Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
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Washington, District of Columbia 20005 US
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5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

Fantastic Results - Baltimore, MD

Dr R takes the time to explain all aspects of your surgery from start to finish. Excellent surgical/artistic skills. I highly recommend

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

His Work is Superior to Any I Have Seen - Baltimore, MD

Dr. R is not only a top notch plastic surgeon, he is an artist. He one of the most compassionate physicians I have ever known. He is also passionate about his work.

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Fantastic Surgeon with Great People Skills - Baltimore, MD

Two years ago, before I met Dr R, I had a mastectomy with the amazing team at Johns Hopkins. The cosmetic results were the stuff of dreams -- MUCH better breasts than I had before! The overall experience was so fantastic that I asked my plastic surgeon to give me a face lift. He told me the best person to help me freshen up my looks was Dr R. Dr R listened to me really carefully at every step of the process, and gave me exactly what I wanted. He was attentive and really supportive, answering endless questions and giving me as much (or as little) explanation as I wanted. Like the other doctors I've known at Hopkins, he's not just a great doctor but also a real person, with good people-skills and a commitment to his patients. He made me feel beautiful. My breast cancer days are behind me. I have a whole new lease on life, and a whole new healthy and fresh look as I head into my future. I can't recommend him highly enough.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

S-GAP Breast Reconstruction - Baltimore, MD

Dr. R, Johns Hopkins Hospital, was exceptional in every way. Surgically – I have been nothing but thrilled with all aspects of my process. Beginning with my initial consult, the bilateral mastectomies, the optimal care of my expanders, and now my reconstruction surgery, I have been so emotionally strong and well through the entire experience. But more than that, Dr. R has been the utmost in professional, courteous and kind to every one of my family and friends. My two teenage sons and my husband, and my “Team of Advocates” who marched through this process at my side, were always welcome to voice their concerns or anxieties. Dr. R was ALWAYS accessible and responsive to my “teams” needs. It doesn’t get much better than that.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Skillful and Sensitive - Baltimore, MD

I found Dr. R to be extraordinarily responsive, replying to emails promptly with thorough explanations, and in office visits, spending as much time with me as my frequently long lists of questions required. I rarely felt hurried.

33, 1 Beautiful Daughter, Lipo and Removal of 12yr Old Implants - Washington, DC

Hi Awesome People, I made this post in the Implant removal section as well because I want to try and help people going through either of these procedures. The site has been a huge help to me. I am scheduled to have my 12 year old 350cc implants removed, with a small amount of fat grafting to the chest wall to address my concern of being completely flat above the breast tissue. I figured...

33, 1 Beautiful Daughter Implant Removal and Liposuction

Hi Awesome People, I am scheduled to have my 12 year old 350cc implants removed, with a small amount of fat grafting to the chest wall to address my concern of being completely flat above the breast tissue. I figured since he was pulling fat out we could just do the liposuction. I used to be in the gym every day. My mother passed unexpectedly last year and everything kind of got out of...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

The best that did it

OOOH boi I been looking and praying he's still in business he did my tummy tuck and I been looking for him every since yes I called Johns Hopkins and yessss I found him he's perfect 10 stars

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift with Implants

Dr. Ariel Rad - Exceptional Plastic Surgeon! - Washington, DC

I'm honored to write this review for Dr. Ariel Rad. I found Dr. Rad by a review just like the one I want to share with you today. My hope is it will convey what a first-class doctor he is! My initial meeting with Dr. Rad in May 2012 was serendipitous. Already knowing his considerable qualifications and his exceptional reputation at Johns Hopkins, I went to the appointment simply curious about...

5 out of 5 stars Liposuction

Dr. Ariel Rad - Extraordinary MD, Recommend Without Reservation

Dr. Rad is an extraordinary physician and his medical practice, in all aspects that I experienced, is superb. I came to Dr. Rad to talk about a problem area that for my entire life no amount of diet/exercise has been able to address (I am in my late 40s and in excellent shape otherwise). I also came to him very leery about surgery. After a consultation -- during which Dr. Rad was kind and...

Personal Statement

Princeton, Duke educated and Johns Hopkins trained, Dr. Rad is a board certified plastic surgeon. He is known for his skill in facial aesthetic surgery and breast surgery. He is a pioneer of transplanting fat from the love handles and abdominal area for breast rebuilding and augmentation.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

$150. Consultation fee is refunded with booking of surgery.

Awards & Recognition

2009 - present Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
2015 Marquis Who's Who
2000 – 2003 NIH NRSA F32 Research Grant
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Rad has hospital affiliations at Medstar Surgery Center (Washington, DC); George Washington University Hospital (Washington, DC); Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, VA).


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BSE, Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University, 1994
    Medical: MD, The Duke University School of Medicine, 2000
    Graduate: PhD, Immunology, The University of London, 2003
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Integrated Program in General / Plastic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Fellowship: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins

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Fat Returning After Liposuction

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Lollipop vs. Anchor lifts. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? (photo)

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Should I have a breast lift, before or after augmentation, for decreased risks? (Photo)

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Face and neck lift and scar revision. (photos)

Hello!Although it's regrettable you're in this situation, I'm confident that it is fixable. Your photos show that the wrong technique was used, (... READ MORE

43 years old and tired of chicken neck. What is the best procedure for lower chin area with loose skin? (Photos)

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Nipple Reconstruction: An Overview

Dr. Ariel N. Rad explains how he uses refined nipple reconstruction techniques to add the finishing touches on a beautiful result. Reconstructed nipples are then tattooed to give the lifelike appearance of areolar color and glandular structures. WATCH VIDEO

Lumpectomy Reconstruction With TDAP Flap — The Doctor Explains the Procedure

The TDAP Flap is a unique operation in which Dr. Ariel N. Rad borrows skin and fat from the back and transfers it to a woman’s breast in order to reconstruct medium to large lumpectomy defects. Dr. Rad explains his technique. WATCH VIDEO

Lumpectomy Reconstruction: Learn About an Oncoplasty

Oncoplasty breast lift is a technique that involves reshaping the remaining breast tissue after lumpectomy surgery. The ideal candidate has at least a C cup breast size and has breast ptosis or asymmetry. Dr. Ariel N. Rad explains his approach. WATCH VIDEO

Lumpectomy: An Overview

Lumpectomy, also known as ‘partial mastectomy, without reconstruction can result in distortion, indentation and asymmetry. Dr. Ariel N. Rad explains his about his approach. WATCH VIDEO

Breast Reconstruction: Unilateral LSGAP Flap

Dr. Ariel N. Rad utilizes the LSGAP to reconstruct an entire breast for those who do not have enough abdominal tissue for the DIEP Flap. Dr. Rad explains his approach. WATCH VIDEO

LSGAP Breast Reconstruction: Love Handle Flap Overview

Dr. Ariel Rad is a co-inventor of the LSGAP flap. Dr. Rad utilizes the love handle flap to reconstruct an entire breast. Dr. Rad explains his approach. WATCH VIDEO

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