What is Transumbilical Breast Augmentation

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation, commonly referred to as T.U.B.A., scarless or belly button breast augmentation, is a surgical procedure designed to increase the breast size by implanting breast implants through the umbilicus, navel or belly button.  This surgery has proven itself to be a faster, more accurate and less invasive procedure–creating a larger breast without visible scars on the breasts or in the armpit.  This surgery has created a lot of controversy in the past by those who do not understand the concept and don’t know how to perform it.  Surgeons who have not been trained in this technique often scoff at its safety and efficacy even though there are by far fewer complications and less physical stress to the patient with this particular method.

Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation is very effective at delivering the desired results to the patient usually with less downtime and unnecessary post-operative care as comparable with traditional breast augmentation techniques.  This endoscopic technique also has its advantages when breast size is substantially increased.  Reason being, there is no tension on the incision line which can cause opening of the wounds which may lead to infection and unsightly stretched scars as in the traditional breast augmentation.  Many patients needing a breast lift and augmentation can also benefit from this procedure. However, patients needing a great deal of mastopexy (breast lift) who are opting for such can usually have their breast implants placed through their mastopexy incisions.  If you desire larger breasts, need breast reconstruction, do not want or need a small or a moderate lift and are in good physical condition (no active diseases, disorders or mental instabilities) with good skin elasticity–T.U.B.A. may be definitely the procedure for you.

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Before After

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Leonard Grossman, one of world’s most respected and renowned plastic surgeons, is ready to talk with you and answer all of your questions.


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