What happens to the belly button during a tummy tuck?

During a tummy tuck, the belly button is typically repositioned rather than removed. The surgeon carefully detaches it from the surrounding skin, preserves its integrity, and creates a new opening in the repositioned skin for it to emerge through. Excess skin and fat are then removed from the abdominal area, and the remaining skin is pulled taut, resulting in a smoother, firmer appearance. By repositioning the belly button, its natural appearance is maintained, contributing to the overall aesthetic outcome of the procedure. This allows patients to achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen while retaining their unique belly button shape.

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