How do I treat the necrosis on my belly button? (photo)
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The best course of action is local wound care as mentioned above and frequent visits to your plastic surgeon. Regarding the long–term appearance of your new umbilicus: the sutures through the skin adjacent to your belly button will create permanent suture marks if they are not removed soon. Ask your surgeon if that can be done in order to avoid a pattern of dot-like scars around your new umbilicus which will make it look like a surgicalbelly button, not a natural belly button. It is possible to place umbilical skin sutures so that they pass through the dermis only (and not the epidermis) on the abdominoplasty skin flap side of the umbilical closure.
You may ultimately require some form of revisional surgery once the belly button wound has healed, but in most cases a definitive secondary procedure cannot be done for at least 6 months or so. So you will need to be patient, take good care of the wound, and see your doctor frequently as this issue evolves.
Necrosis worries after Tummy Tuck
A necrotic tummy button is black and we normally treat these with applications of antibiotic ointment and regular dressings and washing. For the vast majority of patients the tummy button recovers very well.
If you are concerned about your tummy button I would suggest however that you do go and see your plastic surgeon to suggest the best way forward for you.
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You should see a plastic surgeon near you. I agree that it is difficult to see your belly button on the photo and I can not tell if there is necrosis of it. Also, in order to diagnose a seroma you need to be seen in person, that can not be done over the internet. I do not recommend vitamin E cream as it will weaken the scar and widen it. the best scar therapy is silicone gel sheets, but you need to wait to use those. The best thing to do in your situation is see a plastic surgeon near you and follow their advise. Best of luck.