Orange Plastic Surgeon
200 S. Orange Center Rd.
Orange, Connecticut 06477 US
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5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

Determined to Be 40 & Fabulous! Mommy make over! New Haven, CT

Dr. Restifio....really there are no words to describe this man! Perfect beside manner, listens to all of your concerns and wants, he is not going to to just tell you you what you want to hear. Dr. Restifio is realistic and will work with you to achieve your goals!!! Everyone on Dr.R staff is wonderful!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

40 Y.o. Mom of 1- Tummy Tuck and Medial Thigh Lift. Orange, CT

I have to say I am quite impressed by Dr. Restifo and his entire staff. Going through surgery of any kind is difficult enough, but when you have a surgeon that cares so much about not only aesthetics but also post op care, I find that amazing. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone considering this type of surgery. The level of care that he has shown for my well being is above and beyond my expectations. I had chosen him based on his experience and his excellent reviews which are very important. And just a side note, if you are seriously considering plastic surgery, do your research! It's so important, and when you go for a consult, ask questions! Dr. Restifo answered any and every question I had for him, and I had a whole list (not kidding!) not only when I went for my consult, but my pre op, post op, etc. He is also a very kind and soft spoken doc, but also very honest. You will find doctors that are only in the business for their own pocket so to speak, but he isn't one of those. I highly recommend him!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Completely Satisfield - New Haven, CT

My experience was completely positive. I choose Dr. Restifo because of all the referrals I had gotten from people. His reputation speaks for itself. Dr. Restifo came highly recommended by a number of people. I am so happy with my results. I had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and I decided on a bi-lateral mastectomy. Dr. Restifo did my breast reconstruction. He is such an accomplished plastic surgeon that I placed all my trust in him. He and his staff are very friendly and very compationate. They made me feel very comfortable. I am so happy with my results.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Seamless Surgical Experience - New Haven, CT

As a result, I consulted with a small number of well-regarded surgeons specializing in aesthetic breast surgery. One of these surgeons was Dr. Richard Restifo, a plastic surgeon based in New Haven and Wilton, CT. During my consultation, he was knowledgeable, considerate, and patient. He spent ample time a taking my medical history, conducting a physical examination, and answering my questions about breast augmentation. Since I had some negative surgical experiences in the past, I had, perhaps, more questions and concerns about the surgery than other prospective patients. Dr. Restifo answered my questions calmly, kindly, and clearly. After additional deliberation, I decided to have Dr. Restifo perform breast augmentation surgery on me. My surgery, performed at Temple Medical Center, in New Haven, CT, was successful. Dr. Restifo and Gabrielle Troisi, PA., ensured that my recovery was as painless as possible. Dr. Restifo is an excellent surgeon whom I would recommend to anyone needing and/or wanting breast surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Sientra Breast Implants

30 yrs old, no kids. benelli lift w/ 625cc sientra gummy bear unders!

Dr Restifo, Amanda , Jackie and his whole staff are amazing. he is a great surgeon. his surgical assistant was also great! he even helped me tie my hair back for surgery since I couldn't with the IV in. I completely trusted dr restifo with doing what he thinks would look best. I couldn't be happier with the decision in choosing him.

5 out of 5 stars Mentor Breast Implants

550ccs high profile breast augmentation - Connecticut

Richard restifo is very nice and wonderful he had a smile on his face at all times .I was nervous and forgot to ask my questions but He told me everything I was going to ask ,I trust him and his staff.I felt very comfortable with him.He did a amazing job on my breast GOD created a wonderful man to become a surgeon to help woman like me. the staff is great the ladies always make me feeI comfortable and welcomed .and that's why I Chose him to do my surgery. I felt very safe immediately after I heard everything he had to say .it was just one of those things .

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

26, No Kids, AA to ?, 435 Cc Mod Prof Under Muscle. New Haven, CT

Dr. Restifo kept my desires in mind while making his professional recommendations. His staff is knowledgable and courteous and I felt completely safe in his hands. It wasn't until I was in recovery that I found out which implant he ended up using; I put all my faith and confidence in his professionalism and experience & couldn't be happier! I would highly recommend him to anyone in the area considering BA. I'd trust that the other aspects of his work are just as impressive.

5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

Life Changing - New Haven, CT

After researching many doctors...Dr. Restifo was the most educated, and highly revered surgeon in his field. After waiting for close to 10 years the decision to get my life and body back was an excellent choice. What Dr. Restifo did for me after 3 C-Sections was in part simply life altering and my results are miraculous to say the least. His talents are far superior than anyone I have seen. Dr. Restifo is very professional and caring to his patients individual needs as well his staff is always very warming. I could not be more pleased with my experience!!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Loving my New Bikini Body! - New Haven, CT

He was recommended to me by a few other people before hand as well, I am so glad I chose to have him perform this procedure! Thank you for making me finally appreciate my body! I no longer feel self conscious in a bikini! Extremely professional, attentive, caring, made sure every question I had was answered.

