I have loose skin below my belly button and my stomach sticks out. My plastic surgeon is recommending a mini Tummy Tuck procedure with lowering the belly button by 1 to 2 inches and tightening my whole stomach muscles. Does lowering the belly button have any side effects and is it going to look unnatural?
The difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck
Thanks for the great question - You belly button is attached to deeper structures and in itself typically cannot be moved more than about an inch in any direction. Your surgeon is likely referring to moving tissue around your belly button - The key point here is the difference between a mini-tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck addresses the skin below the belly button. This can be a good option for patients that do not have a great deal of extra tissue above the umbilicus and who do not have rectus diastasis (which is a separation of the rectus abdominus muscles (the muscles that make up your six pack) - this is a common issue after childbirth). A full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can be a better choice for patients with addition skin above the umbilicus or who have significant lateral positioning of the rectus muscles. The scar can be longer but it is a much more powerful techniqe in terms of improving your abdominal contour. I hope this helps!
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