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What is Piezo Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty?

Piezo is the world’s most innovative technology for rhinoplasty and nose reshaping. It is able to modify the internal structures of the nose with incredible precision and power, yet it does not harm surrounding (non-targeted) soft tissue and skin. While the Piezo system has long been a mainstay in oral surgery, it has only recently received approval as a rhinoplasty system in Europe and now the United States.

What are the advantages of The Piezo System?

  • Narrows the nasal bridge with incredible precision
  • Meticulously reduces dorsal humps under direct vision
  • Selectively acts on bones or hard cartilage, leaving the surrounding soft tissues undamaged
  • Minimal trauma, bruising, and swelling
  • Negligible risk of surgical bleeding
  • Produces results with greater accuracy and predictability
  • Helps to create natural and refined results

What does The Piezo System treat?

The Piezo System can be used to treat various aesthetic, nose-related issues. The following are some of the common cosmetic problems it treats:

  • Crooked nose
  • Disproportionate or asymmetrical nose
  • A hump on the nasal bridge
  • Excessively large nose
  • Overly wide nose

How does Piezo Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty work?

Traditional rhinoplasty and nose reshaping involve tools like osteotomes (hammer and chisels) and rasps (surgical files), potentially leading to collateral damage and trauma. This can compromise the surrounding soft tissue, as well as bony contour irregularities that can present after surgery. Thanks to recent technological advancements, the Piezo System is now available and is utilized by high-volume rhinoplasty surgeons intent on producing the best results. The Piezo ultrasonic device uses ultra-high frequency soundwaves to reshape the bony portions of the nose without damaging the surrounding soft tissue.

How has Piezo Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty revolutionized nose surgery?

For over 100 years, traditional rhinoplasty techniques have been using the same instrumentation. Unlike other fields like orthopedic surgery where manual tools gave way to the precision of powered instrumentation, the tools used in rhinoplasty have not evolved and are largely the same as they were when Jacques Joseph performed the first cosmetic rhinoplasty in 1904. These surgeries were performed with a surgical hammer and chisel called an osteotome which has a direct correlation to bruising and swelling due to the unavoidable collateral trauma to the surrounding tissues. In addition, even in the most experienced hands, the “breaking of the bones” could occasionally lead to aberrant fracture patterns and undesirable results. A surgical file called a rasp is also used to essentially scrape bone but this is done blindly and by “feel.”

The recent introduction of the Piezo system vastly decreases the issues described above. In the right hands, the piezo device significantly reduces the risk of unwanted fracture patterns and contour abnormalities after surgery. It allows the surgeon to refine and reshape the bone structures with ultimate precision and under direct vision, ensuring no collateral damage to the surrounding tissues. This revolutionary tool allows Dr. Kim to produce beautiful results with faster recovery, less bruising and swelling, and ultimately, better results

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Why choose Dr. Michael Kim for Piezo Rhinoplasty?

Nose surgeries should always be performed by a skilled and board-certified plastic surgeons using the latest and most advanced technologies. Dr. Kim has made a commitment to his patients to give them the best possible surgical outcomes, and therefore after months of rigorous device testing, he decided to employ this incredible technology. He is the only surgeon in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest with the piezo ultrasonic device, and is rapidly becoming one of the foremost practitioners in the country. During your consultation, Dr. Kim can discuss how this device can help ensure your results are precise, predictable and beautiful.

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PRACTICE UPDATE REGARDING RE-OPENING

We are excited to announce we are now treating patients for all procedures and surgeries. After a month of optimizing our Covid-19 protocols, we are confident in our ability to offer a safe clinic and operating room setting for our patients and staff. We have instituted disinfection methods, enhanced air purification, and the use of personal protective equipment. We will continue to offer virtual postoperative checks and new patient consultations through our telehealth platform. A future in-person consultation will not require an additional consultation fee.

As part of our commitment to the highest safety standards, the following modifications to the patient experience for the foreseeable future. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
  2. We are instituting a curbside waiting room. Please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
  3. Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
  4. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will not be permitted. In the case of patients who are minors, one accompanying parent or guardian is permissible.
  5. We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
  6. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our back exit. This one-way patient flow will allow us to comprehensively disinfect our clinic to be ready for the next patient.
  7. Coronavirus testing will be instituted for all surgical patients.

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. See you soon.

Dr. Kim and Staff

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