5 out of 5 stars Thigh Lift

Medial Thigh Lift and Skin Removal on Waist/Back - Orange, CT

Dr. Restifo and Amanda (his PA), were very thorough and asked a lot of questions. They explained everything and made sure they both knew what my concerns were. They are both superior to any other plastic surgeons around.

Personal Statement

Dr. Richard J. Restifo's training, experience and accolades make him one of the most sought after plastic and reconstructive surgeons of the breast and body. His specialties are breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, buttock lift, liposuction of the body, and thigh and arm rejuvenation.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

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Awards & Recognition

Best Doctors in America 1994-2015
America's Best Surgeons - Consumer Research Council of America
Top Doctors: New York Metro Area - Castle Connolly
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Restifo has hospital affiliations at Yale/New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT Temple Medical Center, New Haven, CT St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, Biochemistry University of Pennsylvania
    Medical: MD, Harvard Medical School, Graduated with Highest Honors

  • Post-Medical School Training

    Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
    General Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital

Treatments offered at Restifo Plastic Surgery

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How Much Weight Can I Lose from Tummy Tuck Surgery?

A Tummy Tuck is more about contour and shape than it is about weight. Usually the skin and fat that is removed weighs about 5 pounds. This may not... READ MORE

Although saline implant dont feel AS natural as silicone, is there really a big difference?

We all know that silicone implants have a more natural look and feel as compared to saline implants, but how big a difference is this? The answer is..... READ MORE

Bad areola reduction? (Photo)

You should wait several months for the scars to heal and the breasts to settle.  I think that you could get a further reduction in areolar size. ... READ MORE

Reach Weight Loss Goal Before Tummy Tuck Surgery?

When you have your Tummy Tuck you should be at the best weight that you hope to achieve. If you feel that you will lose 30 more pounds, then delay... READ MORE

Is a Vertical Breast Lift w/o Implants Supposed to Firm Breasts?

Thank you for your questioning. No doubt, tuberous breasts represent a challenge. A vertical mammaplasty, with its limited("lollipop") scar pattern... READ MORE

I'm planning on getting breast augmentation. I have 3 kids, 2 are little (1, and 3) and I'm starting back up my classes online.

Thank you for your question. It is great that you will have help for the first week, but it is important to realize it will be longer than a week,... READ MORE

Tummy tuck or lipo? I'm 5'1" 145lbs. (photos)

Hi and thanks for your question. From your pictures it seems as though there may be some extra skin in addition to the extra fat. When you sit down,... READ MORE

When considering breast implants w/lift would textured implant be more suitable? What are some of the negative aspects? (Photo)

The presence or absence of texturing, in and of itself, will not have an effect on the shape. The textured implants have a tendency to drop less than... READ MORE

Can you still perform a tummy tuck when you have large older scars?

Hello and thank you for your question. If the incision is in the middle and oriented in an up-and-down configuration, it may still be possible to have... READ MORE

Loose skin and fat remain after full tummy tuck with lipo? (Photos)

Judging from your photos it appears that you still have some excess skin. Fortunately it is not difficult to remove more of it in a fairly small... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Restifo

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Are There too Many Implant Options for Breast Augmentation?

New breast implants are hitting the market more rapidly than ever: is this good for surgeons and patients? Dr. Restifo weighs in on the Plastic Surgery Channel. WATCH VIDEO

Plastic Surgery Scars: 3 Factors That Determine What Kind of Scar You'll Get

Dr. Richard Restifo talks about his approach to minimizing scars and how a good surgeon will help patients understand what to expect. WATCH VIDEO

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which Is Best for Me?

Dr. Richard J. Restifo explains how you can determine whether a liposuction or a tummy tuck is the best solution to achieve the result you have in mind. WATCH VIDEO

How to Figure out the Right Breast Implant Size

Dr. Richard J. Restifo discusses how to determine what size implants will provide the ideal breast contours to achieve either your desired results. WATCH VIDEO

Getting Your Body Back With a Mommy Makeover

Dr. Richard J. Restifo explains what a mommy makeover entails and the goals of surgery: to restore a woman's body to its pre-pregnancy or pre-nursing state. WATCH VIDEO

What You Need to Know About CoolSculpting

Dr. Richard J. Restifo explains non-surgical fat reduction with CoolSculpting and discusses who is a good candidate for treatment, and who might be better served with other surgical procedures. WATCH VIDEO

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