Can I Get my Belly Button Pierced After a Tummy Tuck?

I will be 6months post-op in February and was hoping to get my belly button pierced. Would that be ok?

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Tummy tuck and belly button piercing


  It would seem that you are plenty far from your procedure to have this done.  You will note that there is a yo-yo effect on the abdominal skin that was redraped with it being more full as the day goes by.  However, in the morning is the time you want to get the most accurate point of entry for the pierce because of the tissue being less swollen and representing a better image of what your piercing site will be after a year or so.

Belly button piercing after a tummy tuck

As long as your incision is well healed, you can get your belly button pierced six months after a tummy tuck.  If you are concerned at all regarding how your incision has healed, please consult with your plastic surgeon prior to the actual piercing.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Wait Until Healed Before Getting Piercing Following Tummy Tuck

Umbilical piercings have become very popular amongst younger patients.  It’s not unusual for abdominoplasty patients to request this procedure following tummy tuck surgery. 

                  This is a relatively simple procedure, but should be delayed until adequate healing has taken place.  In most cases this takes about six months to occur. 

                  It’s important to understand that wound healing varies from patient to patient.  For this reason it’s important to consult your surgeon before proceeding with this maneuver.

Can I Get my Belly Button Pierced After a Tummy Tuck?

Yes, you should be able to get your belly button pierced 6 months after a tummy tuck.  By this stage your incision should  be completely healed and the scar maturing well.

Eddy Dona, MBBS, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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Should be fine

It should be okay if your incisions have healed. You shouldn't have any open incisions by this time anyway!

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Belly button piercing after abdominoplasty

At 6 months you should be able to have your belly button pierced. It'll be important to make sure that healing is complete and uncomplicated. The best way to do this is to consult with your plastic surgeon so that he or she can examine you.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Belly Button Piercing After Tummy Tuck

It should be okay to get your belly button pierced as long as you have no complications from your surgery and your incision has healed. 

Tummy Tuck - Can I Get my Belly Button Pierced After a Tummy Tuck?

Generally yes, although you should obviously clear this with your plastic surgeon.  At this stage (6 months) you are well-healed, and that certainly appears to be the case based on the photo you sent.  So - from that standpoint - go for it.  My only hesitation (and not that you asked...) is that if your BB stretches out a bit, or the piercing catches on something, or may undo all the work you've done.  I have seen more than a few patients who look down at their newly renovated BB and decide never to do anything else to it...and a few who did and who regretted it.  But that's not for me to say - the bottom line is that you appear to have an outstanding result, you've healed well and you should feel free to go ahead and do what you want!

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E


Umbilical piercing after a tummy tuck

At 6 months after a tummy tuck and you have healed without complications, then you are pretty much able to do anything.  A piercing should be fine.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Piercing following a tummy tuck

You should be fine with a piercing.  Just make sure you are completely healed and visit someone you can trust who practices sterile techniques.  If any doubt, visit your doctor.  Some physicians will pierce repaired earlobes and may pierce your navel if requested.  Good luck!!

Jason Hess, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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