Worried About Belly Button After Mini Tummy Tuck

I just had my mini TT about 2 wks ago. All went fine. The pain was less than during a c-section. I'm worried about the way the belly button looks. It looks like a line with two folds around it. My doc said to start packing it which I'm doing but once I remove the gauze and tape, it folds back into a line. I can't see how the skin will spread apart but I'm still hopeful. Is this the normal healing process for the belly button because the pictures that I've seen show very tight skin around the navel. Will time fix this???

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Belly Button Appearance After a Tummy Tuck

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A full abdominoplasty requires the surgical creation of a new belly button. Look closely at images of belly buttons after tummy tucks to be certain a plastic surgeon is skilled in the creation of a new belly button and will not leave you with a scar around your belly button. Creating the new belly button, which is called an umbilicoplasty, is a part of tummy tuck surgery that requires a great deal of attention and finesse on the part of the surgeon. My goal is to create a new belly button that, as much as possible, resembles a 'natural' belly button. Natural belly buttons do NOT look like a perfect circle, and circular umbilicoplasty scars are a tummy tuck dead giveaway.

The technique I use for umbilicoplasty is designed to create a slightly 'hooded' appearance to the upper half of the belly button, an appearance that is generally considered fit and athletic. Not all patients have the goal of wearing a two-piece swimsuit, but many do, and I want these patients to be able to do so without feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their new belly button.

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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The skin will relax over several weeks to months

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Don't worry. You are only two weeks after surgery. Your skin is very tight and also very swollen. This will distort your belly button to some degree. It is unclear from your question whether there is an incision around your belly button. If you had a "mini tummy tuck," then you should only have an incision at your panty line. In either case, however, you will be very surprised how much the skin will relax and appear more natural after several weeks to months. I hope this is helpful.

Belly button after mini-tummy tuck

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The belly button is pulled on when you have a mini-tummy tuck as the lower skin is removed.  Usually this will settle down a bit with time.

Belly Button Appearance at 2 Weeks After a Mini Tummy Tuck

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Congratulations on your tummy tuck.  At two weeks we do not really expect things to look the way they will ultimately look.  Be patient.  The shape of you belly button will definitely change and hopefully it will change to a shape that is more pleasing to you.  Talk to your surgeon.  If things looked good at the end of your surgery, that is generally how things will look in 3 to 6 months after the scars and swelling have completely subsided.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Belly button

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You surgeon has given you good advice.  The appearance of your umbilicus will definitely change over the coming weeks to months.  This is due to the stretching of skin and resolution of edema.  Be patient!

Worried About Belly Button After Mini Tummy Tuck

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You ask a very common question.
Without question, the skin after tummy tucks relaxes. It can take some time and two weeks is still extremely soon after surgery in terms of healing time. Also, remember that there is still considerable swelling underneath the skin that you might not even realize. This swelling also makes things "tighter" but as this resolves the tissues loosen. At three months post op you should have a better idea of the result. 

Have patience and good luck.


Peri Umbilical Scars

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One of the advantages of a mini abdominoplasty is the absence of peri umbilical scars.  In an effort to avoid these scars compromises are sometimes made.  Theses may include not tightening the upper abdominal muscles or removing excess upper abdominal skin.

In the early post-operative period this can result in a transition zone between the tight lower abdomen and relatively lax upper abdomen.  This transition occurs at the point where the umbilicus is fixed to the skin and this is why distortion occurs in this area.

The vertically oriented line of the umbilicus with adjacent folds is the type of distortion that would be expected under these circumstances.  This is an entirely normal phenomena and should improve with time as the lower abdominal skin relaxes.  In some cases remodeling can be facilitated with the use of stents and modified dressings.

It’s still very early in the post-operative course and remodeling will probably occur.  Be patient and make sure you discuss the issue with your surgeon.

Belly Button

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I would wait, since two weeks is very early. The taught skin will relax over time and i bet you will be pleased. The vertical nature of your belly button is based on the pull of your skin. Again, give it time.

Belly button appearance after mini tummy tuck

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That is one of the potential downsides of a mini tummy tuck.  The belly button is not usually rejuvenated.  Give it more time as it may improve a little more.  You can undergo a peri-umbilical  skin excision which may help this but it still will not look as good as if it were completely rejuvenated.

All the best,

Dr Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Belly Button and Mini Tummy Tuck

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There are a variety of incisions used to recreate the belly button or umbilicus during a tummy tuck.  The initial appearance will change when the swelling goes down and the car matures. 

I needed there are some revision procedure that can be performed to improve the appearance.of the belly button following mini tummy tuck.

Fredrick A. Valauri, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

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