Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, giving millions of satisfied patients across the country the bodies they’ve always desired. If you are amongst millions of women who are interested in achieving fuller, lifted, larger breasts, a breast augmentation can accomplish your goals.

The belly button breast augmentation is an advanced breast augmentation technique that offers no scars, reduced sensation loss, less chance of infection, and faster recovery. With belly button breast augmentation, you can achieve the results you want without the scarring and drawn out recovery time.

Dr. Salman Ashruf is a breast augmentation specialist and is happy to answer any questions you may have about the belly button breast augmentation technique. Columbia and Maryland area patients can schedule their consultation by contacting our office today.

What is a Belly Button Breast Augmentation?

The Belly Button Breast Augmentation, also known as TUBA, is an advanced surgical technique for breast augmentation. TUBA stands for transumbilical breast augmentation and refers to a surgical method where the breast implants are inserted via an incision located near the belly button. This offers a number of benefits compared to other popular breast augmentation styles such as reduced scarring and a shorter recovery time.

Benefits of a belly button breast augmentation:

  • Well-hidden incisions
  • No incision marks and scars around the nipple, breast or armpit
  • Reduced chance of nerve damage
  • Minimal risk of complication
  • Improved recovery times compared to other implant methods
  • Improved accuracy for implant placement and projection

For breast augmentation, one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery performed each year, a primary complaint is over the visibility of scars. With the TUBA method, this concern is mitigated. A belly button breast augmentation is the ideal option for those who have poor scar formation. The location of the incision around the belly button keeps any chance of visible scarring to a minimum.

Surgical marks are typically well-hidden by the natural creases and coverage in the belly button.


Ideal candidates for belly button breast augmentation are in good overall health and desire the enlargement of the size of their breasts. Women who are dissatisfied with the size or shape of their breasts and also concerned about the appearance of surgical scars are best served by the belly button breast augmentation.

You are an ideal candidate if you answer yes to one or more of the following questions:

  • Do your breast appear underdeveloped?
  • Do you feel self-conscious in a swimsuit or tighter top?
  • Are your breasts asymmetrical or vary in size where one is larger than the other?
  • Have you experienced unwanted changes in the appearance of your breasts due to breastfeeding or age?
  • Have your breasts lost volume and shape due to weight loss?
  • Do you struggle to find appropriate fitting clothes, where clothes are too large around the bust line?

If you still have questions about whether or not the belly button breast augmentation method is appropriate for your body, consult with Dr. Ashruf.

Implant Options

Dr. Ashruf only uses FDA-approved saline and silicone implants. With the belly button breast augmentation, pre-filled implants will not be used. Only saline implants, which can be filled after placement, are available for a TUBA method.

Saline implants are made from a silicone shell and are available in a variety of types, sizes, and shapes.

Implant Size

Saline implants are measured in cubic centimeters, or “cc,” rather than cup size. During your consultation, Dr. Ashruf employs the Mentor Breast Implant Sizing System, which provides patients with an accurate sizing and measurement of the implant size that will best fit their goals and body shape. There are 18 different sizers that each offer different volumes. Patients are able to try each combination to gain an accurate projection of how their results will appear.


Dr. Ashruf offers only FDA-approved Mentor, Allergan Natrelle and Sientra implants. Each type of implant is produced to world-class standards of quality and are customized to the selection of the patient.


Implants are available in teardrop or round. Round implants provide a fuller bust, creating more cleavage. Teardrop implants provide a more anatomically accurate shape and resemble the natural curvature of breasts.


The surface of a breast implant may be textured or smooth. Either shape of the implant is available as a textured, but only round implants are available with a smooth surface. Round implants may rotate in the breast pocket, which can result in a visible change in shape.


A consultation with Dr. Ashruf will be a personalized meeting to discuss your aesthetic concerns and the details of the belly button breast augmentation. Dr. Ashruf will perform a physical examination and together you will discuss which treatment options are best suited to your body.

Each breast augmentation procedure is perfectly customized to provide the optimal results for each patient. Any questions about the procedure experience are happily answered by Dr. Ashruf during your consultation.

Dr. Ashruf strongly believes in ensuring each patient is matched with the best technique possible and provided with a comfortable experience so they are 100% confident and excited about their procedure.

Dr. Salman Ashruf

Dr. Salman Ashruf a premier specialist in high-definition, minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery techniques. By providing his patients with the most advanced, proven methods that offer minimal recovery times, faster healing, and beautiful results, Dr. Ashruf has become a top-ranked TUBA practitioner.

Belly Button Breast Augmentation Procedure

A belly button breast augmentation procedure is performed under general anesthesia.

Once the patient is comfortably asleep, a small incision is made around the navel. The incision is made along the inner folds of the navel to ensure all surgical marks are well-hidden.

Then a thin, blunt instrument creates a pathway through the fat layer towards the pectoral area behind the breast tissue. The blunt design of the instrument ensures no damage to delicate surrounding tissues. The second instrument with a larger blunt tip is inserted to create a space in the breast pocket, preparing the area for implant placement. A tissue expander is then guided through the tunnel and placed in the pocket to create a larger pocket that is appropriately sized for the desired implant.

The entire procedure may be complete within two hours.

An empty saline implant shell is inserted and placed in the breast pocket. Saline, a saltwater solution, will fill the implant until it is the desired size. At this time, Dr. Ashruf will inspect the implant’s orientation and placement to ensure a good fit. Each step is repeated for each individual breast pocket. Finally, the belly button incision is sutured shut with dissolvable sutures.

Recovery and Results

On the day of your procedure, a friend or loved one will need to drive you home and assist you around the house. Bruising, tenderness, and soreness around the chest and abdomen are common.

The initial expected recovery time is about one week. During the initial recovery period, your chest and abdomen will be wrapped with a compression garment to settle the implants and protect the body’s new contours. Patients are encouraged to rest as much as possible in the first 48 hours and will not be able to shower in the first 24.

We encourage patients to take it easy and avoid straining, reaching, or heaving lifting during the first week of their recovery. Sleep in an elevated position with your head raised above your heart.

Pain and discomfort are closely monitored and managed by Dr. Ashruf who can prescribe pain medication.

The results of treatment will be partially obvious as soon as the treatment is complete, but the final results will become clear as swelling subsides and the compression garments allow the implants to settle in. Belly button breast augmentation delivers beautiful, long-term results with no visible scarring.

Our patients come away thrilled with their new bodies and are overwhelmingly satisfied with the quality of their surgical experience.

Complementing Procedures

The belly button breast augmentation, or TUBA breast augmentation, is so safe and effective that it is easily combined with complementary procedures. For women who wish to reclaim their pre-pregnancy appearance, there is the mommy makeover. The mommy makeover is a tailored combination that can involve treatments such as liposuction to address areas of the body that have been impacted by pregnancy.

Mommy makeovers can achieve beautiful, restorative results in conjunction with a belly button breast augmentation.


Each breast augmentation procedure is tailored to the goals and desires of each patient. Depending on the technique used or whether or not a complementary procedure is included, the price of a belly button breast augmentation will vary between patients. Your personalized quote will be presented at the end of your consultation.