Dr. Gabriel H. Patino offers transumbilical, or “belly button approach,” breast augmentation procedures in Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding areas of California.
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Since 1991, the “belly button approach” to breast augmentation has been used to improve cosmetic results and reduce recovery time. Dr. Patino is one of the few surgeons who are specially trained in the technique formally known as transumbilical breast augmentation (TUBA).
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The phrase “belly button approach” describes the procedure that is used for a transumbilical breast augmentation. The endoscopic technique used for the procedure means a shorter surgery time and less bleeding during the procedure, as well as a shorter recovery and a smaller, practically invisible scar. Other benefits of the “belly button approach” are fewer complications during and after surgery and lower risk of losing sensation in your nipples. This simpler approach to surgery results in less damage to the breast tissue, an important consideration for women who may want to breastfeed in the future.
Dr. Patino will be instructing a workshop in April of 2016 using the transumbilical technique that will give you more than just the necessary take home skills. If you’re a doctor interested in attending Dr. Patino’s TUBA workshop, please follow this link to register:
How Is Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Performed?
For your transumbilical breast augmentation, a small incision is made on the inside edge of your navel. A tunnel is then created through the subcutaneous fat that rests above your abdominal muscles, and a pocket is made in your breast area for the implant. The empty implant is connected to a special filling tube and pushed through the tunnel to the pocket before being filled with sterile saline solution. The valve on the implant is designed to seal completely when the fill tube is removed. The incision is closed with only a few internal absorbent sutures, which do not need to be removed and no drains are needed.
Post-Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Recovery
Although the “belly button approach” to breast augmentation requires a significantly reduced recovery time than other techniques, you will still need to rest and follow Dr. Patino’s instructions as you heal. Dr. Patino does not use a drain or endoscope with this procedure. Our patients do not typically experience any bruising as part of their recovery because we use tumescent anesthesia. This allows for a quick recovery time where patients can even expect to shower the very next day following their surgery.
How Much Does Transumbilical Breast Augmentation Surgery Cost in Oakland?
Pricing for a transumbilical breast augmentation will depend on a number of different issues. At your initial consultation, we will review all of your pricing and financing options. For further information, view our patient financing page.
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