Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Richard J. Restifo’s training, experience and accolades make him one of the most sought after plastic and reconstructive surgeons of the body. Dr. Restifo is committed to his patients’ health, well-being and complete satisfaction.
Dr. Restifo’s specialties are:
- Aesthetic & Reconstructive Breast Surgery
- Liposuction of the Body
- Thigh and Arm Rejuvenation
Dr. Restifo is resolute in providing for his patients’ care, comfort and results. He considers each patient’s needs individually and treats aesthetic procedures and medical needs equally.
As an acknowledged leader among plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Restifo has published over forty articles on advanced surgical techniques in scientific journals. Dedicated to advancing the field of body plastic surgery, he serves on the review panel for the prestigious journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has also written extensively on breast reconstruction following mastectomy and the innovative limited scar method for breast reduction surgery. Dr. Restifo has served as Assistant Professor and Director of Breast Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine Section of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the faculties of both the Atlanta Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Surgery Symposium. He serves as Chair of the Plastic Surgery Foundation Educational Instructional Course Breast Subcommittee and sits on the American Board of Medicine Examiners’ In-Service Committee.
Dr. Restifo was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated with highest honors from Harvard Medical School. He completed a General Surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital and trained as a resident in Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in Biochemistry. Dr. Restifo is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He holds the honor of being chosen three times by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America”. He is a Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, Associate Fellow, American College of Surgeons, Member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the New England Society of Plastic Surgeons, Connecticut State Medical Society, Connecticut Society of Plastic Surgery and the New Haven County Medical Society. He is also Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Restifo conducts consultations at The Retreat at Split Rock, in Wilton and in his office in New Haven, Connecticut.
Dr. Restifo lends his time and expertise to improve the lives of impoverished people through plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a member of INTERPLAST, a society dedicated to the sponsorship and funding of an international alliance of surgeons, he joined elite teams on missions to underdeveloped nations. He worked in the Amazon region of Brazil, improving reconstructive breast surgery for cancer patients and teaching surgical techniques where refined plastic surgery procedures are not available to the public. Dr. Restifo recalls these experiences as an “exhilarating high point in his surgical career” and believes that the gratification he experienced by restoring quality of life to these patients will stay with him forever.