Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA), often referred to as Belly Button Breast Augmentation, is an innovative plastic surgery procedure that has revolutionized the way in which patients can enlarge their breast size. As the name suggests, the procedure involves introducing saline (non-pre-filled) breast implants via the navel, instead of the traditional forms of augmentation, during which an incision is created on the chest area or the arm pit.

Only one tiny (1.5 cm) incision in the depth of the navel area is needed when using this technique, making it far less invasive than other augmentation procedures, which require individual incisions on the breasts for each implant to be placed. As a result, patients who undergo TUBA surgery never have to worry about post-surgical scars on their breasts. Other advantages to transumbilical breast augmentation surgery include the fact that the procedure itself can be performed much faster than other surgical methods (in most cases 20 to 30 minutes). Recovery time for patients is also significantly reduced, and there are 10 times fewer complications both during and after the procedure when compared to the traditional techniques.

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Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Lift | Dr. Leonard Grossman M.D. | NY
Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Lift | Dr. Leonard Grossman M.D. | NY
Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Lift | Dr. Leonard Grossman M.D. | NY

What Kind of Procedures Can Be Accomplished with TUBA Surgery?

One of the many reasons patients opt for TUBA surgery over traditional procedures is the fact that this technique offers a superior level of versatility. Patients can choose between small, moderate or major enhancement, and can also decide to have their implants placed over the muscle (subglandular) or under the muscle (subpectoral or submuscular). The options are virtually limitless.

In addition to increasing breast size, patients can also undergo several other treatments with the TUBA method, including corrective and reconstructive procedures as well as a breast lift. Below are some of the many procedures that can be performed using the trans-umbilical technique:

Minor or substantial cup size increase

Whether you desire to enhance your breasts by one cup size, three or more, TUBA Breast Augmentation can accommodate your needs. Unlike in the traditional techniques, there are no restrictions as far as how small or large the size of the implants can be.

Implant modification

After having breast enlargement surgery, some patients later decide that they would prefer to reduce or increase their cup size. If you are dissatisfied with the size of your saline implants, you can choose to increase or decrease that size via TUBA surgery.

Implant exchange

In most cases, implants can be easily exchanged with the TUBA method, even in cases where patients have previously undergone traditional surgery for saline breast implants. This eliminates the need for additional incisions and painful recovery.

Breast lift

Many patients who desire a breast lift, in addition to augmentation, can do so via TUBA. As long as the lift desired is small to moderate. Since Belly Button Breast Augmentation requires only one navel incision, patients can conveniently lift and enlarge their breasts in a single procedure and will not have to worry about additional, visible scars on the breasts.

Is TUBA Breast Augmentation Right for Me?

Considering Transumbilical Breast Augmentation? Not sure what to do? If you are trying to determine whether TUBA is the right procedure for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are you in good physical and mental health?
  2. Do you wish to return to your normal work and activity routine as quickly as possible?
  3. Are you interested in increasing the size of your breasts, but worry about the possibility of visible scarring in the chest area?
  4. Are you concerned about how natural your breasts will look after augmentation surgery?
  5. Is this your first time undergoing breast implant surgery?
  6. Have you considered replacing previous saline implants?
  7. Would you like to spend the minimum amount of time in surgery and recovery?
  8. Do you want to have the softest breasts possible?
  9. Do you want the most natural look?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, then TUBA may be the ideal choice for you.

Though many plastic surgeons may try to dissuade prospective patients from having the TUBA procedure, it’s only because they have no experience in this procedure or simply do not wish to spend the money on expensive endoscopic equipment. In reality, anyone with a desire to increase, reduce, or enhance their breasts can undergo TUBA safely. That being said, the technique requires exceptional accuracy and should not be performed by doctors who do not have sufficient experience with Belly Button Breast Augmentation.

One of the biggest regrets breast implant patients have is the fact that they did not fully research the doctor or facility where their original surgery was performed, and so, ended up with a botched procedure, spending twice as much in corrective surgery costs, or worse, suffered complications with their health during or after surgery.

If you have any questions regarding breast augmentation surgery, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Leonard Grossman who is one of the most experienced Plastic Surgeons in the world in Trans-umbilical Breast Augmentation Surgery.

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