Tucson Plastic Surgeon
5170 East Glenn Street, #100
Tucson, Arizona 85712 US

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5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

BA Revision, Tummy Tuck, Labiaplasty - Tucson, AZ

From the first email reply from the office, Carmen was a doll. When I met the Dr he and I aesthetically are on the same page, I'm confident with him. I had my lips done last week and the Dr was great. Carmen took care of everything else for me. Today I scheduled. Dr Rao answered all my questions and the ones I forgot to ask Carmen was able to answer for me through email (my preferred method)

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Very Large Breasted and Suffering with Constant Back Pain and Severe Migraine Headaches - Tucson, AZ

Dr. Rao has an fantastic ability to interact with his patients. He is extremely kind and caring and sees to it that every need of every patient he sees is met. His attention to detail and his meticulous way of doing things makes him more than just an excellent Dr. His staff very much acts on his behalf and in his best interest. There is mutual respect between him and his staff and vice versa. They are all extremely detail oriented it shows in every aspect of Dr. Rao's practice. Once my recovery was complete and I no longer needed follow up appointments, I felt like I was losing some wonderful friends. The entire experience was pleasant and easy!!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift with Implants

55 Yrs Old, 5'7', 185 Lbs. Five Breastfed Children. I Wanted to Look Better in my Skin After Tummy Tuck - Tucson, AZ

Dr Rao answers any questions, gives you his cell number, and is very responsive. I highly recommend him. He is a sincere, caring, physician. I also had three nurses in the hospital (when I had my tummy tuck) that told me if they were going to do a procedure, they would go to him. I didn't ask for their opinions. They offered it because they had been thinking of having work done too.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction....Finally! - Tucson, AZ

Dr. Rao is very personable and listens carefully. He made me feel very comfortable and took whatever time I needed to talk and answer questions.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

My Back/neck Thank You!!! - Tucson, AZ

Dr. Rao is a kind and knowledgeable surgeon who is quick to address the needs of his patients. He is patient-oriented and does not rush any appointments. He understands the nature of one's decision to undergo surgery, and he makes sure every question is answered prior to procedure. I highly recommend his services!

5 out of 5 stars Facial

Trying to Look Younger for my High School Reunion - Tucson, AZ

My experience with Dr. Rao and his staff was fantastic. Dr. Rao spent a lot of time with me during my consultation and answered all of my questions. I had seen a couple of different plastic surgeons, but I chose Dr. Rao because I felt the most comfortable with him. Dr. Rao personally called to check on me the day after my procedure. It is the personal touches that set them apart. I will definitely use them again for any of my plastic surgery needs.

5 out of 5 stars Juvederm

Dr Rao Did It Again and Took out Years of Me. Tucson, AZ

I went before for botox and fillers to Dr. Rao. I liked very much his work then but couldn't go back for a while until now. And I just LOVED his work. His assistant Bethany is so sweet and kind, always helpful. Dr. Rao listen to your requests and worries and make you feel at ease. He did a very good job. I had no bruises. I looked good almost immediately but even better next day. I will highly...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

51 Year Old Mom -

I loved Dr. Rao and staff! I was very well taken care of. His staff got the approval from the insurance quickly and the procedure was scheduled soon after. Dr. Rao was very attentive and spent a lot of time answering all of my questions. I never felt rushed when I went to see him. The procedure was done fantastically and I am super happy with the results. I highly recommend him! I am...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

34 Yrs Old 4 Kids 5'9 150 Lbs - Tucson, AZ

I am so pleased with the work I've had done at Dr Rao Plastic Surgery. Every thing was explained to me in detail and any questions I had or concerns were promptly addressed. Dr. Rao is personable and I felt very comfortable. I received a breast augmentation that took me from barely an 34A not so pretty after breastfeeding four kids to a 34DD. I chose the silicone implants and I am extremely...

5 out of 5 stars Radiesse

10 Years Younger - Tucson, AZ

Great Dr.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Consultation Fee

Free. Minor updates to our business name and address to match our marketing

Awards & Recognition

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine Top Plastic Surgeons 2016
Chief of Plastic Surgery St. Joseph's Hospital
Chief of Plastic Surgery Tucson Medical Center
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Rao has hospital affiliations at St. Joseph Hospital, Tucson Medical Center, St. Mary's Hospital, and Northwest Medical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Northwestern University
    Medical: MD, UCC School of Medicine, Puerto Rico
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, Michigan State University
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Louisville
    Fellowship: Burn Surgery, Cook County Hospital

Treatments offered at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery

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What are the most legit scar care options for a tummy tuck scar?

Thank you for your question. Scar therapies and wound healing are a heavily studied topics. There are definitely a lot of different scar therapies out... READ MORE

Constipation after surgery?

Lookahead-That is a great question. Pain medications will typically worsen your constipation. I would follow your PCPs advice about starting miralax.... READ MORE

Why is it worse to smoke before a breast augmentation than it is to be a smoker while having a c-section?

Thank you for you question. Nicotine in cigarettes affects wound healing by causing constriction of the blood vessels that are supplying oxygen to the... READ MORE

Advantages/disadvantages to periareolar insicions? (photo)

Thank you for your question. Periareolar incision has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that it is a small scar camouflaged around... READ MORE

Concern about anesthesia after Pain management for years for back. Why do I have to use new pain doctor?

Thank you for your question. I think it is great that you trying to be proactive and anticipate your needs for postop pain. For the most part... READ MORE

Do any plastic surgeons ever do pro bono or charity work?? If so, how does one of about achieving it?

I am sorry you are in a tough situation. Unfortunately costs of surgery such as implants, facility fees, anesthesia costs are not under the surgeon's... READ MORE

I started CoolSculpting for the first time. I still find it painful and uncomfortable to sit (Photo)

Thank you for your question. It is unclear why you are having so much discomfort after your treatment. Typically after Coolsculpting you do not have... READ MORE

What implants would you recommend? (Photos)

Thank you for your question. I would not get to caught up in the brand of implant that you are going to have. I would use the implant that your... READ MORE

Almost 2 months ago had BA under muscle. Slept on my side and is it okay? I have no pain when I sleep on my side.

Thank you for your question. I usually tell my patients to listen to their bodies and let them sleep on their side after two weeks. I would discuss... READ MORE

Had an umbilical hernia repair w/mesh in Oct 2014. Planning a TT, lipo, BBL in Oct 2017. Will mesh cause complications? (Photos)

Thank you for your question. If the mesh is below the fascia it will not something that your surgeon will likely encounter. There is always a chance... READ MORE

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3 Breast Enhancements Options: Do You Know What They Are?

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What Are My Options For Excess Skin Removal After Weight Loss?

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Mommy Makeover: What You Need to Know Explained in 92 Seconds

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