Transumbilical Breast Augmentation

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA)Overview

Traditionally, breast augmentation procedures are performed by making incisions at the crease of the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit to insert implants. Transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA), however, is a technique for placing breast implants without leaving scars on or around the breasts.

During transumbilical breast augmentation, a short J or C-shaped incision is made in a patient’s belly button. Empty saline breast implants are placed using endoscopy. When the breast implants are placed in the right position, they are then filled with saline to match the correct size. The TUBA method does not affect the milk ducts in the nipple, and the scars are hidden in the folds of the belly button.

When you use, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Transumbilical Breast Augmentation plastic surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. Our qualified patient coordinators at are prepared to help you find plastic surgeons in your area, who specialize in Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA), or we can provide a background check on any plastic surgeon.

Having Realistic Expectations about Transumbilical Breast Augmentation

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) will result in larger breasts. Breast enlargement may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Plastic Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective plastic surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the plastic surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a plastic surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) involves different techniques. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their treatments by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA):

  • Is the TUBA method the right procedure for me?
  • Will the implants be sub-muscular with the TUBA method?
  • Will Transumbilical Breast Augmentation work with my body?
  • Are saline implants the right option for me?
  • How long will recovery take?

If you’re consulting with a plastic surgeon from, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Transumbilical Breast Augmentation plastic surgeon. If you already have a plastic surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your experience will be based on how you feel about your plastic surgeon, the treatment, your recovery and your result.

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Recovery

Transumbilical breast augmentation is less invasive than breast augmentation. Therefore, the procedure is associated with a shorter recovery period and less discomfort after the operation.

As with any other breast augmentation procedures, pain and discomfort from stretching skin and muscles will occur. Full recovery is gradual and may take up to six weeks.

Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Risks

Any procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications and infection. Make sure your plastic surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your plastic surgeon about the following risks:

  • Will I have nipple sensitivity?
  • What are the chances of my implants rupturing?
  • What are the chances of immune system disorders caused by the implants?

It is important to remember that no plastic surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Transumbilical Breast Augmentation nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Transumbilical Breast Augmentation

Although some women may never need replacements, TUBA is not always permanent and implants may need replacing after 10 or 15 years. Taking good care of yourself and staying healthy will help preserve your results.

Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

At, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right plastic surgeon, therefore all of our Transumbilical Breast Augmentation plastic surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. We can help you find plastic surgeons in your area, who specialize in Transumbilical Breast Augmentation, or we can provide a background check on any plastic surgeon.