CREATION OF "NEW"
The last step in a tummy tuck, usually, is to create the "new" umbilicus, or belly button. Before the incisions are fully closed, Dr. Diaz makes a note of where the patient's belly button is positioned. A mark is made on the abdominal skin corresponding to this site on the external surface. Once the incisions are closed, the new opening can be made.
There have been many articles written about what makes a belly button look beautiful. In general, an oval shape with an inward curvature is considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing shape and appearance. Dr. Diaz has perfected a technique to create this beautiful result in his patients.
In order to ensure that the belly button is an "innie" and that the scar is pulled inward so it is hidden, Dr. Diaz utilizes a special technique. He places stitches on the sides of the belly button and attaches these to the underlying muscle. This pulls the belly button down and secures it in place.
He also makes careful measurements of the belly button and of the opening so that that the opening is an ideal size. Once the marking for the new opening is incised, the tissue in this area can be removed. This creates the new opening and the belly button is finally pulled through.
The previously placed stitches holding the belly button down to the muscle keeps the belly button in position, creating an "innie" effect that is aesthetically pleasing. The belly button is secured to the new opening using multiple layers of very fine stitches to promote the best healing. The final result is a beautiful and natural looking belly button with a hidden and fine scar.