Breast Augmentation (TUBA), was invented in October of 1991 by
Houston, Texas surgeon Gerald W. Johnson, M.D.. This procedure has been safely performed ever since its
invention and is fast becoming the technique of choice by many
respected and well-known plastic surgeons.
performed by a trained and competent surgeon, TUBA most certainly
has its advantages over the standard incision placements in
bringing you a less invasive approach to surgical breast
enlargement surgery with a often reported faster recovery.
The main benefit is, of course, the lack of evidential scars on
the breasts or in the axillae (armpits). With this
endoscopic approach only one incision is made within the umbilicus
(navel, belly button) for the placement of one or both breast
earlier stages after the introduction of this technique, breast
implants were only placed in the sub-glandular position (referred
to most times as 'over' or 'over the muscle'). As more
experience was gained with this technique, surgeons further
realized that sub-pectoral implant placement was also possible
endoscopically. Tools were designed and utilized in
dissection of the pectoral muscle to make way for this popular
placement. Sub-pectoral implant placement allows many women
who have little or no breast tissue to have adequate tissue
coverage over the edges of the implants. Many women report
that this placement gives them a more natural, sloping
result--rather than an abrupt roundness of the upper poles of the
breast. This placement may also help hide the rippling which
may occur at the medial edge of the breast implant.
scoffed at by surgeons who are not trained in the TUBA technique,
TUBA has received more than its unfair share of criticism.
Myths abound regarding this procedure and are spread by the
surgeons who cannot offer this procedure to their patients.
Rumors of puncturing organs, uncontrolled implant placement and
implant warranties being voided are unfounded and ridiculous.
Some surgeons still believe and tell their patients that with
TUBA, breast implants can only be placed in the sub-glandular
position. Unfortunately, we live in a world where
competition slanders one another for profit. As you can see
by the collection of information and by speaking with real TUBA
patients, these rumors and untruths are just that--false.
This is not to say that any other incision is primitive, rather we
would like for all patients to be advised of their options, with
TUBA education being our goal. Our intentions are to dispel
the myths regarding this procedure so that a patient can truly
make an informed choice.
who tell you that the transumbilical procedure is dangerous,
unapproved or a gimmick with which to attract hapless patients
simply do not know how to perform the procedure, do not wish to
learn a less-scarring method for their patients or are all around
uneducated on the matter. This website was created with the
patient in mind so that you can make a truly educated and informed
about the procedure
risks & complications
(Updated on 02/23/10)
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