Is this what my belly button is supposed to look like post Tummy tuck? Will it heal normal? Could a revision help? (photo)
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Is this what my belly button is supposed to look like post Tummy tuck?
Thank you for the question. You are not alone; many patients are very concerned about the postoperative appearance of their umbilicus. Ultimately, the appearance of your umbilicus will be largely dependent on the technical skill and the aesthetic sense of your chosen plastic surgery. This is one of the many reasons why selection of your plastic surgeon will be the most important decisions you make. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work and preferably see/talk to patients who your prospective plastic surgeon has helped in the past.
Understandably, the appearance of the umbilicus is of great importance to many patients undergoing tummy tuck surgery; after all, it may be the only telltale sign of having undergone the tummy tuck surgery when the patient is wearing a swimming suit or undergarments. The umbilicus should be positioned carefully; if it is too high or too low, it may be a sign of tummy tuck surgery. Ifit is too round or slit like it may also look "surgical". Most patients prefer a relatively small and oval-shaped umbilicus.
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All the best,
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The acceptability of the final result depends on the opinion and the expectation of the patient.
You should check with your surgeon to see photos of his tummy tuck patients to see what the final result might look like. I think most plastic surgeons have results that look "fantastic" and rfesults that look just OK.
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I'd recommend discussing your concerns with your plastic surgeon. An umbilical revision is possible, but waiting at least 6 months is advisable. If at that time you're still displeased, consider having the scar revised. Follow your surgeon's post-op instructions and be patient. You've undoubtedly come a long way and things should continue to improve.
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