Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) San Antonio
Transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA), offered by our San Antonio plastic surgeon, is one of the newest and most innovative methods of breast enlargement. Dr. Barone is the leading expert in San Antonio and has over 8 years experience with this technique and performed over 1,000 TUBA procedures. The TUBA technique is less invasive than other forms of breast implant placement, 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.
The TUBA Procedure
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 there is only one small (1.5 cm) incision made for implant placement hidden within the belly button 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 less of a 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. Typically, this procedure takes less than 30 minutes.
It possible for our plastic surgeon to perform transumbilical breast augmentation, in a much quicker fashion and with less scarring. These implants can be placed above or below the pectoralis muscle using the TUBA technique. By using the umbilical approach, 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 the TUBA procedure.
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:
- Capsular contracture – scar tissue forming around the implant, causing the area to feel hardened.
- Implant leak – rupture of the implant causing deflation
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Numbness of the nipples or breasts
Patients who are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed should discuss this with Dr. Constance Barone at the initial consultation.
Contact Our TUBA Surgeon
Dr. Constance Barone is one of the few plastic surgeons in the nation qualified to perform 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.
“Rating our experience with a perfect score is not enough. The care and attention we received from Dr. Barone and her team was as close to perfection as one can ask for.” Jacqueline W.