Welcome to Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates of Connecticut. We appreciate your interest, in the many procedures we perform, that will allow you to look and feel better.  Dr. Melendez, his associates, and staff, will take the time to get to know you personally and to develop a holistic treatment plan based upon your specific needs. They will also explain in detail all pre-and post-surgical instructions, what you may realistically expect in terms of outcome, and answer any questions you have about your care.

On this page, we will provide you with a brief explanation of the most common and popular surgeries available.  All cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries should first be carefully considered and discussed with a doctor. Please call us at 203-935-8160 or click here to schedule your consultation.


Removal of skin cancers – There are three types of skin cancers and they account for approximately 95 percent of all skin cancers. These forms of cancer are melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are sometimes called “non-melanoma skin cancers” and these skin cancers are frequently related to sun exposure.

Most cases, of non-melanoma skin cancer, do not require the expertise of multidisciplinary care.  The most common and effective treatment, for non-melanoma skin cancer, is surgical removal. If the physician is concerned about cancer, the tissue will be sent for biopsy.

Dr. Melendez will answer any questions you have and outline pre- and post-operative instructions.

Please call us at 203-935-8160 or click here to schedule your consultation.

Removals of lesions – Lesions are growths, or patches of skin, that do not match the skin surrounding it and are categorized as being either primary or secondary lesions. Primary lesions are birthmarks, moles, and skin irritations that are acquired over time like dermatitis, psoriasis, or hives caused by allergic reactions.  Primary lesions tend to have genetic or hereditary causes. Secondary lesions are those that progress from primary lesions, either because of natural progression, or human interference caused by actions like scratching, poking, or itching. Secondary lesions are often caused by infection or illness. Most legions are non-cancerous and are classified based upon the pattern, location, and size.

Dr. Melendez will answer any questions you have and outline pre- and post-operative instructions.

Please call us at 203-935-8160 or click here to schedule your consultation.

Scar revisions – These procedures are performed to minimize the appearance, of a scar, so that it is more consistent with the surrounding tissue. Scars are visual signs resulting from an injury, a wound, or surgery. Treatment depends on the severity, type, and location of the scar.  Dr. Melendez will determine what type of revision will provide the best outcome for you. Options in scar revision include topical treatments, injectable treatments, surface treatments, or surgery.

Topical treatments include gels, tapes, or other forms of compression, and they aid in the reduction of irregular pigmentation. Injectable treatments are best to fill depressed or concave scars. These results may last for several months, or years, and require additional treatment over time.

Surface treatments are most commonly used when a cosmetic improvement is desired.  This is achieved by using dermabrasion, laser or light therapy, chemical peels, or skin bleaching agents.

Surgical revisions, or layered closures, are used when the excision extends to tissue below the skin surface or in areas with a high degree of movement. The first step, or layer, requires sub-dermal closure (below the skin surface) with absorbable or non-removable sutures. Layers of closure continue to build, concluding with closure of the remaining surface wound. Advanced techniques, in scar revision, include complex flap closure to re-position a scar, so that it is less conspicuous, or improve flexibility where contracture has restricted mobility.

Dr. Melendez will answer any questions you have and outline pre- and post-treatment instructions.

Please call us at 203-935-8160 or click here to schedule your consultation.

Medical Esthetics –

Eyebrow/Lash Tinting – Eye brow and/or eyelash tinting is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure. This treatment is used to cover gray hair, add volume and frame the eyes to accentuate this feature. The esthetician will protect your eyes, with an eye patch or mask, and apply petroleum jelly or another lubricant to the skin around the brows to help protect them. Cotton applicators, dipped in dye (usually vegetable-based), will be used to apply the color solution to the eyebrows and/or eyelashes. After the solution dries, the esthetician will wash away the excess dye with soap and water.

Chemical Peels – are chemical solutions applied to the skin, which makes it “blister” and eventually peel off. Chemical peels can be applied to the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to; reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, improve the appearance of mild scars, treat certain types of acne, reduce age spots, freckles, and/or dark patches — due to pregnancy, or taking birth control pills – and improve areas of sun damage.

LED Light Therapy – is used to delete fine-to-moderate lines and wrinkles, remove unwanted facial hair, and erase pigment problems or to treat rosacea. This treatment uses varying degrees of light energy, to stimulate cells, which increases natural collagen production and plumps skin.

Microdermabrasion – also known as microderm is a powerful mechanical exfoliation process, which uses either the original crystal microdermabrasion technology or the newer diamond-tip microdermabrasion. Both methods remove the uppermost layer of dead skin cells from the face, chest, and hands. Microderm also softens fine lines and wrinkles, helps to smooth coarsely textured skin, decreases the appearance of scarring, decreases pore size, and reduces superficial hyper-pigmentation, also known as age spots. It also allows for better penetration of skin care products, into the deeper layers of the skin, and helps to increase collagen production

Specialty Facials – clean, exfoliate, and nourish the skin, while promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion. A variety of facials are offered and our esthetician will consult with you and recommend the best treatment

Waxing – is a form of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. This treatment is offered for the eyebrows, upper lip, face, arms, legs and bikini area.

Source: Kaylynn Alpers, WebMD

About Kaylynn Alpers– is a licensed Esthetician trained in advance paramedical procedures, holistic treatments, face treatments, and make-up application. She earned an Associate Degree of Science from the College of Natural Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

dividerSources:  Dr. Mark Melendez, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mayo Clinic, & Web MD.