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Dr. Eric Chang

Plastic Surgery
Columbia, MD
23 years experience

Locations

Office

Columbia, MD

Address

8860 Columbia 100 Pkwy, Suite 206, Columbia, MD
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About

Bio

A native of Maryland, Dr. Eric Chang is a Stanford-trained cosmetic plastic surgeon serving Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. After graduating from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Chang went on to Yale University for his undergraduate studies. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors within his major. He subsequently attended the prestigious College of Physicians Surgeons of Columbia University for his medical degree, after which he was selected to train at Stanford University for both his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies, which he completed in six years. There, he received comprehensive training in all aspects of plastic surgery, including aesthetic surgery of the breast, liposuction, body contouring, facial rejuvenation surgery, post-bariatric body contouring, and reconstructive surgery of the breast, body, and face.

Specialties
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Plastic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

41 Answers
1 Agree
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Excisional surgery: Unfortunately exercise and weight loss lead to skin excess when this is done on a large scale. There are no exercises that can "tighten" skin and ult... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Sadly no: Sounds like you are a good candidate for a breast reduction surgery. Unfortunately short of surgery or a good push up bra there is nothing else you c... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Which fingers: Carpal tunnel is a very common malady that involves the "tunnel" that the nerves of the wrist going through being too small for the nerve itself. It ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Biopsy: Rather than thinking about removing it, make sure it is benign first. This can be done by seeing a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. A biopsy may be... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Wrist sprain?: Hard to say. A wrist xray would be a good place to start to make sure that there are no fractures or arthritis. A sprain is possible if you had a pr... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Nerves are stretched: Most of the time after abdominoplasty the nerves are stretched and therefore can regain feeling. There are some nerves that need to be intentionally ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Not uncommon: Nipples can definitely change after breast reduction surgery. Often the nipple needs to be repositioned for a more youthful appearance. Flat nipples... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Palm skin is thick: The skin of the palm and of the bottom of the foot is quite thick. The outer layer, called the stratum corneum, is thickest in these areas. These la... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Laser is an option: Laser can reduce the scarring of acne. It may take several treatments however. Also, darker skinned individuals are at higher risks for the side eff... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: 6 months is a long time for pain to persist, but sometimes if this is very intermittent pain with activity for instance that lasts but a second that m... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Hope so: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are major surgical procedures which take time to recover from. The quickest i've seen people get back to work after a full ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Agree: I agree with dr berg. To need a 3rd surgery after tummy tuck is rare. Something like a ct may be worth getting to look at the musculature and make s... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Hard to say: Hard to know what these represent. Anytime something is removed, there will be a scar left behind, even when a plastic surgeon does it. Therefore, y... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Sooner is better: The bones in the nose start to mend after fracture relatively quickly. If you do not get the bones reset, they will start to heal, and will be much m... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Laser is an option: Laser in an option that can reduce acne scars. Several treatments may be necessary.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Typically 3 to 4 weeks but possibly sooner and possibly longer. Also, depends on what you mean by healing - most patients can return to a desk job af... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Skin gets thinner: As we age, our skin gets thinner. So a facelift on someone who is 80 or 90 is more challenging. It can be done but not quite as robustly. Most peop... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Extra skin: With multiple or larger or twin pregnancies, skin and muscle can stretch and be unable to regain their pre pregnancy form. A tummy tuck is designed ... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Dark spots: There are different methods of treating dark spots. Some are as simple as creams and skin regimens which even out tone of the skin. Laser treatments... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Scars?: If these represent acne scarring laser may be a good solution for you.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Wrinkles come in many shapes and sizes. Deep seated wrinkles can be treated with fillers. Light wrinkles may be treated with peels or lasers. Somet... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Hard to say: Most commonly these can be lipomas or cysts but it needs to be examined by a physician to help figure out whether this may be something more serious.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Bruising: Blue may mean something as simple as bruising. However, it may also represent poor blood supply which leads to necrosis or cell death.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
No way!: Exercise is wonderful for the body, heart, immune system, etc. We are finding out more and more about this everyday. Check with your doctor before n... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Probably: Tummy tuck is a major surgical operation. You'll want to be nearby your surgeon. Also, you'll probably be sore for a few weeks after surgery.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Sometimes a ventral hernia repair is done in conjunction with a tummy tuck. Make sure that you are at or near normal weight, however. If you are obe... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
See your regular MD: Blood pressure control is important during any surgery, especially during a larger surgery like a tummy tuck. See your internist and have your BP und... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Not popular: Buttock implants frankly are not popular in the US. It may be due to doctors and patients bad experiences, or due to social and cultural norms. Butt... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
No.: Unfortunately there are no medicines or pills to increase breast size, no matter what the vitamin makers might suggest.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Implants are safe: Breast implants are one of the most well studied medical devices the fda has ever approved. The silicone implant scare in the 80's was not founded on... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Coolsculpting: Coolsculpting is a non-invasive, non surgical method of reducing fat in the abdomen. It works by essentially freezing fat, which is more suspectible ... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Moles can be removed. However, there is always a tradeoff of a scar. Scars that cross the border of the lip can sometimes be more visible.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Sadly, no: The problem with skin is that it doesn't tone. For instance, when a woman wants to "tone" the skin of the abdomen after childbirth, she can tone the ... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Trauma?: The wrist is a very complex anatomical structure. There are many causes of wrist pain. Even something simple like a wrist sprain often takes a long ... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Device called brava: There is a no surgical device called brava that enlarges the breast without surgery. The device does work, but needs to be worn several hours a day f... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Especially if you have small kids. My patients typically have their parents or in laws in town to help with their small children. Recovery is no cak... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Fat and skin are typically cut out during a tummy tuck. Muscles are tightened as well. Typically some liposuction is done on the flanks and possibly... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Should last forever: The changes are surgical and that skin that is removed is gone. However, if you gain weight, have more children, etc, the skin can stretch again and ... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Excision: To fully remove a lipoma every cell has to be removed. Other methods such as liposuction are not reliable in this regard.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Depends]: Depends on modality - ultrasound, laser conventional. How many areas and how big the areas are. Your doctors experience etc.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chang
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Lasers for acne scar: Lasers can decrease the depth and severity of acne scarring. Realize it probably will not completely take the scar away. Furthermore several treatmen... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chang is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chang is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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thank you for your answer. unfortunately i will be stuck with the excess skin since cosmetic surgery is my only solution.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks, I have diabetes & diabetic neur. You're most likely right.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks for your quick response!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 1999MD

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