Does the belly button always get relocated with an abdominoplasty? (photos)

I was wandering if there is a chance that my belly button will stay or get moved to a higher position after the procedure?

Doctor Answers 16

Abdominoplasty belly button

The umbilicus or belly button stays attached to the abdominal wall in a traditional abdominoplasty so it's position stays the same relative to your hips.

Napa Plastic Surgeon

Belly Button Positioning Post-Op

Most patients will be placed in an abdominal binder, which they will wear the first week. There is usually a fair amount of swelling and the binder should be opened several times a day so that there are no pressure points. After the first 7 to 10 days the patient is placed in an elastic garment for compression over the next six weeks.

Swelling can persist for several months and will gradually improve and will look better at three months, six months, and even one year. Frequently the pubic area and the scrotal and penis area for men can become very swollen and discolored during the first two weeks due to gravity as this is the lowest area for swelling to accumulate.

It may take several months for a tummy tuck patient’s scars to soften, for sensation to return, and for relaxing of the tight sensation in the abdomen. In the case of extensive surgery, abdominoplasty recovery can be uncomfortable and may take longer. Scars may stay red, become thick or widen. It can take 12-18 months for the scars to settle.

These can be improved with topical treatments such as BioCorneum, Scar Guard, Scar Fade and Mederma. Redness can be improved with laser treatments and the scars can be kept narrow with products such as Embrace.  On occasion, keloids or hypertrophic scars can develop and will need treatment including Kenalog, 5FU and laser.

Considering all of the different incisions that can be completed with the tummy tuck procedure, there is the potential that re-positioning can occur if the incision is made around the belly button. If you ever find yourself concerned about issues you are having during the healing process then a post-op follow up with your surgeon should be scheduled right away. Good luck to you!

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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It is the skin that moves down.

Belly button stays "where it was" after tummy tuck.  It is just relocated into abdominal skin that now moves down over it.

Vasdev Rai, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Does the belly button always get relocated with an abdominoplasty

If you have loose skin on your upper abdomen, you would have a  more natural result if the belly button is left where it is and the skin of the upper abdomen pulled down. That might leave you with a vertical scar from the old belly button hole being translocated downward while keep the belly button where it should remain.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Belly button

Hello and thank you for posting photos along with your question. The belly button is like a stalk that is attached to your underlying abdominal wall. The actual location of the belly button doesn't change very much at all. The belly button stays in the same place while the skin above it is moved downwards. Once the skin is moved downwards, a hole is made where the belly button lies and the belly button is just brought through and sewn in place. Hope this helps!

Ankur Mehta MD

Ankur Mehta, MD
Sugar Land Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck and the Bellybutton


The belly button is never moved in either a full or mini tuck, with the exception of an obscure technique called 'floating the bellybutton', something that should never be done. What gets moved is the skin of the abdomen. Go visit a few ABPS certified/ASAPS member surgeons. Best of luck!

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Does belly button get relocated with TT

Thanks for your question. With a full abdominoplaty a new hole is created to bring out your umbilical stalk. With that said, Your belly button stays in relatively the same location on your abdominal wall. 

Mehdi K. Mazaheri, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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BB probably won't move relative to hips and rib cage

Thanks for your question and the photos. With a full TT the BB is left attached at the stalk below. Once the excess skin is removed and the muscle tightened the upper flap is tacked inferiorly. The BB is then brought out through a new opening, but the BB itself is still yours. It doesn't change with respect to the hips for example. You definitely don't want it moved upward in your case. That would look abnormal. Best of Luck!

M. Scott Haydon, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

Belly button always relocated

Thank you for your question and your photos. Normally the belly button remains attached to the abdominal wall and is relocated  through a new skin incision depending on skin and fat removed. However if it is a mini abdominoplasty there may not be a need to relocate the belly button. I highly recommend you seeking a board certified plastic surgeon. 

Mary Jo Wright, MD
El Paso Plastic Surgeon
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Does the belly button always get relocated with an abdominoplasty?

During a full abdominoplasty the umbilicus is left attached  to your abdominal wall and a new hole is made for the belly button at the same location on the abdomen. During a mini tummy tuck the umbilicus is not moved back with downward pressure of the skin the belly button can appear lower.  For more information on abdominoplasty please read the link below:

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