What Happens to Your Belly Button After a Tummy Tuck?

One thing that people often worry about when they have a tummy tuck is whether their belly button will look the same. Having a natural-looking belly button is an important part of your tummy tuck since it is the central point of your stomach and sits in plain view. At North Valley Cosmetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Villares uses the best techniques to ensure a natural result from your tummy tuck surgery.

How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

A tummy tuck is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the stomach and tightens abdominal muscles for a toned, flat appearance. Dr. Villares makes his incision horizontally along the lower abdomen where the scar will be hidden by your underwear or bikini until it fades. It is important to note, however, that while your scar will fade it will never completely disappear.

Natural Appearance

Although the belly button seems to protrude from the skin, it is actually connected to the abdominal muscles underneath so it will be left in place during your tummy tuck. During your surgery, the skin around the belly button will be moved so a new opening will have to be made for the belly button to poke through. Then, the skin around the new opening of your belly button will be carefully sutured to keep your belly button in place. Once healed, this small incision will be almost completely unnoticeable since it will be covered by your belly button.

Sometimes, the belly button does not even have to be touched. If you have a minor amount of loose skin or are only concerned about a small pooch below the belly button, a small incision will be made and everything is repaired through this cut. This eliminates the need to tighten and move the skin that lies over the belly button.


During the first week or two after your tummy tuck surgery, there will be some swelling that can make it difficult to see the end results. If your belly button feels out of place, don?t panic. Once the swelling goes down you will be able to see the beautiful, natural appearance of your newly toned stomach.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about getting a tummy tuck at North Valley Cosmetic Surgery, call our office in Scottsdale, AZ, at (480) 725-8627 or contact us online. Dr. Villares has many years of experience and knows the best ways to give you great results that you will love.