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In terms of placement of an umbilicus following the various abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedures, if one is doing a standard abdominoplasty or a high lateral tension abdominoplasty, the umbilicus is fixed. I think it's important first for the surgeon to determine the markings ahead of time. So I do mark my patients standing up and all the way from the symphysis pubis up to the costochrondral junction. So I know the line where they are and I keep those markings in mind when I do the procedure. I'll mark the rectus abdominis muscles and I find that that's not really too much of a problem. Where one might get in trouble, if a surgeon does a floating of the umbilicus, which is done in some mini tummy tucks where you actually excise the bottom of the umbilicus and bring it down a little. But again, if your markings are made and you reinforce them, once the surgery starts, I think you should be pretty safe on that. It's taking care of your markings ahead of time and anticipating where things might go.

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