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5 out of 5 stars Botox

Art and Experience Combined Equal Fail Proof Success, Plus Lovely People! - Omaha, NE

I want to look my best, and I knew the expertise at this office, so was confident to move forward. Botox and fillers.

5 out of 5 stars Dysport

Great Results! Thanks Dr. S - Nebraska

I am a total baby I don't even like to take asprin so to go so far as injecting something in my head was a BIG deal. I am so glad that I did my research and found Dr. S I could have went to 50 different offices that were a lot closer but I decided to make the 150 mile trip because he is so EXPERIENCED! I have great results, my forehead looks so much better minus all the wrinkles :) I...

5 out of 5 stars Ultherapy

Wonderful Experience! Happy With the Outcome - Omaha, NE

I had Ultherapy and it was one of the best things I've done for myself! The procedure itself was not unpleasant at all - very minor discomfort. The results are fabulous and I can already see the difference! Dr. Schlessinger and his staff are artists! I am so happy with the outcome. I would highly recommend Dr. Schlessinger.

5 out of 5 stars Restylane

Restylane Boosted my Botox Fabulously! - Omaha, NE

Originally had Botox but wanted more done for the frown line between my eyes. That's when Restylane came into the picture. I already knew the pro's & con's & to me the benefits far outweighed the risks. So I scheduled an appointment & never looked back. The procedure was super quick & relatively painless (small needle poke). I had minimal swelling for a couple of days & I'd say within a...

5 out of 5 stars Dysport

Down to an Art! - Omaha, NE

A gift to myself!

5 out of 5 stars Juvederm

Fillers Are Worth It! Omaha, NE

This was my second appointment with Dr. Schlessinger. I am thrilled with my results! I can instantly see the lines smooth out and disappear with fillers. I also get Botox and am very pleased. Doctor's expertise and skill are excellent and I totally trust his recommendations. I had a annual event this weekend and more than 1 person said "stop aging will you".....and I needed a "tune-up". ...

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Best Botox Treatment - Omaha, NE

First let me just say I was trained as a physician so i can be critical in reviewing a doctor's skills. I have had 3 botox injections in the past in Chicago and all had been huge disappointments. When I was in Omaha, I decided to see Dr. Sclessinger since I heard that he is THE BOTOX EXPERT. And I was not disappointed. And the best part, my husband agrees and is thrilled with the results too!

5 out of 5 stars Voluma

An Artist - Omaha, NE

I am 60 years old and have been going to doctor Schlessinger for several years to get fillers and Botox. He is the only doctor I would trust my face with for these procedures. He is an artist that knows exactly what is needed to create a more beautiful me and he does this with skill and precision. We are fortunate to have him here in Omaha,

5 out of 5 stars Botox

First Time Botoxer - Omaha, NE

I was self-conscious about the huge frown line between my eyes - it was so big it looked like a gash. The older I get the more I obsess about it. I went in for suture removal from my skin cancer check & asked about Botox. The benefits far outweighed the risks & I never looked back (or better)! The procedure was very quick & painless - just a few pokes, but the needle was very small. They...

5 out of 5 stars Juvederm

Did She or Didn't She? SHE DID! - Omaha, NE

I am thrilled with the fillers that were placed in my cheeks, lips, nose and forehead. I am more confident in my appearance and love how fillers near the brow give me a "mini eye lift". My face looks full & healthy! Dr. Schlessinger, besides being a wonderful doctor, has a great eye to assist women who want to look younger but who do not want to look like they had procedures done. He's amazing!

Personal Statement

My goal is to make patients happy. Without this, there is no reason to be in business. Whether this is by solving a concern they have or making their health better, the answer is in patient happiness and a devotion to making that happen.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology and American Board of Pediatrics


American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

Consultation Fee

Free consult for certain procedures and fillers

Awards & Recognition

Best in Omaha in Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, Omaha Magazine, 2002 – Present
Best Dermatologist in Omaha, Readers Choice Awards, 2001 – Present
Best Doctors in America, Dermatology &Pediatric Dermatology, 2011 – 2014
Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2011 – Present
Selected one of American’s Top Physicians in Dermatology, US News &World Report
Winner of Doctor’s Choice Award, Omaha, 2014
Elle Genius Selection, Dermatology, 2011
RealSelf Top Doctor


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA in Biology, University of Rhode Island, 1981
    Basic Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI
    MD, Clinical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1985
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Dermatology, Washington University of St. Louis
    Pediatrics, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Treatments offered at Skin Specialists, PC & LovelySkin Spa

Blog Posts and Articles

Is Smart Lipo better than tumescent liposuction?

