When excess skin and fat stops responding to diet and exercise alone, a tummy tuck can deliver a smoother, tauter profile to the abdomen. The procedure is relatively quick, and recovery is short, making the tummy tuck one of the most sought-after reconstructive surgeries with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Armijo.
One question that often arises during consultations before a tummy tuck procedure is “will my belly button look the same after surgery?”
If this is a concern you’ve had, we’d like to help settle some things right away: yes, your belly button can essentially look the same after your tummy tuck procedures—or maybe even better! Let’s take a closer look at the tummy tuck procedure and examine how it might affect your belly button in particular.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure meant to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area to create a flat, smooth belly. Separated and weakened muscles due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or from age can also be repaired to achieve a more toned surface.
While tummy tucks can enhance the look of other areas on the body like your hips and thighs, it mostly focuses on the abdomen. The procedure is beneficial to many types of people. One of the most common reasons for a tummy tuck is simply the desire to get rid of extra skin on the lower abdomen. Excess skin often accumulates simply as a result of time and gravity. As we age, everything on our bodies has a tendency to move downwards. A tummy tuck provides an opportunity to restore the abdomen to a more youthful position.
How Can a Tummy Tuck Affect the Belly Button?
Dr. Armijo has performed countless tummy tuck procedures in his years as a plastic surgeon, so he understands the need for your belly button to look natural after surgery. A well-positioned, natural-looking belly button is definitely part of the results you’ll see from your procedure.
Whether the belly button is or isn’t manipulated during surgery depends on several factors. In some cases, Dr. Armijo won’t need to change the position of your belly button at all. A small incision will be made around the belly button in order for it to be released from the skin around it. As such, it will act as a “stalk,” staying attached to the muscle beneath it, but not actually moving its position. In this case, the navel will ultimately be left in the same spot.
In some cases, it is possible that your belly button will need to be repositioned in relationship to your abdominal skin in order to achieve a natural profile. During your surgery, Dr. Armijo will likely re-drape the skin around and over your navel, then create a new opening where your belly button will go.
Looking for a Highly Qualified Plastic Surgeon to Perform Your Tummy Tuck?
Getting your body back in shape after weight fluctuations or pregnancy doesn’t have to be a lifelong battle. Tummy tuck surgery can help. As one of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute’s most experienced body contouring surgeons, Dr. Bryan Armijo has helped countless people affected by loose abdominal skin reclaim their body and youthful shape. To learn more about abdominoplasty, don’t hesitate to call (214)540-1434 or contact us through our website to schedule your consultation.