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Dr. Donald Kress

Plastic Surgery
Frederick, MD
46 years experience male

Locations

Plastic Surgery One

Frederick, MD

Address

15 Wormans Mill CT, Suite L/M, Frederick, MD
Directions

About

Bio

Plastic Surgeon for almost 30 years. A significant percentage of my practice is cosmetic breast surgery. I am frequently called on to repair difficult breast problems. I have been a clinical investigator for the newer breast implants and have several ongoing research projects involving breast implants. In addition i have a full spectrum cosmetic surgery practice which included faces, body (liposuction, abdominoplasty) Hobbies include; Sailing, mountain climbing, hiking, running, camping, motorcycles, fishing, and travel.

Specialties
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Plastic Surgery

Licenses

United States: Maryland

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

78 Answers
120 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
You can't: A stretch mark is a scar from a tear in the skin from below, usually from stretching too much too fast. There are a lot of creams and potions that cl... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Probably nothing: If the scar was going to cause growth problems they would have already manifested. There is a rare cancer (marjolin's ulcer) which can form in old bu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Depends: There are too many types to answer. In general, on the finger tip, they heal themselves but feel better if a splint is worn. On other parts of the f... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Different origins: Skin cancers are named for the type of skin cell that they develop from. A basal cell is generally a less dangerous tumor unless it is near an openin... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Fat in compartments: In women primarily, fat is distributed in compartments and held there by septae giving a dimpled appearance to the skin surface. Most treatments try ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No: Acutane changes the secretions of the oil glands of the skin to reduce the severity of cystic acne (the worst type). Scars are scars and need to be a... Read More
A 68-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Many answers: The lines are called "rhagades", treatments; 1. Restylane (dermal fillers) or juvaderm fillers 6months 2. Off-label silikon 1000 lasts 10+years 3. ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Maybe: Repair of sideburns after bad facelift is done, grafts to missing parts of eyebrows is done, tattoo to give the impression of hair follicles in scars ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Do homework: Make certain they are certified by the american board of plastic surgery. Ask them how often they do nasal surgeries. Ask to see pictures and to spe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Revision: When undergoing a c-section, the priority is not to make a good skin closure, but to present you with a healthy baby. Frequently i see c-section scar... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Dermatologist right: If these have been stable for 5 years, they are small scar nodules (dermatofibroma) which probably were caused by shaving or reaction to chemicals. T... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
A simple surgery: Presuming the problem is at the elbow, there is a quick operation which moves the ulnar nerve and relieves the pressure on it. If this has been long-... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
You can't: Scars can be improved and made less visible but not cured. Techniques include laser, dermabrasion, surgical revision, creams, and too many others to ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No: A keloid is a disease of healing. Most people who think they have keloids have hypertrophic scars which are much easier to deal with. If you really ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Laser surgery: A technique developed on the west coast to use a laser and tighten the vagina. Allegedly it can even be sized to fit your partner. The research on i... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Steroids: I don't have a lot of experience but twice i've treated fresh bites with a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack. No necrosis just mild redness.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Patience: Depending on the deep sutures, they can take months to dissolve and smooth the scar. If its still lumpy after 6 months have someone look at it.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Complicated: A person that is made up of two different people is called a chimera and is very rare. You would need to consult with a genetic expert, probably at a... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
GYN remove it: Tags are common, especially moist areas. Have your gyn remove it, takes a minute or two.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Possible: It's also possible that it's an inclusion cyst. They are caused by a small piece of skin left below the surface that continues to grow. Needs surgi... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes: Keep the scar out of the sun for a full year, use moisturizers on the scar for a minimum of three months. Cheaper is better, no fragrance or color. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
