Can I Pick the Shape of my New Belly Button?

I'm considering a tt but I'm concerned with the way my belly button will look. I've seen pics of tt and belly buttons look either too big or not natural.

Doctor Answers 9

Belly Button after Tummy Tuck

A full abdominoplasty requires the surgical creation of a new 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
4.8 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

Umbilical shape

It is sometimes difficult to predict the final shape of the umbilicus, but there are several ways to inset it, and you may want to discuss this with your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Predicting your belly button shape with tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

This cannot always be predicted. Typically belly buttons are made smaller with the anticipation that they will stretch and enlarge. However, this is not a consistent finding. The best approach is to make your surgeon aware of your preferences so that they can work with you to help achieve your desired results.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Belly button Shape

Yes you may be able to have some input into the shape of your belly button but alot depends on the thickness of your abdominal can tell the doctor you would like a small one or a bigger one.You can have one more vertical or more horizontal.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Can I Pick the Shape of my New Belly Button?

Regarding: "Can I Pick the Shape of my New Belly Button?
I'm considering a tt but I'm concerned with the way my belly button will look. I've seen pics of tt and belly buttons look either too big or not natural

The umbilicus and is surroundings are very important finishing touches in a Tummy Tuck. The IDEAL belly button should be:
- an "innie"
- should have a superior hooding (along the upper edge)
- should be recessed in a shallow, bird bath like depression of the skin around it
- should be a certain distance from the clitoris and level of the hips

You definitely have the right to inquire of your surgeon to discuss with you how you would like your belly button to look just as much as you have the right to ask for a certain appearance of your Tummy Tuck in general. If you do not like the pictures shown to you OR your surgeon prefers not to address this topic, you should consider seeing someone who would.

Good Luck.

Dr. Peter Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Belly button shape after tummy tuck

The appearance of the belly button can make or break a tummy tuck procedure and care and consideration should go into every procedure. This is an area of tummy tuck which is 'operator dependent' as some spend considerable thought and planning to get it right, and some less. You should show what you like and expect to your surgeon, and review his work as well. It you don't like what he shows you, keep looking for one that can.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

The Subtle Art of The Belly Button...

Hi there-

You are correct that the appearance of the belly button after a tummy tuck can sometimes be an obvious indication of surgery and draw attention for all of the wrong reasons...

It was once said to me by a favorite professor that a plastic surgeon could be judged by the appearance of his belly buttons... A bit extreme, I think , but you get the point-

Creating a lovely, youthful, and natural looking belly button is a subtle art and there can be no question that some surgeons are better at it than others. Should this be the only thing you consider when choosing a surgeon? Absolutely not... On the other hand, if the appearance of your belly button is very important to you, I do think it is reasonable to critically examine photos of belly buttons produced by the surgeon you are considering before making decisions...

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

Yes, you can pick the shape of your belly button

During a tummy tuck it is possible to re-design the shape of the umbilicus. You need to discuss this in advance with your plastic surgeon.

Sean Younai, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

See other doctors

If you dont like the work of one physician, see another. Tell them what you do or dont like about their work. I am sure that one of us can make you a nice belly button.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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