Patient Info

If there are questions that you feel are not answered to your satisfaction on this website, please call our office or email us. The best way to have all of your questions answered is to schedule a consultation and meet Dr. Dryden. He will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.


Monday : 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday : 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday : 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday : 9 AM to noon By Appointment

Saturday : By Appointment

Please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice for any appointment changes. This will enable us to better accommodate another patient.


Failure to cancel appointments within 24 hours, or “no shows,” may result in a minimum charge ranging from $25.00 up to the full fee of the procedure.


Prescription refills are handled during office hours when we have full access to your medical records. Refills are not routinely filled on holidays, weekends or if you have not been seen for more than six months.


We participate in many insurance plans for functional surgery and finance programs for cosmetic surgery. Please be certain to provide our office with completed and signed insurance forms, billing information (insurance card) and all required referral and authorization forms prior to or at the time of each visit.

For our patients for cosmetic surgery and for those who are having functional surgery who do not carry medical insurance, we do ask for full payment at the time services are rendered by cash, check or credit card. All elective cosmetic procedures must be paid for in advance and are not covered by insurance.

Payments accepted: cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and financing.


What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. In general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function, but may also be completed to approximate a normal appearance.

Reconstructive surgery is typically covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.

What is the recovery from cosmetic surgery like?

Each patient tolerates pain after surgery in different ways. Your surgeon will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to help minimize any discomfort. In general, most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post-operatively. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation can cause discomfort equal to a C-section.

How do I know what size breast implant is right for me?

The decision is based on a number of factors, including the patient’s desires, reasons for the surgery and overall health.

For example, are you doing it because you feel your breasts are too small relative to your body contour or are you unhappy with the size and firmness of your breasts following pregnancy, breastfeeding or major weight loss? Unevenness between the breasts can also be a motivating factor. Your surgeon can help you make the right decision during your pre-surgical appointment(s).

Does a person’s voice change after rhinoplasty (nose surgery)?

A few patients notice small change in their voice after rhinoplasty but this is uncommon. Professionals who rely on their voice, such as singers, should share any concerns with their surgeon, however, because the nose does play a role in how we sound.


What type of mini face lift can be done to raise cheekbones? What is the recovery time?

The available options can only be discussed after having an evaluation with a plastic surgeon. In general, recovery time from a mini face lift is approximately two weeks.


How is a patient’s physical condition evaluated prior to plastic surgery?

A complete pretesting series of appointments is done prior to any surgery.


Are financing options available?

As a rule, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective surgery” and is not covered by most insurance plans. If the service is not covered by insurance, Cleveland Clinic may provide some financing options. Please call (520) 722-0909 and ask to speak to one of our financial representatives who can explain payment options, including CareCredit financing.


Looking For More Cosmetic Surgery Information?

Call or visit our Arizona Centre Plastic Surgery office in Tucson


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