I had two pregnancies. My tummy is still flat, the skin above (around) belly button are loose, one inch scar above belly button. Will umbilicoplasty solve the problem? Or I have to do Tummy Tuck? I am OK with my tummy, but don't like the scars on belly button.
Tummy Tuck to Fix Loose Belly Button?
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Skin laxity above belly button
Thank you for your question, and for posting your photograph. Umbilicoplasty - making an incision around the belly button and selectively tailoring and moving around the local skin to create a more aesthetically pleasing belly button - is not likely to be a powerful enough tool to eliminate your current scar and give you the result you are looking for. Tummy tuck, or possibly even mini tummy tuck, would allow the excess skin to be removed, while simultaneously correcting your present scar and creating an attractive belly button. I'd recommend consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Loose skin around belly button
Loose belly button skin best addressed with minor procedure
When a patient has skin laxity localized to the area surrounding the belly button with an associated umbilical hernia the most appropriate solution involves only addressing the skin around the belly button and the hernia. This is routinely performed in my surgical suite using intravenous sedation on an outpatient basis. The incision is very well hidden, around the belly button, and the umbilical hernia is repaired at the same time. I perform a formal tummy tuck when the excess skin of the abdomen warrants it.
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Unfortunately the only way to correct the loose skin around the umbilicus is to trade it with a vertical scar.
In 13 years of practice I have performed this procedure once and the patient was extremely happy because she traded multiple stretch marks and loose skin with only one line (scar). An umbilicaplasty will not sufficiently treat the loose skin.
Minor problem may require abdominoplasty
This is a tough problem and I can sympathize with your concerns regarding the large scar. However it may be the best method to eradicate the loose skin around the umbilcus. The trade-off may not be worth it because you have to be willing to exchange the loose skin for the lower abdominal scar which may need to be higher than you desire.
I don't believe umbilicoplasty will satisfy your goals unless you are willing to accept a longer vertical scar whch may be more unsightly than the loose skin.
Tummy tuck will help you the most
You have small umbilical hernia and loose skin . From your pictures you have stretch marks above and below belly button. Tummy tuck will give the best result.
Scars around belly button do I need a tummy tuck?
Tummy Tuck Will Improve Skin Tightness Surrounding Belly Button
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