Hole in Belly Button Post-Tummy Tuck

I had a Tummy Tuck more than 2 months ago, and I have a hole in my belly button; it looks like it's open all the way and I'm worried that it might get infected. What should I do?

Doctor Answers 15

If you have any concerns - see your doctor

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Anything like what you described should be seen by your doctor as soon as possible. Most belly buttons should be closed by 2 months after surgery.

Belly button wound after tummy tuck

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Thanks for your question. Sometimes small skin level separations can occur and usually heal quickly.

It is a little more unusual to have a wound 2 months out. Causes can include retained suture that your body is having trouble healing around, it may represent an area of too much tension that has separated or areas of decreased blood supply.

Speak to your plastic surgeon as soon as you can. You may require dressing changes or revisional surgery.

I hope this helps.

Hole after tummy tuck

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Usually this type of problem either solves itself in that the hole closes on its own, or is an easy fix when an errant suture is removed.

Occasionally, it may be necessary to do a minor revision on the area if the above two measures don't work.

In any event, your plastic surgeon should have a quick answer for you.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 188 reviews

Call your Doctor

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Hi there,

It's difficult to say what might be going on, but it sounds like you may not be healing properly in the area. I would call my surgeon and go in for an evaluation. It may be that nothing needs to be done, and you are advised to allow the wound to heal, with a scar revision in the future, but it would be good to make sure that there is not something else going on that might need treatment. Give your surgeon a call.

Belly button recovery with tummy tuck

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You may be having delayed healing of one of the sutured areas, or more commonly, you may have a suture extruding through your skin. Both will heal with time and care. 

Belly Button Wound after Abdominoplasty, (Tummy Tuck)

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The wound is on tension, and the belly button is often not a highly vascularized structure.  Sometimes a spitting stitch can also get in the way of wound healing.  These are usually things that will heal without problem.  You should go to your Plastic Surgeon who will diagnose the issue and come up with a treatment plan.

Hole in belly button after a tummy tuck

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Tummy tucks are a popular and extremely effective way to contour the abdomen. Patients who receive this procedure can expect a significant recovery process. It sounds as if a small portion of the incision may have opened in the area of your bellybutton. Depending on the location, your body may heal this with minimal scarring. At this time, you should have your plastic surgeon assess the wound so that they can determine if you need specific wound care or if the wound should be closed in a direct fashion.

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Retained suture most likely causing the problem

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More than likely there is a retained foreign body. This could be from a suture used to repair the muscle / fascia layer, or from a suture used to repair the umbilicus. In either event, the offending suture must be removed in order to clear up the infection. A trip back to your plastic surgeon is on order. 

See your surgeon ASAP

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Small separations can occur and usually heal OK. It sounds like you are describing a larger separation. This may require a revision and sooner than usual, but first you need to heal. You surgeon needs to be involved here soon. 

Best Regards.

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

Speak with your plastic surgeon

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Having a small separation around the new umbilicus (belly button) can occur. It can occur as there is diminished blood supply in this area following abdominoplasty as well as too much tension. This type of wound will usually heal on it's own but wet to dry dressing changes with normal saline solution will help clean it up and stimulate some granulation tissue. Revision is usually not necessary. Check with your plastic surgeon.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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