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Dr. Vinod V. Pathy

Plastic Surgeon
Address
5 Davis Road East, Old Lyme, CT, 06371
Modern techniques; traditional care.

Philosophy

Specializing in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and body, Dr. Vinod V. Pathy combines traditional elements of surgical and medical care with cutting-edge technologies. “At our state-of-the-art office we offer the latest in surgical innovation,” says Dr. Pathy. “Yet, at the same time, we are partial to the more traditional aspects of medicine in which the personal aspects and time spent with each patient are of unmatched value.” With an emphasis on breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, Smartlipo, and abdominoplasty procedures, Dr. Pathy’s talent for restoring the appearance of the breast and body helps ensure his patients’ aesthetic goals are fulfilled.

Education

Degree:
Temple University School of Medicine
Residency:
Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship:
Plastic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Credentials

Board Certification:

American Board of Plastic Surgery

Affiliation:

American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons

A Minute With

  1. What are three words that best describe you?
    Empathetic, fastidious, amiable
  2. My motto
    “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” –General Colin Powell
  3. What do you love most about your profession?
    Plastic surgery is as much an art as it is a science. I appreciate that there may not be one solution to an issue, just like there is more than one way to paint a canvas
  4. What sets my practice apart
    We are one of a select few plastic surgical teams in Connecticut that offers DIEP flap microvascular breast reconstruction, which has been shown to reduce recovery time and decrease pain and is known for having the highest rate of satisfaction of any type of breast reconstruction
  5. My greatest achievement
    My wife and I have two wonderful young sons and every day I watch them challenge themselves, each other, us and their friends to aspire higher. They are easily our greatest triumph
  6. What is your surgical niche?
    Breast and body patients make up the majority of our practice, with an additional emphasis on breast reconstruction. Two unique options we offer are DIEP flap microvascular breast reconstruction and Smartlipo laser-assisted, minimally invasive liposuction
  7. Why do you place a strong emphasis on body contouring?
    In general, when a patient looks in the mirror, even while in clothing, there may be areas they wish to improve. The breast and body make up such a large part of one’s being that I believe it is important to ultimately find a way to be comfortable in our own skin, whether through surgical methods or otherwise
  8. What new services are you excited to offer?
    Smartlipo, a type of laser-assisted, nonsurgical liposuction that can treat different areas of the body, allowing for improvement in body contouring
  9. What one surgical advancement are you most excited about right now?
    I am pleased that we are able to create natural-looking breasts from a patient’s own tissues after a mastectomy using state-of-the-art microvascular surgery
  10. How do you manage patient expectations?
    Managing patient expectations is a vital aspect of the surgical process, especially in plastic surgery. Open, honest conversations with patients that include the limitations on what can be achieved and our mutual goals are of utmost importance
  11. Why is giving back so important to you?
    While charity work assists those in dire need, it is at least equally rewarding to those who have the ability to lend that extra hand. One never knows when the tables can turn. To that end, my family and I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with the Yale Alumni Service Corps during the summer of 2017. We were involved, along with local youth volunteers, in reforestation of heritage land. It was a wonderful exercise in teamwork and we had the chance to gain a better understanding of the Cuban culture
  12. What i can’t live without
    Passion—if I ever lose it, it’s a sign to move on to something else
  13. My favorite quote
    “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky
  14. What are you the most proud of about your practice?
    We do not follow a cookie-cutter approach. Just as there is individuality in personality, every patient’s plastic surgery needs are unique. We use our experience to help guide them to the best outcomes by extensively understanding their goals
  15. What three things should everyone do before going under the knife?
    Research your procedure and discuss what it entails with your surgeon, research your surgeon to verify their board-certification, and understand that patience is often required after surgery to realize your final results
  16. How has your profession changed since you started?
    There seems to be a plethora of information laid out for the world to see, but not all of it may be accurate. The Internet can be a wonderful source of information, but can also be detrimental in that there may be no true filter. In general though, patients are becoming savvier and are able to wade through the morass of material to become more medically knowledgeable for their own sake
  17. Words to live by
    “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” —Miles Kington
  18. My favorite joke
    I bought the worst thesaurus the other day. Not only is it terrible, it’s terrible!
  19. What advice do you have for young surgeons just starting out?
    Follow your passion and stick with it. It only takes that one patient to show you the difference you can make in someone’s life and what an honor it is when they put their trust in your hands
  20. What is your dream innovation?
