Tummy Tuck and the Belly Button
Individuals who want to remove sagging skin and improve their abdominal contours can opt for a tummy tuck procedure at our Little Rock, AR, practice. This surgical treatment not only eliminates excess tissue, but also tightens the underlying muscular structure for truly remarkable results.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Suzanne Yee repositions the navel. In some instances, she can even create a new one if the patient is unhappy with the one they have. In this article, we explore how a tummy tuck affects the belly button and how we can help patients achieve their desired results.
What Happens during a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
To begin your tummy tuck, Dr. Yee makes an incision that runs from one hip bone to the other. Another small incision is made around the navel. This helps her alter the tissues around the navel while leaving the stalk of the belly button untouched. As the surrounding skin is stretched and removed, a new opening is created for the navel. The stalk is placed through this opening and expertly sutured into place.
Dr. Yee uses only the latest, most advanced surgical methods to ensure that scarring is minimized. To maintain a natural-looking belly button, she also carefully sculpts the areas around it using fat contouring techniques.
What if I Want to Change the Appearance of My Belly Button?
While many individuals are concerned about retaining the appearance of their existing belly button, some desire to change theirs. Patients have many different reasons for wanting to change the look of their belly buttons. Some may have lost a significant amount of weight, leaving their navels deformed. Others may have an “outie” and prefer to have an “innie.” If you want to change the appearance of your belly button, discuss your options with Dr. Yee during a consultation at our Little Rock, AR, practice.
What about a Mini Tummy Tuck?
In contrast to a traditional tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen. As a result, the belly button is not altered or moved during this procedure. Dr. Yee can help determine which treatment option is most effective for your needs.
Maintaining Your Results
Following your tummy tuck surgery, it is important to adhere to the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Yee. This will ensure that your entire abdominal area – including the belly button – heals well and looks natural. You will be given specific guidelines the day of your surgery, which will include the following:
- Eat a healthy diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh fruits and veggies.
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid strenuous exercise until cleared by Dr. Yee.
- Walk around the house a few times a day to prevent blood clots.
- Get plenty of rest.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, it is important to understand the details of your treatment. Talk with Dr. Yee ahead of time about your belly button and how you want it to look after treatment. To learn more, contact us online or call our Little Rock, AR, office at (501) 214-0661.