Belly Button Necrosis? (photo)

Hello, I am concerned about the appearance of my belly button. There are some sections around the incision that are dark and scabby looking, and another that is red and blister like in appearance. Could this be necrosis? I am 13 days post op, 29 yr old female, i have another appt in a few days but I am freaking out meanwhile.

Doctor Answers (7)

Belly button problems after a tummy tuck


It's very early after your tummy tuck and I would recommend waiting several months before declaring your belly button totally healed from your surgery.

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Belly Button Necrosis


Your belly button looks fairly normal after surgery. There does not seem to be any necrosis, only some bruising.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Belly button necrosis?


No It does not look like you have belly button necrosis. The edges of the skin are just a bit bruised and irritated. Take a deep breath and keep your next appointment with your surgeon.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Your belly button looks fine.  The incision line crusts are normal and will settle over time.  Use moisturizers and gentle massage to help things settle more quickly.

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Questions about healing problems of the umbilicus


It is possible that you have some marginal necrosis but in general your umbilicus looks good and it is unlikely that you will have any substantial healing problems.  

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Thank you for the question and picture. I think that your belly button is healing nicely (no  necrosis).

 Best wishes.

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