    It’s no longer a dream—I have recently developed a patented, simple solution for directed light while operating. There are both clinical and economic advantages for the patient, surgeon, hospital and even health care system
  21. What i’m reading right now
    The Captain Class, by Sam Walker
  22. Why do you think plastic surgery has grown in popularity?
    I believe that now, more than ever, certain elements have become more accessible to a greater number of patients, whether it’s physical or financial accessibility. Techniques have continued to develop that allow for more consistent results across a greater spectrum
  23. What is your favorite surgery to perform?
    Breast and body procedures with an additional emphasis on breast reconstruction. I have a particular affinity for breast augmentation and microvascular breast reconstruction (DIEP flap), as well as tummy tucks
  24. Do you have any unique experiences coming up?
    By the time of publishing, I will have already visited the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado. Food, especially how it’s made today, is so artistic, both visually and in taste. I’m certain the trip will not disappoint
  25. What is the biggest misconception in your field?
    That any one individual has the answer. There can be multiple methods to achieving a wonderful result, depending upon which technique works best for that particular surgeon and patient. There is no one-size-fits-all solution
  26. What do you love most about your profession?
    I enjoy the fact that there is constant learning and innovation. We learn from those who came before us, as well as the younger versions of ourselves each and every day
  27. Name one important lesson you have learned in surgery.
    So many lessons are constantly being learned. But, I have to say that an overarching theme is that just because something has been done one way for eternity does not mean that is the best or most efficient method. It is also important to be critical and open to new ideas
  28. What i can’t live without at the office
    Aside from our amazing team, it would be tough to get through the day without the flow of music
  29. What makes plastic surgery different from other specialties?
    Medicine as a whole is mindbogglingly interesting and intricate. Daily puzzles are presented and it remains the physician’s job to decode them and create solutions. Plastic surgery has an added component of artistry, which, to me, makes things more fascinating and challenging
  30. Which surgical procedures form the majority of your practice?
    Over the years, I have streamlined my surgical procedures, with the majority of patients being treated for breast and body concerns. In particular, we also have a large part of my practice dedicated to breast reconstruction. We are proudly one of the few practices in the region that offers DIEP flap microvascular breast reconstruction surgery to appropriate candidates
  31. What makes your practice unique?
    We strive for a calming environment right when patients walk through our doors. From the waterfall gently splashing in the background to the demeanor of our entire staff, we seek to reduce anxiety no matter why a patient is visiting us
  32. What is the most important thing patients need during their recovery?
    Patience
  33. What is the best advice you give patients?
    I encourage patients to read about their chosen procedure. However, I do caution them to make sure they are using appropriate sources. It is also important to understand that every patient presents a unique set of circumstances, and results depend on a host of factors
  34. My favorite invention
    The Light Jacket, which my team and I designed to brighten the area where a surgeon is operating
  35. What i’m listening to right now
    The new A Star Is Born album
  36. What is the most difficult part of what you do?
    Managing expectations is a delicate art. While we dislike disappointing patients by declaring that certain things are not possible to achieve, the bar does have to be set appropriately. Solid plans and realistic goals are individualized to every particular situation
  37. What is the current trend you see most in your practice?
    We are seeing a surge in DIEP flap microvascular breast reconstruction, in which we use the patient’s abdominal fat and skin to recreate her breast
  38. How is your practice different from others?
    Our calming environment—from the waterfall gently splashing in the background to the demeanor of our entire staff, our goal is to reduce anxiety
  39. Who were your strongest influences in your becoming a plastic surgeon?
    Of course, I had incredible surgeons at both large and small institutions that imparted their techniques and knowledge which allowed me to develop the passion that I maintain today for plastic and reconstructive surgery. I continue my lifelong process of education with discussions with my colleagues today. However, the greatest influences were my parents, with my father being a retired cardiologist and my mother being an artist
  40. What is your pet peeve?
    It is important to constantly analyze why we do the things we do. My pet peeve is when we blindly repeat things simply because we have always done them in that fashion. We all tend to be resistant to change, to some degree, but it is important to be open-minded to appropriate change

Services

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Aesthetic Injectables
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Contouring
  • Bodylift
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift / Reduction
  • Fat Transfer
  • Liposuction / Smartlipo®
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Breast Reconstruction / DIEP Flap Reconstruction

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