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Joseph O'Connell, MD

208 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06880
United States
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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 (laser, ultrasonic liposuction, etc.) and we combine them with time-proven techniques to optimize our patients' 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 believes that the results achieved with Botox and injectable fillers are greatly dependent upon the training, experience and skill of the person performing the injection.  Because of this, at Plastic Surgery of Southern Connecticut all Botox and injectable fillers are personally injected by Dr. O'Connell. (For 2011 Dr. O'Connell is a Botox level "platinum" provider.)

Dr. O'Connell is honored to have been chosen as an examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and to have been listed as a Castle Connolly "Top Doctor" for the New York Meto Area for ten consecutive years.
Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Aesthetic Surgery
Facial Rejuvenation
Liposuction/body contouring
Breast Augmentation/reduction
Laser Surgery and Eyelid Surgery
Injectable fillers - Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, Arte-Fill
pre- and post-operative photographs, are available on our web site at
Approximately 45 minutes to one hour is allotted for an aesthetic consultation and most patients are seen twice prior to surgery. A comprehensive medical history is taken and we will work with your other physicians to coordinate your care and minimize risk. Most procedures are performed in our accredited in-office surgical facility without need for general anesthesia. All patients meet with our board certified anesthesiologists prior to surgery. For those with medical problems or patients who require an overnight hospital stay, we offer affordable rates in conjunction with a local hospital. Local hotel accomodations, 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. We will discuss in great detail the various surgical and non-surgical options (as well as their potential benefits and risks) and we will together formulate a plan designed to address your goals. Computer imaging and photographs and take-home written materials are educational tools offered to our patients.

In facial rejuvenation, we strive for a rested, natural, harmonious, non-surgical look. Most eyelid surgery is performed under only local anesthesia.  Dr. O'Connell has published articles on the use of laser resurfacing with more traditional facelift techniques and he is experienced with the new "short-scar" or "minimal incision" facelifts. Dr. O'Connell was the first plastic surgeon in Connecticut to perform ultrasonic liposuction and we assist our patients in the choice of the safest and most effective liposculpture techniques. Breast augmentation patients are encouraged to "try-on" implants for size and we believe the aesthetics of breast shape are equally important to the aesthetics of size. Dr. O'Connell has published two articles on breast reduction and, as with abdominoplasty and other aesthetic procedures, we strive to minimize the length of your surgery, anesthesia and recovery time. Dr. O'Connell performs the so-called "scarless" or "liposuction only breast reduction" procedure in his office facility without need for general anesthesia.  In 2005 Dr. O'Connell performed a blepharoplasty under only local anesthesia for the CBS Early Show and this may be viewed on YouTube.

At Plastic Surgery of Southern Connecticut all Botox and injectable fillers are personally injected by Dr. O'Connell.  
Plastic Surgery of Southern Connecticut, L.L.C. includes a state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility that has been both licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) as a Level C (the highest level) facility.  Anesthesia is administered by board certified anesthesiologists. Our on-site Medical-Spa, Skin Plus Medical Spa, includes a laser facility for the treatment of unwanted hair, blood vessels and wrinkles.  Photorejuvenation with intense pulsed light, as well as microdermabrasion, medical skin care and photodynamic therapy for acne are also offered. 
  • BA - University of Rochester, 1977
  • MD - Cornell University Medical College, 1981
  • General Surgery Residency - St. Vincents, 1986
  • Plastic Surgery Residency - New York Hospital/Cornell, 1988
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery 1992
  • American Board of Surgery 1987
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Connecticut State Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fairfield County Medical Association
  • Connecticut State Medical Society
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Bridgeport Hospital - Senior Attending, Active Medical Staff (Chief, Plastic Surgery, 1995 - 2002), Bridgeport, CT