Jon Harrell, DO, FACS
Jon Harrell, DO, FACS, is an ASPS Member plastic surgeon who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® and trained specifically in plastic surgery. ASPS members operate only in accredited medical facilities, adhere to a strict code of ethics and fulfill continuing medical education requirements in plastic surgery, including training in patient safety techniques. As your medical partner, Dr. Harrell is dedicated to working with you to achieve your goals.
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Meet Dr. Jon Harrell
Dr Harrell has been practicing Plastic Surgery for over 24 years. As in most endeavors, experience is a powerful teacher and Dr Harrell has gained a vast amount of experience, particularly in the realm of Aesthetic(Cosmetic) Surgery.
It is our desire to offer our patients a world class experience as it relates to their surgical experience and results.
From the initial contact during the consultation process through to the preoperative, surgical and postoperative stages, Dr Harrell and his staff will do everything possible to ensure the most positive experience and the highest level of satisfaction.
This involves thoroughly understanding your concerns and planning the best surgical or medical approach for you - with you as a partner with the doctor - to achieve the best results possible.
Surgery is performed only in licensed or accredited surgical facilities with fully trained anesthesia providers to ensure the highest level of safety.
We invite you to visit our website or contact our office for further information and allow us to provide you with excellent care.
The Consultation Process is absolutely critical to helping ensure a high level of satisfaction with the surgery and indeed, the entire pre and post operative experience.
Dr Harrell will take the time to hear your concerns, perform a thorough Medical History and perform a pertinent Examination. He has a relaxed 'bedside manner' which aids in diffusing any normal anxiety a patient may be experiencing.
Dr Harrell feels it is essential to understand the your concerns thoroughly and to be able to communicate the findings and the proposed treatments clearly, in language you can understand. An educated patient is an empowered patient and a partner, along with the surgeon, in obtaining the best results possible.
All questions will be answered completely during the consultation and representative photographs of patients who have had a similar procedure will be presented as well.
After the consultation with Dr Harrell one of Doctor Harrell's patient consultants will discuss the procedure further and work with the you to answer any remaining questions.
The goal of everyone you see during the consultation is listen to your concerns and educate you to the best of their ability.
Breast Implant Removal
Buttock Lift with Augmentation
Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lip Augmentation / Enhancement
Male Breast Reduction
Male Chest Implants
Skin Cancer Removal
Spider Vein Treatment
Ask a Surgeon
Dr. Jon Harrell participates in the ASPS Ask A Surgeon service. View responses to public questions below.
Capsule contractureBreast Augmentation
I've not found that capsular contracture is a reimbursable expense following augmentation mammaplasty. It is not an uncommon occurrence following surgery and may occur in one or both breasts. It can be due to implant contamination with bacteria or excessive bleeding after surgery. Most surgeons will allow the process to stabilize before re-operating. Release and/or removal of the scar with new implant placement will correct the majority of patients. It is frustrating for patients with significant degrees of contraction but it is an improvable situation. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Aspen Technique as alternative to surgeryBreast Implant Revision
When Aspen first came on the scene I sent several patients to them. At that time the treatments were relatively expensive, requiring multiple visits to their clinic. Patients reported a significant amount of discomfort with the procedure which consisted of vigorous massage of the implant and ultrasound. Aspen has also marketed to surgeons to purchase their equipment and perform the treatments in their own offices. It may be possible to call them and find someone in your area who is using this modality. Nonetheless, in my experience the results are not predictable and work on the softer, less aggressive capsules. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
The earliest age that would be appropriate would be in the 17-18 year old range. There may be exceptions to this based on the patient's development and their emotional maturity as well as the family support that is available. Beyond that it can be performed at virtually any age. Some impacting factors include childbearing, breast feeding, etc. However there is no one appropriate age. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Lose skin vs excessive fatTummy Tuck
With that much weight loss, loose skin is likely to be the main problem although you may still have areas with disproportionate amounts of fat. A skin excision procedure, possibly combined with liposuction would most likely be indicated. If you have limited resources where you live, consider a virtual consultation with a plastic surgeon to give you a more accurate idea of what your options are. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Flying wingsArm Lift
You are not alone. Many other individuals share the frustration of dealing with excessive upper arm skin. The usual treatment for this is an operation called Brachioplasty. This involves a planned excision of skin to create a more balanced appearance of the arm. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
7 days post op left side has had the same swelling. Left side looks big, right side flat and okay.Breast Reduction
It is not uncommon to have some excessive bleeding in one or both breasts after surgery for gynecomastia. If the bleeding is minimal then typically it will resolve on its own without any intervention. At some point however, opening the excision to remove a larger clot of blood may be indicated. Your surgeon ultimately will be the one to provide you with the available options. It's a judgement call based on each unique situation. Best of luck Dr Harrell
Boob job on one side?Breast Reduction
yes - it is possible to operate on one breast to match the size of the preferred breast. An exam will allow your surgeon to determine the best approach. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
