Dr. David Mashhadian offers TUBA breast augmentation for women who want all the benefits of breast augmentation with no scars. Transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA) uses only one small hidden incision to prepare your breasts and put in your implants. It offers less tissue disruption and a faster recovery, making it an increasingly preferred option.
What is TUBA Breast Augmentation?
Transumbilical breast augmentation uses an incision hidden inside your navel to access your breasts and place saline implants. This procedure causes less tissue trauma and less risk of nerve damage than a traditional breast augmentation without sacrificing the quality of your results. The TUBA option makes this procedure available entirely scar-free for women who avoided breast augmentation to avoid scars.
How Does TUBA Breast Augmentation Work?
To begin the procedure, Dr. Mashhadian will make a small incision inside the navel. It will heal into a tiny, almost invisible scar. He will create a tunnel from the incision toward the breasts using a thin, sharp instrument called an obturator. This instrument lets him create a narrow space that stays above the connective tissue of the abdomen, so it never risks damage to essential structures.
Before continuing, Dr. Mashhadian will examine the tunnel, and inside the breast with an endoscope, a small camera inserted through a tube. He will insert flattened tissue expanders into the breasts and fill them with sterile saline. This allows him to sculpt the breast pocket to hold the final implants. It also allows him to measure the best volume of saline to use in the final implants. These are also inserted while empty and then filled with sterile saline to the correct volume.
How Much Does TUBA Breast Augmentation Cost?
Surgical costs vary based on your location and your provider. An experienced surgeon with a record of excellence will not always be your cheapest choice, but your breasts matter too much for a discount procedure. Dr. Mashhadian will be happy to meet with you and provide an accurate estimate of how much your procedure will cost. Traditional breast augmentation surgery ranges from $6000 to $12,000, but the price provided may not include fees such as anesthesia, surgical supplies, and medications.
What are the Benefits of TUBA Breast Augmentation?
The lack of a visible scar helps make TUBA breast augmentation the procedure of choice for many women. The procedure offers several other benefits that you should consider when discussing breast augmentation options.
- Minimal disruption of breast tissue
- Faster, easier recovery
- Lower risk of infection
- Less risk of nerve damage
- No risk to the ability to breastfeed
Traditional breast augmentation procedures can disrupt nerves and muscles on their way to inserting breast implants. Because TUBA breast augmentation uses the smallest possible tools and implant inserts, it allows Dr. Mashhadian to minimize disruption of your healthy breast tissue.
Am I a Good Candidate for TUBA Breast Augmentation?
If you are in good overall health and want larger, more symmetrical breasts, TUBA breast augmentation may be a good choice for you. The TUBA procedure can only use saline implants because they can be inserted empty, so people who want silicone implants will need a different approach.
What is Recovery Like From TUBA Breast Augmentation?
After your surgery, you will have your chest and abdomen wrapped in a pressure bandage. Dr. Mashhadian will remove this during your follow-up appointment. He recommends that you limit yourself to light activity for a few weeks, although you will probably feel well enough to go back to work during that time.
Dr. Masshadian uses a proprietary healing technique called RECOVERY EXL to improve your recovery time and limit discomfort. He developed this combination of pre-surgical medications and specialized incisions that help you feel minor discomfort after surgery and enjoy a faster recovery.
What Results Will I See From TUBA Breast Augmentation?
You will see larger breasts as soon as your pressure bandages are removed. It will take several months for your breasts to heal and settle into their new position fully, so your results will continue to evolve for up to a year. With TUBA breast augmentation and RECOVERY EXL techniques, you can return to regular activities as soon as possible.
How Long Does a TUBA Breast Augmentation Last?
Breast implants, silicone or saline, typically last ten to fifteen years, although some people keep theirs for a long time with no issues. You may choose to have your implants removed sooner than this because you want a different size or different type of implant. Some women develop scar tissue around the implant, known as a capsular contracture that can require an implant replacement. The TUBA procedure allows for removing and replacing your saline implants without creating any new scars.