Dr. Clayton Alexander is an orthopedic surgeon, focusing on upper extremity areas including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. He has specialized Fellowship training in advanced hand surgeries.
Mercy’s team of breast surgeons and breast cancer specialists in Baltimore help women determine the best breast cancer treatment options available to them.
The Institute for Gynecologic Care is the flagship Center of Excellence in the highly respected and widely acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health & Medicine at Mercy.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
During breast reduction surgery, excess breast skin, fat, and tissue are removed to reduce the size of the breast. The breast is reshaped and contoured in proportion to a patient’s body size. The cosmetic surgeons at Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery at Mercy talk with patients to understand their reasons for requesting a breast reduction and develop a treatment plan to help reduce pain and gain a better self image.
See Before and After Photos for Breast Reduction >
Women who have overly large breasts can experience pain and discomfort as the weight of the breasts pull on the back, neck and shoulder. They also may have emotional and self-image issues since large breasts can limit physical activity, cause skin irritation under the breasts and cause indentations from bra straps. A breast reduction can reduce pain and helps women feel more confident and comfortable.
See before and after photos for breast reduction.
There are several approaches that can be used to achieve a breast reduction. Depending on your body shape, the cosmetic surgeon will determine the best approach. During a breast reduction incisions can be made:
Following the incision, the excess skin, fat and tissue is removed and the breast is reshaped to a natural contour.
Breast reduction surgery can be covered by insurance in some cases. Most insurance companies require 400 to 1000 grams of breast tissue to be removed in order for coverage to be authorized. When the amount to be removed is less than that required by insurance, breast reduction surgery essentially becomes cosmetic surgery. Even when a smaller amount of breast tissue is removed, many patients still experience some reduction in pain.
We are dedicated to helping patients find the best cosmetic procedure options available to help restore and renew their self-image. If you are interested in a cosmetic procedure, our doctors will work with you to help you feel beautiful at any age and any stage of life. Please call 410-332-9700.
Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by Dr. Craig Vander Kolk. Mercy’s cosmetic surgeons Dr. Craig Vander Kolk, Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Chang and Dr. Brendan Collins are recognized among Baltimore’s best doctors for cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery for the face, breast and body. Our surgeons work with patients to determine the best personalized treatment plan while making use of advanced technologies and techniques to achieve natural-looking results. We are dedicated to helping both women and men look and feel their best.
Proud to be Part of Mercy’s Renowned Weinberg Center for Women’s Health & Medicine.
Dr. Craig A. Vander Kolk is a highly skilled specialist in cosmetic and plastic surgery.