On 3/1/2013 I had full TT/MR/Lipo of flanks+back & a 2.5lb lipoma removed from shoulder. While I'm pleased with the results my belly button looks very strange, I just asked DR yesterday if the red ring around my belly button would stay like that forever, I know it will fade a bit but will it change and look more natural? Can any of you explain the surgical process of how this belly button was done? surgery was well over 7hrs so 1/2 heard his explanation. Dr said my BB was floating b4 hand.
Pleas Advise is my Belly Button As Odd As I Think It Looks? (photo)
Doctor Answers (6)
Very, very early to make any judgement. Please be patient this will improve. The redness will improve.silocone sheeting may help.
Thanks for your inquiry, it is very early in your recovery and the scars will improve over the next year. Scar management like steroid injections and silicone sheeting might help-please discuss with your surgeon.
Please Advise is my Belly Button As Odd As I Think It Looks?
Appears as still having edema in the area. So best to allow at least 6 months full healing. Otherwise steroid injections could be an answer before scar revision. Maybe even the Thermigen RF to decrease the tissues.
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The red ring around your umbilicus is the scar which is a necessary part of an abdominoplasty. I would imagine that over time this will improve. The size of the umbilicus may be a little wide. This could be revised in the future if it does not close down on its own.
Red ring is your scar
You have a very conventioanl looking result with no visible problems I can see. The scar around the BB is where the MD needed to cut a hole in the skin to bring the BB back out. That is not a floating BB, it is a standard TT.
Is my Belly Button As Odd As I Think It Looks?
Many thanks for the question and the photos. There are many things mentioned in your post that are beyond your question . First of all yes 7.5 hours of surgery with all that surgery is normal. Secondly at 16 weeks this is a perfect result. I find it surprising what you call a ring around your naval is not understood by you to be scar around the naval. It seems there was a communication gap or misunderstanding the operative or post operative details. This scar and the TT and the surgery for Lipoma scar will need treatment for next 9 months which your PS will advise you and then most of your issue will settle down. Wish you good luck.