Is the belly button relocated during a tummy tuck?

I am interested in getting a tummy tuck, is it true your belly button is removed and relocated during the procedure? Why is this done and what would happen if it's damaged during surgery?


F, 38, Massachusetts

Thank you for your question. In a tummy tuck the belly button is NOT removed and relocated. The procedure begins with an incision low along the underline so as to be concealed by underclothing or swimwear. The skin and subcutaneous tissue is then elevated off the underlying abdominal wall muscles. A circular or oval shaped incision is then made around the belly button. The belly button is then dissected down to the abdominal wall. It is left attached on its blood supply or stalk. The upper abdominal skin is then elevated off the muscle to the level of the ribs. This allows the abdominal skin to be pulled downward and the excess or loose skin is then removed. After the loose skin is removed, the upper skin flap is sutured to the lower skin incision. The belly button is then brought out through a new incision, but in the same relative position on the abdomen as before the tummy tuck. So, at the end of the procedure, there is a lower abdominal incision and an incision around the belly button. Consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. Don't be afraid to ask questions! That's what we're here for!

Best wishes,
J. Michael Morrissey, MD

Dr. J. Michael Morrissey has 1 Tummytuck before & after:

Tummytuck before image performed by Dr. J. Michael MorrisseyTummytuck after image performed by Dr. J. Michael Morrissey