Frequently Asked Questions

At Rao Plastic 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 give us a call to speak with our knowledgeable, friendly staff.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Is a cosmetic surgeon the same as a plastic surgeon?

The titles "cosmetic surgeon" and "plastic surgeon" are not interchangeable. Any physician, including a dermatologist, opthalmologist or ob-gyn, who makes surgical improvements to his or her patients' appearance can claim to be 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, and Financing

Rao Plastic 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 Surgery offer financing options for cosmetic surgery? Yes, Rao Plastic 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.

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Recommended Skin Care Products

Rao Plastic Surgery are proud to have partnered with ZO skin care line. ZO skin care was developed by Zein Obagi, the world-renowned dermatologist that created Obagi skin care. Rao Plastic Surgery offer a variety of ZO skin care products that can give you healthy and radiant skin

Make An Appointment

To make an appointment with the staff at Neem Medical Spaat Rao Plastic Surgery, please use our online form on this website to submit your information or contact us directly by phone. A staff member will schedule an appointment that fits your schedule. If you have not yet visited Neem Medical SpaRao Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule a free consultation so we can discuss your skin and bodyaesthetic concerns and develop a tailored treatment plan.

Our Cancellation Policy

If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please contact Rao Plastic Surgery at least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged the full-service fee.