The fate of a person’s belly button is a common and logical question when discussing a tummy tuck procedure. Because there are different amounts of skin that needs to be removed for each person, the belly button may be surgically removed during the procedure or left attached. Here’s a breakdown of each option.
Replacing the Belly Button
During most traditional tummy tuck procedures, the belly button is released from the surrounding skin. This is due to the large amount of skin that is normally excised from the lower abdomen. It is only after the skin is tightened and redraped during the procedure that a new hole in the skin is prepared. Once the hole has been primed, the belly button is replaced and stitched back into its correct position. The belly button should heal to look completely natural and you can even pierce your belly button after a tummy tuck.
Keeping the Belly Button
Candidates for a mini tummy tuck usually have their belly buttons left intact. This type of abdominoplasty only treats the area of the midsection below the belly button, so you can keep your natural belly button. However, keep in mind that any skin wrinkling above the belly button cannot be treated in a mini tummy tuck.
The Healing Process
Whether released during the procedure or left intact, it is common to see the belly button grow smaller during the healing process. This can rejuvenate a stretched-out belly button and help your results appear youthful. An experienced tummy tuck surgeon can provide a natural-looking belly button that flatters your results.