Meet Dr. Bensimon
Dr. Richard H. Bensimon is a board certified plastic surgeon in Portland, Oregon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the elite society for plastic surgeons who specialize in aesthetic surgery. Dr. Bensimon has practiced the art of plastic surgery since 1987 and is one of Portland’s most experienced and trusted aesthetic plastic surgeons.
Skills and Specialties
Dr. Bensimon’s contributions to chemical peeling and other plastic surgical techniques have received national and international recognition from his colleagues. He has published his works in prestigious journals and textbooks and is a frequently invited lecturer at plastic surgical conferences. Dr. Bensimon has participated in live peeling seminars both at home and abroad.
It is Dr. Bensimon’s mission to provide a comfortable and pleasant surgical experience. By utilizing the most progressive techniques, he has been able to minimize post-operative discomfort, improve the duration of recovery, and increase the safety of all procedures. He performs a wide range of procedures for facial rejuvenation including facial resurfacing and facial contouring utilizing advanced techniques for neck liposuction. In facial aesthetics, Dr. Bensimon leads the industry in facial chemical resurfacing with his proprietary BensiPeelTM for the dramatic improvement of deep wrinkles and sun damage.
Education and Training
Dr. Bensimon completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with honors with a major in anthropology and a minor in art history. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor with honors in thoracic, general, and plastic surgery. He completed his full general surgical training program at the prestigious Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, followed by an in-depth, plastic surgery fellowship at the renowned Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
In recognition of his work in facial surgery, Dr. Bensimon was invited to be part of the faculty of the the Mendelson Advanced Facial Anatomy Course (MAFAC), the premiere facial anatomy course for plastic surgeons, founded by renowned Australian plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Mendelson. At home in the United States, Dr. Bensimon is a member of the Connell Society, a prestigious group of elite plastic surgeons from throughout the world who were trained by or have embraced the teachings of the pioneering facelift surgeon, Dr. Bruce Connell. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and a member of the Ghent Association for Plastic Surgery.
Publications and Leadership
In his more than 25 years of practice, Dr. Bensimon has strived to elevate the excellence and safety of cosmetic surgery procedures in order to improve results. Ranging from shorter scars and an easier recovery, to long lasting and natural results in facial surgery, Dr. Bensimon has been on the vanguard as a practitioner, educator and author. Throughout his career, Dr. Bensimon has been recognized for his expertise in aesthetic surgery and has been sought out to present his work in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As an enthusiastic educator, Dr. Bensimon has given over 130 presentations, including master classes, cadaver workshops, and live surgery demonstrations to his colleagues around the world. He has contributed chapters in prestigious surgical texts and is a co-author of Centrofacial Rejuvenation, a state-of-the-art textbook describing surgical and nonsurgical rejuvenation of the face, and features Dr. Bensimon’s unique experience in facial chemical peeling. Dr. Bensimon is the creator of the BensiPeel™, a modern chemical peel for the dramatic improvement of facial sun damage and wrinkles.
Dr. Bensimon appreciates the vibrant music culture and wine country of Portland, Oregon. He is a downhill skier, small boat sailor, and scuba diver. Dr. Bensimon enjoys gourmet food and collecting fine wines and is pleased to live in close proximity to the great Willamette Valley, home of the finest Pinot Noir in the world. His love for people and adventure has him interested in learning about the habits and customs of different cultures from around the world. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys speaking French.
Words from Dr. Bensimon
“I derive a deep level of personal satisfaction when I see that my surgical skills have made a positive impact on the lives of my patient. There is no greater privilege than to practice the surgical craft that I love while helping people feel better about themselves.” – Dr. Richard H. Bensimon
"Easy and Worthwhile - I had a facelift with Dr. Bensimon one month ago. I was amazed at how little discomfort I experienced post-procedure. I didn't need prescription pain killers, only advil for a few days. As expected, in the first week after the facelift my whole face was somewhat swollen, experienced some tightness around the neck and some discomfort around my ears where the sutures were (more of an annoyance than actual pain). I also had a small bruise in my chin area and one in my left temple, but both were easily covered with make up. Two weeks after surgery I was still a little swollen around the jaw and neck areas, but no one could notice it. My experiences with Dr. Bensimon and his staff have been outstanding (I also had breast augmentation done about 10 years ago). The facelift has brought me back to how I looked 10 or 15 years ago. It really is amazing how easy and painless the whole process was."
