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Colwell, Amy S., MD

  • Quality Director, Division of Plastic Surgery

617-643-5963

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Overview

Dr. Colwell specializes in plastic surgery of the breast, body, and face. She offers guidance in treatment options that are tailored to each unique individual.

Departments

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Surgery

Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Breast augmentation, Breast lift
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Facelift, Necklift, Rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Body contouring after childbirth, massive weight loss, aging
  • Botox and fillers (Juvederm)
  • Labiaplasty
  • Liposuction
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Plastic Surgery
Locations
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Pediatric and Adult
Gender
Female

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Biography

Dr. Colwell specializes in plastic surgery of the breast, body, and face. She completed her general surgery training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and then finished a three year residency in plastic surgery in the Harvard combined training program and a research fellowship at Stanford University.  Dr. Colwell has been named a Castle Connolly top doctor by her peers and she has been awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Colwell has special interests in all types of breast surgery including reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer, breast augmentation, breast lifts (mastopexy), and breast reduction. She has written articles on each of these procedures to improve techniques and outcomes, and she is considered a national leader in immediate implant reconstruction (single stage or direct-to-implant reconstruction) after nipple-sparing mastectomy.

Dr. Colwell also has a focused interest on abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and body contouring (arm lifts, buttock lifts, thigh lifts, labiaplasty, and facelift/eyelid lifts) after childbirth, massive weight loss, and with aging. She evaluates each person's unique body to recommend the best procedure for them considering their desires and safety considerations.  Dr. Colwell has taught courses in abdominoplasty and body contouring to plastic surgeons and serves as the faculty instructor to teach these techniques to the Harvard plastic surgery residents.  She has experience with ultrasonic liposuction for added enhancement. Dr. Colwell also performs fat grafting, facial fillers (restylane and juvaderm), and botox.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Colwell has research interests in improving techniques and outcomes for breast reconstruction and body contouring.  She is currently assessing patient satisfaction after different types of breast reconstruction and assessing the differences between patients who go on to have reconstruction compared to those who do not. This may help in counseling future patients. Dr. Colwell has also published the MGH experience on reconstructions after nipple-sparing mastectomy.  Currently the hospital has over 2000 implant reconstructions following mastectomy procedures which save the native nipple.  In many surgeries, the patient has the implant placed on the same day as the mastectomy so that she awakens from surgery with her new breasts and no other surgery is necessary.

In addition,  Dr. Colwell is interested in abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) outcomes.  She reviewed the MGH experience of 779 surgeries in her paper "Impact of Technique and Patient Subtype on Abdominoplasty Outcomes: A 12-Year Massachusetts General Hospital Experience" and found the MGH technique to be safe.  She also found that combining abdominal surgery with other common surgeries performed for a mommy make-over (such as breast lifts or breast augmentations and liposuction) to be safe and have a similar low rate of complications. This paper was awarded an outstanding paper award at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons national meeting in 2016.  In addition, Dr. Colwell  is interested in patient safety in body contouring and is trying to determine the best way to manage these patients during their procedures to minimize risk of complications and optimize outcomes.

Publications

View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Breuing KH, Colwell AS. Inferolateral AlloDerm® Hammock for Implant Coverage in Breast Reconstruction.
  2. Colwell AS, et al. Breast Augmentation Following Breast Reduction: Getting the Size Right.
  3. Colwell AS, et al. Improving Shape and Symmetry in Mastopexy.
  4. Colwell AS. Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss: Optimizing the Results.
  5. Breuing KH, Colwell AS. Immediate Breast Implant Reconstruction with Inferolateral AlloDerm Sling and Post-Operative Radiation:
  6. Colwell AS, et al. Mastopexy Techniques Following Massive Weight Loss
  7. Colwell AS et al. An Inferolateral Approach to Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Reconstruction
  8. Colwell AS et al. Breast Reconstruction Following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: Predictors of Complications, Outcomes, and Five-Year Trends
  9. Colwell AS.  Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction
  10. Seth A, Colwell AS. Impact of Technique and Patient Subtype on Abdominoplasty Outcomes: A 12-Year Massachusetts General Hospital Experience

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News & Events

  • New approach for breast reconstruction surgery

    Amy S. Colwell, MD, surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses a new approach for breast reconstruction surgery after a cancer diagnosis.

Contact

MGH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
15 Parkman Street
Wang 435
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-643-5963
Fax: 617-643-5964

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