A tummy tuck is a highly satisfying procedure that can create a trim, contoured midsection, boasting a high RealSelf “Worth It” rating at 96%. Many tummy tuck patients at our Richmond, VA, area practice mainly focus on getting a flat stomach and taut skin. However, what happens to the bellybutton during surgery is just as important.
One of the main perks of a tummy tuck is that it can reshape a droopy, misshapen bellybutton. In fact, an appealing bellybutton is the telltale sign of a skilled tummy tuck surgeon.
All of our bodies change over time. The midsection can especially be impacted by things such as pregnancy, age, and weight fluctuations. These events can change the shape and appearance of the bellybutton and make it appear squished, stretched, or pushed outward.
Because the bellybutton is in the center of the abdominal area, it’s one of the first things people see when looking at the midsection. Some men and women may feel self-conscious about their bellybutton when wearing a swimsuit or crop top. For tummy tuck patients, we can correct this problem.
Shaping the Bellybutton
When the skin around the midsection is adjusted during tummy tuck surgery, the appearance of the navel is affected. With a typical tummy tuck navel incision, the bellybutton can look unnatural, taking on an unusual circular shape. Aside from looking odd, these overly round bellybuttons cause some patients to feel dissatisfied with their surgery. After all, no one wants this obvious sign that they have undergone surgery.
To prevent this issue, I use an “inverted chevron” technique during tummy tuck surgery. Instead of the traditional navel incision, I create an upside-down “U” shape that prevents the navel from looking unnaturally round. The inverted chevron incision creates a hood-like appearance that more closely resembles the natural shape of most bellybuttons.
The incision itself isn’t more complicated than the usual bellybutton incision, but it does add a finishing, artistic touch that improves the appearance of the midsection. You can see the real results my patients enjoy by browsing through our tummy tuck before-and-after photos.
Other Bellybutton Benefits
Tummy tuck surgery can do more than just change the shape and location of the bellybutton. Umbilicoplasty, for example, can reduce the size of the bellybutton itself by removing excess skin. A tummy tuck can also be combined with a treatment known as umbilical hernia repair. During pregnancy, the pressure from the baby can cause the bellybutton to “pop” outward. A tummy tuck can fix the hernia and change an “outie” back to an “innie.”
In the end, tummy tuck surgery can transform many areas of the body. With the help of a skilled surgeon, patients can improve the appearance of their bellybutton and have the midsection they’ve always wanted.
If you would like to learn more about your tummy tuck options from an experienced plastic surgeon in the Richmond, VA, area, please request a consultation online. You can also contact my office by phone at (804) 267-6009.