Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) refers to the approach and the incision site when a breast augmentation is performed. There are four different types of incisions a doctor can make when performing breast augmentation using an implant. Incisions must be made in an inconspicuous place to prevent scarring and visibility. After all, what’s the point of a breast augmentation, if the breast is scarred following surgery!
In a periareolar approach, the incision is made around the areola (the darker circle surrounding the nipple). An inframammary incision is when a cut is made beneath the breast in its naturally occurring crease. A trans-axillary incision is made in the armpit. Another type of approach is the TUBA method. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients should speak to their doctors about what approach and incision will be most appropriate given their goals and desired outcomes.
Dr. Leonard Grossman, a skilled plastic surgeon in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York, particularly favors the TUBA method for a variety of reasons. Dr. Grossman explains that the TUBA method is preferable in most cases because it avoids incisions made on the breast or armpit. The incision is made in the bottom of the belly button, a location where the incision is not likely to be noticed.
Dr. Grossman also explains that breast augmentation surgery is performed more quickly using the TUBA method, requiring much less anesthesia. It can take as little as 20 to 30 minutes to perform in his experienced hands.
Finally, the TUBA method results in by far fewer complications when compared to other methods.
“I have performed over 6,000 of these procedures,” explains Dr. Grossman. “I’ve never had a single infection.”
The recovery period is also much shorter, with patients returning to work, in many cases, the next day.
Women also have to choose whether to use silicone or saline implants. While many women say that silicone implants can feel more like the real breast tissue, they do come with a risk of messy leakage, according to Web MD. Silicone implants remain FDA approved and are considered safe. When deciding between silicone and saline, the best course of action is to speak to your plastic surgeon about your goals, concerns, and lifestyle. Your surgeon will be the best resource available to you to help you make the best decision.
Research cited in the journal of Endoscopic Plastic Surgery offers evidence to support that the TUBA method is safe, effective, and results in patients requiring less anesthesia time and having less risk of infection as well as fewer capsular contractures. Furthermore, patients are able to have larger-sized implants placed the first time using the TUBA method, since there is no fear of the wound breaking under tension. Of course, TUBA procedure requires a plastic surgeon, who is well trained in it and has the required equipment to properly perform the procedure.
Dr. Leonard Grossman has been performing TUBA breast augmentation longer than most doctors in the field and understands which treatments and procedures produce the best results. If you’re considering breast augmentation, the TUBA method using saline implants is an excellent choice.
The first step towards a new, more beautiful you is to have an initial consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon to discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns. Dr. Leonard Grossman, M.D. has a convenient office in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York. Contact the office today to learn more about how you can have the body you’ve always dreamed about.