Dr. Schlessinger, the only physician in Nebraska who is board certified in dermatology, general cosmetic surgery and pediatrics, has been voted the Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Omaha for 12 years and has been named one of America's Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America several years in a row. He operates Skin Specialists, P.C, Advanced Skin Research Center, LovelySkin Spa, LovelySkin, LovelySkin Spa Express and LovelySkin.com.
Dr. Schlessinger graduated from high school in Irmo, South Carolina, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island. He studied the basic sciences of medical school at Brown University and completed his clinical rotations at Baylor College of Medicine. After an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Alabama Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Dr. Schlessinger completed his dermatology residency at Barnes Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the top five medical schools in the country.
Dr. Schlessinger began practicing dermatology in 1992, and in 1993, opened Skin Specialists, P.C.
, which offers general dermatology services, specializing in treating acne, eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer, and cosmetic dermatology services, including BOTOX®, Dysport™, fillers and liposuction procedures. A staff of more than 70 skilled employees assists Dr. Schlessinger.
The Advanced Skin Research Center
opened in 1993 and is active in the advancement of skin care and skin health. The Center has conducted more than 200 research studies investigating new medications and treatments for a wide range of skin conditions and cosmetic procedures. Advanced Skin Research Center is one of the largest dermatologic research centers in the nation, performing more clinical research in dermatology than Creighton University and University of Nebraska combined.
LovelySkin Spa opened in 1997 and offers a wide variety of spa-related services, in addition to cosmetic treatments, including BOTOX and Dysport, fillers, laser hair removal and liposuction. Dr. Schlessinger has trained four full-time licensed and certified aestheticians who perform procedures that have medical and cosmetic benefits such as facials, peels and microdermabrasion. The aestheticians are also experts on skin care products such as mineral-based makeup and other cosmeceuticals (cosmetics with pharmaceutical benefits).
Dr. Schlessinger's experience in research, medical practice and spa operation led him to start LovelySkin.com
, an online retailer of cosmeceuticals featuring several brands only available through a physician. The creation of LovelySkin.com came from his passion and commitment to provide all his patients, whether they live in town or out-of-town, with high-quality, medical-grade products for all of their skin care needs. LovelySkin.com has grown from its early days of supplying a few skin care lines to one of the largest skin care retail websites, offering its worldwide customer-base access to more than 200 trusted brands and more than 8000 products. The online retailer, LovelySkin.com, prides itself on providing customers with exceptional skin care products and excellent customer service.
In 2010, Dr. Schlessinger opened the LovelySkin retail store in Omaha, Nebraska, which offers the same trusted brands and products sold through LovelySkin.com. The retail store has a highly trained staff of licensed and certified aestheticians and experienced sales associates who provide personalized care to each customer. It also allows customers to sample products before they purchase. Inside the retail store, LovelySkin Spa Express offers pampering and relaxation treatments performed by licensed and certified aestheticians geared to fit into customers' busy schedules.
As a result of his personal research, Dr. Schlessinger developed his own signature skin care line, LovelySkin
. The LovelySkin line is made with effective, medically based ingredients with clinically proven results. The products contain key ingredients such as Amino Fruit Acids and vitamin C, which are known for their skin-healing benefits. The line was developed in 1999, with innovations since that time, and offers a wide range of products including a full-line of acne care products, anti aging products, exfoliants and sun care products. Additionally, Dr. Schlessinger and his son Daniel developed the FixMySkin Healing Balms
. The unique patent-pending formulation in the balms contains 1% hydrocortisone, to heal and repair dry cracked skin, eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, insect bites and more.
In 2000, Dr. Schlessinger and group of 5 other dermatologists started the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. It is now a thriving organization. Dr. Schlessinger served as the President of the Nebraska Dermatology Society from 2002-2006, during which time the organization was twice awarded the American Academy of Dermatology 'Model Society' recognition award for the very first time in its history.
In 2009, Dr. Schlessinger founded the Cosmetic Surgery Forum
, an interactive multi-specialty Continuing Medical Education (CME) symposium for dermatologists, core cosmetic surgeons, residents and fellows. The forum is unlike any other continuing education opportunity, offering hands-on demonstrations, case discussions, education and discourse on the latest issues in cosmetic dermatology and surgery. Participants have been enthusiastic supporters of the value of this new approach. As a way to provide access to this innovative CME symposium, Dr. Schlessinger has financially supported the education of over 150 residents in dermatology and cosmetic surgery over the first three years of this course.
Dr. Schlessinger regularly lectures in national review courses for family practice and emergency room physicians. He also regularly teaches and trains physicians and dermatologists from across the country as well as residents, physician assistants and medical students from both Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Dr. Schlessinger is pleased to have been voted Best Cosmetic Surgeon 12 years in a row in Omaha by the Omaha Magazine Best of Omaha/WOWT Poll. Additionally, he has been named the Best Dermatologist and Best Cosmetic Surgeon in the Reader/KMTV Poll. With consistent write-ups in national magazines ranging from Glamour to the New York Times, Dr. Schlessinger's reputation continues to grow as one of the best dermatologists in the nation. He is a caring professional who works tirelessly to provide the best care for his patients.
In addition to Dr. Schlessinger's work in the field of skin care, he spends much of his time giving back to humanitarian causes. Dr. Schlessinger, along with his family, made two relief trips to Haiti after the earthquake, and he and his staff regularly donate to AIDS charities in Rwanda. Dr. Schlessinger has also made donations of makeup to battered women's shelters and to women recovering from addictions so they can start a new life. He is on the board of several non-profit organizations in Omaha, Nebraska, including the Omaha Symphony and Filmstreams. He also interviews students applying to Brown University, one of his alma maters.
He and his wife, Nancy, have two college-aged children, Claire and Daniel, and live in Omaha, Nebraska.