Pope Plastic Surgery: George Pope, MD, FACS
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Orlando, FL 32804
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Some women who’ve had breast surgery discover over time that they’re not entirely satisfied with their results. A breast revision can correct or refine a patient’s breasts after prior breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction surgery.
If you’re dissatisfied with your previous breast surgery results and want to explore your breast revision options, Orlando, FL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Pope can work with you to attain a more desirable outcome.
What Is Breast Revision Surgery?
Breast revision surgery is a specialized procedure performed to correct or improve the results of previous breast surgery. The need for breast revision can arise for various reasons, including if a patient experiences complications from previous breast surgery, such as breast implant illness (BII) or Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
BII is a group of symptoms believed to be related to breast implants and may result from autoimmune or inflammatory reactions. While the precise cause is unknown, fatigue, joint aches, rashes, and brain fog are common symptoms. BIA-ALCL, while uncommon, is a T-cell lymphoma arising around textured-surface breast implants.
Other patients may desire breast revision if their aesthetic goals weren’t met or have changed since their original procedure.
They often choose breast revision to:
- Change the size of the breasts
- Correct breast asymmetry
- Switch to a different type or style of implant
- Address implant leaks, tears, or ruptures
- Correct scarring or capsular contracture
- Address symptoms of BII or BIA-ALCL
What Happens at the Breast Revision Consultation?
Breast revision surgery requires careful planning and consideration. During your breast revision consultation with Dr. Pope, you’ll have a chance to discuss your questions, concerns, and options in detail.
A breast examination will allow Dr. Pope to determine the corrections that need to be made. He will then recommend a treatment plan to meet your needs and goals. You’ll be asked about any symptoms you’re experiencing, such as pain, numbness, or changes in sensation. Additionally, Dr. Pope will advise you on what to expect from your breast revision surgery and recovery.
How Is Breast Revision Performed?
Dr. Pope performs most breast revision procedures as outpatient surgeries in an AAAASF-certified surgical center. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers anesthesia. The surgery typically takes 2 to 4 hours.
Breast revision surgery may involve any or all of the following:
- Removing or replacing implants
- Repositioning implants
- Repairing or removing scar tissue
- Removing excess skin and fat
- Removing tissue that has become malformed due to prior surgery
Depending on the nature of the revision, the incision is usually made in the same location as the original surgery or around the areola. Dr. Pope addresses any scar tissue from the original incision, works to improve breast symmetry and shape, and may replace existing implants.
What Is Breast Revision Recovery Like?
Whether you have a simple or more complex revision, it’s important to know what to expect from your recovery.
Several factors determine how long you’ll need to recover, including your body type, age, general health, and the specifics of your procedure. Following surgery, healing continues for several weeks as swelling decreases. Most people can return to work and light daily activities within 1 to 2 weeks of surgery, but some patients require longer healing periods due to their particular circumstances or medical conditions.
Dr. Pope and his team will provide detailed and individualized post-operative instructions to guide you through the process. The goal is to make your recovery comfortable and allow you to resume your usual activities as quickly as possible.
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