What can I do to make my belly button the same color and my stomach?

I had a tummy tuck 8 months ago and around 3 months post opt my belly button began to darken. I don't think its continuing to get any darker but I'm wondering if there is something I can do or buy to make it my natural color once again.

Doctor Answers 1

Tummy tuck - lighten belly button after it darkened

Thank you for asking about your belly button darkening after your tummy tuck.
  • First, try using 100% shea butter or cocoa butter on the belly button. 
  • Then, keep using that but also ask your surgeon to prescribe 4% hydroquinone.
  • AND keep the belly button out fo the sun -
  • If you expose darkened skin to the sun, it will go dark and stay dark no matter what you use.
  • Good luck with this - it can take a long time to fade.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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