Joseph B. O'Connell MD
About the Practice
Aesthetic surgery is neither form alone nor function alone, but rather a natural and harmonious blending of the two. Our philosophy is simple - we are a high-end aesthetic practice and no effort is spared to provide our patients with the very best in all aspects of their care. We believe in a "less-is-more" philosophy - just as the skilled writer or artist conveys their message with the fewest, most carefully chosen words or brush strokes, we help our patients achieve their aesthetic goals with the fewest, least invasive, safest and least costly techniques. Most procedures are performed in our accredited office facility without need for general anesthesia. We carefully evaluate and employ recent technological developments in our field (lasers, ultrasonic liposuction, etc.) and we combine them with time-proven techniques to optimize our patient's results. We strive to minimize the recovery period and we understand that it is difficult for our patients to miss more than one week from their professional and social schedules.
Dr. O'Connell dedicates his practice to three areas of aesthetic surgery: facial rejuvenation (including surgery of the eyelids and laser resurfacing), body contouring (including ultrasonic liposuction) and surgery of the breast.
Dr. O'Connell specializes in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation and he has been featured on television performing a short-scar facelift. He has twice appeared on the national television show, Inside Edition performing ultrasonic liposuction for gynecomastia and also otoplasty for correction of protruding ears. He has written two articles on his techniques for facelifting and also published two articles on eyelid rejuvenation. Dr. O'Connell's practice incorporates ancillary procedures such as Botox®, injectable fillers (Collagen, Cymetra, Radiance, Restylane, Cosmoderm/Cosmoplast), laser hair reduction, laser treatment of spider veins and dyschromias, photorejuvenation and medical skin care to enhance his patients' aesthetic results.
Facial rejuvenation procedures offered include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), face and neck-lifts, including short-scar facelifts, brow-lifts, rhinoplasty, chin implants, laser resurfacing and lip augmentation.
Dr. O'Connell was the first plastic surgeon in Connecticut to incorporate ultrasonic liposuction into his practice and he has lectured at Yale University and also served as a Visiting Professor in this area. He utilizes both traditional and ultrasonic liposuction depending upon the aesthetic needs of his patients and he performs other body contouring procedures including abdominoplasty, correction of deformities following bariatric surgery and weight loss and excisional body contouring procedures (e.g. arm, thigh lifts, etc.).
Surgery of the Breast:
Dr. O'Connell has published two articles on the subject of breast reduction and he also performs breast augmentation, breast lifts (mastopexy), correction of breast asymmetry and gynecomastia. He performs the new "liposuction-only-breast-reduction" in his office facility without need for general anesthesia.
In facial rejuvenation we strive for a rested, natural, harmonious, non-surgical look and ancillary procedures such as Botox®, injectible fillers, laser resurfacing and skin care are carefully integrated into a rejuvenation plan that is custom designed for each patient. Breast augmentation patients are encouraged to “try-on” implants for size and Dr. O’Connell believes that the aesthetics of breast shape is equally important to the aesthetics of breast size. In body contouring we strive to recommend the simplest, least invasive procedure that can achieve your aesthetic goals. Dr. O’Connell utilizes ultrasonic liposuction and traditional liposuction as well as abdominoplasty, including mini-abdominoplasties, to optimize the aesthetic results for his body contouring patients.
It’s important for our patients to understand that all surgery, including aesthetic surgery, involves some uncertainty and risk. While we strive for perfection, this can never be achieved and, like all honest physicians, Dr. O’Connell cannot provide any guarantee, explicit or implied, as to the result or outcome of a surgical or other aesthetic procedure. What he can guarantee, however, is that he will do his very best. Dr. O’Connell will listen to your concerns and with the meticulous attention to detail he provides to each and every one of his patients he will do all he can to help you look your very best.
Consultations are by appointment only and are arranged by calling our office at (203) 454-0044.
Background & Certification
American Board of Surgery - 1987
The American Board of Plastic Surgery - 1992
The National Board of Medical Examiners - 1982
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Rochester, Rochester, NY - 1977 Phi Beta Kappa
Medical School: Cornell University Medical College - 1981
Internship: St. Francis Hospital/University of Connecticut
General Surgery Residency: St. Vincent's Medical Center
Plastic Surgery Residency: The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center
Dr. O'Connell served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. for seven years. Bridgeport Hospital is a major affiliate of Yale University and a Level I Trauma Center.
