Designer Belly Buttons

Belly Button after Tummy Tuck

Most abdominoplasty patients aren’t familiar with the term ‘designer belly buttons’, nor is it often a main concern of the patient when they are considering a tummy tuck.

However, a designer bellybutton is a crucial part of your abdominoplasty procedure – it refers to the way your navel is reconstructed during the surgery, otherwise known as an Umbilicoplasty.

Our Plastic Surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery for Women are at the forefront of creating natural-looking bellybuttons for Abdominoplasty patients in order to achieve the ideal female umbilicus to compliment their tummy tuck.

Dr Craig RubinsteinDr Richard Sackelariou, Dr Rebecca Wyten, Dr Geoff Barnett and Dr Rohit Kumar have over 135 years in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery experience between them in abdominoplasty procedures amongst others including other body contouring and breast enhancement procedures.

When patients ask about Tummy Tuck Surgery, they are often not initially thinking about their belly button – but as part of their procedures, our Surgeons get them a natural and pleasing result.

During the Tummy Tuck procedure, the original bellybutton of the patient is removed or relocated, as excess tissue is removed and the skin tightened and flattened.  The surgeon then creates a new belly button for the patient.


The belly button can sometimes be customised to meet the patient’s version of an ‘ideal’ belly button.

Dr Richard Sackelariou follows ideals of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, which identifies the perfect navel as being ‘hooded and primarily horizontal,’ but some surgeon’s and patients might have other preferences, such as a more vertical looking belly button.

It is best to discuss your version of an ideal belly button shape with your Surgeon as part of your pre-surgery consultations; you can even bring in a photo of your ideal belly button so that your Surgeon has a better idea of what you are wanting to achieve.

Another difference between procedures is that some Surgeons prefer to use liposuction as part of a Tummy Tuck to sculpt or shape the upper tummy and hips during the Abdominoplasty procedures, or to help contour around the navel area; whereas other surgeons prefer to remove fat around the belly button site and tummy area with direct incisions and not liposuction. As long as your Surgeon is highly adept at the procedure, you will get an excellent result – and our Surgeons are highly-skilled Surgical ‘artists’ when it comes to getting you a flatter, tighter tummy with a Tummy Tuck procedure.

“My technique involves creating an inverted ‘U’ shaped flap, this method is regarded as providing the preferred shape while also hiding the scar under the hooded part of the skin,” says Dr McManamny.

Whilst it might seem a small part of your Tummy Tuck procedure, the appearance of your belly button contributes significantly to the overall effect of your procedure.

Our Surgeons all agree that the Umbilicoplasty part of the Abdominoplasty procedure is of great importance as it contributes significantly to the overall appearance of your Abdomen and to your Tummy Tuck results.

Belly Button after Tummy Tuck

A natural-looking and well-reconstructed bellybutton also allow you to conceal any sign of Surgery and attain a ‘pre-pregnancy belly’.

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Last updated: 28/11/2019
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Dr Craig Rubinstein - MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Craig Rubinstein MBBS, FRACS (Plast), a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is one of Australia's most respected Melbourne Surgeons for Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction surgery and Abdominoplasty procedures. Using advanced surgical techniques to gain better body contouring and natural-looking surgical results, Dr Rubinstein is highly regarded by peers and patients for best-practice Clinic Patient-care and patient education strategies. He published a chapter on corrective surgery for Breast Asymmetry (see: Dr Rubinstein, a Melbourne University medical graduate and current FRACS Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is renowned for his skill and precision with breast enhancement procedures. With over 20 years experience in female cosmetic procedures, he has performed over 7,000 breast enhancement surgery procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction, and thousands of Abdominoplasty procedures for women after pregnancy or weight changes (post-obesity/post-bariatric surgery). Qualifications/Training Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The Australian Medical Association (AMA) American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) Founder: Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men - Plastic Surgeons Group Bio Page: