A skilled tummy tuck surgeon should think carefully about your belly button when planning tummy tuck surgery. The fact is that the navel is the most central, most eye-catching feature on the belly. A belly button that looks odd or fake can be an immediate giveaway of your surgery, while a well-crafted one can serve as the perfect finishing touch for your body contouring.*
Your Natural Navel
The natural navel develops when the umbilical cord is cut at a child’s birth. Technically, every belly button is a scar that marks the way the skin healed after the umbilical cord was removed. The development of the belly button into either an “innie” or an “outie” seems related to the surgical technique the OB uses during this process, although genetics may play a factor too.
During a tummy tuck, the skin through the lower abdomen is removed, and the rest is pulled downward. The natural belly button is removed completely at the same time, because its new location ends up much lower than before and it would look very strange to have a navel set that far down. This is why your tummy tuck surgeon creates a new belly button.
Your New Navel
The best tummy tucks have a new navel that looks slightly oval in shape rather than perfectly round, and that has a tiny bit of hooded skin at the very top to create depth and dimension.* A new navel that’s crafted with care and attention lends an element of sensuality and authenticity to your tummy tuck that really makes the difference between a standard surgery and superior results.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.