Incision under my belly button post Tummy Tuck.

Hi, I have had a tummy tuck 3 weeks ago, according to my surgeon I didn't have enough skin to stretch it all the way down where the horizontal incision and my 'old' belly button scar is now a scar under my new one, the scar is 4 cm long and I'm gutted as wearing a bikini is not something I cant see myself doing having this scar... I'm embarrassed to load pictures of mine but would love to see or hear from anyone with similar case ? Thank you

Doctor Answers 2

Vertical scar in lower abdomen after tummy tuck

I'd agree with the poster above, the alternative to the small vertical scar is raising the horizontal scar which is not aesthetic. If a patient does not have sufficient skin laxity to allow the surgeon to remove the old belly button scar (or commonly the navel piercing scar), then closing this as a short vertical incision heals well and is sometimes imperceptible.  It's also safer than trying to close your horizontal scar under too much tension.  Hang in there, I suspect you will be happier with this when the scar heals/fades (though this is hard to say without a picture). Another alternative is to wait a few months, because when the skin stretches, this scar can sometimes be pulled down to the horizontal scar and removed. Best wishes!

Warwick Plastic Surgeon
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Vertical scar at site of old belly button after tummy tuck

Yours is not an uncommon scenario, as many patients do not have enough laxity above their belly button to allow excision of the hole where the belly button was during a fully tummy tuck.  The only option besides closing the hole as a small vertical incision would be to bring the entire abdominoplasty scar up to that level -- not an aesthetically pleasing choice.  At this point you simply have to wait and see how it heals.  I have found that in many cases the vertical scar is barely noticeable.  Hopefully this won't take away from the improvements that you should see from your abdominoplasty. Don't give up hope on your bikini just yet!

Andrew Wolfe, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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