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Once I saw the power of surgery, I realized that that’s what I really love — having such an impact and making a significant difference in people’s lives through transformation and healing. I spent all my spare time in the operating room.

Dr. Jill Hessler

Meet Dr. Jill Hessler, MD

Double board-certified: Otolaryngology Plastic Surgery & Facial Surgery 

Dr. Jill L. Hessler is many things. She is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. She is an award-winning teacher and trainer. She is an internationally recognized Beauty Expert and Top Doctor. She is a highly regarded presenter and leader in her field. She is a passionate researcher and progressive overseer. But most of all, she is a gifted medical professional who truly cares about her patients and takes great satisfaction in helping to achieve their desired goals.

Dr. Jill Hessler, facial plastic surgeon in Palo Alto

With over a decade of experience, Dr. Hessler is a leading facial plastic surgeon who has dedicated her practice to the surgical refinement of the face, eyes, nose, and neck. 

Specializing in the latest advances in aesthetic surgery, Dr. Hessler is constantly researching and does many trials to keep her finger on the pulse of the most advanced techniques and treatments. 

Standford University
2018 Expert Injector
New Beauty Top Beauty Doctor 2018
RealSelf Top Doctor
American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Facial Plastic Surgery
Palo Alto Online

Education and training

Dr. Hessler received her training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University, one of the highest-ranked training programs in Otolaryngology in the United States. While she enjoyed the complex and varied operations of Otolaryngology, she found her passion to reside in the artistic aspects in the sub-specialty of facial plastic surgery. Dr. Hessler was selected for the highly competitive fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan. During her fellowship, she developed a refined appreciation for the subtleties in aesthetic facial structure and proportion, and it was here that she perfected her surgical skills in cosmetic surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty, facelift, rhinoplasty, laser treatments, and skin cancer reconstruction

A distinguished leader in her field

Dr. Hessler’s experience includes being chosen as a faculty member at Washington University to specialize in facial plastic and cosmetic surgery. As a member of the faculty, she trained numerous surgeons, lecturing and demonstrating her meticulous technique and approach to cosmetic surgery procedures. She also organizes a course on rhinoplasty in which she and colleagues teach a group of national and international surgeons on the delicate rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty techniques. 

Dr. Hessler has also been chosen as faculty for multiple other hands-on courses, training plastic surgeons procedures such as blepharoplasty, facelift, and neck lift. Continuing her involvement in teaching, Dr. Hessler holds an adjunct teaching appointment at Stanford University, lecturing and teaching resident doctors at Stanford plastic surgery techniques.

Not only is Dr. Hessler involved in plastic surgery education in the northern California Bay Area; she also serves on the national level with involvement in committees within the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Awards, honors, and recognition 

Dr. Hessler has received numerous honors and awards over the years. She was selected by her peers of other plastic surgeons and physicians as one of the Best Doctors in America, and she has received the Janet Glasgow Women in Medicine Award. She is a frequent speaker at national plastic surgery meetings, with over 75 invited presentations. In addition, she is a trainer for Allergan™ and Galderma. She has helped lead clinical trials — most recently a filler trial demonstrating the safety for use of cannulas with filler. Dr. Hessler currently serves as Chair of the Women on the Facial Plastic Surgery committee at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has also been featured in numerous media outlets. For a more comprehensive look at Dr. Hessler’s achievements, please see our Awards and Leadership page

Medical School & Residency

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

Washington University
Residency, Otolaryngology

Washington University
Internship, Transitional Year

The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Medical School

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Certified in Otolaryngology


  • Mycotic pseudoaneurysm of the internal maxillary artery: case report and review of the literature. Dunn, G.P., Uppaluri, R., Hessler, J.L., Layland, M.K., Derdeyn, C.P., Sunwoo, J.B.
  • Clinical outcomes of chronic rhinosinusitis in response to medical therapy: results of a prospective study. Hessler, J.L., Piccirillo, J.F., Fang, D., Vlahiotis, A., Banerji, A., Levitt, R.G., Kramper, M.A., Thawley, S.E., Hamilos, D.L.
  • An early step in Pseudomonas exotoxin action is removal of the terminal lysine residue, which allows binding to the KDEL receptor. Hessler, J. L., Kreitman, R. J.
  • Latrogenic parotid sialocele after excision of malignant melanoma of the cheek. Abramova, L., Mann, M., Hessler, J., Sengelmann, R. D.
  • Skin Care. Clark, A., Hessler, J. L.

Hessler Plastic Surgery 

With her private practice in Palo Alto, Hessler Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hessler focuses on facial rejuvenation procedures, rhinoplasty, and hair transplant. Hessler Plastic Surgery is a comprehensive center providing exceptional patient care and results. Each consultation and procedure is performed by Dr. Hessler herself, and she is backed by an outstanding team of personally-trained registered nurses and staff members. 

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