?: Your question makes no sense. Rephrase it. Massage does have the ability to soften scar tissue and that can be desirable. The only way to "cover up" ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No easy fix: First the acne needs to be stabilized and not getting worse. The scars are treated with a combination of surgery and/or laser. The goal is to reduce... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Maybe: You will get the best result by keeping the area moisturized (cheap - no smell, no color is best) and out of the sun or thoroughly blocked. Final res... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes: It can be difficult to convince the insurance companies but back pain is one of the things they consider. Reduction will take at least a year to benef... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Tough problem: Keloid formation is a disease, you body does not recognize that healing has been complete and doesn't stop. I have had amazing results by combining ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No aspirin: First, keloids in the central portion of the face are very rare. Most likely you have a hypertrophic scar caused by an irritation such as the metal i... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Multiple treatments: Treatment can be as simple as liposuction with a very small incision to very large incisions and repositioning of the nipples. This is not simple sur... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No great treatments: If you still have active acne, see a dermatologist. There are very good medications to stop the large cystic type of acne but they come with a whole ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes: Keep your head elevated, borrow a vaporizer from a friend with small children, may need a decongestant or antihistamine. Call your doctor and tell th... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
None that work: Although many gadgets (lasers, ultrasound and radio frequency) claim to be able to tighten skin their results are minimal to nothing don't waste your... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Revision: When undergoing a c-section, the priority is not to make a good skin closure, but to present you with a healthy baby. Frequently i see c-section scar... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Many things: If it's a true keloid, it's a disease of healing and simple removal will result in a rapid return and probably worse. Pressure, radiation, steroid in... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Surgery: Although many "gadgets" claim to shrink skin, none are very effective. The problem is the destruction of the fibrin or stretchy part of the skin. Un... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No: Anything that would do that would involve hormonal manipulation and risk increased risk of disease or cancer. In japan after wwii slight increases in... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Maybe: Cystic breasts can be very painful from time to time, but reduction of caffeine can help, talk to your gyn. Cystic breasts make the mammograms more d... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No: Most believe that there is a second growth phase of the nose in the early twenties and it is quite common to see septal problems emerge at that age. ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Not unusual: Not normal, but not unusual. Cosmetic gynecology is a controversial field and many doctors doing it are not well qualified. If it bothers you, have a... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Uncomfortable: Tummy tuck is an excellent procedure to restore an abdomen damaged by weight loss or children. Often the muscles of the abdomen are separated and requ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No: A second degree burn by definition should not leave a scar. That said, keep moisturizers on the area for at least 3 months and no sun exposure to the... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
No: Injection or sclerotherapy, lasers if you have light skin.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Why not: As in "high" off of music? Enjoy! it only becomes an addiction when it interferes with normal living such as sleep, relationships and work. If that... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes, sort of.: An interesting question. Nerves passing through the neck go to all parts of the body. A direct connection from the neck to the breast, no. Sensatio... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Air: The weight of the air is the barometric pressure it varies with elevation and weather.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Ignore: Assume every cut or scratch will get infected. Clean and protect them properly. Don't ignore!
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Not Keloid: Keloid is often misunderstood and very rarely form in the central triangle of the face. A keloid is a disease that the body isn;t able to recognize t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Need information: Not enough information for a meaningful answer. The answer could be related to weight or muscle gains, overall medical condition, medications, hormon... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Fat Pad: Some people have a small fat pad in the area just beneath the chin. Tempting as it is to just do liposuction, that only works 50% of the time. Half ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes: They are very common. Easily removed if it is getting irritated.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Varies: You have several things happening. The narcotics tend to slow the movement of your bowels and can cause some bloating. The second factor is water re... Read More

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HealthTap member
Mar 14, 2013
If you want the best plastic surgeon, someone who is caring and very honest, then Dr Kress is the doctor for you. I have been a patient of his now for 11 years and recommend him & his staff highly!!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kress is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kress is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank u very much Dr. If i get pregnant,will there any problem to me?
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Thanks for your quick reply! Much appreciated for your help. I will call the drs office tomorrow.
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thank you!! I bought a cool mist humidifier and have used it daily. :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

West Virginia University School of Medicine, WV
Graduated 1976MD

Awards

Golden cannula for article on liposuction
Top Plastic Surgeon , Second Place, Maryland - Summer
2013

Affiliations

John Stage Davis Society
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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