Can a Tummy Tuck Be Done by Belly Button Insted of Having a Big Scar?

I have big mass of fat hanging down in front

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Belly Button Tummy Tuck

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No.  The goals of a tummy tuck include removing the excess skin and fat and repair a separation of your abdominal muscles.  This cannot be done through a belly button incision only.

Tummy tuck

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Yes it can be performed through the belly button but only if the indications for the surgery are purely for the repair of a diastasis recti. If there is skin removal necessary you need the full incision

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon

"Belly Button" Tummy Tuck

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I wish we could accomplish a Tummy Tuck without the scar.  That tissue needs to be removed and without the incision, that can not be done. On the up side, the scar is in the pubic area and fades as time goes on. Make sure you do your homework when choosing your plastic surgeon. Make sure your surgeon is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Look at and compare many before and after pictures. This will really give you an idea what kind of work he or she produces. 


Scarless abdominoplasty?

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It's a nice idea but, unfortunately, doesn't work with the anatomical considerations in the abdominoplasty. The excess skin has to be removed, which requires an incision. The scar is placed in the pubic region and can be hidden.

Tummy tuck incisions

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Hello. Unfortunately a tummy tuck can not be done though a belly button incision alone. The reason tummy tuck incisions seem so large is because tummy tucks require excess skin to be removed and pulled down to tighten the stomach. When this is done a new belly button has to be created and the incision for this may be what gave you the idea of a belly button only tummy tuck. In reality though a tummy tuck with that incision alone is impossible.

Jaime Perez, MD
Tummy Tuck Specialist
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa

Tummy tuck scar

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Hello.  In answer to your question, abdominoplasty(tummy tuck) is done to remove excess abdominal skin and fat. The scar hides in your underwear area underneath the area of hanging skin. There is no way to do the surgery through a small incision. Since the skin has to be removed .  Good luck 

Tummy tuck through belly button

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You cannot do a tummy tuck through belly button alone.  The long incision is necessary for the skin removal needed.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Nice Idea

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No, it usually gives only a tiny improvement for specialized cases. The "big scar" is well hidden in your underpants, I even have patients who wear tiny thongs after a TT and you can hardly see the incision.

Tummy Tuck without a Large Scar

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A tummy tuck cannot be performed through a belly button only incision.  It is a great idea just doesn't work.

Can a Tummy Tuck Be Done by Belly Button Insted of Having a Big Scar?

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Most such questions can't be answered without a photo, but this one can. No. Your best bet is to consult with a plastic surgeon and discuss options.

When you are ready for an in person consultation, RealSelf has listings of surgeons in your area. You should consider cross referencing the listings from the The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (plasticsurgery dot org). A listing in the ASPS website assures you that your surgeon is not only board certified,  but also is a member in good standing of the major plastic surgery organization in the U. S. Thank you for your question, best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon

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