TUBA- A specialized breast augmentation procedure

Breast Augmentation is one of the most popular surgeries today. Stats say that more women have undergone this surgery than any other cosmetic surgery. Breast Augmentation process lets you choose desired shape and size of the implant, but when it comes to its methods, there are many of them used today. One of the newest and quickest techniques is the TUBA Technique.

TUBA stands for trans-umbilical breast augmentation. The procedure was developed in 1991 and became popular for placing breast implants that would leave no visible scar in or around the breast. These implants are placed through a hole in the belly button. It is an endoscopic procedure, where in a small camera is inserted in the body, to capture images from inside. These images help the doctors perform the surgery.

The procedure involves the insertion of the endoscope through the incision made in the belly button. The endoscope is pushed upward to create a tunnel to insert the implant into its place. After this, the surgeon makes a pocket in the area to fit the implant. A tiny roll of unfilled saline implant is pushed through the incision to the breast pocket. Once it is in its correct position, it is filled with saline. Now the implant is sealed, and the pocket is repositioned, and the incision is closed.

Procedure takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. After the surgery, the patient is suggested to rest for a week or so. Some can observe pain, swelling, and bruising. These symptoms subsidize as time passes. The doctor may also prescribe you some medicines for pain and other discomforts. Few scars can be visible under the skin for few days, but they will go with time.

Benefits and risks

  • No visible scars
  • Less painful
  • Low cost procedure


The procedure is not permanent. The implant wall will weaken and leak in few years.  The implants used are filled with sterile saline, which is similar to the body’s own fluid. The leaked saline will be reabsorbed by the body.

TUBA is a more specialized breast augmentation technique, but before this you need to consult several plastic surgeons in your area before you find the one who performs this procedure.