Does my navel needs to be removed on a tummy tuck to achieve better results?

Q:

I had a lap band placement and I have had massive weight loss.  I am having a tummy tuck. My surgeon suggested removing my navel so there is no hanging skin after surgery. Does my navel needs to be removed on a tummy tuck to achieve better results?

A:

 Sometimes the belly button in massive weight loss patients becomes part of the the large pannus or drape of skin that is removed in a Tummy Tuck. It is removed because of loss of blood supply to the belly button. However, there is good news. Your surgeon should be able to make you a new belly button at the time of your Tummy Tuck or after your surgery. Consider discussing your options with your surgeon BEFORE your surgery. Best,

 

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

Hi Alejandra,

The good news is that you can usually leave the belly button intact during tummy tuck surgery except in unusual circumstances. If it must be removed a new belly button can be created although it is often less aesthetic looking than your original one. Good luck!

A:

It is rare that the belly button needs to removed during a tummy tuck. If it is necessary to do that because of concerns about the blood supply which is necessary for healing, a new "belly button" can be created.

I would suggest that you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)  that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Robert Singer, MD  FACS

La Jolla, California

 

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