The Bensimon Center Team
Richard H. Bensimon, MD
Executive Medical Director Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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.
Dr. Bensimon completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with honors with a major in anthropology and a particular interest 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. Dr. Bensimon’s interest in people, culture, art and science found the perfect expression in the artistry of plastic surgery. He was inspired to go on to complete a 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. This unique background gives Dr. Bensimon a broader perspective which unites his artistic eye with his masterful surgical skillset and deeply genuine interest in helping his patients.
In his more than 29 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 in body procedures to long lasting and natural results in facial surgery, Dr. Bensimon has been on the vanguard as a practitioner, educator and author. His interesting career has included pioneering work in infertility microsurgery, the first published article on the Skin Sparing Mastectomy technique for improved aesthetic outcomes in breast reconstruction following mastectomy, and volunteering as Surgical Director, at a refugee camp on the Thai/Cambodian border. His practice is now devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Bensimon is a Portland, Oregon leader in facelifts, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and facial skin resurfacing featuring his proprietary BensiPeel. This dramatic procedure was developed when Dr. Bensimon recognized that standard facial surgery dealt with only one aspect of aging yielding good, but not always complete results. In his quest for more complete facial rejuvenation, Dr Bensimon delved into the practice of deep chemical peels to improve the texture, wrinkling and health of the skin. He collaborated with renowned pioneer Dr. Gregory Hetter, and has now perfected the BensiPeel, a technique that yields the most dramatic result in facial skin resurfacing available today.
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 even been called upon to perform live peeling seminars both at home and abroad.
In addition to procedures for the face, Dr. Bensimon is a Portland, Oregon leader in abdominoplasty, breast augmentations, breast lifts, breast reductions, and body contouring procedures such as liposuction. One of Dr. Bensimon’s most notable accomplishments in recent years has been in the rapidly expanding field of vaginal cosmetic surgery. Dr. Bensimon perfected an advanced technique called contour preserving labiaplasty that improves the contours and comfort of the vulva for women suffering with pain, diminished sexual function, asymmetry, childbirth injuries or excessive labia minora tissue.
In his spare time, Dr. Bensimon enjoys gourmet food and collecting fine wines. He is a supporter of Salud !, a local charity that benefits migrant vineyard workers in Oregon. Dr. Bensimon appreciates the vibrant film and music culture of Portland, Oregon. He is a skier, small boat sailor and scuba diver. He’s an avid traveler, and particularly enjoys interaction with his foreign plastic surgery colleagues. “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 patients. There is no greater privilege than to practice the surgical craft that I love while helping people feel better about themselves.” To view Dr. Bensimon’s CV, please click here.
Andrea L. Stapleton, RN, CPSN
Director of Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics Aesthetic Nurse Specialist
Andrea L. Stapleton RN, CPSN is one of the nation’s premier aesthetic nurse specialists. She is board certified by the board of Plastic Surgical Nurses and is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists (SPSSCS) and an Associate Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Andrea began her nursing career in 1983 in acute care and emergency room medicine. In 1994, she accepted a position at the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Connecticut. There she was directly mentored by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard H. Bensimon. This intensive and unique training gave Ms. Stapleton a rare opportunity to gain an expert understanding of detailed facial anatomy and facial aesthetics.
Ms. Stapleton is an experienced practitioner with more than 18 years dedicated to non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Because she has worked so closely with a gifted plastic surgeon, Ms Stapleton is especially skilled at the plastic surgical consult, recommending surgery or a more minimally invasive treatment when appropriate. She offers a high degree of expertise in the non-surgical facelift and a unique perspective to facial aesthetics, providing non-surgical rejuvenation as an alternative and adjunct to surgery. Ms. Stapleton is greatly appreciated by her patients for her soothing demeanor and comfortable treatments. In the industry, she travels extensively and is known as a gifted instructor and national level speaker presenting original work at the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses and sharing her expertise with other practitioners. She was a faculty member of Aesthetic Advancements Inc., one of the largest non-surgical aesthetic training companies in the United States. In the last 10 years, Ms Stapleton has been a paid consultant and national trainer for the manufacturers of Botox, having shared her experience and perspective to help achieve superior patient outcomes.
“I absolutely love what I do. I study faces, facial contours and texture. I strive to enhance the natural contours of the face and place emphasis on treatments that let the eyes and lips sensually speak for themselves. I enjoy working with the skin and become genuinely excited for my patients every time we achieve a beautiful result. I live passionately and I work passionately. I consider myself fortunate to work intimately with patients to help them navigate through their options and reach their aesthetic goals.”
In her free time Ms. Stapleton enjoys being outdoors, hiking, traveling, gardening, yoga, gourmet cooking and fine wine.
Luda Maleyeva, MA
Luda Maleyeva is a Medical Assistant with over five years’ experience with direct patient care. Her warmth and calm demeanor is a welcome comfort to our patients. As a valued member of our team, Luda is available to assist our patients with their surgical processing and scheduling needs. Luda has a special understanding of the surgical experience, having been a patient herself. She is happy to share her experience with our patients.
Amber Lewis, CMA, CA
Medical Assistant, Injector
Amber Lewis is a Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Aesthetician and Certified Laser Technician. Amber is an injector dedicated to non-surgical facial rejuvenation and excels in planning aesthetic treatments that align with her patient’s goals. Her tools include BOTOX and all dermal fillers, and she is an ultherapy and laser expert. Amber has an upbeat, warm and positive bedside manner, and her ability to yield natural, beautiful results makes her a trusted provider.