Richmond Plastic Surgeon
9930 Independence Park Drive, Suite 101
Richmond, Virginia 23233 US
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5 out of 5 stars CoolSculpting

AWESOME RESULTS! Will Be Returning in the Future - Richmond, VA

Dr. Hillelson is amazing at what she does. I will be coming back in the future for more procedures. She's a very sweet lady and listens to all your concerns.

5 out of 5 stars Thermage

Thermage - Richmond, VA

Great doctor, very caring and personable. I trust her judgement and advice. Have been her patient for many, many years.

5 out of 5 stars BroadBand Light (BBL)

Removed Sunspots. Richmond, VA

Friendly staff and very honest Doctor. Gave me great advice.

5 out of 5 stars Sclerotherapy

42 Year Old Male. Spider Vein Removal on Both Legs. - Richmond, VA

Dr. Hillelson is very gentle and has been a self-esteem saver for me. Thank you!

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Frownies Gone! - Richmond, VA

Dr. Hillelson is wonderful! Warm, friendly and the best at non-invasive procedures. I will not trust my face to anyone else! She spends as much time as I need to answer any questions I may have. I'm impressed with the staff as well. They treat everyone with the respect and I'm always very pleased with the results.

5 out of 5 stars Thermage

Best Money Ever Spent!! Wish I Had Done It Sooner - Richmond, VA

After years of wasting money on various procedures, a good friend of mine shared her secret which was a plastic surgeon who performs Thermage on patients herself. My friend gave me the name of Dr. Ruth Hillelson, so I called and made an appointment for a consultation. The price was less than what I had spent over the past two years on things that did not work, so I figured I would give it a...

5 out of 5 stars CoolSculpting

Love CoolSculpting - Richmond, VA

Dr Hillelson is the best non-invasive expert around. Her back ground as a plastic surgeon and years of experience make her uniquely qualified to offer the most effective aesthetic treatments in her practice. She is someone I trust implicitly and she is very sweet and caring and her staff is wonderful. I have no desire to go under the knife and am extremely pleased with the natural results I get from her various procedures such as Thermage and TriPollar as well as CoolSculpting.

5 out of 5 stars TriPollar

36 Year Old Great Results Around Neck Area. - Richmond, VA

DR. Hillelson was very thorough and informed me of all options. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Definitely recommend.

5 out of 5 stars Thermage

Thermage Full Face and Neck - Richmond, VA


5 out of 5 stars Botox

Fixed my Frown Lines - Richmond, VA

Dr. Hillelson has a great touch and an amazing eye. Wonderful bedside manner; answered all my questions and concerns. Procedure was with minimal discomfort. Saw full results in about a week, which were great, couldn't be happier. She has a new patient for a long time to come. Office staff were also super friendly and helpful.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

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Hospital Privileges

Dr. Hillelson has hospital affiliations at Henrico Doctors Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, CJW, UVA.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: John Hopkins University
    Medical: MD, University of Vermont & Harvard Medical School
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery, University of Virginia
    General Surgery, University of Virginia & John Hopkins University
    Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Kansas & Harvard Medical School

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Blog Posts and Articles


The best skin care system is one that has been clinically shown to address the underlying causes of aging skin. Most people assume that aging skin, with its fine lines, wrinkles and drooping or sagging is just a part of growing old. People have come to believe that skin exhibiting signs of aging can only be prevented either by good genes or cosmetic procedures. Although these two items can be important, they really don’t address the underlying causes of aging skin, which...

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Long-term Effects of Coolsculpting?

The freezing temperature of a fat cell is why coolsculpt only affects fat cells. The gel pad placed prior to the handpiece application protects the... READ MORE

What Thermage technology / treatment do you recommend for eyes (eyelids)?

I think that obviously the CPT technology is the best and the doctor to whom you spoke has an old unit and lack of familiarity with the technique and... READ MORE

How many passes are done with Thermage for optimum results?

Thermage requires multiple passes for optimal results. Success depends upon many factors. However , energy level alone is not the answer. Appropriate... READ MORE

Thermage or Ulthera for lax skin around the eye? Are they safe? (Photo)

Thermage is definitely best around the eyes. Ulthera is not used around the eyes . Thermage is safe around the eyes provided that the user is... READ MORE

4 days post op from Coolsculpting; pain & cramping has increased & now my compression waist cincher is even painful to wear.

You should return to your physician for your symptoms and have him examine you. I usually don't use compression garments after coolsculpt but that is... READ MORE

PicoSure Focus for acne scars?

Hello and I understand your questions. Remember always that the results of technology are always user dependent. I require about thirty minutes for a... READ MORE

2 months post first CoolSculpting treatment. Is this the final result or will the abdomen get even smaller?

Hello. Fat reduction actually is ongoing for up to four months. However , the process will be much slower the remaining two months. Keep in mind that... READ MORE

What's better Coolscupting or Sculpsure?

Your great question has a lengthy answer! Whenever I evaluate a patient, the appropriateness of the procedure depends upon the expectations. As a... READ MORE

Once the fat is removed is there flabby hanging skin?

This is a great question. When I evaluate a patient for treatment of localized body fat, I evaluate skin, fat, and muscle if the abdomen is involved.... READ MORE

CoolSculpting candidate? (Photo)

Evaluation of an abdomen always includes skin laxity , degree of fat involved , and the condition of the rectus abdominus muscle. Furthermore , your... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Hillelson

Ruth L. Hillelson, MD, FACS has shared 6 before and after pictures with 23 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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Videos by Ruth L. Hillelson, MD, FACS

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See What a CoolSculpting Procedure Is Like

Dr. Ruth Hillelson performs a CoolSculpting procedure of the abdominal area on this woman. WATCH VIDEO

Thermage of the Face

Dr. Ruth Hillelson performs Thermage on this woman. Thermage is one of the most effective procedures for noninvasive lifting and tightening; naturally jump-starting and elevating the body's production of collagen via high pulsed radio frequency. WATCH VIDEO

A Doctor Demonstrates PicoSure Laser for the Hands

Dr. Ruth L Hillelson demonstrates PicoSure on her own hand as she explains the process. PicoSure is a non-surgical laser treatment for those seeking a more youthful appearance and it can treat many areas of the body. WATCH VIDEO

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