Tummy Tuck and the Belly Button
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) offers a wide range of benefits, including a toned abdomen, increased confidence, and a better quality of life. But many patients who consider this procedure worry about what their navel will look after the procedure. At The Landings Surgery Centre, serving Halifax, NS, and Prince Edward Island, Drs. Richard Bendor-Samuel and Louis Boileau use the latest, most advanced techniques for optimal outcomes.
In this blog post, we will discuss how a tummy tuck affects the belly button and explain how our surgeons can deliver aesthetically pleasing results.
What Happens to the Belly Button during a Tummy Tuck?
To perform a tummy tuck, your surgeon creates an incision that runs from one hip to the other. This allows for the removal of excess skin and tissues. Your doctor will also sculpt the abdominal muscles, giving them a more contoured appearance.
Another incision is created around the navel so that the surrounding tissues can be repositioned. As excess skin is pulled down and smoothed over the abdomen, a new opening is created for your belly button. In some cases, the belly button must be repositioned to achieve the desired result. Otherwise, it may appear off-center or asymmetrical. Once complete, you will still have the same belly button that you had before the procedure. But the surrounding tissues will be enhanced, and will no longer be covered by excess, drooping, or sagging skin.
What if I Do Not Like My Belly Button?
Sometimes patients who visit our practice do not like the appearance of their belly button. The good news is that your surgeon can change your belly button as part of the procedure, if desired.
There are several reasons why a patient may wish to change their belly buttons. Sometimes women develop an “outie” during pregnancy and want to have an “innie” again. Other times, drastic weight loss can make the navel appear “slumped”. No matter the reason, our doctors at The Landings Surgery Centre can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Belly button reconstruction is commonly performed during a tummy tuck procedure. This important aspect of treatment can help results appear more proportionate and natural.
In Conclusion: You Have Options
In simple terms, patients have two belly button options when it comes to a tummy tuck procedure. You can either have your existing navel reattached or have your plastic surgeon design you a new one.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will talk with you in detail about your aesthetic goals. After gathering all necessary information, we can recommend an option that will give you optimal results.
Navel sculpting is just as much an art form as it is a surgical procedure. Our surgeons have extensive knowledge in abdominoplasty and deliver truly amazing results.
Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
Have you been considering a tummy tuck procedure? Are you worried about what your belly button will look like after treatment? Our Halifax surgeons can put your fears to rest. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your options. Contact us online or call us at (902) 492-2007.