Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
11404 Old Georgetown Rd #206
Rockville, Maryland 20852 US
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5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Best Decision Ever!! - Betheda, MD

Dr.Micheals is an excellent practitioner and surgeon. He was kind and very responsive to my needs before, during and after my surgery. I love my results!!! I look and feel like myself before I ever had children.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

29 Yr Old, Mother of One - Bethesda, MD and Fairfax, VA

The best in the DMV

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

I am a 45 yr African American woman - Tummy Tuck - Bethesda, MD

Dr. Joseph Michaels is an excellent plastic surgeon, great listener, very gentle, down earth and a very humorous guy. If you need a tummy tuck, etc this is the guy you need to go to.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Excellent Results from Tummy Tuck and Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) - Bethesda, MD

Dr. Michaels is a top-notch plastic surgeon. I was very satisfied with the results from my tummy tuck and breast reduction (gynecomastia). Dr. Michaels has had extensive and specialized training in body contouring and tummy tucks and it was clear he was trained in procedures for patients who had experienced significant weight loss. He’s an excellent listener and interacts well with...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Still Happy - Bethesda, MD

Motherhood wrecked my stomach. After 4 kids I actively avoided looking at my stretch marked, flabby stomach. Nothing I did helped. I knew the only thing that would result any change was a tummy tuck but I couldn't afford one. Then one day on the train reading the local paper, I saw an ad seeking participants for an abdominoplasty trial. As soon as I got to my office I was on the phone. Dr...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation - Rockville, MD

Dr. Joseph Michaels performed my breast augmentation a few months ago. The whole process has been flawless. My expectations were clearly understood, all my questions were precisely answered and I'm extremely happy with the results. With 100% confidence, I recommend Dr. Joseph Michaels. His administrator Leah is excellent as well.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Dr. Michaels Restored My Self Confidence - Bethesda, MD

Thumbs Up and 5 Stars *****

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Glad I Finally Did It. BEST DR. in the DMV - Bethesda, MD

Dr. Michael's, is wonderful. He's professional and will answer every question with honesty and patience. He always took his time with me. It's not just a Dr's visit when I see him, its a chat with an old friend. I'm considering another procedure. Dr. M is TOP NOTCH in his field.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Looking for the Best - Rockville, MD

A million thanks to Dr. Michaels. Being a person inclined to skepticism, I really had my doubts. Trusting someone to sculpture a part of me based only on their credentials was really hard and then I met Dr. Michaels – really down to earth, humble with a great sense of humor yet always professional. Dr. Michaels is very detailed – master of his trade! I had a tummy tuck done. After two...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

You Gotta Want It Bad - Bethesda, MD

Dr Michaels works out of Maryland/Washington DC hospitals. Having had past health issues, he made sure the hospital staff was on call for any problems but there were none. He not only did what we discussed, upon waking I found he had done more! Dr Michaels has had special training in recontouring people who have lost a lot of weight, and I know he did more than other surgeons said they could or would for me. The protein shake he prescribed made me healthier for the surgery, but also aided me in losing a total of 20# that I had not counted on. Poor me - having to buy new, smaller clothes! : ) Very patient, understanding, and actually fun to have worked with. His assistant Leah is also a treasure. No attitudes, just willingness to help in any way I needed. It's all good! He does all other kinds of plastic surgery as well, and if I ever decide to do more, I'll be going back to Maryland from New Mexico for him. No photos as most on this site pretty much speak for us all!

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA)

Consultation Fee

Free consultation for cosmetic procedures. A credit card must be left to secure your consultation. A charge of $100 for any no show or same day cancellation.

Awards & Recognition

RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Michaels has hospital affiliations at Sibley Memorial Hospital, INOVA Fair Oaks, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital and VIrginia Medical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, University of Pennsylvania
    Medical: MD, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, New York University Medical Center
    Plastic Surgery, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York University Medical Center
    Body Contouring, Post-weight Loss Body Contouring, Clinical Instructor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Treatments offered at Michaels Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

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Labiaplasty Aftercare Hygiene?

Prior to a labiaplasty, I have all of my patients purchase a spray bottle and a sitz bath. They should spray water each time they urinate to keep the... READ MORE

Breast lift without implants? Is this realistic? (Photo)

 The fact that you feel like you have enough tissue when you're wearing a bra means you have adequate tissue to do a breast lift. This procedure w... READ MORE

Should I go for Botox in masseter muscle and how many units is recommended? (Photos)

Botox can be very effective to improve the "square" appearance to the jaw. I think that you would benefit from the procedure. I often us 12.5 - 15... READ MORE

Are my inner vagina lips bigger than usual? (Photo)

There is a wide range in the appearance of patient's labia. What most people consider aesthetically pleasing is to have the labia minor (inner vaginal... READ MORE

LBL, TT, or Fleur-de-lis Given 8" Horizontal Scar 3" Above Belly Button?

Previous incisions, especially horizontal incisions can affect the blood supply to abdomen. Your surgeon needs to carefully plan your operation as a... READ MORE

Thigh Lift Scars: Vertical vs. Horizontal

The type of incision will depend on the degree of laxity and how far this laxity extends down your thigh. Body contouring is really a trade off... READ MORE

How many cc do I need to achieve this result?

 The size of the implant that will be best for you is truly based on your anatomy. The same size implants can look very different in two different ... READ MORE

Is my belly button going to change shape? (photo)

You are very early in the post-operative period And it's way too early to tell how your final outcome will be. I would discuss your concerns with yo... READ MORE

Medial thigh lift, can the incision be hidden? (Photo)

A groin only incision will only correct the loose skin that extends only about 8-10cm from your groin crease. If you have loose skin lower than t... READ MORE

Will flexion and extension be affected post brachiaplasty for very athletic woman? (photo)

Awesome weight loss. In the long term, your range of motion should not be effected by your arm lift procedure.  READ MORE

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What Procedures Are Part of a Lower Body Lift?

Dr. Joseph Michaels breaks down one of the largest procedures in plastic surgery: the lower body lift. WATCH VIDEO

How to Talk About Labiaplasty With Your Plastic Surgeon

While many still find the topic of vaginal rejuvenation difficult to discuss, more and more patients are getting relief and restoring their confidence through labiaplasty. WATCH VIDEO

An Arm Lift Can Eliminate "Bat Wings," But Not Without Significant Scars

Arm lifts are becoming more and more popular as the technique continues to be honed. Dr. Joseph Michaels talks about expectations, incisions, and scars. WATCH VIDEO

Life After Massive Weight Loss: When's the Right Time For a Body Lift?

After losing all that weight, your own skin becomes the enemy. When is it the right time to seek relief from a plastic surgeon? WATCH VIDEO

Labiaplasty: How To Broach This Private Topic

While many still find the topic of vaginal rejuvenation difficult to discuss, many others are becoming more comfortable, talking with their surgeon, getting relief, and restoring their confidence. WATCH VIDEO

Lower Body Lift: The Most Life-Changing Procedure Post-Weight Loss

Dr. Joseph Michaels breaks down one of the largest procedures in plastic surgery: the lower body lift. WATCH VIDEO

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.