Ask a doctor

I Had my Tummy Tuck 7-yr Ago and Left a Scar on my Belly Button That Screams I Had a TT, is There Anything I Can Do? (photo)

Notice the picture, the left side of the belly button is better than the right side, which the scar is more prominent in person. Also, scar under by belly is still very noticeable. The color of the scar has not turned totally white, it's like light-medium in color. I am female, 46-years old, 5'2", 110 lbs. P.S. The doctor that did my TT is a board surgical doctor who has a very high ratings from patients but unfortunately, the result I got was not high in my rating, even after 7-years later!

Doctor Answers (8)

Tummy tuck results


Unfortunately, your picture doesn't show the whole area, and has a yellowish cast to it, making it hard to really judge the colors. Your tummy is nice and flat, and doesn't have any laxity. So, except for the scar coloration, it's a pretty nice result.

Your scar seems a little hyper-pigmented. You could try some IPL treatments, or perhaps some medical-grade lightening creams to help lighten it up. By fading the scar color, this should help it match the surrounding skin a little better.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Tummy tuck belly button scar


It looks like the rest of your tummy tuck result has held up very well 7 years post op.  If you are not satisfied with the color of the belly button scar 7 years later, I would call your surgeon or another one and try a small scar revision which would be an office procedure that hopefully shouldn't break the bank.  If the result is the same, at least you know you tried everything possible.

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Concerns after Tummy Tuck Surgery?


Thank you for the question and pictures.

Frankly,  based on the very limited view photograph, I think that the results of your tummy tuck operation seems quite nice to me. However, given that you say the scars are worse in person, I would suggest that you discuss your concerns in a calm/constructive fashion with your plastic surgeon.  Remember that as plastic surgeons we cannot necessarily control the final coloration (“white line”)  that scars achieve.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 680 reviews

You might also like...

I Had my Tummy Tuck 7-yr Ago and Left a Scar on my Belly Button That Screams I Had a TT, is There Anything I Can Do?


Despite a good verbal description and photo, this is difficult to answer on line. A useful recommendation will require and in person exam at a consultation.. Making the navel smaller is about the most difficult thing to do with the navel, but by using a permanent pursestring suture it can sometimes be done and result in improvement. Discuss with your surgeon.

Thank you for your question and for the photo posted. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Unnatural Looking Belly Button After Tummy Tuck


Thank you for the question and your picture. It is not possible for a surgeon to tell you exactly how your incision will heal as there are far too many variables that go into the healing of your incision that are out of the control of the surgeon and the patient. It is difficult to make out much detail from your your photo, however it appears as though the problem may be a hyperpigmentation (too much pigment) of your umbilicus.

My advice would be that when you are ready, consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for a thorough evaluation and discussion of your concerns. I hope this helps. Best of luck.

Pedro M. Soler, Jr., MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Improving your belly button


Your belly button scar could be improved by anchoring the scar to the abdominal wall.  This causes the scar to be drawn into the belly button so that it is not visible at the edge of the belly button.  Your belly button skin is darker than the surrounding skin which also makes it more obvious.  If your skin is thin, this could be done by incising around your present belly button scar.  If this is not possible, a surgeon would need to use your tummy tuck scar to do this, which is a bigger procedure. 


Your tummy tuck scar is actually very well placed and the quality of scar is quite good.  It could be lightened with skin bleaching cream or IPL treatments.


THank you for your questions.



Shim Ching, MD
Honolulu Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Tummy tuck scar can it be improved?


Unfortunately, some tummy tuck scars don't heal well. Did you try asking the plastic surgeon whether the scar could be improved or not? Its hard for me to tell by the picturento give you accurate advice. Sometimes scar revision or laser may be helpful in improving the scar.


Adrian Lo, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Belly Button Visible Scar - How To Improve?

The scar itself is on the same level as the abdominal skin.  This should be pulled lower towards the abdominal wall.  The term of "art" for pulling it lower is to umbilicate it. 

I would recut at the edge of the abdominal skin belly button junction, defat for about 1-1/2 cm the under surface of the abdominal skin, then anchor the belly button itself to the rectus fascia at 3/6/9/12 o'clock with a long lasting, dissolvable suture. 

Suturing the belly button skin to the abdominal wall skin should be done with sutures that are either subcuticular or are what is known as half buried mattress sutures.  This allows a gentle sloping down from the abdominal skin to the belly button, and will keep the scar of the belly button below the skin level and therefore less obvious.  Also, it may be necessary to trim away some of the existing belly button skin, again to pull the abdominal skin down towards the bellty button, i.e. to umbilicate it.

I must apologize for my technical explanation above.  The obvious answer that I meant to say is find a Board Certified plastic surgeon with a great deal of experience in belly button reconstruction post abdominoplasty.

S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS
Honolulu Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 184 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.