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Post-Tummy Tuck: A Case of the Missing Navel!

While all cosmetic or plastic surgeons have their own style and artist preferences, there is certain criteria that needs to be met to say you have delivered a good surgical result for your patient. We have been seeing a very strange occurrence with tummy tuck results from other practices who visit our Champaign and Bloomington, IL, offices lately, one that I believe warrants discussion.

Over the past 1 ½ -2 years, Dr. Castillo has seen a number of patients from other practices who are seeking a second opinion on their tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) results. These patients share that they are unhappy with the results. “Something just doesn’t look right,” they say. While they may not know exactly what they are unhappy with, they KNOW something isn’t as expected.

With one professional peek at their tummies, it’s shockingly obvious. They are missing the “crown jewel” of any good tummy tuck – the navel!! We have also seen a few patients with poorly re-constructed, misshapen, or poorly placed navels as well. Either way, it would make it difficult for a person to feel good about the new look of her/his tummy.

Technically called the umbilicus, the navel or belly button is the focal point of any abdomen. It is the single most important anatomical component and without one, an abdomen can look like something straight out of the movie Alien! Acute attention to the details of placement, size, shape and depth are paramount in the final appearance of an abdomen. That deserves repeating… Acute attention to the details of placement, size, shape and depth are paramount in the final appearance of an abdomen. The navel immediately reveals the age of an individual by its location, shape and size. Compare your current navel to the one in a picture of your navel as a teen. You are likely to notice some changes.

As you can imagine, undergoing a tummy tuck only to find that your navel does not look natural or worse yet, it is missing all together, can be disappointing to say the least. As a patient, you have spent upwards of ten grand, you have taken time off work, you went through the recovery process and are full of excitement… all with the goal of having a beautiful, sexy, more youthful abdomen, only to find that while you were sleeping, somebody has swiped your crown jewel!

slim-1391235_640As part of Dr. Castillo’s surgical team, I observe the delicacy and care in which he handles the re-creation of the umbilicus. It was surprising to me that there are surgeons (though small in number) who do not place proper importance on the re-construction of a natural looking navel. There are many wonderful, dedicated cosmetic surgeons around the world who can deliver a proper, natural-looking, youthful new tummy for you. It’s up to you to choose one who is knowledgeable, experienced and determined to deliver the look you desire!

So my best advice to anyone considering a tummy tuck is to ask lots of questions about what you are getting and what your surgeon’s vision of a proper abdominoplasty is. Look closely at his/her before and after photos. Carefully examine the position, shape, size, depth and proportion of the patients’ navels. This is not the time ignore the proverbial “elephant in the room.” Demand a proper navel! 

To see Dr. Castillo’s beautiful, natural-looking tummy tuck results, view his photo gallery. Request a consultation to meet with him and discuss your options.

Roxanne Grace Hammond, RMA
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
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