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What is TUBA?

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 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.

The Technique

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.

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TUBA 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.
  • Infection
  • 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.

Clients Words

TUBA Believer
I had my breast augmentation (tuba) with Dr. Barone. She was truthful and patient with me. I had mixed feelings about tuba after reading negative feedback on realself. Well this Women knows what she is doing and I am def going back for future procedure. I love the way my breast look now!!!
Gracie VPatient
Constance Barone
I absolutely love Dr. Constance Barone & her staff. They’re very polite from the moment you walk in till the moment you walk out. I’m happy with my tummy tuck results and can’t wait to lipo my back area. I know she’s going to do an amazing job 🙂
Ashley ZPatient
Thank You!
Just wanted to thank everyone in Dr. B’s office for the great assistance in the pre-op meeeting. Everyone, including Dr. B was very professional and made my visit very comfortable. Thank You!
Kathleen MurphyPatient

Contact Dr. Barone

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.