Belly Button Revision After Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck procedure effectively:

When properly executed, a tummy tuck should also improve the shape and contour of the belly button.  If a more natural and attractive look is desired, bellybutton revision after tummy tuck surgery may be an option.

Ideally, the tummy tuck surgeon begins with a stretched, distorted belly button that is weakened by gravity and surrounding fat and skin thus resembling a “frowny-face,” and creates a smaller, more vertically-oriented belly button that gently contours inward with hidden incisions to enhance the feminine silhouette.  If a surgeon is unable to achieve these goals, the belly button may be too large, too circular, too flat and smooth without an inward contour, or the scar may be too large or prominent. Sometimes an umbilical hernia emerges, or recurs.  Obese patients may have large, cavernous belly buttons; petite patients may not have enough central umbilical recess, and the scar may be obvious. Less fat may remove the “hood” of skin over the belly button; more fat may make it too prominent.

Some of these deformities are more easily corrected than others, but improvements are usually possible through belly button revision after tummy tuck.  Typically, a patient should wait three to six months after tummy tuck before considering revision. Many issues auto-correct during the recovery process, and some surgery can be avoided just by waiting.

If you are interested in umbilicoplasty, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Donaldson Plastic Surgery. We have been achieving beautiful results for years, and our work has garnered awards such as America’s Top Plastic Surgeons. You may schedule your personal consultation today to discuss your options with Dr. Donaldson!


Tummy Tuck Revision - Donaldson Plastic SurgerySome women desire a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) after pregnancy to help repair weakened abdominal muscles, remove fat, tighten loose skin or remove stretch marks. Both men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight may also pursue tummy tuck to address similar issues.

A tummy tuck should result in a beautiful, smooth midsection; however, this does not always occur. Whether due to surgical technique, patient anatomy and genetics, or post-operative care and behavior, sub-optimal results may require a tummy tuck revision.

Surgical revision may address concerns such as dimpled skin, poor waist contouring, extra skin or fat around the incision line, irregularly shaped belly button, high/enlarged/uneven scars. A revision can also correct bulging due to inadequate repair of the muscle wall.

If you have undergone tummy tuck without your desired results, you might consider consultation with Donaldson Plastic Surgery to discuss a surgical revision. Dr. Donaldson is highly regarded for his attention to detail and stunning results. His bedside manner and gracious staff have earned the Patient’s Choice Award for America’s Most Compassionate Doctors.

Mommy Makeover Columbus, Ohio - Donaldson Plastic SurgeryA mommy makeover can help you reclaim your body after pregnancy. Generally, this term refers to any combination of procedures that helps to address areas of the body that are affected by the process of pregnancy and childbirth. It commonly includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, labiaplasty and liposuction around the midsection or thighs.

Because there is no set number of procedures included in a mommy makeover, there is also no set recovery time. A patient who has breast augmentation and labiaplasty may recover much more quickly than a patient who undertakes tummy tuck, liposuction of the flanks and thighs and breast lifting at the same time. Each person recovers differently and recovery times vary.

Most patients recover within two to six weeks. Factors such as the number and pattern of procedures, individual anatomy, age and weight, physical fitness, pain tolerance, medical condition, post-operative behavior and healing complications will all influence the speed of recovery. Patients often  taper off prescription pain medications after a long weekend and try to return to work within a week or two. It can take several months before recovery is completely finished and normal activities resume “without thinking about it.”

The importance of choosing the right surgeon and staff cannot be underestimated when determining recovery.  Dr. Donaldson uses a gentle surgical approach and minimally-invasive methods  to minimize discomfort and maximize healing.  His compassionate staff has many years of experience taking care of patients, and they will “hold your hand” throughout the entire process. Post-operative instructions will be very clear, and an open dialogue is encouraged. Together, the surgeon, the staff and you will closely monitor your results so that you  start feeling like your best self as soon as possible.

Call Donaldson Plastic Surgery today to discuss your options for a mommy makeover. We are ready to help you start looking and feeling your best!