I Just Got a Tummy Tuck About a Month Ago & Have a Leap in my Belly Button is That Going to Go Away? (photo)

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Umbilical swelling is common and transient, after tummy tuck surgery

You appear to have the typical post op swelling of the umbilicus that I see in my own patients. As the swelling resolves from your abdominal tissues, you will see your umbilicus soften as well. This can take 4-6 weeks, sometimes even longer.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Belly Button Lump after Tummy Tuck

     The lump may be influenced by swelling, and I would wait at least 3 months.  Also, sometimes the underlying belly button is so deformed (particularly in patients with hernia) that trying to achieve a nice belly button can be very difficult.  An umbilicoplasty can be performed in the future, if necessary.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Belly button healing after tummy tuck

The belly button is the slowest part to heal after a tummy tuck and this looks pretty typically for a 1 month post operative result.  It will get better and massaging it in a circular fashion will help the belly button swelling dissipate and resolve.  This may take 2 more months and should be pretty good by the end of the 3rd month.

James F. Boynton, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after tummy tuck

It looks like you still have some swelling which should go down over the next few weeks. I am not sure what a leap is, though.

Paul Wigoda, MD
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
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Belly button worry

Too early to tell and best waiting another two months or so to allow swelling to resolve. If it doesn't improve then a review by your surgeon is indicated. Either small revision procedure or perhaps even an umbilical hernia repair is a small hernia is the root cause. Regards

Sultan Hassan, MD, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
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Belly Button Lump after Tummy Tuck

The swelling that you have in your abdomen one month after a tummy tuck can create the appearance of a lump.  Hopefully this will resolve over the next 3-4 months.  If it does not, then your surgeon will need to re-examine you and determine if you have a tiny hernia or whether you just need to have a small umbilicoplasty performed.  Good luck.

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck About a Month Ago

I am not sure what you are asking (??leap). I do see what appears to be a suture that your surgeon can remove. If that is not the question, please clarify. All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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