Is the Belly Button Positioned Too Low Post Tummy Tuck? What Do You Think About Results? (photo)

Before and 8 weeks after photos.

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Belly button positioning after a tummy tuck

Thanks for your pictures, but it's hard to tell without see you.  However, I would wait 2-3 months to determine the final position.  If it's not where you want it may need to be adjusted slightly.

Tummy Tuck vs Panniculectomy? Which is Right and When should you have it done?

It looks like you had a panniculectomy.  This may have been the right operation for you if you have health issues precluding you from undergoing a more involved Full Tummy Tuck operation or if you are intending to lose more weight. Tummy Tucks are not a weight loss operation.  It is usually done on patients who have lost all of their excess weight, leaving them with excess skin, or after having children resulting in excess skin.   

The  procedure you had, (a Panniculectomy) is only done to remove the overhanging roll of skin.  It doesn't reposition your belly button like in a Full Tummy Tuck, but it does pull it down.   I often do this operation in patients who are in the midst of weight loss, still have a ways to go, but are being plagued by the excess skin getting in the way or with infections beneath the roll of excess skin.  This is not a "cosmetic" procedure.  If it was performed purely for cosmetic reasons, I would have recommended additional weight loss or maybe some additional liposuction of your abdomen to improve the contour in the interim while you lose more weight. 

There is no point in undergoing a Full Tummy Tuck if you are still going to lose a significant amount of weight and then have to do it all over again.

This isn't a "too-low" belly button. It is a poor (or incorrect) operation.

I'm sorry to tell you this after the pain and expense of your operation, but this is not a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) result that any ABPS-certified plastic surgeon would be proud of. I reiterate my colleagues' concern that you have not been operated on by a fully-trained, American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified plastic surgeon, or that perhaps you received insurance coverage for a panniculectomy, had that procedure, and were hoping for true abdominoplasty results.

Your belly button isn't too low--it appears as if it's right where your Creator and mother put it! It also appears as if you did not have muscle plication or umbilical transposition, which are part of abdominoplasty, but not panniculectomy.

You need to let this all heal, see one or more ABPS-certified plastic surgeons, and obtain information about the proper operation to undergo. You would obtain your best results if you can successfully lose weight in the interim as well. Good luck and best wishes!

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 171 reviews

Your Tummy Tuck results are not ideal

Unfortunately I think your results are not ideal and I am assuming far from what you thought you would get.  You may benefit from a revisional procedure. I would need to evaluate you in person to see exactly what can be done, but I think there may be ways to improve your results.

Belly button position after tummy tuck

Thank you for posting your photos.

Was your surgeon a board certified Plastic Surgeon? You might have had a panniculectomy, the removal of the apron of excess skin and fat bellow the belly button. It doesn't look like you had a tummy tuck, which is a completely different operation. Check back with your surgeon and discuss your concerns.

Victor Au, MD
Chapel Hill Plastic Surgeon
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Belly Button Position after Tummy Tuck

Was your surgeon a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?

Did you have a panniculectomy or a standard abdominoplasty?

 

Daniel Reichner, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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