Can you tell if someone had a TT if their belly button is stretched? (Photo)

I have seen woman with TT and sometimes their belly buttons are stretched long ways. As if the skin has been pulled down. Is this a clear indication they had a TT ?

Doctor Answers 7

Is a navel that appears stretched a tip off to TT

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Hi Curvaceous

Navels, believe it or not, come with lots of different appearances.  Sometimes a pulled down toward the feet navel MAY indicate a TT was done.  More diagnostic would be a scar around the navel.  

All the best.


Belly button

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Belly buttons come in all shapes and sizes with tummy tucks. The design is related to technique used. Yes, stretching the skin may impact the shape a bit.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Tummy Tuck Belly Button

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Depending on surgical technique and how tightly tissue is stretched, the belly button can appear elongated.

All the best

Belly button stretching

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So the belly button is a very visible site that can change after a tummy tuck.  Some minor tummy tucks don't actually change the belly button, and have no incision there.  Most will require that the belly button be removed from the abdominal skin and repositioned, causing a scar around the edge.  The shape of this scar is at the surgeon's discretion.  Surgeons have different ways of insetting the belly button, making it more vertical or horizontal - but most techniques are aimed at making it look natural.  If you are interviewing a surgeon, make sure you like how he or she makes belly buttons!  Best of luck!

M. Renee Jespersen, MD
Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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Stretched Belly Button after a Tummy Tuck

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Yes, a vertically stretched belly button oftentimes indicates that a person has had a tummy tuck.  The two last photos show lower abdominal scars as well.  I personally don't like the appearance of a stretched out belly button. That stretched out result can be avoided by the surgeon by making the new belly button opening more circular to vertically oval shaped which is aesthetically better in appearance, and is what I do.   

Belly button

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Sometimes the belly button can be a tell-tale sign of a tummy tuck. Different surgeons use different techniques to obtain what they think is the best looking belly button. Be sure to ask for before and after photos to see what their belly buttons usually look like before proceeding. Good luck!

Jeffrey Gusenoff, MD
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon

Can you tell if someone had a TT if their belly button is stretched?

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While it is not possible to guess correctly in every case, the 2 pictures you posted had tummy tucks. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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