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Amy S Colwell, MD

Specialty: Plastic Surgery

Top Doctor2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024


Dr. Colwell specializes in plastic surgery of the breast, body, and face. She completed her plastic surgery in the Harvard combined training program and a research fellowship at Stanford University. She became a full-time plastic surgeon in 2008 at MGH and is Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. 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 restoration of the face and body after aging, pregnancy (mommy-makeover), and weight loss. This includes facelift, secondary or revision facelift, chin implant, blepharoplasty, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, buttock lift, arm lift, and labiaplasty. She evaluates each person's unique body to recommend the best procedure for them considering their desires and safety considerations. She has experience with ultrasonic liposuction for added enhancement. Dr. Colwell performs fat grafting, facial fillers (restylane and juvaderm), and botox.
Dr. Colwell is also considered a national leader in immediate implant breast reconstruction (single stage or direct-to-implant reconstruction) and reconstruction after nipple-sparing mastectomy. Often the entire reconstruction is completed in one day with the mastectomy.

List the treatments and procedures you offer:

Facelift, secondary or revision facelift, chin implant, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), mommy make-over, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, buttock lift, liposuction, arm lift, labiaplasty, rhinoplasty, botox, filler

Awards or Certifications

Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2019
Best of Boston 2018, 2019, 2020
President’s Award Northeastern Society Plastic Surgeons
Leonard R. Rubin Award American Association Plastic Surgeons
MGH One Hundred Massachusetts General Hospital
Nathaniel Bowditch Award Massachusetts General Hospital
Women’s Health Forum Honor Roll Massachusetts Medical Society

What's your background, education and training?

I was born and raised on a farm in Alpena, South Dakota.

Year Degree Field of Study Institution
05/1995 B.S. Biology University of South Dakota
05/1998 Postsophomore Fellow Pathology University of Minnesota
05/2000 M.D. Medicine University of Minnesota

Postdoctoral Training:

Year Title Specialty Place of Training
06/00-06/03 Resident General Surgery Brigham and Women’s Hospital
07/03-06/05 Postdoctoral Fellow Plastic Surgery Stanford University, Stanford, CA
07/05-06/08 Resident Plastic Surgery Harvard Combined Residency, Boston, MA

What do patients have to say about you?

Thank you so much for the top notch care given to me at MGH. Your entire team was professional and went above and beyond to be accommodating. I am so pleased with my results! You are so talented! Appreciate the care you have given me. I will be forever grateful. Cindybeth

If you're looking for someone who cares, explains the procedure and does an outstanding job look no more. I went to Dr. Colwell because I was unhappy with sagging skin and jowls. I held off for many years because I was afraid to have bad results that were irreversible. I met Dr. Colwell and instantly felt at ease. Her mannerism is soothing and she spent time explaining exactly what was going to happen during and after the surgery. I decided to do it and WOW it was the best thing I ever did. My facelift was perfect, not too much and not too little just perfect. The comments I get are always "You look great" and never "Did you have a Facelift". My biggest request was that I didn't want to look over done. I wanted to look great for my age and that is exactly what she did. Dr. Colwell has made so many people feel better about themselves, she is truly a gift. -- Agnes

Thank you for completing a complicated process that began nearly two years ago. It has been a challenging journey and my only regret is that I didn't find you sooner. You and your staff have been wonderful and I couldn't be happier with the results. Thanks to you I can put this all behind me and finally move on with my life. I am forever grateful. -- Ann

Hours of operation

8am-5pm Monday-Friday

Insurances Accepted

Harvard Pilgrim
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Special expertise

Breast Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery; Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty; Cosmetic Surgery-Face & Eyes; Body Contouring after Weight Loss