"For the first time since I was 11 years old, I looked at myself in the mirror and instead of feeling like crying, I smiled!"
33 year old s/p breast reduction/mastopexy patient
"I couldn't wait for my next appointment to tell you this. For years, I have looked in the mirror seeing 'hang down your head Tom Dooley, hang down your head and cry' but now, I find myself singing 'up, up and away with my beautiful balloons!' Thank you for your art work, I think maybe it is a masterpiece!"
D.M. Branford, CT
I am so glad I found Dr. Collins. After seeing two other plastic surgeons about a having breast reduction, I decided to have Dr. Collins do my surgery. She showed me her book of results and I was most impressed by her out of any other surgeon. She really looked at my case individually and planned the surgery to suit me. I feel like I had a custom fit reduction tailored for my body. I love the results. I can’t wait until the summer so I can show off my new and improved body!!
E.P. Colchester, CT
I came to Dr. Collins to have my eyes done. When she showed me the before and after pictures when I came for my follow-up, I could not believe what a difference it made! I look 20 years younger!!! She and her staff are so professional. I felt so comfortable through the whole process. I have already recommended her to three of my friends.
C.L. Hamden, CT
I had a breast reconstruction done last year by Dr. Collins. She did both breasts with “free flaps” from my belly. She is an absolute artist. I think I look better than I did before I had the mastectomies. She and her staff were so wonderful through the whole process. They are so professional, but very warm and caring. I really felt at ease though the whole process.
R.L. Branford, CT
I have had Botox and Juvederm before by other people. Nobody ever helped me with Brilliant distinctions, or even told me about it. Kelley, at Dr. Collin’s office explained everything to me, and helped me enter my information in to the computer. Dr. Collins has the best staff. They don’t try to rush you out the door, they really help out a lot. Then, Dr. Collins is the best with injections. I have had them hurt so much before, but she is so gentle and tells you what she is going to do before she does it. Everything looks so natural. People told me I looked good, but could not figure out what I did. I love my lips. They are not big and fat like the people on TV, they are just a little plumped up and so pretty!
S.S. Guilford, CT
In February 2012, at the age of 52, after a series of mammograms and subsequent biopsies, I was devastated to hear that I had DCIS, a form of breast cancer that would require mastectomy surgery on my right side. The fact that I am a nurse did not lessen the blow of this terrible news, but it did help me to recognize my need to take charge of the situation myself rather than simply take the advice and referrals of others, to do some extensive research, and to find and consult with the best doctors to carry out the serious work of removing the cancer and rebuilding my body.
With the surgeries at last behind me, it is just over one year now since I had to make those very difficult but important decisions to put together the right medical team to handle my case. The initial surgery was over 11 hours long and involved first the removal of all the breast tissue, including the nipple and areola, only leaving intact the remaining skin of the right breast. That’s when my hand-picked Dr. Collins stepped in and began the highly skilled and extremely precise work of reconstructing a new breast using the procedure referred to as “free TRAM flap.” (After exploring the other methods available, I chose to go with the TRAM flap because it offered the more desirable results…and my ultimate goal was to be more desirable, if you know what I mean.)
Then many months later, after healing from that first surgery and some minor adjustments along the way, I also wanted Dr. Collins to perform a reduction of my left breast so that it would match the new smaller size that I chose for the reconstructed breast. Having been uncomfortably large-breasted all my adult life, this was a wonderful opportunity to downsize, and I grabbed it!
Finally, when the size of both breasts were once again symmetrical, Dr. Collins recently added the finishing crucial touches to the newly constructed breast, the nipple and the tattooed areola to match the natural one. This part actually made me nervous and I considered not going ahead with it because I thought it might look weird and unnatural. But, well, don’t ask me how Dr. Collins did it, but it is remarkably “real” looking…all of it! I couldn’t be more pleased with the total outcome. And the reconstructed breast is also similar to my natural breast in softness and in the way the tissue drapes on my chest. I am truly amazed!
And I am so very grateful to Dr. Collins for being such a gifted and talented surgeon, for being a woman and knowing what a woman wants, and for caring about my body and how I look as much as I do.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dr. Collins…I’m so glad I found you!
N.C. Milford, CT
Beth, but I am AMAZED at my new face!!! I thought only plastic surgery would be able to lift my jowls and nasal labial folds. I love the new volume in mid face and it even lifted some of the extra skin under my eyes. I don’t look tired anymore and feel like I look 15 years younger. I can’t thank you both enough. I will certainly be promoting your services and talking about my results.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!