Myths of TUBA ( Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation) in Beverly Hills

The following is an overview of the T.U.B.A. Procedure:

Common misconceptions about the Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation (T.U.B.A.), and incorrect information may be given to patients seeking advice. These incorrect information can be given even by some of the finest surgeons.

1. Dissection of the breast implant pocket is too difficult from such a distant location

The pocket is created by expansion technique, not actual sharp instruments. No cutting takes place for the dissection of the breast implant pocket either behind or within the breast.

2. Too many complications exist with the T.U.B.A. procedure

The T.U.B.A. procedure has a lower rate of complications than other methods.

3. The surgeon cannot control bleeding

One of the most amazing advantages of the T.U.B.A. procedure is the absence of bleeding. Rarely is there any bleeding to be controlled

4. The surgeon cannot properly perform positioning of the implants

When the expansion phase is taking place (tissue dissection by tissue expander), the breast surgeon can see the shape and position — there is no guesswork.

5. Visible track deformities on the abdomen

There are no instances of visible track deformity on the abdomen as a result of the T.U.B.A. procedure. The skin and fatty layer tissue will heal to its original state.

6. Since the implant is used as an expander, it becomes damaged

The implants are not used as expanders.  A separate expander is used to perform the tissue dissection.

7. Warranty is voided on the implants because of the T.U.B.A. procedure

This is untrue. Breast implant warranty is not effect by this surgical method.

8. The T.U.B.A. procedure is a blind technique

There are many procedures such as liposuction, and certain steps in a rhinoplasty, which are all blind techniques; these are commonly practiced and well-accepted surgical techniques. The fact that an endoscope, a special camera, is used during the T.U.B.A. procedure renders the statement “blind” untrue.

9. The risk of implant failure increases with the T.U.B.A. procedure

This is a misconception and not true.

10. Prepectoral (Sub-Glandular) placement is the only option using the T.U.B.A. procedure

The T.U.B.A. procedure can be performed for both Prepectoral (Sub-Glandular) and Postpectoral (sub-muscular) placement of breast implants.

11. Implants cannot be removed through a T.U.B.A. (umbilical) incision

Saline implants are, in fact, easily removed via an umbilical incision utilizing the endoscope.

12. Pain occurs in the abdominal muscles as a result of the disruption

The abdominal muscles are not disrupted. The procedure is performed above the abdominal muscles in the subcutaneous plane. Overall, the T.U.B.A. procedure is less painful than other procedures for breast augmentation.

13. If the patient has an umbilical hernia, the T.U.B.A. procedure cannot be performed

The T.U.B.A. procedure offers an excellent opportunity to repair an umbilical hernia, and perform the breast augmentation at the same time.

14. If a patient has a navel ring, T.U.B.A. cannot be performed

The procedure can be performed and navel ring can still be used.

15. Infection will occur as a result of going through the navel

The risk of infection is lower with the T.U.B.A. Since the incision for the T.U.B.A. is so far away from the implant, even if the wound were to become infected, the infection is not likely to reach the implant.

To learn more about T.U.B.A., please call 310-652-4500 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Mashhadian. Rodeo Surgical Art proudly serves patients from Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and surrounding California communities.


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