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TUBA Breast Augmentation

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TUBA Breast Augmentation McAllen

Women rightfully expect new techniques that provide great results with less scarring for their breast augmentation surgery. Over the past 50 years, superior techniques and methods have continually evolved since the inception of breast augmentation surgery in the 1960’s. Today, the Transumbilical Breast Augmentation or “TUBA” has emerged on the forefront of cosmetic surgery.

What is TUBA?

TUBA is an advanced surgical approach for breast augmentation that avoids any scars on or around the breasts. The breast implants are inserted through a very small incision concealed inside the navel. Although formally called Transumbilical Breast Augmentation, most of my patients prefer to call this technique the “Belly Button Boob Job™”. This procedure takes less that two hours, offers a very quick recovery, minimal bleeding, less breast trauma than with traditional approaches, a lower risk of breast infection and leaves NO breast scars!

Is TUBA Right for Me?

During your consultation with us, you will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations. We will assess your breasts to ensure that you are a proper candidate for a Belly Button Boob Job™ and help you decide which implant size, shape and approach is best for you. We will carefully evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors, which could compromise your surgical outcome or jeopardize your health.

An assessment of the quality and quantity of your existing breast tissue will be made, in order to determine the proper choice of breast implant and technique. Detailed measurements of multiple, specific physical parameters of your breasts will also be obtained in order to define any pre-existing breast asymmetry. An ideal candidate for TUBA is a patient with minimal breast asymmetry and minimal sagging or ptosis of the breasts. Over time, Dr. Rodriguez had advanced his TUBA techniques, allowing him to offer more patients this state-of-the-art procedure. Click here for more detailed information regarding Breast Augmentation.

How is a Belly Button Boob Job™ Performed?


TUBA is typically performed in an outpatient surgery setting under light general anesthesia so that there is no pain or discomfort during the procedure. The surgery is performed through a vertical incision in the middle of the belly button. Using custom-made, slender instruments, a narrow tunnel is created under the skin through the subcutaneous layer, from the belly button to the breast. Meticulous technique is needed to create the surgical pockets for the implants under the muscles using these specially designed instruments. The implants are then rolled tightly and inserted into the newly created pockets and filled with sterile saline from an IV bag through soft plastic tubes. Once we confirm a symmetrical result, the fill tubes are removed and the navel incision is closed using buried dissolvable sutures.

You will be sent home from surgery a few hours later and most patients return to work within three days. Click here for more details of our [24-Hour Recovery after Breast Augmentation].

The Belly Button Boob Job™ can also be combined with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for a “Single Scar” Mommy Makeover procedure. We use the term “Single Scar” because we are avoiding any scars on the breast! In addition, combining the Belly Button Boob Job™ with a tummy tuck allows us to use silicone implants instead of saline! Silicone implants, which are prefilled, cannot be placed through the belly button. But when we combine a Belly Button Boob Job™ with a tummy tuck we can perform a Trans Abdominoplasty Silicone Breast Augmentation (TASBA), which combines the TUBA with advanced placement techniques to place silicone implants in the subpectoral space.

Moving Forward

If you have been considering breast augmentation, the first step is to schedule a consultation in either our Brownsville or Edinburg offices. This will allow us the opportunity to understand your concerns and expectations, assess your breasts, and help you decide which implant size, shape and approach is best for you. Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez is one of only a few surgeons nationwide who perform TUBA (Belly Button Boob Job™). As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is critical that you choose a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with high levels of training, experience, and patient satisfaction. Dr. Filiberto Rodriguez is a double-board certified cosmetic surgeon specializing in complex breast and body surgery. Take the time to meet your surgeon and review their before and after photos for the specific procedure you are considering. We encourage you to take the first step toward feeling more attractive and self-confident.

If you would like to find out if transumbilical breast augmentation is right for you, contact our offices to schedule a consultation.

Click here to view Before & After photos.

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