Many people visit me for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in the Austin, Texas area. They usually want to restore the firm, fit look that their abdominal area had before pregnancy or weight gain. What they often don’t realize is that their belly button might look different after the procedure as well. Whether it looks better is often up to the surgeon.
How a Tummy Tuck is Performed
To help you picture what happens during a tummy tuck, I’ll give you a quick overview of the procedure:
- Incisions are made from hip to hip along the pubic bone. Another may be made around the belly button to free it from the abdominal tissue.
- The skin is separated from the abdominal muscles up to the rib cage.
- If the ab muscles were stretched or separated, which commonly happens during pregnancy, they are rejoined, tightened, and stitched together.
- The abdominal skin is tightened and the excess skin is removed.
- The belly button may be repositioned through a new opening in its new position on the tightened abdomen, like a button through a buttonhole.
The Art of the Belly Button
There is an art to repositioning and reshaping the belly button. When you’re choosing an Austin cosmetic surgeon for your abdominoplasty, look at his or her patient photos and you might notice that some belly buttons look more natural than others.
To maximize your satisfaction after a tummy tuck, be sure to voice any preferences for belly button shape, as well as any concerns, before your surgery. If you choose a talented surgeon who understands what you want, you will have the best chance of attaining a “cute as a button” belly button.