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My new belly button after lap (pic)

danijonez
danijonez

So my last stitches fell out today, excuse how bad me belly looks in this pic, it’s hard to get a pic where it shows it how I see it properly but this is my healed belly button and I hate it :(

I had a normal innie, and now it looks like it has loads of flaps and it’s just some weird looking thing. (I’m so bad at explaining) the skin that shows on the left side of the pic was once the actual inside of my belly button it feels like, as belly button skin feels different to me as I hate them aha. I just feel so self conscious about it, only last year I started wearing bikinis and now I feel like I can’t wear anything that will show it and summer is coming up. I don’t know if anything can be done about it, has anyone been through anything similar? I’m just feeling so drained with the lap results and not being fixed and what I they found could’ve been detected on a mri scan so I wouldn’t have even needed a lap and now my belly button just crushed the little self confidence I had left in me

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your lap was only a few weeks ago, you could still have lots of swelling on the inside that’s pushing it out, you may only have small incisions out the outside but your insides have been pushed and pulled apart and will take a lot longer to heal, x

danijonez
danijonez in reply to cmbxm

That’s true. Maybe I am overreacting and it’s not fully healed. They barely did any work in me they just removed my left ovary from my abdominal wall and my bloating went over a week ago now so it’s all I ever think about my belly button. I just hope it doesn’t stay like this I really don’t like it x

cmbxm
cmbxm in reply to danijonez

just keep the area clean and dry and avoid touching it, should help any swelling settle down x

It can take a good few months to heal fully inside and out. It may be once healed it will soften up and look less obvious. You should keep the incision and resulting scar out of the sun, or minimise exposure for at least one year. x

If it was just a diagnostic lap they will still need to remove endo by going through the belly button again unless you dont want that 😮 Its hard to prevent but I personally love mine because it makes me unique and part of a community like a belly button piercing 😮

danijonez
danijonez in reply to Abi_97

They didn’t find endo when they went in and that’s true I guess it makes you unique but I’ve always struggled with body confidence so it’s just a bit of a shock to me x

Abi_97
Abi_97 in reply to danijonez

Hmm was it a specialist because I think unless you have severe endo like me normal gynae struggle to find it 😮 So if your pain continues dont give up 😮 I know it must be hard but like people said it will die down and people will hardly notice it what is a normal looking belly button anyway 😉 Also I've not tried it but theres always that advert for bio oil you could try it 😮X

danijonez
danijonez in reply to Abi_97

I don’t think it was a specialist which sucks I still believe I have endo but they did find varicose veins in my pelvis where I get most of my pain. I didn’t even think about oils, I think I’ll try some once it’s died down a bit more it’s still sore where the stitches have come out so don’t want to aggravate it yet, thanks :) x

Abi_97
Abi_97 in reply to danijonez

Yeah let it rest and keep an eye on it 😮 X

Hi Dani, mine looks exactly the same as yours four weeks out. I also had an innie that is very hard and fleshy now. Did you see improvements over time?

Karopeders
Karopeders in reply to Kette1hl

I see that you didn't receive an answer. But now I am in the same situation. How did your belly button heal? I'm 2 weeks post op and I hate my belly button :( did yours get better?

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