Cosmetic Surgery Tips

tummy tuck with belly button piercing

The tummy tuck is one of the most popular surgeries to correct loose skin in the abdomen, but many women are hesitant to get a tummy tuck because they don’t want to deal with the pain and recovery time. In this post, we’ll discuss how you can get a smoother belly button with a tummy tuck and belly button piercing.

Belly Button Piercing

If you’re looking for a way to extend your tummy tuck results with an extra boost of confidence, consider getting a belly button piercing. A belly button piercing can help make your abdomen look more toned and smooth by drawing attention away from it. The piercing can also enhance your figure by making your waist appear smaller.

Some doctors will recommend this procedure as part of their tummy tuck procedure, but most doctors will not perform both procedures at once because there is too much risk involved in performing both procedures on one body part at once. If you’re interested in getting both procedures done at once, make sure to speak with your doctor about how long it will take for each procedure and whether or not he or she recommends waiting between procedures so that your body has time to heal before starting another process like this one again!

tummy tuck with belly button piercing

Many of my patients have come to me for a tummy tuck after having their navels pierced, and it’s not unusual for them to ask me if they can keep their piercing in place. The answer is yes, but it’s important to understand the risks involved with this decision.

The first thing you need to know is that keeping your belly button piercing after an abdominoplasty will increase the risk of infection—and the longer you leave it in place, the higher your risk will be. Some people choose not to remove their piercing because they feel it looks good or they’re worried about scarring, but this can lead to serious complications down the road.

If you’re thinking about getting a tummy tuck and still want to keep your navel ring, make sure you talk with your surgeon beforehand so they can give you advice on how best to care for yourself after surgery!

How Surgery Affects Body Piercings

Depending on what type of procedure you are having, there may or may not be an effect on any body piercings you have. Generally, removing your piercings before surgery is a good idea, as they may increase your risk for infection and surgical burns. Below we go over how surgery affects body piercings in various types of procedures:

1. Breast Surgeries and Nipple Piercings
If you are having a simple breast augmentation and you have nipple piercings, you will want to at least switch out your metal piercings for plastic ones. This is because metal can attract the heat from the machines used during the procedure and cause unwanted burns. Make sure you swap your piercings out at least a week (if possible, longer) before surgery.

If you are having a breast lift or reduction, you will need to remove your piercings before surgery. These procedures typically involve a periareola incision (around the areola) which have a higher risk of infection than the inframammary incision (under the breast crease). The mammary ducts of the nipple are not sterile and contain endogenous flora – bacteria that lives on our skin. This bacteria can cause infections if it’s introduced into our bodies. The nipple’s mammary ducts are essentially a fast track highway from the skin’s surface to the deep breast tissue. So, a nipple piercing is just an extra liability. You will also be advised to wait around six weeks before placing the piercings back in, and around 3-6 months before getting a new nipple piercing to allow your body proper healing time and avoid an unwanted infection.

2. Liposuction and belly button piercings
If you are having liposuction along the abdominal area, you will be asked to remove the piercing before your procedure, as they can get in the way. Generally, your belly button piercing will not be affected by liposuction. However, if the liposuction leaves you with excess skin that does not have the tensile strength to uphold the weight of your piercing, you may experience some skin sagging in the area. This is not common and typically means you are a candidate for a tummy tuck.

3. Tummy Tucks and Belly Button Piercing
In most cases, your surgeon will reconstruct the belly button during a tummy tuck procedure. For this reason, you will have to remove your piercing before the procedure, and will have to re-pierce the belly button after you have healed. You should wait between 12 and 18 months to pierce your belly button after undergoing a tummy tuck.

4. Facial Piercings and Plastic Surgery
As a general rule of thumb, you should remove any and all facial piercings before undergoing plastic surgery. Tongue piercings can get in the way of anesthesia administration, and any other metal piercings can cause unwanted burns to your skin. If you have any questions about how your body piercings can be affected by you upcoming plastic surgery, be sure to ask your surgeon.

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