Dr. John Harbison is a facial plastic surgeon specializing in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the entire face and neck. His unique skill set offers a combination of leading edge surgical and minimally invasive
techniques to give each patient tailored, natural results.
Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for 2 weeks prior to surgery. Acetaminophen (Tylenol or generic equivalent) and a daily multivitamin are fine.
Avoid hair coloring, permanents, or other hair treatments for 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after surgery.
Stop taking herbal medications two weeks before surgery as these may thin your blood or interact with perioperative medications.
Refrain from smoking two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Nicotine and tobacco can delay healing and can result in scarring.
Avoid significant sun exposure for two weeks before surgery. Ideally, you should be wearing SPF 30 or higher every day.
Purchase the following non-prescription items from a drug store:
Vaseline or Aquaphor ointment
Stool softener (docusate). Constipation is common with use of pain medications and surgical recovery.
Baby shampoo. This is ideal for early hair care after surgery
Stock up on easy to prepare, easy to chew meals and snacks. It is not uncommon to have some temporary discomfort with chewing after this surgery.
Arrange to have someone to drive you home from surgery and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
The Day before Surgery
You will receive a call with the time to arrive for your procedure.
Do not have anything to eat or drink (even water) after midnight the night before your surgery.
The Day of Surgery
Do not eat or drink anything, including water, the morning of surgery. Essential medications may be taken with a sip of water
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that button or zip. Avoid slipover clothing.
Leave your valuables at home; do not wear jewelry or piercings.
Avoid all make-up, hairspray, and nail polish.
Do not wear contacts, ok to wear glasses if needed.
Bring your ID and insurance card with you.
You will have a dressing in place for approximately 24 hours. We will schedule an appointment the next day for removal.
After the dressing is removed, use a Q-tip to apply vaseline or Aquaphor ointment to your incisions.
Keep your incisions out of the shower for 48 hours, ok to gently wash your face with a washcloth. After 48 hours it is ok to wash hair gently with baby shampoo.
Keep your head elevated for the first 48 hours. A recliner is best. Sleeping with extra pillows works as well. This will minimize swelling and help avoid rolling over during sleep.
Icepacks (or ice water soaks) should may be used over the neck face, and eyes. Do this for the first 48 hours to help with swelling and bruising.
There will be areas of decreased sensation or numbness on ear and scalp. The sensation will normalize with time. Be very careful to avoid trauma/burns when using curling irons, hot rollers, blow dryers, warm packs, and ice packs.
You can resume your normal diet, but avoid foods that require tall bites (ie Big Mac) for 1 week after surgery.
No heavy lifting, bending over, or straining until cleared at follow up appointment.
It is ok to wear contacts the day after surgery, unless you had a blepharoplasty at the same time.
You may start wearing makeup 5 days after surgery, but do not apply to incisions.
Avoid hair coloring or permanents for 1 months after surgery.
If a drain was placed, you may leave it safety pinned to your short (without tension) until removed at follow up.
“My experience with Dr. Harbison was perfect. Everything from my initial appointment...when he walked me through everything to expect from my surgery. I am a high anxiety person and Dr. Harbison made me feel at ease through the entire process leading up to my septoplasty surgery. He was open to any questions we had as well as very professional.”