I had a tummytuck on may 1. And with a open wound on may 9th and closed 1week ago. My concerns are my belly button not being centered.
Will I Need a Belly Button Revision? What is the Procedure Like? (photo)
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Will I Need a Belly Button Revision?
It would be helpful to see a before photo to see if the navel began in the center, and a better post op photo showing the entire abdomen up to the rib cage. I cannot tell for sure if the navel is off center in this photo, though I suspect it is.
I would strongly urge no surgery for any revisions until at least 3 months from your wound closure a week ago.
All the best.
Will I Need a Belly Button Revision? What is the Procedure Like?
I would evaluate the belly button at 6 months or possibly later to determine if a revision would be helpful.
Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Belly Buttons Are Not a Midline Structure
At 3 months post op and a secondary wound dehiscence closing only 9 days ago, I would allow nature to take its course for approximately 9 more months. In the future, possibly surgical umbilical stalk shortening might pull the umbilicus more towards the midline if, in fact, it was incorrectly positioned.
I would discuss this with your plastic surgeon and follow his or her advice as this may, in fact, not be a complication.
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Belly Button Revision
A belly button revision can be performed safely in the office setting to remove any redundant skin or further contour/shape the belly button. I would recommend giving your body more time to heal.
I prefer 3-4 months of healing prior to any revision. Performing a revision too early can worsen inflammation and scarring, adding more risk to the recovery.
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