One bigger nostrilRhinoplasty
Most likely insurance will not cover this although your surgeon could try and ask for pre-approval. In theory this could be improved with surgery, but the scope of the surgery would depend on whether the tip or lip were also involved to some degree. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Breast Fat Transfer Health RisksBreast Augmentation
Fat transfer to the breasts comes with its own peculiar risks and complications compared to augmentation with implants. However, both approaches can affect the results of mammography although current techniques of mammography allow radiologists to distinguish between benign(surgical) and cancerous calcification in most cases. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Fat Transfer + Breast LiftBreast Lift
Fat transfer is an accepted technique to enlarge breasts although it is less predictable then augmentation with an implant. Fat can be harvested from multiple areas as needed and the procedure can be repeated as desired, providing there is adequate fat for transfer. Your surgeon can provide you with your options and explain the pros and cons of each approach. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Would I be a candidate?Breast Reduction
Breast reduction can reduce or eliminate many of the symptoms that plague women with excessively large breasts. Frequently the operation may be covered in part by medical insurance but this can often be a time consuming and frustrating process for the patient. At any rate surgery can likely improve your situation but of course you need to see a plastic surgeon to have your options presented to you. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Is water assisted lipo better than vaser?Liposuction
In my opinion the uses of adjunct measures such as laser, ultrasound and water have limited benefits for the typical liposuction patient. The results of liposuction are 99% due to the skill of the surgeon in sculpting the fat thoroughly and artistically. Pre-treating with laser or ultrasound, in my opinion, do little to affect the final result. As for water assisted liposuction, I tried it and found it to be time consuming, cumbersome and expensive. This of course is one surgeon's opinion. However it is based upon my experience with all these modalities. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Fatty shins and calvesBody Contouring
Liposuction is an acceptable technique to reduce calf size in appropriate patients. It is associated with a higher risk of prolonged swelling and contour irregularities compared to other parts of the body. However these issues can be kept to a minimum with proper surgical technique and post operative care. Seek a practitioner with liposuction expertise. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Post traumatic nasal deformities can almost always be improved with nasal surgery. Seek a surgeon versed in nasal surgery. A consultation should be able to provide you with a detailed treatment plan to address the issues that concern you. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Thick and round noseRhinoplasty
Make sure that you have seen surgeons with experience in Rhinoplasty surgery, particularly revision surgery. Thick skin definitely can make the results more difficult to achieve but not always impossible. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Black nippleBreast Reduction
If you are not satisfied with your surgeon's explanation then make your concerns clear to him. This may have been an unavoidable complication due to the volume of breast tissue removed of perhaps any medical conditions you may have or medicines you may have been taking. However, regardless of the cause it is important for you to understand why the doctor thinks it happened and what will be necessary to obtain a final satisfactory result. It will require patience on your part but usually this problem can be resolved to a patient's satisfaction, although it will take some time. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
I have not been a big fan of the adjunct modalities used with liposuction such as ultrasound, laser, etc. It is the effort and artistry put forth by the surgeon that makes the difference. In secondary liposuction I have come across patients with previously very conservative liposuction and it was quite easy to suction fat and leave smooth results. On the other hand I have had patients that were so densely scarred that little could be done to help them. Most patients are somewhere in the middle - meaning they can be improved with low risk of worsening contour irregularities. However all patients need to know that secondary procedures do carry more risk as to disappointment with results. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Is it normal to do a tummy tuck and a bbl at the same time ?Tummy Tuck
The decision making process in a patient such as you can be a little complicated. Providing you are a true Tummy Tuck candidate, the next question is how much excess fat you have and then what bothers you the most. A large volume liposuction would be best separated from the tummy tuck in my opinion, especially if you're contemplating a BBL. On the other hand, a patient who is primarily bothered by the loose abdominal skin and has only modest amounts of excess fat AND in whom the BBL is not that important an issue could have all procedures done at the same time, albeit in a hospital environment with an overnight stay. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
What are my options?Liposuction
Options include 'non-invasive' techniques such as cryotherapy which offer the benefit of no scars and liposuction which would leave you with one or two small incisions which would be hidden below a bikini line. I prefer the liposuction technique because it is immediate and very predictable in experienced hands. There is also another possibility and that is that your lower abdominal muscles/fascia are relatively lax. Only a modified tummy tuck would correct things in that scenario. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
If you had a periareolar Mastopexy the surgeon may have placed a permanent suture to prevent the areola from stretching. Going back through the scar may damage that suture and lead to progressive stretching of the areolae. Assuming the areolae are large enough to allow placement of the implant that incision could be used again and the surgeon could try to avoid damaging the suture. However, if the suture were inadvertently cut it could require repair at the time of surgery. Best of Luck Dr Harrell