Meet Dr. Bensimon
Dr. Richard H. Bensimon is a seasoned plastic surgeon in Portland, Oregon who specializes in surgical procedures for the face, breasts, and body. He is the owner and medical director of Bensimon Center and is a board certified in plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. With over 30 years of industry experience, his work has earned him many decorations, including the Compassionate Doctor Recognition and the Patients' Choice Award by Vitals. Dr. Bensimon is a aesthetic pioneer who has helped countless patients improve their self-image and confidence.
Skills and Specialties
It is Dr. Bensimon’s mission to provide a comfortable and pleasant surgical experience from start to finish. 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. Dr. Bensimon's work is a wonderful blend of exceptional skill and artistry. He performs a wide range of procedures, including breast augmentation, tummy tucks, liposuction, and mommy makeovers. 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. In addition, he offers nonsurgical treatments, such as BOTOX, Dermal Fillers, Kybella, Microneedling, HydraFacials and mild to moderate depth chemical peels for improvement of facial hyperpigmentation.
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 Melbourne 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
Throughout his career, Dr. Bensimon has been recognized for his expertise in aesthetic surgery and has been sought out as an educator in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As an enthusiastic educator, Dr. Bensimon has given over 100 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 the recently released 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 quirky old theaters 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 so traveling brings him great joy. In a quest for a simpler life style, Dr. Bensimon has chosen to live in a home the floats on the Columbia River. This peaceful setting is the perfect antidote to an otherwise busy life.
Words from Dr. Bensimon
"My overriding philosophy in practice has been to remain inquisitive, to evolve, to always look to improve things. Sometimes it is little by little, sometimes it is a big leap. To this day I am striving to find a better way, and as a consequence, my surgeries are yielding results of which I am proud." – Dr. Richard H. Bensimon
"I've always felt good walking into Dr. Bensimon's office....it's well appointed and in a wonderful historic building. My esthetician, Jessica, is wonderful. Very gentle. Love my results!!"
"This place has taken 8 years off my face! Amber is the best with injections, general skin care guidance and convinced me to try Latisse. Dr Bensimons skin care has also also completely eliminated the dry areas on my face (I work outside). I have had injections for 10 years and by far Amber is the best! I get so many compliments! Thank you Amber!"
"Dr Bensimon and his staff have changed my life. Starting with my phone call with Julianna to ask questions about the procedure i wanted, I knew I was in great hands. Not only did she take the time to listen to my questions and answered each one of them, she also listened to my life, my struggles, my pain and what led me to want plastic surgery. To say she is an angel is an understatement. Dr Bensimon: to begin I will say, what an amazing Doctor. Professional yet very funny, very knowledgeable and honest. He never once promise me anything he couldn't deliver. He was honest, explained to me what he would do in detail. I had many questions and he answered each one. He has been in the business many years and without a doubt I would recommended him to anyone looking to change their life."
"Very happy to live where I have easy access to this talented doctor and his excellent team. Nurse Andrea is an extremely skilled injector, the office staff and medical/esthetic practitioners are awesome and the BensiSkin line of products works well. Best of all, I had a BensiPeel (Croton Oil Deep Peel) in December 2015 and am thrilled with the result. I'd been quite nervous making the decision to have this peel done as the information I found when trolling around the internet about deep peels made it sound like it would be a really painful procedure with a protracted, uncomfortable and messy recovery. Dr. Bensimon assured me that, while he couldn't speak to what experience people had with other doctors, that was not going to be how my deep peel with him would go. I had oral sedation for the procedure and felt nothing, It is a medical procedure and not a cosmetic peel and although I was not in pain during or after the peel, there was a healing process that was somewhat uncomfortable because of the sensation of tightness and heat that was easily managed with a couple of days of prescription pain meds and Tylenol. It took the expected and planned for two weeks for my new skin to be ready to accept makeup/sunscreen and for me to be able to venture back out into the world. The peel result is stellar and actually beyond what I expected. I feel so lucky that my women's health practitioner shared a lobby with the Bensimon Center when it was in its former location. I was able to see firsthand how lovely the women who were going in and out the door of Dr. Bensimon's practice looked (as well as the practice staff) and it drew me to check it out."
"I couldn't be happier with my results today. Amber is wonderful and is very good at what she does. She took the time to make me feel comfortable and to thoroughly explain the procedures and carefully answer my questions! She is a great injector! I am Also pleased with the office and staff. A professional yet fun environment! They all make you feel welcome! Thank you again!"