Umbilical float abdominoplasty is a procedure that detaches the belly button from the abdominal wall during a tummy tuck, moving it downward. This procedure is a modified version of the tummy tuck (or mini-tummy tuck) that is appropriate in certain cases.
Like the traditional tummy tuck, the umbilical float procedure is intended to give patients a flat abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles.
Good candidates for the umbilical float procedure will exhibit only minor skin laxity on the lower abdomen, which may extend to 1-2 cm above the belly button. The belly button may also appear unusually high. In addition this procedure is best suited for patients in which the belly button only needs to be moved 3-4 cm.
The incision for an umbilical float procedure is similar to that of a mini-tummy tuck. The belly button stalk is divided at its base on the abdominal wall and your surgeon may perform abdomen muscle tightening if necessary. Finally the skin is pulled down, the belly button stalk is reattached to the abdominal wall and minor skin removed.
After abdominoplasty, the tummy may be swollen for a few days and some pain is likely. Dr. Hess will prescribe a pain medication so you can manage any pain or discomfort. In addition you will have two drains or tubes coming out from the lower abdomen. This allows the normal fluid your body tissues produce to be removed. Surface stitches and deeper stitches are usually dissolvable and do not need to be removed.
Complete recovery from an umbilical float abdominoplasty may take a few weeks or months, depending on the individual. People with stronger abdominal muscles will find a shortened recovery as their body more easily adapts. Regardless of physical condition, it is crucial to work out an exercise program, as this will help reduce the swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and work to further tone your new body.
Once fully recovered, a tummy tuck can produce excellent results, generally lasting as long as a balanced diet and regular exercise are maintained.