In the ever advancing world of science and technology, new surgical procedures are continually being developed to improve the success on the operating table. One of these more recent developments has been the creation of a procedure known as the TUBA breast augmentation. Possibly because the name sounds odd, more individuals come to us with questions about exactly what TUBA is and whether it is right for them. We will elaborate a bit here to clear up some of the basics.
The term "TUBA" is an acronym standing for Trans Umbilical Breast Augmentation. The TUBA is a procedure designed to allow a breast implant to be inserted underneath the skin through an incision in the umbilicus--more commonly known as the belly button. Creating separation between the subcutaneous dermis and the outer body cavity, the implants are literally moved from the belly button to their position under the breast. The implants are subglandular and remain under the original natural breast tissue, but over the pectoral muscle.
For breast surgery in Houston, our clinic is continually improving and expanding our provided procedures to find a technique that best suits the needs of the patient. TUBA procedures initially were designed to only offered subglandular breast augmentation (under the breast tissue), but recent innovations in technique have made breast implants under the pectoral possible.
The TUBA initially was conceived to reduce visible scarring near the breast, thus leaving minimal scarring at the site of the belly button. However, the procedure is risky and not for everyone. It is important to clear up these misconceptions while you are researching your planned cosmetic surgery to know what is possible and what might actually work. Risks include: complications in placement of the breast given the distance from the incision site, bleeding complications in the recovery process that might require drainage, subcutaneous skin damage that may leave uneven skin tone on the abdomen.
This procedure can work well for those with good breast symmetry to begin with, for those with only minimal increase in implant size, multi-stage surgeries like "Mommy Makeovers" were liposuction is done on the abdomen in addition to the implant. This procedure may not be the perfect choice for someone with uneven breast size and shape, poor breast shape in general, or those planning on a significant increase in breast size. It is quite a commitment for those who simply do not want to see a scar in the undercupping of their new breast size, but it is important to know that this procedure does offer an alternative if you are the right candidate. Remember, a procedure will never be preformed unless your cosmetic surgeon in Houston, determines that the procedure can be done to the highest standards of health and safety possible to achieve your results so a consultation is critical.