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Belly Button Shape is Crucial in a Tummy Tuck

Three actual patients before & after photos depicting belly button shape.
Photos courtesy of Dr. Rocco C. Piazza, ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery.

I think that one of the most important areas to address when performing a tummy tuck here in Austin—is the belly button.  Oftentimes, pregnancy and/or weight gain with subsequent loss can distort the belly button giving it a transverse, puckered appearance.   In consultation, I find that patients really don’t pay much attention to the shape of the belly button when I show them before and after photos of other patients.  In my opinion, when seeking a plastic surgeon, it is important that patients look at the belly button—look at the shape, the location of the scar, how well the scar healed.  If not done correctly, this can be a tell-tale sign of a poor tummy tuck.  The picture in this blog represents three unique patients with 3 very different belly buttons—I typically turn the belly button into an oval shape elongated vertically.  I feel this gives the patient a slimming result—as you can imagine the two 6-pack muscles on either side.  More photos of this procedure can be found in my Austin tummy tuck before & after photo gallery.

If you are interested in discussing if a tummy tuck at our Austin plastic surgery procedure is right for you, please email us or call The Piazza Center at (512) 288-8200 to schedule your consultation.

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5 Responses to Belly Button Shape is Crucial in a Tummy Tuck


  1. samsperonseo says:

    Thank you for sharing this post this explains tummy tuck results tummy tuck plastic surgeon chicago

    • Rocco Piazza says:

      Thanks you for your comment! I agree, especially here in Austin, tummy tucks can ultimately be defined as aesthetic or unaesthetic by the shape of the belly button!

  2. Melissa J Young says:

    Thanks for the post. I was in a plan to go for a tummy tuck surgery. And the information you have posted really helped. I will be consulting a surgeon soon.

  3. Malin says:

    have an ugly scar of mass piercings in navlen I made several times today, I get anxiety what I do to my body, they go to fix ill scars? : (Do they go well to e-mail pictures live in Sweden Sundsvall. Thanks advance / Malin

    • Blog Admin says:

      Great question Malin! Yes, we often have patients that regret getting a navel piercing and choose to have this scar revised. It can be done quite simply in the office. The important thing when repairing these piercing scars, is to remove the entire track– which can be done with just a 2-3mm incision. We couple this with an advanced scar protocol using both TNS Recovery Complex and Scar Recovery Gel by SkinMedica. Check out Dr. Piazza’s blog about Scar Protocol: https://www.thepiazzacenter.com/blog/uncategorized/drpiazza-scar-protocol-austin/

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