TUBA (Transumbilical Breast Augmentation)
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) San Antonio
Transumbilical breast augmentation, offered by our San Antonio plastic surgeon, is one of the newest and most innovative methods of breast enlargement. Available to our San Antonio breast augmentation patients, the TUBA technique is less invasive than other forms of breast enhancement, and it yields no obvious scars near the breast or armpits. Plus, the surgery typically lasts under an hour and has a much faster recovery time.
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA)
Transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA), also known as belly button breast augmentation, is offered to our San Antonio and Austin-area patients who are considering breast implants to add volume and fullness to their bustline. One of the chief advantages to this state-of-the-art procedure is that the incisions made for implant placement are very small, and the resulting scar is virtually undetectable. By placing the implants through the navel, only one incision is necessary, and it is a fraction of the length required for more invasive breast enlargement procedures. In addition, TUBA involves less risk than other breast augmentation options. Since no incisions are made on the breasts themselves, there is no possibility of damage to the breasts' nerves. Plus, the procedure is shorter than traditional breast augmentation methods, which reduces the risk of complications with anesthesia. Dr. Constance Barone conducts the procedure endoscopically, a relatively new breakthrough in plastic surgery technique.
The Endoscopic Technique
Endoscopy is a state-of-the-art surgical technique that allows Dr. Barone to see images of the inside of the body via a small camera inserted through tiny incisions. This makes it possible for our plastic surgeon to perform procedures, such as transumbilical breast augmentation, in a much quicker fashion and with less scarring. By using the endoscopic technique, the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising can be significantly reduced, and recovery times are typically much shorter than those associated with more invasive surgery. Dr. Constance Barone is one of a handful of physicians across the country who have a large amount of experience and skill with endoscopic procedures.
Contact our plastic surgery center serving the San Antonio and Austin areas for more breast augmentation information or to schedule a consultation.
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Procedure
The transumbilical breast augmentation procedure begins with an initial consultation at our San Antonio practice. Dr. Constance Barone will speak candidly with you about your goals and expectations, evaluate your health, and determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure. All aspects of the procedure, including risks and alternatives, will be explained to you. At this point, you will be able to decide which type of breast implants will best meet your goals. Patients should be aware that transumbilical breast augmentation can only be performed using saline breast implants. Dr. Barone will also discuss costs and financing of the procedure, and address any other concerns you may have.
Detailed instructions on how to prepare for the TUBA procedure will be given to you before surgery. They will include guidelines on what to eat and drink before the operation, and whether to take or avoid certain medications and vitamins. Dr. Barone may also recommend you have a mammogram before the breast enlargement to ensure the health of your breasts. It is recommended that you arrange for someone to take you home after surgery, and possibly stay with you for a few days to care for you, if necessary.
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Surgery
The transumbilical breast augmentation surgery for our San Antonio-area patients can be performed as an outpatient procedure in one of our affiliated hospitals. Either a local anesthetic combined with a sedative or general anesthesia will be used during the procedure. The incision for implant placement will be made inside the navel. It will be about an inch to an inch-and-a-half long. The abdominal skin is very elastic, which will help prevent stretching of the incision. An endotube will then be placed through the incision and will come to rest under the breast mound, creating a tunnel for the insertion of the breast implants. Dr. Barone will use an endoscope to view the entire procedure from inside your body. The endoscope will also serve to create a pocket for the implants. Ultimately, the breast implants are inserted through the endotubes and inflated, and the incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures. The entire breast augmentation procedure should only take about 30-45 minutes to complete.
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Recovery
Some pain and discomfort will be felt in the chest and abdominal areas; however, this can be alleviated with medication. Patients may experience a loss of sensitivity, sharp pains, and bruising during the few weeks after surgery. Most patients feel better within three to four days after the procedure. Normal, daily activities can typically be resumed within a few days; however, patients should not participate in strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for a period of six weeks after the procedure.
Our San Antonio and Austin-area breast augmentation surgeon advises patients to continue having mammograms after the procedure. A special mammogram will need to be administered in order to see the proper angles around the implant.
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Risks
Although transumbilical breast augmentation is regarded as less risky than other types of breast surgery, any surgical procedure has the possibility of complications. These include:
Reaction to anesthesia
Numbness of the nipples or breasts
Capsular contracture – scar tissue forming around the implant, causing the area to feel hardened.
Implant leak – rupture of the implant causing deflation
Patients who are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed should discuss this with Dr. Constance Barone at the initial consultation.
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Contact Our TUBA Surgeon
Dr. Constance Barone is one of the few plastic surgeons in the nation qualified to perform endoscopic transumbilical (belly button) breast augmentation. Our San Antonio and Austin-area breast augmentation surgeon can answer your questions regarding this remarkable procedure, and invites you to contact our plastic surgery center to schedule a consultation.
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