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Reader Question: Through The Belly Button Breast Implants?

Posted Aug 27 2009 12:00am

Reader Question:

I have seen this “Through the Belly Button” Breast Implant procedure on TV, but I find with the consultations I’ve had with plastic surgeons, no one recommends it. Why?

The “Through the Belly Button” breast implant technique (also called the TUBA or transumbilical breast augmentation) has a number of potential problems or many more plastic surgeons would offer it:

(1) It can result in the development of visible dents or depressions leading from the belly button to the base of the breast(s.) These are not universal, but when they form they are difficult to fix.

(2) Implant position control. It is hard to get as close to even with this operation as with other breast implant placement procedures.

(3) Bleeding control. Working that far away from the breast increases the possibilities of bleeding. We can’t see as well from that far away even when using special equipment.

(4) The technique works only with saline-filled implants.

Hopefully the surgeons you have seen in consultation have explained these issues to you as well.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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