhinoplasty performed?

First and foremost, you aren’t scheduled for surgery until you’re 100% comfortable moving forward with the procedure. There will be an un-rushed consultation in which 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 – in which incisions are hidden on the inside of the nose – or an open procedure – in which 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 in 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.
  • Correcting a deviated septum: A deviated septum can be straightened and projections within the nose can be reduced for better breathing.
  • 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.
  • 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 re-draped. 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 for the last elements of swelling to subside and for the new nasal contour to be fully refined.


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)
  • Sewickley 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)
  • Greensburg 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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