Armando J. Alfaro, Jr., M.D.

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Tucson Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Armando Alfaro is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Tucson, Arizona. While he is skilled in all aspects of plastic surgery, his practice is primarily balanced between cosmetic surgery of the face and body, and reconstructive surgery of the face and breasts.

He is a respected and experienced plastic surgeon. He is also totally patient-centered, often spending an hour during the initial consultation and then meeting with the patient one or two times before their surgery.

The First Step: Being informed About Your Options

The goal at our practice is to ensure that patients feel confident in their decision to have plastic surgery. Dr. Alfaro and our caring staff ensure that all questions and concerns are addressed during the consultation.

"People are so much more informed these days - but there is also a lot of misinformation out there," Dr. Alfaro says. Magazines, the Internet, and conversations with friends are certainly helpful to get a general overview of plastic surgery options. But, it's the conversation with Dr. Alfaro that will clarify all the risks and benefits of any procedure.

Our Commitment to Excellence

"I'm a perfectionist, I admit it." Dr. Alfaro says. Through the consultation, preparation, surgery and aftercare, he is committed to excellence in plastic surgery. Each procedure is a process, and every step is important to assure that patients feel comfortable and their needs are met.

For all patients, the decision to make a positive change through plastic surgery is a major step in their lives. Therefore, it must be treated with great sensitivity.

Dr. Alfaro wants every patient to look like the best version of themselves. Achieving this goal requires an open discussion about the patient's goals. The doctor says he is always honest with patients because he wants to meet their expectations. Sometimes they want a procedure that isn't consistent with their anatomy, or he does not feel the procedure is appropriate. In those cases, Dr. Alfaro explains his concerns and often recommends options that are more suitable.

Achieving Results That Look Natural

One of Dr. Alfaro's primary goals is to achieve results that look natural. In the case of a face-lift for instance, a patient should look well-rested and much younger. Nobody should look as if they've had an operation.

When a good outcome is achieved, the impact is very satisfying - for both the patient and Dr. Alfaro. "It's so gratifying when my patients say they have more self-confidence now," he says.

A growing number of patients (about 15 percent) in our Tucson practice are men. "The challenge here is very different," the doctor says. Considerations come into play for a man's anatomy, especially on the face. On areas such as the jaw, eyes, nose and chest, great care has to be taken to maintain a masculine appearance.

Catering to the Spanish Speaking Community of Tucson

20 percent of the patients visiting our Tucson practice speak Spanish. Because Dr. Alfaro is bilingual, our practice has a tremendous advantage. "It's a great asset in my practice," he says, because it improves conversation and removes the risk of miscommunication.

Credentials and Experience

Dr. Alfaro received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in 1972. Then in 1976, he received his medical degree from the University of Arizona. After a residency program in general surgery at Emory University, Dr. Alfaro entered a plastic surgery residency, as an instructor and fellow, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Alfaro also spent six months to further study facial reconstruction at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, New York. In 1985, Dr. Alfaro received board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he began his practice in Tucson. Since the beginning of his career, Dr. Alfaro has been a member of several committees and associations. He was chairman of the division of Plastic Surgery at St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Tucson Medical Center. He is also clinical professor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Alfaro is a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The leading professional organization of plastic surgery which specializes in cosmetic surgery).

Teaching Appointments

  • University of Arizona, Clinical Professor

Offices Held

  • Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Tucson Medical Center
  • Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, St. Josephs Hospital
  • Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, St. Mary's Hospital


  • 1972 B.S. Cum Laude, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
  • 1976 M.D. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona


General Surgery
Emory University Affiliated Hospitals: July 1976 to June 1977

Emory University Hospital

Grady Memorial Hospital
Crawford P. Long Hospital
Henrietta Eggleston Hospital for Children
Veteran's Administration Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia


General Surgery: July 1977 - June 1980
Emory University Affiliated Hospitals


Chief Resident: July 1980 - June 1981

Emory University Affiliated Hospitals


Instructor & Fellow in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: July 1981 - June 1983 

University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, New York

Fellowship in Head & Neck Cancer: October 1982 - March 1983

Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, New York


Board Certification

  • 1985, American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgical Education Foundation
  • American Medical Association
  • Pima County Medical Society
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Rocky Mountain Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Lipoplasty Society of North America
  • Arizona Plastic Surgical Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • St. Mary's Hospital
  • Tucson Medical Center
  • Camp Lowell Surgery Center


  • 1987-1993: Chairman Division of Plastic Surgery, St Mary's Hospital
  • 1987-1989: Chairman Division of Plastic Surgery, Tucson Medical Center
  • 1991-1995 : Chairman Division of Plastic Surgery, St. Joseph's Hospital

A Personal Note

Outside his work, Dr. Alfaro loves skiing, golf, traveling, photography and gardening. He and his wife, Jill are proud parents of four beautiful daughters ages 18-25.

For More Information...

We look forward to working with you in realizing your aesthetic goals. Our aim is to make you feel both comfortable and informed in the process of learning about your treatment options as well as undergoing and speedily recovering from cosmetic surgery.

Contact us by calling (520)323-9720 to reach the staff at our Tucson plastic surgery office. You can also use our online email form to send your questions and comments.