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TUBA Method

The transumbilical breast augmentation technique, also known as the TUBA method, is a less common incision option during this type of cosmetic surgery. During the transumbilical technique the surgeon will make an incision in the patient's belly button or navel in order to insert the implants.

One of the greatest benefits of the transumbilical incision is that there are no scars in the breast area and all other scars are hidden within the belly button area. While it may seem like an extreme surgical option, the transumbilical technique is actually the least invasive of all breast augmentation incisions. Recovery time is also not as great with the transumbilical technique as some other methods.

There are also limitations and drawbacks to the transumbilical technique. A patient who chooses this procedure must receive inflatable implants, since it is not possible to have a pre-filled implant guided through such a small incision into the breast area. If there is a complication with the results and additional surgery is required, the surgeon will not be able to re-use the transumbilical incision and will have to make a periareolar or inframammary incision. The transumbilical technique also has the greatest risk of error because the incision is so far from the actual implant destination.

During the transumbilical technique, the surgeon will make the incision in the belly button area and make a "V" shaped passage from the incision to each breast. In very rare cases, this can actually leave "V" shaped tracks on the patient's stomach area. This is a very uncommon complication of the transumbilical technique. After the passage has made from the transumbilical incision to each breast, the surgeon will use a small surgical camera called an endoscope to guide the implants into their pocket. Once the implant is in place, a small tube will be guided in to fill the implant to its predetermined volume. Lastly, the transumbilical incision will be closed.

If you would like to learn more about the transumbilical breast augmentation technique, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon in your area to learn about this procedure in greater detail. It is important to find a surgeon who is confident and experienced in the transumbilical technique, if this is your incision preference.