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Tip Rhinoplasty in Palo Alto and the Surrounding Bay Area

Tip rhinoplasty is designed to address only the areas of concern regarding the nasal tip, which results in a shorter recovery time than a traditional rhinoplasty. 

What is tip rhinoplasty?

Tip rhinoplasty is a nose job that focuses specifically on the tip of the nose. In this procedure, the nasal tip is adjusted to achieve a better projection and harmony with the rest of the nose and face. Tip rhinoplasty leaves the bone structure of the nose untouched and uses less invasive surgery techniques, therefore resulting in a less extensive downtime and a shorter recovery period. 

What can tip rhinoplasty do?

  • Lift a drooping nose tip
  • Rebalance the nostrils
  • Contour a bulbous or wide tip
  • Straighten a curve
  • Reduce nostrils
  • Correct unsatisfactory results from a previous surgery

Tip rhinoplasty surgical details

A tip rhinoplasty is done under general anesthesia. It will either be performed as an open rhinoplasty (the incision is made on the outside of the nose) or a closed rhinoplasty (all incisions are made on the inside lining of the nose). Dr. Hessler will re-shapes or removes excess cartilage from the nasal tip, then refine or lift the tip. The nostrils may also be addressed.  


Most tip rhinoplasty patients can return to work or school in 1 to 2 weeks. Bruising and swelling should be expected, and any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Intense physical activity should be limited for at least three weeks, and it is important to keep your head elevated as much as possible, even when sleeping. 


It is important for tip rhinoplasty patients to be aware that they will need to be patient when it comes to seeing results. The swelling after any rhinoplasty procedure takes considerable time to subside — anywhere from six months to two years. You will see improvement after a few weeks, but final results come much later.

Hessler Plastic Surgery for tip rhinoplasty in Palo Alto and the Bay Area

Dr. Jill Hessler is a leading plastic surgeon and the trusted choice for patients seeking tip rhinoplasty in Palo Alto and surrounding Bay Area. Using her expertise and patient-focused approach, Dr. Hessler has helped many patients finally achieve the aesthetic results they want. She is a leading expert in the field of rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgery.

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hessler has dedicated years of study to the nose, with an emphasis on achieving subtle, natural-looking improvements. She has performed hundreds of rhinoplasty procedures, and was selected to be the course director for a hands-on cadaver dissection course, teaching the intricacies of nasal surgery to other plastic surgeons.

Rhinoplasty is one of her top procedures and areas of focus, and she currently holds a position as Chair of the Women on the Facial Plastic Surgery committee at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. To schedule a tip rhinoplasty consultation, please contact us.

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