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Is the Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) procedure safe?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Breast implants can be placed through incisions made under the breast in the crease, around the areola, in the armpit, or through the belly button.

The incision through the belly button is ill founded. Besides adding unnecessary difficulty to the operation, this Trans-Umbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA) requires the implant to be pushed through a tunnel into the breast pocket. The necessary steel instruments could injure the implants, creating weaknesses that could lead to early rupture. Implant companies do not encourage this technique. Yet there always seem to be plastic surgeons who swear by it. They claim that complications are rare. What if furious bleeding starts in a blood vessel over a third of a meter away from the incision? It is only a matter of time until this type of disaster claims a life.
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