WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BELLY BUTTON DURING A TUMMY TUCK?
Most people have excess fat in their abdomen that they can’t seem to get rid of even after eating healthy and exercising regularly. If you can relate to this, you may consider a tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck can help you remove stubborn fat pockets in your abdomen area so you can achieve the toned figure you’ve always wanted.
One of the most common questions prospective tummy tuck patients ask me is “what happens to my belly button during a tummy tuck?” Keep reading to find out.
*Individual results may vary*
HOW A TUMMY TUCK WORKS
During a tummy tuck, I’ll make an incision from your hipbone to above your pubic area and one to protect your navel. Then, I’ll lift your skin to reveal your abdominal muscles, which will be tightened up if necessary. Next, I’ll trim excess skin and fat away, and stretch the remaining tissue back over and stitch it closed to create a tighter abdominal region.
Once I’ve put the skin back in place, I’ll make a third incision to find the navel and stitch it back into its proper place. After abdominoplasty surgery, your belly button should look completely natural. You are even welcome to get a belly piercing if you’d like.
Keep in mind that it’s perfectly normal to see your belly button become smaller during the healing process. This can rejuvenate your belly button if it was once stretched out and leave you with youthful results. You can expect me to leave you with a natural-looking belly button that compliments your newly toned stomach.
RECOVERING FROM A TUMMY TUCK
After an abdominoplasty, you’ll be able to return home. For the first few days after surgery, I’ll recommend you begin walking as soon as possible and refrain from straining the surgical site. You shouldn’t shower until your surgical drains have been removed one week after the procedure. While you may face some pain and discomfort at first, it should subside after 2 to 6 weeks.
GOOD CANDIDATES FOR A TUMMY TUCK
If you are in relatively good shape yet are longing for a slimmer, more toned stomach, you may benefit from an abdominoplasty. I often perform tummy tucks on women who have had multiple children and found that their pregnancies loosened their abdomens.
Your overall health, skin elasticity, the size and shape of your abdomen, and the amount of fat you would like removed will all dictate whether or not you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
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If you’re wondering if you’re a good candidate for an arm lift or how much it may cost you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown of Brown Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona today. You can count on him to help you make an informed decision. Call us at +1 480-947-2455 or fill out our convenient online contact form.