Do You Need a Belly Button Revision after Tummy Tuck Surgery?March 11, 2015
A tummy tuck procedure effectively:
- Repairs separated abdominal muscles
- Repairs small umbilical hernias
- Removes excess fat around the midsection
- Tightens sagging skin left behind after pregnancy
- Tightens sagging skin after significant weight loss
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!