I am 6 1/2 wks post-op TT. I wanted to get my belly button pierced when the time comes but I am not happy with the way my CS reconstructed my belly button. I attached a photo and I am wondering based on it will I be able to get the piercing or will I need it re-done. Not sure what to do.
Belly Button Do-over? Can I Get it Pierced? (photo)
Doctor Answers 6
Belly button piercing after tummy tuck
Piercing is fine after a tummy tuck but you are not far enough along to do it accurately.
I do not think that this is an umbilical hernia. It would not usually show up like this and in with the tightening of the muscles, this would be unlikely to be a hernia.
There is a technique to form the belly button by making it like a mushroom to make it pout. I think you might have this type of belly button formation.
Discuss this with your surgeon to determine when it is safe to pierce and what you can expect with time to get a more attractive belly button.
Steven .M. Lynch, M.D.
Belly Button Piercing After Tummy Tuck
Dear MotorcycleMommy, I agree with my colleagues, you need to wait until at least 6 months after surgery. I also agree with hernia evaluation in your case before you proceed with the piercing.
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It is possible to have a belly button piercing after tummy tuck, and many surgeons are willing. Your photo does show however, that you are not quite far enough along in healing and a good wait of several months would be a better time to consider. The current belly button seems a bit prominent as though there is a small hernia, and your surgeon should have a look.
Belly Button Piercing After a Tummy Tuck
Thank you for your question.
In general it is okay to have your belly button pierced after a tummy tuck. I will have patients wait at least 6 months to do so.
Judging by your picture, it appears that you still have a fair amount of swelling still. You may also have an umbilical hernia. I think you should allow the swelling to completely resolve to better evaluate the belly button. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon and he will help guide you through the healing process.
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