Why do some belly buttons look fake after TT and others look natural as if there was no surgery done?

I'm scheduled for a TT this September and am worried I will get one of those belly buttons that look like a dent in your belly versus an actual realistic (but small) hole. Also I notice some belly buttons have a visible "stitch line scar" months after healing while others don't have a single trace that there was work done there. Is this something that is in the control of the plastic surgeon? I wouldn't be satisfied with just a nice flat stomach if the belly button looks unnatural.

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Belly button

Thank you for your question.

Because each surgeon has different tummy tuck techniques, I would advise you to look at the surgeons before and after photos to see the results of his patients and if you like them or not and to voice your questions and concerns about the belly button you desire so that you and your surgeon are on the same page. In regards to the scar, there are options out there such as topical scar creams and lasers that can help diminish the look of the scar. Avoiding sun exposure and always applying a high SPF to the area is important in preventing hyperpigmentation (darkening of the scar tissue).
Good luck in your endeavors!
Sincerely,

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS

Belly button

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Thank you for your question.

Because each surgeon has different tummy tuck techniques, I would advise you to look at the surgeons before and after photos to see the results of his patients and if you like them or not and to voice your questions and concerns about the belly button you desire so that you and your surgeon are on the same page. In regards to the scar, there are options out there such as topical scar creams and lasers that can help diminish the look of the scar. Avoiding sun exposure and always applying a high SPF to the area is important in preventing hyperpigmentation (darkening of the scar tissue).
Good luck in your endeavors!
Sincerely,

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS

Why do some belly buttons look fake?

How your belly button looks post op is very much dependent upon your surgeon and the technique that they use.  Make sure you see before and afters of belly buttons that your surgeon has done....and you are right, a poorly done belly button can completely ruin the overall aesthetics.Best wishes and good luck.

Why do some belly buttons look fake?

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How your belly button looks post op is very much dependent upon your surgeon and the technique that they use.  Make sure you see before and afters of belly buttons that your surgeon has done....and you are right, a poorly done belly button can completely ruin the overall aesthetics.Best wishes and good luck.

Belly button

Each doctor may use a different technique - look at their photos and see what kind of belly buttons they make. Sometimes, your anatomy determined what kind of belly button you get. 

Belly button

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Each doctor may use a different technique - look at their photos and see what kind of belly buttons they make. Sometimes, your anatomy determined what kind of belly button you get. 

Belly bottom appearance

thank you for the question. The belly bottom appearance has a lot to do with several factors. The quality of scar has an important impact on the result. Obviously the surgical technique has a lot to do with the outcome as well. I use a number of technique to improve the results including shaving the fat behind the umbilicus, designing the suture line so that it is hard to see from the front, anchoring sutures so that a pleasing indentation is seen. Good luck on your surgery. 

Neil T. Chen, MD
Albuquerque Plastic Surgeon
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Belly bottom appearance

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thank you for the question. The belly bottom appearance has a lot to do with several factors. The quality of scar has an important impact on the result. Obviously the surgical technique has a lot to do with the outcome as well. I use a number of technique to improve the results including shaving the fat behind the umbilicus, designing the suture line so that it is hard to see from the front, anchoring sutures so that a pleasing indentation is seen. Good luck on your surgery. 

Neil T. Chen, MD
Albuquerque Plastic Surgeon

Belly button

surgical skill and experience performing the abdominoplasty is key. Additionally, keep in mind that many photos aren't indicative of full healing. Best wishes.

Belly button

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surgical skill and experience performing the abdominoplasty is key. Additionally, keep in mind that many photos aren't indicative of full healing. Best wishes.

Belly Button

The belly button is an important landmark.  Quality of the result here is important.  Ask your board certified plastic surgeon to see some examples of their work in this area and they should be able to show you lots of pictures.  Sometimes overactive scarring can make a belly button look unnatural  and sometimes the original belly button is difficult to fix but most  tummy tuck cases should result in very natural looking belly button.  This is a very good question!

Belly Button

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The belly button is an important landmark.  Quality of the result here is important.  Ask your board certified plastic surgeon to see some examples of their work in this area and they should be able to show you lots of pictures.  Sometimes overactive scarring can make a belly button look unnatural  and sometimes the original belly button is difficult to fix but most  tummy tuck cases should result in very natural looking belly button.  This is a very good question!

Belly button

The appearance of the umbilicus is a something that should be as perfect as possible and you should not be able to pick it out as unnatural.I would suggest a surgeon with at least 15years of experience who can show you many photos of such patients and can even have you speak with them. 
Hope this helps
Leland Deane MD FACSManhattan,garden city and Babylon NY

Belly button

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The appearance of the umbilicus is a something that should be as perfect as possible and you should not be able to pick it out as unnatural.I would suggest a surgeon with at least 15years of experience who can show you many photos of such patients and can even have you speak with them. 
Hope this helps
Leland Deane MD FACSManhattan,garden city and Babylon NY

Appearance of umbilicus (belly button) after tummy tuck surgery?

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.
I hope this, and the attached link/video, helps.

Appearance of umbilicus (belly button) after tummy tuck surgery?

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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.
I hope this, and the attached link/video, helps.

Why do Some Belly Buttons Look Fake?

This mainly depends on the skill of your surgeon. Be sure you are seeing a Board Certified Plastic surgeon and have a frank discussion about your concerns. Ask to see before and after pictures of patients so that you can get a good idea of what to expect. Good luck!

Why do Some Belly Buttons Look Fake?

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This mainly depends on the skill of your surgeon. Be sure you are seeing a Board Certified Plastic surgeon and have a frank discussion about your concerns. Ask to see before and after pictures of patients so that you can get a good idea of what to expect. Good luck!

Belly button after tummy tuck

Generally there are two sets of factors that affect how a scar/belly button looks.  The first is the surgical technique and the second how each patient heals. There are a number of different techniques to create a more natural appearance of a belly button, but one aspect that is not in the surgeons control is how the belly button looks before surgery.  We try to put the scars along the inside seam fo the belly button so that they will heal and not be visible.  Some patients develop thick scars and discoloration.  We try our best, but the healing process is not completely in our control.

Belly button after tummy tuck

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Generally there are two sets of factors that affect how a scar/belly button looks.  The first is the surgical technique and the second how each patient heals. There are a number of different techniques to create a more natural appearance of a belly button, but one aspect that is not in the surgeons control is how the belly button looks before surgery.  We try to put the scars along the inside seam fo the belly button so that they will heal and not be visible.  Some patients develop thick scars and discoloration.  We try our best, but the healing process is not completely in our control.

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