Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 130
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815 US
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5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

I had a great experience!

I had a very good experience. He was very professional and very caring. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is considering plastic surgery. I had a breast reduction with a let and abdominalplasty.

5 out of 5 stars SAFELipo

Pleased with my results, Amazed & impressed by the doctor

I had been on the fence regarding liposuction versus a tummy tuck for the last several years. After my consultation with Dr. Rao, I booked my procedure almost immediately. He made me feel completely comfortable with my decision and, rather than pushing the more expensive tummy tuck, he favored a more modest approach that would ultimately give me the same outcome with less pain and downtime. ...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

He's the best!

At 43 years old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2014, and I had a bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction in May 2014. I initially choose breast implants as my reconstruction method, but my body rejected the tissue expanders (twice). The second time my body rejected the tissue expanders, I developed a horrible infection (in my breast area) and I bled so much I...

Mommy Makeover in 3 Days

Hi everyone! So my mommy makeover is in 3 days and I'm so up and down with emotion. I was super excited just a few hours ago and now I'm totally freaked out! I'm not sure I'm doing the right thing :-( I've never been put under for a surgery and this alone has me freaked out. Im scared I won't wake up. I have 2 small kids (6 & 3) and I know this is elective but I'm scared I may leave...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Rao is the best out there - hands down!

I came to Dr. Rao for a reconstruction surgery after a bilateral mastectomy. I couldn't have asked for a better doctor or team. They are amazing!!! They are like family!!! Dr. Rao and his team made sure I was well taken care off and everything went to my greatest satisfaction. They put you and your wishes first!!! Having to give up your breasts at age 40 wasn't something I ever imagined, but...

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

i had an amazing experience

I did a lot of research before choosing Dr. Rao. he came highly recommended by my dermatologist as well as another patient of his. technique and esthetic sense is best in the area, hands down. i had an upper bleph procedure and it looks completely natural.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Excellent Surgeon!

Dr. Rao was an excellent surgeon for my breast reduction procedure. I wanted this procedure to essentially get out of upper back pain. I never imagine that I'd love the results like I do! My breasts look great and youthful and are no longer causing any back pain. Dr. Rao and his staff are very responsive to all inquiries prior to surgery and after. Everyone on the team treated me with...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

I had a great experience - Chevy Chase, MD

Dr. Rao is a very talented plastic surgeon. He assured me that everything would be good. He not only did a great job but also the scars are hardly noticeable. I would recommend Dr. Rao to anyone anytime.

25 Finally Getting Rid of the Extra 36HH

Dr. Samir has been extremely kind soft spoken and respectful. He listens and gives you his honest opinion and he doesn't rush you at all.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction After Bilateral Mastectomy - Fairfax, VA

From the minute I walked into the office of Dr. Rao, I knew I had made the right decision. The office was bright and cheerful and the staff was friendly and welcoming. Dr. Rao immediately made me comfortable. He talked through the entire process with me and made sure I understood what was going to happen during my reconstruction. He made me laugh during a time that I was not very cheerful...

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Personal Statement

Samir S. Rao, MD has a keen eye for aesthetic detail and surgical precision that define him as a plastic surgeon. He has special interests in autologous and prosthetic breast reconstruction, cosmetic breast surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, and body contouring surgery.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Consultation Fee

Free Cosmetic Consults

Awards & Recognition

Best Clinical Paper, Resident Paper Competition, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 2013
Professional Recognition:
Alpha Omega Alpha, 2006 - present
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Rao has hospital affiliations at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Reston Hospital Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital.

Treatments offered at Chevy Chase Plastic Surgery

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Is Thermitight used on the face permanent?

Based on the studies to date, we know that the results of ThermiTight last at least two years. We say 2 years because that is the longest follow-up... READ MORE

Advice for Exercise After Breast Augmentation?

I think it would be reasonable to use a stationary bike at 2 weeks following surgery given that you see your surgeon right before getting started and... READ MORE

What does Sientra mean when they say "Silimed’s proprietary texturing method is designed to promote tissue in-growth?"

Yes, they are referring to the implant shell. There are three implant manufacturers in the US and they either have different methods of texturing the... READ MORE

After massive weight loss: Mini tummy tuck or liposuction? (Photos)

After losing 100lbs it is unlikely that a mini-tt or liposuction are going to be ideal treatments for you. The primary issue in most massive weight... READ MORE

Nipple piercings during BA?

In these cases I usually remove the piercings once the patient is asleep and put them back in at the end of the surgery. READ MORE

Hematoma after liposuction - protocol? (Photo)

If you do in fact have a hematoma, the options would be to wait it out and let is resolve on its own or to have it drained. You could see a... READ MORE

Tummy after tummy tuck feels extremely tight, impossible to stand straight.

Is it common to feel tight right after abdominoplasty surgery.  You should start to feel like you can straighten out a little bit more each day, but ... READ MORE

Can a tummy tuck help? (Photos)

Based on your photos, I actually think you would be a better candidate for liposuction.  You seem so have very localized fat deposits in your flanks ... READ MORE

Adding a BBL to a mommy makeover?

I typically do not perform both procedures at the same time because I believe the recovery would be too challenging. Most patients will have the BBL... READ MORE

Day 6 Post Op Breast Augmentation with Silicone - is intense burning and numbness on only one breast normal?

It is not uncommon to experience some burning and numbness after breast augmentation, especially in the first 1-2 weeks.  It is also normal to ... READ MORE

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