"Chin lipo fat injected into chin - Really good doctor described everything in depth made me feel comfortable and was straight to the point didn't want me to get anything more or push me to do anything I didn't want to do.. did an amazing job"
"Dr. Bensimon and his staff are amazing. My results are beyond what I expected! I am glad I listened to him about recovery time and expectations as they were spot on. Dr. Bensimon’s skills, expertise, and care gave me excellent results and low stress. His staff are warm and professional and their facility is beautiful. I found him through recommendations within the medical community and as a medical professional myself recommend 100 percent."
"My chin and jawline look so lovely and youthful compared to before - I have always been self conscious of my neck and jaw area -- I have had excess fat and loose looking skin since my twenties, no matter what weight I have been. I am 5'11" and a bit over 200lbs, so a little bigger, but I still live a healthy lifestyle. My grandmother had the same issue and she was thin her entire life. After getting engaged last year and thinking about my wedding photos, I knew that I wanted to look into getting a procedure that would help me look forward to seeing profile view photos of myself marrying the love of my life.After researching many doctors in the Portland metro area, I found Dr. Bensimon through this site and saw that another plus size woman mention that Dr. Bensimon never made an issue of her weight. That made me excited to meet him and when I saw on his website that he had actually invented a special needle for liposuction of the double chin area, I became extra excited.I felt very fortunate to have found a doctor who was not just highly trained, but also a leading contributor to the field of specialty procedure that I was interested in -- right in my own city! Meeting Dr. Bensimon was lovely. He was kind and funny and looked at my areas of concern and he communicated his vision for what changes he could make and I could not have been happier.Because I am 38, I was concerned that I would need a necklift in addition to the liposuction, but I also wanted to be conservative with how much work I had done. Dr. Bensimon was on the same page, and though he said I could have a necklift, he felt that with the tools and techniques that he invented himself, he could achieve the change I wanted with liposuction alone. Music to my ears!The staff at the center were very lovely leading up to my surgery and after, and the surgery went well and I was back at work in less than a week. I go in for a 12 week follow up today, so hopefully I can get some good before and after photos from the office, as I didn't get any myself.My chin and jawline look so lovely and youthful compared to what they used to look like. So many people have commented that I look like I have lost weight (I am the same weight) and I no longer feel dread when people take candid photos of me! Thank you for that Dr. Bensimon!I did consult with one other doctor who had good reviews just to be certain before booking with Dr. Bensimon, and my experience was less than stellar. I was told that I would need a lift and lipo (for double the cost and recovery time) and that I should try to lose 10-15 pounds "to make the procedure easier" -- the waiting area at that other doctors' office was very hectic and there were many patients confused about their bills and it was like night and day compared to the professionalism of the amazing staff and privacy at the Bensimon Center.Do yourself a favor and if you are looking to have liposuction in the neck/jaw area, go to a true artist and a leader in the field, Dr. Bensimon!"
"What do you say about a person who gives you your life back?Thirteen years ago, after lengthy research, I chose Dr. Bensimon as my surgeon to perform a complicated abdominoplasty. The surgery included removal of stretched skin, forming a new navel, and repair of separated abdominal muscles resulting from pregnancy. Dr. Bensimon and his excellent staff brought me through what could have been a trying and traumatic experience with professionalism, knowledge and confidence. My results were, and continue to be, amazing and life-changing. With gentle guidance and masterful expertise, Dr. Bensimon gave me my body back.Today, I write as a happy return patient. Dr. Bensimon recently performed my nearly full-body liposuction procedures (chin/neck, upper arms, pubic area, and inner thighs). Once again, I found myself in the safe, capable hands of a true master of his art.I’m two weeks post-operative, and my results are already incredible. I can’t imagine going to any other surgeon; I joked with Dr. Bensimon that he needs to stay in practice until my first ’real’ facelift in ten years. Working with him feels like a collaboration; we make decisions together based on my body composition and goals to achieve realistic outcomes.Dr. Bensimon is a sought-after speaker and international leader in his field. To be treated by a recognized talent of the plastic surgery discipline has been a pleasure. And that he practices in Portland? What a gift.For those of you looking for similar solutions, my advice is this: You do your body and psyche a disservice when chasing low-cost cosmetic procedures. Dr. Bensimon holds the highest accreditation available in the field, and his excellence shows in every interaction, procedure and outcome. When it comes to your body, there is no replacement for talent, experience and integrity, no matter how low the cost, how big the promises, or how often their ads appear on TV.Dr. Bensimon, if you’re reading this, thank you. You changed my life. If you ever leave Portland, I’ll go wherever you are for my next procedures. You’re a peach.With gratitude,Melody Bridges"