Tummy Tuck with a Belly Button Piercing

Wanna get a tummy tuck but i have my belly button pierced? wondering what will happen to the piercing. I would prefer that it will be gone. Can that happen?

Doctor Answers 8

Tummy tuck and piercing

You can either leave it in or remove the piercing. It does not interfere with the surgery. Watch my video.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Pierced Belly Button with Tummy Tuck

A pierced belly button should generally not present a problem with a tummy tuck.  It usually can be retained or elimated, depending upon the exact location of the piercing.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Belly button piercing is removed with tummy tuck.


We individualize the incision for a tummy tuck.  This makes it safer and also we are able to remove the piercing in your belly button.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

It will be gone

When I do a tummy tuck I remove all of the skin between the upper part of the belly button and the pubic region, thus the old piercing is removed. If you want to re-pierce the belly button you can do so about 6 months post operative.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Belly Button Piercing and Tummy Tuck

The skin around the belly button will be pulled downward, usually all the way to the bikini incision.  Sometimes there is not enough skin to get the belly button that low and a small vertical scar could be left where the old belly button was.  Your surgeon should be able to predict if this will be the case.

John LoMonaco, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 270 reviews

Tummy Tuck and Belly Button Piercing

In the vast majority of FULL Tummy Tuck operations, all the skin below the belly button and a variable amount of skin above it will be removed. The belly button is released and after the skin is pulled down, it is re-exited through the skin which used to be much higher. In most cases, the piercing can be removed; except for cases with a wide tunnel and a paucity of loose skin above the belly button.

I would discuss this with your Plastic surgeon and I am sure he would be glad to help you.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Tummy tuck with belly button piercing

The tummy tuck will most likely remove the hole where the piercing is. you could always have it re-done if you want but there is no way to save it with a standard abdominoplasty.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Eliminate the belly button piercing with tummy tuck is possible

This depends on how much laxity (loose skin) is present in the lower abodmen as well as how high you are willing to accept the horizontal scar.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

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