Making A Beautiful Belly Button

The Rodeo Drive Belly Button

Plastic surgery has become a staple of popular culture, but often, lost in the furor, are simple stories on ways to give patients pleasing results.

At Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery we specialize in abdominoplasty, commonly known as the tummy tuck. This process is performed on men and women who have excess skin and fat around the abdominal area. It is very useful after pregnancy, or for people who have lost weight.

One thing we have found is that a good looking belly button is crucial to making patients happy with their tummy tucks.

During a tummy tuck, the belly button is removed from its surrounding skin and moved to a new position. But what makes the procedure done at Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery unique is that the bottom of the belly button is stitched more tightly to the deeper tissue to highlight a natural effect. The result has become known as The Rodeo Drive Belly Button.

Since the standard re-creation of a belly button was often "floating" in the belly, it did not have a natural appearance. The belly button was not attached to the deeper and surrounding tissues in a natural fashion.

The Rodeo Drive Belly Button was created to address these issues during our approach to Los Angeles tummy tuck. It creates a stronger "hood" at the top by stitching the top of the belly button loosely to the deep tissues of the abdominal wall. This creates a solid platform for piercing, and also throws a darker shadow within the hole of the belly button, creating a more natural appearance. The bottom of the belly button is stitched more tightly to the deeper tissues to highlight these effects.

At Rodeo Drive, we're working with younger patients than used to get tummy tucks. Now we're doing the procedure on people in their late 20's and early 30's -- these are women who want it all, family, career and a great body. Many of the women in this generation have their belly button pierced. Current fashion for younger women also calls for low-cut jeans that show off the belly button. We also do the procedure frequently on men, and they want to their belly buttons to look natural when they are at the beach.

This technique for reshaping the belly button during tummy tucks serves these sorts of patients very well. It can be combined with other parts of body contouring. One example is the Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover. Another is that the procedure can be combined with Los Angeles liposuction.

Lloyd M. Krieger, MD is a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon the founder and medical director of Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA. He welcomes your questions and comments by phone at 310-550-6300 or email at


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