So you want to get a TUBA. Either you’re a 15-year-old looking to work your way up among the low brass in your high school’s marching band (admirable, for sure), or you want to have a breast implant put in your belly button. It’s a little weird, isn’t it? Time to weigh the breast augmentation incision pros and cons.
TUBA Makes Sense in Marching Band
You expect a tuba in the band. But TUBA, or transumbilical breast augmentation, is a little less common and a little less impactful in the lower register of a New Orleans brass ensemble. In this type of augmentation, an incision is made in the belly button, and an unfilled breast implant is threaded through a channel up to your breast area, and then filled up.
You’re Stuck with Saline
Because the implant needs to go in unfilled, TUBA pretty much means you’re stuck with saline. Saline implants can often have a tendency to ripple or wrinkle under the skin, which is why a lot of women opt for silicone implants that have a more natural feel. Unfortunately, these don’t fit in your belly button.
The buzz around the TUBA procedure is that it’s designed to minimize visible scarring. Which is great! But there’s more than one way to achieve minimal scarring, and they don’t all involve belly buttons. (Seriously, though, it’s freaky, right?) Periareolar incisions right around the areola can help camouflage your augmentation scar without, again, the whole belly button thing.
When you’re weighing the pros and cons of breast augmentation incisions, you don’t have to follow the TUBA trend. Consider your options. Consider not having an implant pushed through your belly button. Consider how great a good tuba solo can be.