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Breast Enhancement Transumbilical Breast Augmentation

Birmingham, AL Transumbilical Breast Augmentation

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Transumbilical Breast Augmentation performed by Birmingham, Alabama board-certified plastic surgeons William J. Hedden, M.D. or Christopher J. Schaffer, M.D. can give you larger, fuller and more shapely breasts using the latest in endoscopic technology.

During transumbilical breast augmentation, or TUBA, breast implants are inserted through a small incision at the upper rim of the belly button and tunneled beneath the skin of the abdomen, which is more elastic than the skin around the breasts.

The result of the TUBA Breast Augmentation technique is a fuller appearance and enhanced contour with no scars on the breasts, a quicker recovery and less risk of sensation changes in the nipples and breasts.

Scarless Breast Augmentation

Transumbilical breast augmentation is performed as an outpatient procedure at Hedden Plastic Surgery's accredited Outpatient Surgery Suite. TUBA is usually performed with local anesthesia and IV sedation. Numbing medication is administered so patients can feel pressure, but no pain, in the area of surgery. Under sedation, patients remain conscious but are sedated to the point of a light sleep.

Diagram showing the incision site and endoscopic channels for transumbilical breast augmentation

TUBA Procedure — After an incision at the belly button, breast implants are tunneled to the breasts using an endoscope and filled with saline solution.

Transaxillary incision minimal scar at upper rim of navel
Transumbilical Breast Implants minimal scar

The incision is made at the top rim of the belly button, leaving only a small scar inside the navel's upper rim. Dr. Hedden or Dr. Schaffer uses an endoscope fitted with a surgical camera to create a channel from the incision to the tissues behind each breast. A tissue expander with a long fill tube is inserted through the channel, positioned over the chest muscle (subglandular) or partially under the chest muscle (subpectoral) and filled with either saline or air to expand the breast pocket. The expander is filled to approximately one-and-one-half times the volume of the permanent implant to create a pocket large enough for natural movement.

After the breast pocket is expanded, the tissue expander is deflated and removed. The empty breast implant is rolled up, inserted in the same manner as the tissue expander and filled with sterile saline solution using a syringe or fill tube. Once the implant is in place and filled, your plastic surgeon uses the endoscope to examine the implant and check for bleeding. The incision is then closed and a small bandage applied. The entire surgery usually takes from 30 to 45 minutes.

After transumbilical breast augmentation, patients are able to return to the comfort of their home after spending time under medical supervision in the recovery room. Though complications with breast augmentation are rare, they can and do occur, as with any surgery.

The biggest drawback is that the TUBA incision usually can't be reused if an implant must be revised or removed due to a complication, requiring an incision at the breast crease or around the nipple. There is also a risk of changes in sensation, though this risk is less than with other breast augmentation methods.

To help prevent complications and promote natural results, use these Breast Implant Mobility Exercises starting 3 to 4 weeks after breast augmentation surgery

Please contact our plastic surgeons in Birmingham, Alabama today if you are interested in learning more about Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA).