Belly Button in a Tummy Tuck: How Does It Look After the surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more people seeking a flatter, toned abdomen. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, resulting in a smoother, more contoured appearance. However, many people are curious about what happens to the belly button during a tummy tuck and how it is affected by the surgery.

The belly button is a prominent feature of the abdominal area, whose appearance can be significantly impacted by weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging. During a tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned to fit the new contours of the abdomen, and its appearance is often improved. However, reshaping the belly button can be complex, and patients must understand what to expect before the procedure.

This article will explore what happens to the belly button during a tummy tuck. We will examine how the belly button is transformed during the surgery and how it contributes to achieving a smoother, more toned abdomen appearance. Additionally, we will discuss the tummy tuck recovery process and tummy tuck belly button healing stages. We will also discuss why the belly button look different after a tummy tuck.

Belly Button in a Tummy Tuck

How Is the Belly Button Reshaped During a Tummy Tuck?

During a tummy tuck surgery, the belly button, also known as the umbilicus, is reshaped to maintain its natural appearance.

A horizontal incision is first made in the lower abdomen, usually just above the pubic hairline. The incision length and placement may vary depending on the extent of the tummy tuck and the amount of excess skin to be removed. Then, the skin is carefully detached from the underlying tissue of the abdomen, allowing the surgeon access to the umbilicus.

Next, the umbilicus is separated from the surrounding tissue, preserving its blood supply. This ensures that the blood flow to the belly button remains intact.

The excess skin and tissue around the belly button are removed to tighten and flatten the abdominal area. The remaining skin is repositioned, and the belly button is pulled through a new opening in the stretched skin.

Once the procedure is complete, the umbilicus is reattached to the underlying tissue through sutures, ensuring it maintains its position and shape. The sutures used are typically dissolvable, eliminating the need for their removal at a later stage.

It is important to note that the belly button's appearance may differ after a tummy tuck. Some patients may notice that their belly button looks slightly different in shape or size, while others may see no noticeable change. However, most patients are pleased with the improved appearance of their abdomen overall and find that any changes to the belly button are minor.

Is the Belly Button Removed in a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The belly button is not removed during a tummy tuck surgery. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, tightening the underlying muscles, and repositioning the belly button to a more aesthetically pleasing position. The belly button is typically preserved and reattached through a new incision in the skin.

Belly Button in a Tummy Tuck

Why Does the Belly Button Look Different After a Tummy Tuck?

During the tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles, which can cause the belly button to shift position. To maintain a natural appearance, the surgeon will create a new opening for the belly button and carefully suture it into place. This new position may result in the belly button's slightly different shape or size. However, a skilled surgeon will ensure that the final result looks natural and aesthetically pleasing.

Is the Belly Button Always Part of a Tummy Tuck?

The belly button is often part of a tummy tuck surgery. During a traditional tummy tuck, the surgeon will make an incision around the belly button to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. The belly button is then repositioned and reshaped to create a natural-looking result. However, in some cases, such as a mini tummy tuck or a partial abdominoplasty, the belly button may not need to be repositioned or reshaped. This will depend on the patient's anatomy and desired outcome.

How is the Belly Button Healing Process After a Tummy Tuck?

The healing of the belly button after a tummy tuck is a gradual process that requires patience and proper care. By following your surgeon's instructions and allowing sufficient time for recovery, you can expect your belly button to heal and regain a natural appearance.

After a tummy tuck, the belly button will be swollen, bruised, and surrounded by sutures.

It is normal for the belly button to change during the healing process. Initially, it may appear smaller and more compressed due to swelling and the healing process. Over time, the swelling will subside, and the belly button will gradually regain its natural shape and size. The final appearance of the belly button usually takes several months to a year to fully develop.

Following the surgeon's recommendations, you may need to wear a special compression garment to support the abdominal area and promote healing. This garment may also help protect the belly button during the initial healing period.

Belly BUtton Shape

How to Care for the Belly Button after a Tummy Tuck? 

Caring for your belly button after a tummy tuck is essential to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of infection. Here are some tips on how to care for your belly button after surgery:

  • Gently clean the belly button area with mild soap and warm water. Dry the area with a clean towel. Avoid using harsh or scented soaps, as they can irritate the incision;
  • Follow the surgeon's instructions on how to care for your belly button after the tummy tuck; 
  • Apply medications or antibiotic ointments or creams as prescribed;
  • Wear compression garments to reduce swelling;
  • Avoid strenuous activities until cleared by the doctor;
  • See your surgeon if you observe any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, pus, or a foul odor;
  • Attend follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or complications that arise.

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Why Do Some Belly Buttons Look Weird After a Tummy Tuck?

After a tummy tuck surgery, the appearance of belly buttons can vary depending on several factors. Here are a few reasons why some belly buttons may look weird or unusual after a tummy tuck:

Reconstructed shape

During a tummy tuck, the belly button is often repositioned and reshaped. The surgeon may create a new opening, remove excess skin, and suture the surrounding tissues to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. However, the new shape or size may appear different than the natural belly button, making it look weird initially.


Like any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck involves incisions and subsequent scarring. The belly button incision is made to detach it from the surrounding tissue so that it can be repositioned. While surgeons strive to create minimal scarring, some individuals may develop hypertrophic or keloid scars, which can distort the appearance of the belly button.

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Skin irregularities

After a tummy tuck, there may be visible irregularities or contour changes in the skin around the belly button. This can be due to uneven fat removal, inadequate skin tightening, or postoperative swelling. These irregularities can make the belly button look misshapen or weird.

Healing process

The healing process after a tummy tuck can vary from person to person. Individual skin type, genetics, and postoperative care can affect the healing outcome. Sometimes, the healing process may cause temporary changes in the belly button's appearance, such as puckering, asymmetry, or irregularities, which may resolve with time.

Who Can Benefit from a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty can benefit individuals with excess skin and fat in their abdominal area that cannot be improved with diet and exercise alone. This procedure is particularly helpful for those who have experienced significant weight loss or pregnancy, as these factors can cause the abdominal skin to become loose and saggy. 

Candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good overall health, have stable weight, and have realistic expectations for the procedure's outcome. It is important to note that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution and should not be used as a substitute for healthy lifestyle habits.

When to See a Doctor

Patients should contact their doctor immediately if they observe any signs of infection in their belly button after a tummy tuck. These signs may be as follows: 

  • Too constricted or too loose belly button;
  • A discharge or pus coming out of the nave;
  • Protruded belly button protrudes for an extended time;
  • a hard lump behind the navel;
  • abnormal or distorted belly button;
  • painful or noticeable scar;
  • blood at the incision site.

Why Abdominoplasty in Iran?

Abdominoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure in Iran. The country has a thriving medical tourism industry, with many international patients traveling to Iran for affordable, high-quality medical care.

Iranian plastic surgeons are highly skilled and experienced; many have trained in top international medical institutions. They use the latest techniques and technologies to perform tummy tuck procedures, ensuring optimal patient results.

On average, the cost of abdominoplasty in Iran ranges from $2,500 to $4,500, significantly lower than in many other countries.

Tummy Tuck in Iran

Tummy Tuck in Iran

The Bottom Line

A tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic surgery that can help improve the abdomen's appearance. The belly button is typically repositioned during the surgery to create a more natural and aesthetically pleasing result. The specific technique will depend on the patient's needs and goals. While recovery from a tummy tuck can take several weeks, following the surgeon's instructions and caring for oneself can help ensure optimal healing and results. 


1) How long does it take for the belly button to heal after a tummy tuck fully?

It can take three to four months for the belly button to heal fully and for any scarring to fade. Initially, there may be some swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the belly button area, but this should gradually improve.

2) Can I get an innie after a tummy tuck?

During a tummy tuck, many patients notice an improvement in the appearance of their belly button. Furthermore, those with naturally protruding belly buttons can transform them into inward-facing (innie) belly buttons as part of the tummy tuck procedure.

3) How do I clean my belly button after tummy tuck?

Use a mild, non-abrasive soap and warm water to cleanse the area around your belly button gently. Avoid using harsh or scented soaps, as they can irritate the skin. 

After cleansing, gently pat the area around your belly button dry with a clean, soft towel. Avoid rubbing the area, as this can irritate. It is also advised to avoid soaking in baths or swimming pools for a certain period after your tummy tuck. 

4) Can I put Vaseline on my belly button after the tummy tuck?

Following your surgeon's specific post-operative care instructions is essential, including any recommendations for belly button care after a tummy tuck. In some cases, surgeons may advise applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) to the belly button area to keep it moisturized and promote healing. However, this should only be done if your surgeon specifically recommends it.

5) Is it possible to experience a dead belly button after a tummy tuck?

Belly button necrosis, also known as ischemic necrosis or tissue death, is a rare but serious complication that can occur after a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure. If you suspect that you are experiencing belly button necrosis after a tummy tuck, it's crucial to seek immediate medical attention from your surgeon.

6) Will my belly button scar go away after a tummy tuck?

In most cases, a belly button scar will not completely disappear after a tummy tuck. However, the scar can usually be well-hidden and minimized through the surgical techniques the plastic surgeon uses. The overall appearance of the scar may also improve over time with proper scar care and healing. It's important to discuss your specific concerns and expectations with your plastic surgeon before the tummy tuck procedure.

7) Do you get a fake belly button with a tummy tuck?

No, during a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure, the surgeon does not create a fake belly button. The existing belly button is usually reshaped and repositioned to maintain a natural appearance after excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen.

8) Can you get a belly button piercing after tummy tuck?

It is generally recommended that patients wait until the scars are fully healed from a tummy tuck surgery before getting a belly button piercing. This usually takes about 6-12 months. It is important to consult with your surgeon before proceeding with anybody modifications to ensure that it is safe for you to do so.

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