In reality, Smart Lipo is just an addition to liposuction rather than a method of liposuction.  Tumescent refers to the method of anesthetizing the area, which is by adding lots of fluid that has anesthetic in it to the area first.  Then the flu

Question: How much downtime is there with Fractional Repair?

Answer:  This depends on your healing time, wound care after the procedure and any complications after the procedure and, most importantly, how high an intensity of laser is used by the physician when operating the laser.  The higher the intens

Question: Is Fractional Repair better than Botox or Fillers?

Answer:  It is different, but that doesn't mean that one is better or worse.  Many patients will find that Fractional Repair brings their skin to a more youthful appearance, but Botox and fillers address very different concerns and, sometimes br

Is Fractional Repair Permanent?

  Answer:  No, it isn't permanent, but it does last quite a bit longer than other treatments such as non-invasive lasers, fillers and botox.  If done at a high intensity level on the proper skin type, it will improve the appearance dramatic

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Fraxel Failed to Work on my Acne Scars

Here's the deal with acne scars: no laser is really going to do all that much for them. Sorry, but acne scars are very difficult to treat and you are... READ MORE

What is Smart Lipo Laser?

SmartLipo is a machine that has a laser to melt the fat. But that isn't the entire picture. While I perform the SmartLipo procedure, the fat has to be... READ MORE

Hypo-pigmentation After Fraxel Repair

You have just found out the greatest lie in laser surgery and one that is unfortunately perpetrated by the laser companies to physicians and from... READ MORE

Juvederm vs Restylane

There is no one product that is better or worse here, but I can say that Juvederm is a little more expensive than Restylane, so until the syringes of... READ MORE

SmartLipo Recovery

While many physicians try to tell patients it is all about the Smart Lipo, here is the secret: It's about the anesthetic that is used prior to doing... READ MORE

How Long Does Restylane Last?

There is no set timeline on how long a filler lasts. It all depends on how much is injected and the areas that are injected. If you put a very small... READ MORE

What Fillers Are FDA Approved for Use in the Tear Trough / Under Eye Area?

Fillers under the eyes are incredibly difficult and you need to make sure your injector is a good one or you may have long term issues after they are... READ MORE

Advantage of Dysport over BOTOX?

Having injected over 1500 patients with Dysport over the past 5 years (I performed the clinical trials for this medication in the US), I can say that... READ MORE

Does Palomar Laser Work Well on Acne Scars?

No laser, even the more invasive ones, will treat scars well. There can be some improvement, but I never encourage people to expect too much from... READ MORE

Amount of Dermal Filler in a Syringe?

With Restylane and Perlane, you get a little bonus with an overfilled syringe. The company states it has only 1cc, but you actually get 1.15cc total.... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Schlessinger

Joel Schlessinger, MD has shared 56 before and after pictures with 1,013 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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Videos by Joel Schlessinger, MD

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What Is the Difference Between Volbella and Restylane Silk?

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is live at ASDS 2016 to discuss the differences between Volbella and Restylane Silk for lip enhancement. WATCH VIDEO

When Is a Tattoo Too Big to Cut Out?

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is live with RealSelf in New Orleans for ASDS 2016, where he discusses WATCH VIDEO

What Areas on the Body Can Cellfina Treat and Who Is the Best Candidate?

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses Cellfina, the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive one-time procedure clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite. WATCH VIDEO

The Doctor Explains Acne Causes, Effects, and Treatments

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the how acne is caused and what can be done to treat it. WATCH VIDEO

The Differences Between Kybella and CoolMini for Reducing Chin Fat

Live from Vegas at VCS 2016, Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers questions about removing a double chin. WATCH VIDEO

What's the Difference Between Smart Lipo and Tumescent Liposuction?

On The Morning Blend Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the the difference between two methods of fat removal. WATCH VIDEO

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