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Dr. Beth Ann Collins, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2614 Boston Post Road; Suite 16c
Guilford, CT
 

Dr. Beth Collins is a plastic surgeon in Guilford, CT and New Haven, CT. Patient reviews placed Dr. Collins at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Collins's practice is open to new patients. She attended medical school at the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Nose ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
5 Durham Road; Unit 1-4
Guilford, CT
 

Dr. Stefano Fusi's specialties are hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. On average, patients gave Dr. Fusi a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Sapienza University of Rome for medical school, he completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Fusi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Fusi is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. James Grant Thomson, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
111 Goose Lane
Guilford, CT
 

Dr. James Thomson works as a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in New Haven, CT and Guilford, CT. His areas of expertise include the following: general reconstruction, free flap breast reconstruction, and head and neck cancer reconstruction. Dr. Thomson is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Montreal General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks French. He is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Thomson's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Microsurgery, Down Syndrome, Wrist Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Hemangiomas, Cosmetic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Hand Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
5 Durham Road; Suite A1
Guilford, CT
 

Dr. Zeno Chicarilli is a specialist in hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Zeno Chicarilli works in Guilford, CT and New Haven, CT. Dr. Chicarilli is conversant in Italian. These areas are among Dr. Chicarilli's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Chicarilli is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Chicarilli performed Dr. Chicarilli's residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Chicarilli has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Chicarilli accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chicarilli is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Nose Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Flap Reconstruction?

Flap reconstruction is a surgical procedure in which healthy tissue is taken (or harvested) from one area of the body, called a donor site, and then transferred to a damaged area, or recipient site. The most common types of tissue used in flap reconstruction are skin, muscle, and a combination of skin and muscle, called musculocutaneous tissue. Flaps are like grafts in that they both involve harvesting and transferring tissue, but they differ in one important way. Flaps are placed onto the recipient site with their own blood supply, whereas grafts are not.

Flaps are used to reconstruct large or deep wounds, as well repair physical deformities. For example, some nasal defects can be corrected using forehead flaps. Another common procedure that uses flaps is breast reconstruction, which is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast after mastectomy (breast removal). The ability to use musculocutaneous tissue makes flaps ideal for this type of reconstructive surgery. In addition, the included blood supply in flaps brings needed oxygen and nutrients to the recipient site, promoting healing.

During flap surgery, an enormous amount of attention needs to be paid to the blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries). To retain the flap’s blood supply, the surgeon might form a pedicle, which is a bridge of tissue and blood vessels that connects the flap to the site it originates from. The flap is connected to its blood supply through this pedicle. It is removed only after the surgical team has made sure that the flap has healed enough to survive without it. This type of flap is called a pedicled flap.

Blood vessels may also be detached from the flap when it is harvested, and then reattached at the new location. Since the flap is not pedicled to its donor site, it is referred to as a free flap. To be able to connect blood vessels with accuracy, surgeons must use very tiny tools and special microscopes. For this reason, this type of flap reconstruction is also often called microvascular flap surgery. One advantage of free or microvascular flaps is that they are ideal for repairing larger areas, like an extensive wound or defect on the leg.

Depending on how involved your flap reconstruction is, you may have to stay in the hospital for several days after the procedure. It may take six to eight weeks for the incisions to heal, and a year or more for the scars to fully fade.