Publications and Presentations
Dr. O'Connell has published numerous articles in the field of plastic and aesthetic surgery and he has served on the Editorial Board of two medical journals.
His publications include:
O'Connell, J.B., Optimizing Aesthetic Results in Breast Reduction. Aesth. Dermatol. & Cosmetic Surg. 1:2 103, 1999.
O'Connell, J.B., A Simple Technique for Marking in Breast Reduction with Normal Nipple Position. European Journal of Plastic Surgery 11/01.
O'Connell, J.B., An Extended Minilift for the New Millennium - The "Babyboomer Facelift." Aesth. Dermatol. & Cosmetic Surg. 1:3; 179-1999.
O'Connell, J.B., Periorbital Rejuvenation with Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty, "Pinch" Skin Excision, and Erbium Laser Resurfacing. Aesth. Dermatol. & Cosmetic Surg. 1:4; 241, 2000.
O'Connell, J.B., Periorbital Rejuvenation with Modulated Laser Resurfacing. Int. J. Cosmetic Surg. & Aesth. Dermatol. 4:1 33, 2002.
O'Connell, J.B., Refinements of the Minimal Incision Rhytidectomy - Pending publication in the European Journal of Plastic Surgery.
Awards & Honors
Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery - 2002
Phi Beta Kappa - the University of Rochester - 1977
Dr. O'Connell has been listed in the Castle Connolly "Top Doctors" guide for the Metro New York Area on three successive occasions (2001, 2002 and 2003).
Official Spokesperson - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Affiliations & Memberships
Bridgeport Hospital - Bridgeport, CT
Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery - 1995 through 2002
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Member - Public Education Committee
- Member - Spokespersons Network
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
The International Society for Clinical Plastic Surgeons
The Connecticut Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Fellow, The American College of Surgeons
The Connecticut State Medical Society
The Fairfield County Medical Association
- Member - Medical Care Evaluation Committee
- Co-Chairman - Medical/Legal Committee
The Lipoplasty Society of North America
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
The Greater Bridgeport Medical Association
- Vice President - 1993, 1994
- President Elect - 1995
Member - Botox® Cosmetic Physicians Network
Approximately forty-five minutes to one hour is allotted for an aesthetic consultation and many patients are seen twice prior to surgery. All consultations are on a one-on-one basis with Dr. O’Connell who will take a comprehensive medical history work and with your other physicians (with your permission) to coordinate your care and to minimize risk. Written materials and brochures are provided to supplement your consultation. Most procedures are performed in our accredited in-office surgical facility without need for general anesthesia. All patients meet with anesthesia personnel prior to surgery. A tour of our surgical facility can be arranged at the time of your consultation. For those with medical problems or patients who require an overnight hospital stay, we offer affordable rates in conjunction with Bridgeport Hospital. Local hotels, limousine service, a private entrance and two waiting areas are also available.
During your consultation we will review your aesthetic goals and perform a careful examination. Dr. O’Connell will discuss in great detail the various surgical and non-surgical options as well as their potential benefits and risk. Dr. O’Connell believes that the consultation should be an educational process for the patient and should also enable him to understand the factors and restrictions that would lead you to favor one type of procedure over another (e.g. timing of surgery and recovery period, participation in sports, your type of job, etc.). Computer imaging and photographs are educational tools offered to our patients, however, it’s important to understand that they are only that, and they are not intended to create a guarantee or warranty as to the result that you may achieve.
Consultations are by appointment only and are arranged by calling our office at (203) 454-0044.
Staff & Facilities
Dr. O'Connell's outpatient surgical facility, which includes a full operating room and a two bed recovery room, is among the most advanced and luxurious aesthetic facilities in the country. The facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation for Ambulatory Surgical Facilities and photographs are posted on his main web site www.plasticsurgeryct.com. Discrete off-street parking, two waiting areas, a private limousine entrance/discharge area and a laser facility dedicated to treatment of unwanted hair, blood vessels and wrinkles are included. Accreditation: AAAASF
Dr. O'Connell has performed computer imaging since 1993. He currently utilizes the Canfield Systems Mirror system.
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Outside financing is available through Cosmetic Fee Plan and Unicorn