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Tummy Tuck Belly Button Technique? (photo)

Hello- I would like to know what is considered the best technique for the belly button in my case (round, oval, etc). Does that depend on the surgeons technique or the patient? I have seen many tummy tucks with belly buttons that are not appealing and look too obvious. Thank you.

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Natural Looking Belly Button after Tummy Tuck

A full abdominoplasty requires the surgical creation of a new belly button. Creating the new belly button, which is called an umbilicoplasty, is a part of tummy tuck surgery that requires a great deal of attention and finesse on the part of the surgeon. My goal is to create a new belly button that, as much as possible, resembles a 'natural' belly button. Natural belly buttons do NOT look like a perfect circle, and circular umbilicoplasty scars are a tummy tuck dead giveaway.
The technique I use for umbilicoplasty is designed to create a slightly 'hooded' appearance to the upper half of the belly button, an appearance that is generally considered fit and athletic. Not all patients have the goal of wearing a two-piece swimsuit, but many do, and I want these patients to be able to do so without feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their new belly button.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck belly button technique

Thank you for you picture and a very important and rarely asked question about the belly button technique. Each surgeon has their own technique. Most aesthetic technique in my opinion is a superior V flap inset. This will have a smaller vertical umbilicus with a very natural upper hood and inward scars that are not visible. It's best you see examples of your surgeons work to asses the same. Also significant time must be spent in the operating room to achieve this very relevant portion of the abdominoplasty as correction is a difficult task.

Kevin Tehrani, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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See the attached research article.  A belly buttion that is vertically oriented, taller and narrow is what is considered the most aesthetically pleasing.

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Different doctors have different techniques and they may work for them. Almost any technique would be an improvement on what you have.

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We have worked on thi for some time and presented the worksix years ago. Rewcently another plastic surgeon published similar results and a british plasti surgeon had also presented similar technique and findings 3 years ago.

The problem is some surgeons are not listening and are satisfied with mediocre results

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