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Will My Belly Button Look the Same After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Tummy tuck surgery is an innovative procedure that removes small pockets of fat and loose skin from the abdominal area. A common concern for women considering this surgery is whether the belly button will remain the same.

The belly button is actually a scar from birth and has now somehow become a sign of beauty. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales and the cosmetic team at Morales Plastic Surgery do everything we can to provide your belly, including the belly button, with natural and gorgeous results.

Now you can learn the basics of tummy tuck surgery and what techniques we use to reshape the belly button. Call our office in Houston, TX to schedule a body contouring consultation.

Where is loose skin removed during a tummy tuck?

During a tummy tuck, a thin incision is made from hip to hip in the pubic area, beneath the belly button. The incision length may be shorter or longer depending on the extent of your procedure. Once the loose skin and fat pockets are removed, the remaining tissue is pulled tight to create an hourglass figure. Dr. Morales can review your surgical plan in more detail when you visit our office.

So, what happens to my belly button in surgery?

The belly button is a scar you have from birth. It's the area where the umbilical cord was attached when you were inside your mother's womb. Everyone is born with this scar, and they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. No two people have the same belly button. It can be described as an outie or an innie, depending on whether or not the tissue protrudes.

Umbilicoplasty is a surgery that changes the appearance of the belly button. Dr. Morales can use one of several umbilicoplasty techniques during tummy tuck surgery, but the one we perform most often provides natural outcomes with minimal complaints. Every surgeon does it differently, so our clinic encourages patients to discuss their cosmetic goals during their initial consultation.

Will I love my body contouring results?

Dr. Morales hopes to provide each patient with realistic expectations before going into tummy tuck surgery in Houston. While your belly button may not look exactly how you'd expect, we do work hard to make sure the appearance is natural, consistent, and suitable for your lifestyle. In reality, a tummy tuck at our clinic can help you love your belly button again!

What can I do to improve my tummy tuck results?

The best way to improve your tummy tuck results is by following the recovery guidelines set in place by our clinic. This includes staying off of your feet, cleaning and caring for the incision sites, and avoiding any strenuous activities that stretch out the abdominal area. If you opt not to follow these instructions, your body contouring results may be compromised, and you could have a longer recovery time.

An hourglass figure and an attractive belly button

It’s impossible to know exactly how your belly button will look after tummy tuck surgery. Each patient is different and has unique features they want to change. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales has plenty of experience in this area, so we’re happy to answer any questions you may have during a consultation. If you're ready to take that next step in improving your body image, call Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. We can create the gorgeous hourglass figure you want and more.

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