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Is there a procedure to just remove the skin around my belly button?

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I recently had liposuction (Nov. 2013) to the upper and lower abdomen, flanks and upper back. Although I paid for lower back as well,  the doctor did not remove fat from there. I now have some lose skin around my belly button. Will I need a tummy tuck or is there another procedure to remove the skin?

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Without a picture or examination, it is hard to give any accurate advice.  However, if you truly have loose skin only around the umbilicus, it may be possible to do a doughnut-type reduction similar to a peri-areolar mastopexy in the breast.  If this is done, you will have some significant bunching of the skin at the belly button for a short while.  This should, with time, however, settle out very much like mastopexy in the breast.  Make certain that you see a plastic surgeon with significant experience in abdominal rejuvenation.

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If you have only a very small amount of excess skin around your belly button, laser skin tightening could possibly help.  Laser skin tightening is certainly not ideal for everyone and it will not provide the same results as surgery. 

If the skin above your belly button is loose, a reverse upper abdominoplasty could be performed. This procedure, sometimes called a reverse tummy tuck removes excess skin above the belly button. The incisions are hidden in the creases under the breasts.

 

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Thank you for your question. A photo would be very helpful This is one that is asked often; how to tighten the belly button skin.  Unfortunately, there is no good treatment and liposuction, sometimes, can make it worse.   I have not be impressed with any surgical procedures around the belly button except a mini or full tummy tuck.  Laser or other skin tightening procedures have not be helpful in my opinion.  Consult your plastic surgeon for all your options.  Good luck.

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First, clarify with your surgeon regarding your impression as to whether he did everything he planned to.  If not, you should try to rectify that prior to having revisions. 

As for skin around the belly button, can't really comment without seeing a photo.  Doughnut excisions around the umbilicus with purse-string closures often leave an unsightly scar.

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First, clarify with your surgeon regarding your impression as to whether he did everything he planned to.  If not, you should try to rectify that prior to having revisions. 

As for skin around the belly button, can't really comment without seeing a photo.  Doughnut excisions around the umbilicus with purse-string closures often leave an unsightly scar.

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Usually when there is significant looseness around the belly button, an around-the-belly-button lift will not suffice and can appear 'gathered'.  So an in person exam would be necessary as the concentric technique is, in my opinion, very limited.

Patients usually get their best result when the skin is pulled downward and tightened with a tummy tuck.  

There are several types of in-between tummy tucks now that offer patients options other than the mini and full tummy tuck.

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It sounds like you have two issues going on. The first of these being that you did not get the results you were expecting from the procedure. It would be a good idea to discuss this with the doctor who performed the procedure. Second, address loose skin around the belly button can be tricky. In my experience a "donut-type" excision of skin does not produce satisfactory results. Your best options would probably be a mini/full tummy tuck, as others have suggested.   Frankly, depending on the magnitude of the loose skin, it may not be worth proceeding with another surgery, although this is a very individual decision.

Some non-invasive options may include laser tightening or off-label use of newer technology like Ulthera.

A:

It sounds like you have two issues going on. The first of these being that you did not get the results you were expecting from the procedure. It would be a good idea to discuss this with the doctor who performed the procedure. Second, address loose skin around the belly button can be tricky. In my experience a "donut-type" excision of skin does not produce satisfactory results. Your best options would probably be a mini/full tummy tuck, as others have suggested.   Frankly, depending on the magnitude of the loose skin, it may not be worth proceeding with another surgery, although this is a very individual decision.

Some non-invasive options may include laser tightening or off-label use of newer technology like Ulthera.

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