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We have discussed before the issue of tummy tuck surgery and quality. There are many docs who perform tummy tuck surgery and they have not all had residency training as plastic surgeons. Even some well-trained docs are in too much of a rush to do the “fine touches” that make a good tummy tuck great as well. One of the areas that may serve to separate the good tummy tuck from the mediocre (regardless of the surgeon) is the quality of the belly button repair or umbilicoplasty.
At the top of the post here is a fresh belly button repair by someone untrained or in a rush (my opinion of course.) The blue sutures show the belly button to be held in place primarily by external stitches that will require removal. Better tummy tuck surgeons use more “under the skin” sutures and fewer “over the top” types. Things scar less this way. This belly button isn’t one of mine.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2011-10-24 07:30:51.
When I was pregnant, my daughter pushed against my belly button the last couple of months and stretched it out. Then I ended up having two hernias which also stretched it out. Unfortunately I pierced my belly button when I was 15 and the skin above my belly button is now extremely loose. Can you fix this?
I am 26 and had my baby in Sept of 2010. I gained 30 pounds (healthy) and immediately had the two hernias. I think they were a result of the pregnancy or labor. I had them repaired in Jan of 2011. I am planning on having one more child. If it’s not a boy, then we’ll be having another one. Lastly, no I am not a fitness model. I’d like to be!
Belly button plastic surgery is usually referred to as umbilicoplasty. It is a routine part of tummy tuck operations as it becomes necessary when moving the position of the umbilical opening. As you have discovered, the belly button can be changed by pregnancy, weight changes and trauma which adds scarring. Belly button hernia repair is focused upon fixing the muscular layers under the skin. It usually does little for the loose skin and/or scar above that repair.
You seem to have a condition of extra loose skin with scar tissue that gives your belly button a lumpy and less than tight look. The best treatment for the whole picture here is a tummy tuck, but for that I would wait until after you have completed your childbearing. A limited umbilicoplasty might be done before that to just tuck the skin a tiny bit, but the results would not be as remarkable as those you would see with a tummy tuck. I would need to see and examine you to be able to confirm what the image has shown and predict if this might be productive for you.
John Di Saia MD
Karolina Kurkova seems to be minus one belly button and there are those out there trying to blame a plastic surgeon.
This looks like a problem relating to her birth or a hernia mishap.
I don’t think we can wag our fingers at a surgeon this time. lol.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2008-11-20 11:00:00.
I like the idea of having my breast implants put in through the armpit, but the opinions on the internet about it are split. No scar on the breast is best right? Is it safe to have them put in this way? Why do so few doctors do it that way?
Transaxillary (or through the armpit) breast implant surgery is difficult to get right at the lower breast fold due to lack of visualization. Your surgeon can’t see and often does this surgery mostly by feel with blunt instruments. The careful work to free the Pectoral muscle from attachments to certain areas while preserving others is kinda “hit and miss” when done without seeing. Due to these facts, these “transax” cases have a higher rate of the implants not settling, settling unevenly, or bottoming out. That means the redo rate is much larger than with other approaches.
These are amongst the reasons that surgeons like myself shy away from the trans-ax approach and other methods through which poor visualization and control is a problem (like through the belly button.) I like to see what I am doing and it looks much better when I do.
John Di Saia MD
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