Mommy Makeover: Tummy Tuck + Tissue Breast Aug in Washington DC

A mommy makeover (tummy tuck and breast augmentation with or without a lift) is a great option for mothers whose pregnancies have stretched out their abdominal tissues and deflated their breasts.

Although many women want to restore their pre-pregnancy breast size, they are concerned about having silicone implants, either because they don’t want a foreign material in their bodies, or because of concerns of problems associated with implants.

Possible problems with implants include:

  • capsular contracture
  • implant rupture
  • firm feel
  • unnatural aging of the breasts
  • unnatural movement of implants placed under the muscle
  • ‘double bubble’ deformity 
  • implant migration
  • thinning of breast tissues
  • implant rotation (teardrop/shaped implants only)
  • difficulty in mammogram intepretation
  • an extremely rare lymphoma called ALCL (cancer of immune cells). 

Recommended Procedures

  • A “Natural Mommy Makeover” (also called a “DIEP Flap Aug”) refers to using your own tissue for augmentation. Instead of discarding abdominal fat from the tummy tuck, Dr. Rad carefully transplants it to your breasts. The transplanted tissue is called DIEP flaps. This is not liposuction and fat transfer.
  • By using your own tissues, all of the problems associated with implants are eliminated.


  • Very safe to perform in healthy women
  • No chance of capsular contracture
  • No chance of implant rupture
  • The most natural breast feel and softness
  • The most natural appearance
  • Your breasts age like normal tissue
  • No unnatural breast movement
  • Very low chance of ever needing cosmetic breast surgery again
  • Mammograms are not affected
  • No chance of ALCL (cancer of the immune system)
  • Dr. Rad guarantees the success of your surgery. If the DIEP flap transfer doesn’t work, then you would only have to pay for the traditional mommy makeover. This gives patients the peace of mind that they’ll always come out with a beautiful result.


  • Only healthy women who have excess abdominal skin and fat are candidates
  • Breast size can be increased only as much as the excess amount of abdominal tissue
  • An extended (3 night) hospitalization is required for monitoring
  • More costly as compared with implant augmentation

Things to Know

  • DIEP flap surgery requires a certain level of skill – only 1% of plastic surgeons are trained in microsurgery, and only 0.1% (1 in 1,000) of plastic surgeons have the ability and artistry to perform this operation.
  • Dr. Rad is one of those surgeons and he is the only DC-based surgeon offering this operation.
  • Surgery takes approximately 8 hours to perform because it is a delicate surgery. However, young healthy women can safely tolerate this length of time under anesthesia.
  • Because it’s such a delicate surgery, about 1% of the time the DIEP flap transfer doesn’t work. This is not dangerous to you.  It simply means that you could elect to have implants, or have no augmentation at all.
  • Dr. Rad guarantees the success of your surgery. If the DIEP flap transfer doesn’t work, then you would only have to pay for the traditional mommy makeover. This gives patients the peace of mind that they’ll always come out with a beautiful result.

How It’s Done

  • Dr. Rad makes a gently curving incision in the lower abdominal skin, he elevates the skin and fatty layers, and he carefully isolates the blood vessels to the tissue.  
  • Dr. Rad transplants the tissue flaps to the breasts and restores blood flow by reconnecting blood vessels. The belly button is brought through the abdominal skin and sutured in place.
  • Dr. Rad places the transplanted tissue beneath the breast tissue.


  • In Dr. Rad’s hands, this technique is very safe and reliable.
  • Dr. Rad works with a board certified anesthesiologist and performs surgery in a hospital operating facility.

What to Expect

  • You’ll spend 3 nights in the hospital to ensure success of the surgery.
  • Temporary moderate discomfort is common and is easily controlled with pain medications. 

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Instead of discarding the lower abdominal fat after tummy tuck, Dr. Rad transplants the tissue to augment the breasts. Avoiding implants makes a world of difference for patients seeking the most natural mommy makeover that lasts forever.

Photos are of patients who have given explicit written agreement to have them displayed. For patient privacy reasons, the majority of Dr. Rad’s patients prefer their before/after photos to remain off-line. However, Dr. Rad will be happy to show you, in the setting of a confidential consultation, a series of before/after photos, not displayed here, to address your specific concerns.

*SHERBER+RAD cannot guarantee specific results. Individual results may vary.

What Patients Are Saying

We consulted with three plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Rad for my 17 year old son’s rhinoplasty and chin implant in March 2017. From the first meeting, we felt confident that Dr. Rad is a skilled, experienced and talented surgeon who pays attention to every detail. He is also a super guy – warm, caring, attentive and welcoming. Everything went smoothly and we are extremely happy with the results. We are very pleased with the whole experience and recommend him without hesitation.

Esther Alpert | July 2017

“I would (and have) recommended Dr. Rad to my family and friends. Dr. Rad is extraordinarily talented. He is extremely professional, articulate and patient. He is singularly focused on ensuring optimal results for each of his clients. I put my trust and confidence into Dr. Rad and his interactions with me and the results of my surgery greatly exceeded my expectations.”

Lisa Kay in Arlington, VA | May 18, 2017

“I am so grateful I chose Dr. Rad to perform my surgery. From the moment I walked in, I felt at ease & comfortable. The office is very clean & creative. He took time to answer all my questions, I didn’t feel rushed as I did w/ other surgeons I met. His staff was prompt to respond & very friendly. Post surgery I called over a holiday weekend w/ a question & he called me back quickly. It has been an easy recovery & trust him fully. My scars are fading quick & it’s only been 5 weeks! He’s the best!”

Jennifer W in Germantown, MD | Jun 22, 2017

“Dr. Ariel Rad is the finest physician I’ve ever met! I’ve worked with Dr. Rad over the last five years and he encompasses everything you’d hope from a physician and much more. He possesses the highest intellect, sophistication, dedication, and compassion. I can’t say enough about Dr. Rad. Every appointment I’ve had with him has exceeded my expectations. He’s the absolute best! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Ariel Rad to my family and friends for medical care.”

KVR in Pennsylvania | Jan 10, 2017

“My goal was to be a refreshed, happy, more confident version of “me.” As I prepared for surgery I had no unanswered questions and was totally confident about Dr. Rad’s skill and judgment. Interactions with Dr. Rad and his team at the time of surgery and follow up were efficient, and delivered with compassion and kindness. I recommend him without qualification.”

Cathy in Washington, DC | Dec 04, 2016

“Had a facelift with Dr. Rad. Not only did he do a magnificent job, but he was extraordinarily attentive and caring when I experienced an acute complication from surgery. He has an outstanding bedside manner. In his office, he never makes you feel rushed. Explains everything carefully. And is all around extremely kind and very talented. I have referred several people to him.”

Louise in Washington, DC | Nov 21, 2016