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Transumbilical Breast Augmentation

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation is a type of breast enhancement cosmetic surgery. This is an alternative technique employed to achieve the desired results of breast augmentation with several advantages and few disadvantages. The TUBA, or Transumbilical Breast Augmentation technique, involves inserting breast implants by way of the belly button, or umbilical region of the body.

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation is performed under a general or local anesthetic on an outpatient basis, meaning that the patient will return home shortly after the procedure is complete (usually a few hours later). Transumbilical Breast Augmentation is done by making a small incision in the inner folds of the belly button. A slender instrument is then guided under the skin from the navel area to the area behind the breast tissue. A tissue expander is then guided into the area. This expander creates a pocket of space where the saline implant will be placed. Once the size and location of the pocket is verified, the next step in a Transumbilical Breast Augmentation is to insert an empty saline implant into this pocket. The implant is then filled with a sterile saline solution to the desired size. All instruments are extracted from the body and the incision is closed up with dissolvable stitches.

After the Transumbilical Breast Augmentation procedure is complete, the plastic surgeon will wrap the patient's chest and abdomen in gauze and Ace bandages. The very next day the patient can remove the bandages and is allowed to shower. Surgeons generally discourage patients from wearing push-up type bras until the implants have had sufficient time to settle into place. Patients are advised to take it easy for the next few weeks, though most are able to resume normal activity levels within this time.

There are two possible disadvantages to the Transumbilical Breast Augmentation technique. It is rare, but possible, for there to be firmness in the abdominal passages used during the surgery. This post-operative firmness may be palpable but usually disappears with time and massaging of the area. Also, if there are any complications after the operation and further surgery is necessary, standard breast augmentation techniques must be employed.

There are several advantages to Transumbilical Breast Augmentation. The procedure itself takes only 30 to 45 minutes, thereby cutting down anesthesia time which can diminish anesthesia-associated health risks. The scarring left after the procedure is very minimal and is usually invisible. With Transumbilical Breast Augmentation there is less interruption of normal breast tissue and less risk of nerve damage in the area. There is virtually no bleeding incurred by the technique. Recovery time for this procedure is relatively short and patients are often very satisfied with the results of their Transumbilical Breast Augmentation.

If you are considering breast enhancement plastic surgery, you may wish to seek information on this procedure.