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Is the Belly Button Repositioned During Tummy Tuck Surgery?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


The possibility of having a slimmer belly has convinced many women in Houston, TX to seek tummy tuck surgery. This elective procedure gives women the opportunity to look and feel great if they are bothered by excess skin and small amounts of fat around the belly. However, some patients at Morales Plastic Surgery are concerned about the position of the belly button.

While your belly button may be repositioned during a tummy tuck, this is not always the case. It depends on the kind of surgery you receive and your body goals. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales is careful to place the belly button, so it is as natural-looking as possible. Schedule your tummy tuck assessment to learn more about this body contouring procedure.

Should I get a tummy tuck?

Summertime is the season for bathing suits. However, some women feel self-conscious if they have sagging skin and small pockets of fat around the stomach. No matter how much you work out in Houston, it can be challenging to have a toned belly. Age, genetics, and lifestyle factors all make it difficult to achieve a contoured look. A tummy tuck addresses these problem areas so you can show off your midsection again. Common reasons for getting tummy tuck surgery include loose skin in the abdomen from:

  • Massive weight loss

  • Pregnancy and childbirth

  • Poor skin laxity

  • Natural aging that causes a “belly pooch”

What happens to my belly button?

In a tummy tuck, an incision is made across the pelvic area from hip to hip. The incision size is based on the type of tummy tuck being performed. This allows us to remove excess skin and make sure the stomach is flat. Once that is done, the belly button is repositioned in a more natural location. Dr. Morales has the experience necessary and an eye for detail when it comes to belly button positioning. Most tummy tuck patients even find their new belly buttons look more aesthetically pleasing than their old ones.

What about a mini tummy tuck?

Only a minimal amount of skin is removed during a mini tummy tuck. This body contouring procedure is more appropriate for patients with lax skin below their belly button. For this reason, the belly button is not moved or repositioned. Even though a mini tummy tuck is an attractive option for many women, only a few are candidates for this treatment. A consultation with Dr. Morales can help you understand whether a mini tummy tuck is right for your needs.

How do I get great results?

If you are considering a tummy tuck, it is critical to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise in this area. During a consultation, we can review your medical history and anatomy, and learn about your cosmetic goals. Our staff can show you before and after photos of previous patients with similar body shapes, so you know what to expect. We can also address any concerns you may have about where your belly button will be positioned after surgery.

Get a tighter, contoured body

When you are ready for swimsuit season, but excess skin has become a problem, a tummy tuck can deliver smoother, tighter results. In fact, this is one of the most sought-after body contouring treatments at Morales Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rolando Morales can review what goes into a tummy tuck and how it will affect your appearance when you schedule an assessment in Houston, TX. Call the specialists at Morales Plastic Surgery to begin the process.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.