Most patients considering a tummy tuck may not have heard about a “designer belly button.” The belly button may very well be the last thing that comes to mind when there is so much else to love about a tummy tuck.
And yet a designer belly button is an important part of an abdominoplasty. Just think about it: Your plastic surgeon will flatten your tummy by removing excess flab and skin, and possibly repair the abdominal muscle if it is torn or split (a common occurrence after pregnancy and childbirth). This will result in things moving around quite a bit, meaning your belly button will not end up in a natural-looking location unless it is reconstructed.
Belly Button Reconstruction as Part of a Tummy Tuck
Belly button reconstruction – also known as an umbilicoplasty – can be performed standalone but is most often incorporated into tummy tuck surgery or as part of a complete Mommy Makeover.
While plastic surgery has its foundation in the medical science, it is often as much art as science. A good plastic surgeon has an eye for aesthetics, for what is pleasing to the eye, for the right proportions. Our navel may only be a small part of our bodies, but its location and shape are crucial for our overall look.
You may remember comparing your belly button to those of your siblings or even friends when you were a child. If you had an “outie,” you probably spent way too much time wishing for a prettier belly button. Or maybe you already had a perfectly nice belly button until pregnancy changed that entire landscape drastically, leaving your belly button worse for the wear.
Everyone wants it, that perfectly round depression – not too shallow and not too deep, and slightly more horizontal than vertical. But there are many ways you can design a belly button, and now may be the time for you to get your wish of a perfect one. If you’re considering a tummy tuck, make sure you discuss belly button placement and design with your plastic surgeon during your pre-surgery consultation. It might even be a good idea to bring in pictures of particular belly buttons you like. It may sound strange, but it will help your surgeon better understand your aesthetic goals. If you help your hairdresser understand which hairstyle you prefer by bringing in sample pictures, why not do the same for your plastic surgeon?
Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About a Designer Belly Button
Most plastic surgeons agree that belly button reconstruction is an important, if not the most important, part of a tummy tuck. It’s important to create a designer belly button that is, in fact, well-designed. Given its nature, it’s not very hard to hide a scar inside a belly button, so there is no need to worry about scarring.
It might be time to get yourself a new belly button. Your first step is to find a plastic surgeon and schedule a consultation. In the meantime, the tummy tuck pictures below will give you an idea of what to look for in a designer belly button.