Umbilicoplasty, or belly button surgery, is a procedure that changes the appearance or shape of the belly button. It can be performed alone or as part of another surgery such as a tummy tuck or a body lift.
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About the Procedure
For those who are unhappy with the appearance of their belly buttons, an umbilicoplasty can help to repair the aesthetics of the navel after pregnancy, unsatisfied results from a previous tummy tuck, or a naturally protruding "outie" belly button. The navel can also change after significant weight loss or if the patient has experienced an abdominal hernia. While typically performed in conjunction with other surgeries such as an abdominoplasty, umbilicoplasty procedures can be performed on their own as well. During an umbilicoplasty, a discreet incision is made deep within the belly button. Excess fat and skin will be removed to achieve a slim, oval-shaped, "innie" belly button. Any small herniations and bulging will also be addressed. Skin will be repositioned so the navel will have a slightly hooded appearance. After reshaping the belly button into a more attractive and natural appearance, the incisions will be closed with sutures. By reshaping the bellybutton, the entire abdominal area can appear leaner and longer.
Generally, the goal of an umbilicoplasty is to achieve an innie, oval shaped belly button with a slight hood. This shape helps abdominal muscles to appear leaner and the torso to look longer.
What to Expect
Umbilicoplasty, or belly button surgery, is a procedure that changes the appearance or shape of the belly button. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an umbilicoplasty procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcoholic beverages for 2 days
- Diet medications, ephedrines, and asthma medicine should not be taken 2 days prior
- Do not take thyroid medicine the day of the procedure
- Avoid caffeine after midnight day of procedure
- Incision is made deep within the belly button
- Excess fat and skin is removed
- Any small herniations and bulging will also be addressed
- Skin is repositioned so the navel will be slightly hooded
- Sutures to close
Directly after a belly button surgery, patients may experience swelling and soreness. Most patients can return to work soon within 1-3 days after surgery, depending on if the surgery was done alongside an abdominoplasty.
The ideal candidate for an umbilicoplasty procedure is of a healthy weight and is unhappy with either the size, shape, or appearance of their belly button.
Not Recommended For
Umbilicoplasty is not recommended for patients who are significantly overweight.
Side effects from an umbilicoplasty may include tenderness, swelling, asymmetry, as well as over or under correction.