Yes, it is possible to get a scarless breast augmentation—with saline or silicone implants

Young woman in bikini after scarless breast augmentation with TUSBA technique

You may have heard that if you want transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA) using a “belly button” incision that leaves zero breast augmentation scars, you’ll have to get saline-filled implants. For several decades, only unfilled saline breast implants were placed through a small incision in the navel, with the saline filling added through a tube after the implant shell was situated in the breast pocket—until now.

With over 20 years of experience with TUBA using saline implants, Dr. Jacob Haiavy collaborated with colleague Dr. Gabriel H. Patino to develop a technique that allows pre-filled silicone gel-filled breast implants to be placed through a belly button incision. This innovative Inland Empire breast augmentation procedure is called “TUSBA,” or “Transumbilical Silicone Breast Augmentation.” 

TUSBA is cosmetic surgery history in the making

Silicone implants offer a natural look and feel that is preferred by most patients. But they have traditionally been placed through incisions on the breasts or in the underarm, since they are pre-filled and therefore seem to require a larger incision. The “scarless” transumbilical approach appeals to many patients, which left many having to choose between a concealed incision option or the natural feel of silicone implants.

After 20 years offering belly button breast augmentation, Dr. Haiavy has developed TUSBA: Transumbilical Silicone Breast Augmentation.

The option to have a transumbilical incision and silicone gel-filled implants is a significant and exciting milestone in the history of breast augmentation. Dr. Haiavy is one of three surgeons to ever place silicone implants through an incision in the navel, which can offer patients the best of both worlds—silicone and belly button incisions for ideal breast augmentation results

Transumbilical incisions help to make recovery more comfortable

A TUBA incision is not only small enough to be fully concealed within the belly button, this technique can also facilitate an easier recovery compared with traditional augmentation methods. Similar to other breast augmentation techniques, patients will experience some soreness in the breasts but minimal discomfort in the abdomen.

Transumbilical silicone breast augmentation (TUSBA) surgery is performed along the body’s natural planes

Like TUBA, TUSBA creates a tunnel from an incision discreetly placed in the belly button to the breast. A pocket is created under the chest muscle through this tunnel, the breast pocket is carefully expanded, and then the area is checked using an endoscopic camera. 

After the work is carefully inspected, silicone gel implants are inserted using the Keller Funnel® No-Touch™ technique—the implant is transferred directly from its sterile packaging using a hydrated plastic funnel. This technique requires zero direct handling by the surgeon, thereby reducing the risk of infection and encouraging a smoother breast augmentation recovery.

Most breast augmentation outcomes are possible with TUSBA

To achieve safe, remarkably natural breast augmentation results, Dr. Haiavy limits TUSBA patients to a maximum breast implant volume of about 400cc, or an increase of roughly two cup sizes. Still, most patients will find that 400cc or less is a substantial enough increase to reach their desired outcome with TUSBA.

You may be a good candidate for TUSBA if you want the natural look and feel of silicone implants without visible scarring, or if you are looking to replace lost volume in the breasts after pregnancy or weight loss. You should also be a non-smoker in good health before having any surgical cosmetic procedure.

TUSBA breast augmentation consultation at Inland Cosmetic Surgery

Rancho Cucamonga cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jacob Haiavy has performed over 15,000 cosmetic surgery procedures and is well-known for his caring approach and superb results. To learn more about your surgery options with an expert breast augmentation surgeon, call Inland Cosmetic Surgery at (909) 987-0899 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Haiavy or contact us through our website.