Frequently Asked Questions
At Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, Dr. Arun Rao and his staff want you to be informed and feel confident about your procedures. Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions regarding plastic surgery and med spa services.
For any of your questions or answers are not listed here, request a consultation online to discuss your need with Dr. Arun Rao or call (520) 209-2500 to speak with our knowledgeable, friendly staff.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
Is a cosmetic surgeon the same as a plastic surgeon?
Actually the titles "cosmetic surgeon" and "plastic surgeon" are not interchangeable. Any physician, including a dermatologist or ob-gyn, who makes surgical improvements to his or her patients' appearance is a cosmetic surgeon. But a plastic surgeon is a physician who has completed a residency to gain education and training specifically in plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons may choose to call themselves cosmetic surgeons, but the reverse is not true; cosmetic surgeons should not call themselves plastic surgeons.
What's important to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon?
Look for a physician who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is an independent, non-profit organization created specifically to protect patients. This highly respected board oversees a select group of 24 specialty medical boards. The ABPS is the only board recognized by the ABMS to certify surgeons in plastic surgery of the entire body, including the face. To earn the distinction of board-certified plastic surgeon a physician must have:
- A 4-year college degree
- A degree from an accredited medical school
- A minimum of 5 years in a surgical internship and residency
- At least 2 years of experience specializing in plastic surgery
- Passed extensive oral and written exams and peer reviews
By choosing a surgeon with this impressive distinction such as Dr. Arun Rao, you will optimize your chances of having a safe and satisfying experience.
Fees, Insurance & Financing
What is the cost of a consultation?
Dr. Rao offers consultations for cosmetic patients.
Do you accept insurance?
Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery participates with many insurance plans. However, cosmetic surgery is typically not covered by insurance providers. Reconstructive surgery, such as breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, is generally covered by insurance companies.
Does Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery offer financing options for cosmetic surgery?
Yes, Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery has partnered with CareCredit® to offer several financing options so you can spread out the cost of your med spa or cosmetic surgery procedure in Tucson over manageable monthly payments. Dr. Rao's staff will help you find the option that best fits your budget.
Visiting Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery
Where is Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery located?
Our address is:
5170 E Glenn St #100
Tucson, AZ 85712
Directions to Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery:
We are conveniently located just north of the Tucson Medical Center (on Glenn, between Swan and Craycroft) in the Glenn Medical Village. Visit our contact us page for more information.
What will my consult consist of?
You will meet with Dr. Rao and his medical assistant and have a discussion about your aesthetic goals. In conjunction with Dr. Rao, you will formulate a plan to achieve your new look. Dr. Rao prides himself on his ability to communicate with patients and answer any and all questions about their surgery and the recovery process. The consult is the beginning of your aesthetic or reconstructive journey and Dr. Rao will be there for you until the completion.