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

Dr. Beth Collins works as a plastic surgeon and general surgeon. Dr. Collins's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include breast reconstruction revision, dermabrasion, and restylane refyne. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Collins honors. She studied medicine at the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science. She has received the following distinction: RealSelf Top Doctor. Dr. Collins is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Breast Reconstruction Revision, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Blepharoptosis Repair, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. James Thomson's medical specialty is plastic surgery and hand surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomson include general reconstruction, free flap breast reconstruction, and head and neck cancer reconstruction. His professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Thomson performed his residency at Montreal General Hospital. In addition to English, he speaks French.

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

All Interests: Down Syndrome, Wrist Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, Burn ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Zeno Chicarilli specializes in hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Chicarilli attended Tufts University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard University for residency. Dr. Chicarilli's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and general reconstruction. Patients gave Dr. Chicarilli an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chicarilli accepts Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Chicarilli speaks Italian. Dr. Chicarilli is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chicarilli welcomes 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)

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

Dr. Stefano Fusi's areas of specialization are hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery; he sees patients in Guilford, CT. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fusi include eyelid surgery, thigh lift (thighplasty), and general reconstruction. Dr. Fusi is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fusi's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Rome Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program. Dr. Fusi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian.

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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)

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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.

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