Have some questions? Here are some answers to the most common questions we get.

  1. Why would I have my eyelid or orbital surgery with a specialist in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery?

    Dr. Alford and Dr. Hammons are both board-certified ophthalmologists who have completed rigorous fellowship training in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. They have both been elected as fellows in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (www.asoprs.org). What does this mean to you? No surgeons have any more intensive training in plastic surgery of the area around the eyes than our doctors. As ophthalmologists, they are completely prepared to handle any situation that might arise in working around the eyes. In short, they are a perfect fit when looking for the right surgeons to take care of the areas around your precious eyes.

  2. Where did your doctors do their training?

    Dr. Alford received residency training at the prestigious University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Dr. Hammons received his at the equally-respected Duke University Eye Center. Each institution ranks among the top ten in the US New and World Report hospital rankings year-in and year-out for ophthalmology. Dr. Alford continued his fellowship training at the University of Iowa and Dr. Hammons moved to the University of Indiana. If you ask anyone familiar with Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery about the quality of these two training institutions, you will find that they are considered to be at the pinnacle of the field when it comes to training these specialized surgeons.

  3. Will insurance cover my surgery?

    Many procedures are considered medically necessary and are therefore covered by insurance. Our doctors and excellent staff will help you to know if this is the case. In general, if the patient’s complaints entail vision being impaired by eyelids or ocular function being otherwise affected, there is a good chance the surgery will be covered by insurance. Our doctors are on most major insurance plans. Surgery that is performed strictly for the purpose of improving appearance is never covered by insurance. The fees for such surgery vary and we would be happy to perform an evaluation and let you know what it would cost to make your eyes look years younger.

  4. Where would my surgery take place? What can I expect the day of surgery?

    Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Some are performed in the office, while many will take place in surgery centers conveniently located around the Metroplex. You will have to have a driver on the day of surgery. It is a good idea to have someone with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.

  5. How will I look right after surgery?

    Everyone develops some bruising and swelling after surgery. Applying cold compresses after surgery will help with this a great deal. Bruising disappears over the first 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Some puffiness will persist for another few weeks after that.

  6. Are there restrictions on activity after surgery?

    We ask that you take it easy for the first week after surgery. Issues like when one can drive, swim, and use cosmetics are addressed on an individual basis. As far as returning to work, this depends on the nature of the job. Most people can be back at work in between five and seven days.

  7. How many post-op visits are required after surgery?

    Most patients are seen back in the clinic one week after surgery. We will then often see you again two or three months later. Of course, we are there and available ANYTIME after surgery that you need us - just a phone call away.

  8. What non-surgical options do you have for making my face look younger?

    We offer Botox® for some facial wrinkles and fillers for others. We carry the Obagi® skin care line and offer in-office Obagi Blue Peels®. Ask us about these great services!


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Please refer to the website of our professional society, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, at www.asoprs.org, for answers to more questions and a number of before and after photos.

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