What Happens to Your Belly Button in a Tummy Tuck Surgery?
When it comes to abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), having a good-looking belly button is crucial. The most outstanding plastic surgeons understand the attention to detail and expertise required to achieve a natural-looking navel.
In this post, Dr. Mowlavi answers your question about what happens to the belly button during a stomach tuck.
Is it necessary to remove the belly button?
The belly button is not eliminated in most cases of a complete tummy tuck; in fact, it is not relocated at all. It remains stationary while the skin surrounding it moves.
The abdominal skin is raised, and the tummy tuck incision is performed low on the belly. To set apart the belly button from the surrounding skin, a further incision is made around it. Nonetheless, the belly button is always connected to its “stalk” in the abdominal muscles.
After the abdominal muscles have been healed, the abdominal skin is redraped more firmly over the stomach to give it a flatter shape. The belly button is threaded through the new aperture (like pushing a button through a buttonhole), and the edges are sewn together.
A slight stomach tuck only treats the lower abdomen (below the belly button). The belly button is not touched or relocated in those instances.
Creating an Attractive Belly Button
Although the stomach tuck scar is low enough to be concealed by underwear or a bikini button, the belly button is visible. Therefore it must be natural and appealing. Creating a natural-looking belly button takes years of surgical practice and a careful technique. The tummy tuck surgeon must pay close attention to the form of the skin opening and utilize precise methods to sew the belly button into its new location.
When looking for a cosmetic surgeon to conduct your stomach tuck, check at tummy tuck before and after pictures of the past patients and pay close attention to the belly buttons. Do they appear to you to be natural and appealing? If so, look for another surgeon whose aesthetic is more in line with what you want for yourself.
Dr. Mowlavi invented the Umbilicator. This gadget contributes to Dr. Mowlavi’s exceptional belly button outcomes. Dr. Mowlavi developed the umbilicator, which was published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. The umbilicator is briefly attached to the umbilical stalk, allowing the branch to be palpated and the new umbilical ring (the belly button) formed immediately over the stalk.