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Dr. Bradley Bengtson

Plastic Surgeon
Address
2155 East Paris Avenue SE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546
Major advancements in body contouring have maximized results and minimized potential risks.

Philosophy

There are so many improvements in breast surgery, but most patients are still unaware of the dramatic changes that have been made that make the procedure easier and more comfortable for the patient. “Firstly, 3-D imaging technology now allows patients to navigate implant size selection and outcomes in ways never experienced before,” says Dr. Bradley Bengtson. “Our Vectra imaging lets patients ‘experience’ outcomes before their procedure. Standardized breast implant and bra cup sizing has helped to streamline results. We now have a starting point for each patient, and know that adding about 200-ccs increases a woman’s bra cup about one cup size.” With more than 4,000 augmentations performed throughout his career, Dr. Bengtson says breast surgery is now easier than ever: “it’s completely bloodless, which creates less swelling, bruising and pain with average surgery times between 30 and 40 minutes. And with our Fast-Trak Recovery program, we expect our patients to feel good enough to go out to dinner or a movie the same day.”

About My Practice

What nonsurgical advancements have you added?

In addition to our boutique-style walk-in component, where patients can be evaluated for Botox, facial fillers, laser treatments and skin care without an appointment, we have added CoolSculpting®, a nonsurgical fat-reduction system with no pain or downtime; and Ulthera®, a new nonsurgical facial skin-tightening system that we are very excited to offer our patients. 

What plastic surgery advancements are on the horizon?

Using high-resolution ultrasound to look at breast implants instead of MRI will be a valuable tool for patients. I’ve performed the initial landmark research in this area that was published in a recent issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and believe it may truly change how we follow up with and treat our augmentation and reconstruction patients.

How do you enhance the patient experience?

We’ve created a high-quality center that strives for excellence, providing our patients individualized service using our comprehensive offering of treatments. Nestled on the first floor of a Women’s Health Center, the Bengtson Center is more like checking into a fine hotel or spa with beautiful surroundings—complete with a fireplace, warm reading nook and skin-care bar.

How would you describe your staff?

They are by far the most dynamic, engaging, joy-filled and talented staff I have ever worked with. They are extremely caring and focused on the patients and their experiences. 

In which procedures are you seeing an influx?

We’re performing more breast augmentations and breast revisions with SERI® Surgical Scaffold. In addition, more minimally invasive techniques in conjunction with facial fillers are on the rise. 

How would you describe your office?

The office was designed by a residential builder and creative design team to establish a space that is inviting and warm, complete with a reading nook and fireplace. Patients are greeted by a concierge, as if they’re entering a hotel or a cozy residence, and directed to our skin-care, injectable or plastic surgery center. It’s our utmost goal to make our patients feel welcomed and not intimidated. 

How do you help patients choose a treatment?

We offer our patients a problem/ concern-focused approach: We inform them of the options and the potential outcomes matching with their expectations and lifestyle to help them choose the best procedure for their needs and concerns. 

About Me

How do you guide patients when discussing surgical and nonsurgical options?

I believe we tend to be an either/or society when it comes to maintaining a natural, youthful appearance. However, many patients benefit from both/and, or combination treatments. For instance, both facial fillers and a facelift may be needed to restore volume and treat sagging skin. 

What attracted you to facial plastic surgery?

It provides a mix of compassion, science, art and creativity. 

What affiliations are you proud to have?

I am proud to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and to be involved with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American College of Surgeons.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I’m passionate about bringing innovation and art to the practice of plastic surgery. I focus on developing new techniques and procedures to constantly raise the bar and deliver the best patient outcomes I can. 

What is something your patients might not know about you?

I am one of only 10 plastic surgeons selected to be a member of Allergan’s Executive Council, and I am a lead investigator for the Natrelle® 410 Highly Cohesive Gel breast implant often referred to as the “Gummy Bear.” I’m also dedicated to Revisional Cosmetic Breast Sugery and the correction of Capsular Contracture using Acellular Dermal Matrix (Alloderm / Strattice™).

What are some of the hobbies you enjoy when not working?

I love underwater photography, travel and spending time with my family. I’ve also written books on Civil War medicine. And, I’m involved in medical device development, with eight current medical patents. 

Education

Degree:
Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency:
Grand Rapids Area Medical Education and Research Center, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Fellowship:
, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Credentials

Board Certification:

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Affiliation:

American College of Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons

A Minute With

  1. My happiest professional moment
    Fulfilling a lifelong dream of starting, developing and growing my own aesthetic plastic surgery practice
  2. Most inspirational thing i learned this year
    It’s all about the why, not the what; patients do things we recommend because of why we do what we do, not what we do
  3. Three words that best describe me
    Innovative, caring, compassionate
  4. What i love most about my profession
    It is a blend of both art and science
  5. How my profession has evolved
    Plastic surgery has always been very innovative, but the curve is becoming much more exponential
  6. When you know you’re ready for surgery
    When your concerns exceed what can be accomplished with nonsurgical techniques, particularly skin excess
  7. Career-defining procedure
    For me, it’s been a focus on breast augmentation and breast revision using tissues and scaffolds
  8. How i would spend extra time in a day
    With my family
  9. My dream innovation
    A new technology that would prevent capsular contracture and seromas
  10. Celeb photos my patients most often bring in
    Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez
  11. What i can’t live without
    Our Vectra® 3-D imaging and simulation system that allows patients to see their results before surgery
  12. What sets my practice apart
    My practice is constantly evolving as I continue to bring in the most advanced nonsurgical innovations and new surgical techniques and technologies to obtain the best results for my patients

Services

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty / Browlift
  • Body Contouring / Bodylift
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lifts / Reductions
  • Revision Breast Surgery
  • Cellulite Treatment
  • Laser / Standard Liposuction
  • Facelift / Necklift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Labiaplasty
  • Fat Transfers / Injectables
  • Perlane
  • Bellatero
  • Dermal Filler
  • Gynecomastia Surgery
  • Hyperhidrosis Treatment
  • Kybella®
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Microneedling
  • miraDry®
  • Mommy Makeover
  • NeoGraft® Hair Restoration
  • Nordlys Hybrid Laser
  • Power-Assisted Liposuction
  • ThermiSmooth®
  • ThermiTight®
  • ThermiVa®
  • Tumescent Liposuction
  • Ultherapy®
  • Wrinkle Relaxers

FAQs

  1. What is state-of-the-art in patient imaging today?
    What our experts say:

    We have been using Vectra 3-D imaging in our practice for five years and it is one of the main technologies that transformed my practice. It is a comprehensive consultation tool that allows patients to visually experience their potential results at a completely different level, and also allows them to see a simulation of their breasts before undergoing surgery.

     

  2. What noninvasive procedures have you incorporated into your practice?
    What our experts say:

    We have all of the newest nonsurgical treatments and injectables, surgical techniques and skin-care products. We’re excited to offer new emerging technologies like laser liposuction, Ultherapy® and CoolSculpting®

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