After a tummy tuck, it’s normal to want to show off your new midsection. One way to celebrate is by getting your belly button pierced. However, you’ve put a lot of time and money into achieving your new figure, and it’s important to safeguard your investment. Here are some factors to consider before you head to the piercing parlor.
Experts Recommend Waiting at Least a Year
You may feel back to your normal self within several weeks following a tummy tuck, but your body will continue to recover for up to two years. Beyond the swelling and tummy tuck scar, much of the healing process is invisible to you. One aspect of recovery that only time can restore is the reduced blood flow to the navel. As a result of this, numbness in the abdominal region can last between 12 to 18 months after your tummy tuck, making a year the minimum recommended wait time before piercing after your surgery.
Additionally, your healing tissue is different from your original skin and requires ample recovery time. This can make your belly button an inhospitable site for piercing for at least 12 months after your tummy tuck. You’re also recommended to find a piercer who has experience performing belly button piercings on abdominoplasty patients to ensure that you’re in good hands.
Because the skin around your new belly button will be different from your original belly button skin, many piercers choose to use modified jewelry designs or thicker gauges than the traditional 14 gauge. Other piercers won’t perform belly button piercings after a tummy tuck, as they find the new skin too inflexible, which can increase risk of rejection and may result in scarring as well as disappointment.
Dr. Frank Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. Dr. Campanile knows that making a lasting change to your appearance is a big decision. His calm, professional approach and deep caring for his patients set a tone that will help you feel confident and relaxed while reviewing your options and learning all about the procedures that can benefit you. Request a consultation today to meet with Dr. Campanile in person.