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

I have finally figured out a plan and Dr. I'm having my 550 saline implants removed and replaced with the same size silicone implants, I'm getting a lift because 1 side fell while the other stayed high and tight from capsular contracture, I have gained ands lostlost weight enough times that this time my tummy didn't come back and well the labiaplasty because hell I'm already doing the rest. I...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

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

I was so tired of my back hurting all of the time and keeping me from participating in activities with my family and friends. I suffered from severe migraine headaches as well and averaged at least 3 per week. The headaches caused me to be even more separated from my family and friends. When I walked out to my car after the surgery, I noticed that my back was not hurting. Throughout the time...

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

I had a tummy tuck in June 2015. I originally sought the plastic surgeon for a breast lift as my primary fix. They convinced me to do the tummy tuck first because my insurance would pay for that portion since I had just lost 90 pounds. I paid for the muscles to be done too. That abdominoplasty was done in June 2015. The doctor didn't want to do the breast lift at the same time, so we waited....

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

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

Thought about it for years before finally doing it-that's my only regret! If I had met Dr. Rao sooner I would not have waited. I am incredibly pleased with the results and feel like a new person. I would recommend Dr. Rao to anyone I know including my family and friends. I would highly recommend Dr. Rao and his excellent staff if you are considering a breast reduction...don't let any more...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

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

I was nervous when going in for my initial consultation with Dr. Rao. However, that quickly changed when meeting him and his dedicated staff. They are professional, friendly, and genuine when looking out for my best interest. We talked about various options for a breast reduction. Ultimately, I decided to go with Dr. Rao because I was confident in his abilities to alleviate my back and...

5 out of 5 stars Facial

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

I wanted to look younger for my upcoming high school reunion. I was not happy with how my face was looking so old. My wrinkles and lines made me look at least 10 years older. I was scared of looking like I had a lot of work done when I went to my reunion. I wanted to look natural and for someone who had not seen me in years to think I just look good for my age.

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

I read a good comment about Dr. Rao and decided to go for fillers and botox. I had some bad experiences before and I was looking for a Dr. that would understand me with all my concerns. Bethany and the rest of Dr. Rao's patient care staff are wonderful. Bethany was so kind and patient with me. I was afraid I was going to bruise but I had almost nothing and I was very happy with the results. I...

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

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

Do I have muscle spasm, capsular contracture, or something else? (Photo)

Thank you for your question. It is difficult to say from the photo alone if there is anything out of the ordinary going on. If you have subglandular ... READ MORE

"Cool Mini" to get rid of double chins... Does it work? (photos)

Thank you for your question. Based on your photo you appear to be a great candidate for coolsculpting of your chin. Depending on the extent of your... READ MORE

Is it safe to bath and swim? (photo)

Thank you for your question. I recommend that my patients avoid baths or pools until at least 6 weeks after surgery. I would also avoid submerging the... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Rao

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

Dr. Arun Rao discusses three major options for breast enhancement. Learn the goals for each. WATCH VIDEO

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

If you've lost weight and have excess skin, you have options. Learn what they are from Dr. Arun Rao. WATCH VIDEO

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

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