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The appearance of the umbilicus has assumed greater importance in recent years with the increasing fashion of exposing midriffs. The belly button or navel, or medically known as the umbilicus, is the scar from the umbilical cord which was divided at birth. This results in a depression in the skin which is attached to the underlying muscle fascia or covering sheath of the muscles. The divided cord scar typically forms a cavity or an “innie”. In some cases, an “outie” develops due to extra skin left behind from the umbilical cord. Many people feel that an “innie” is more appealing in appearance than an “outie.”
Umbilicoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to modify the appearance of the navel or belly button.
It is usually performed as part of a tummy tuck operation (abdominoplasty) or it may be performed alone or done in conjunction with umbilical hernia repair. Surgeons routinely perform umbilicoplasty during abdominoplasty and umbilical hernia repair.
Recent change in fashion over this past decade, have created more belly button exposure – tops have gotten shorter – pants have shrunk lower below the waist – and the naval has been left totally and fashionably exposed.
Many people experience changes in their belly button as part of normal aging, pregnancy, weight gain or loss, hernias and hernia surgery or trauma. An unattractive belly button bulges, is horizontal in shape and may have other distortions. A very good looking umbilicus is small, vertical in shape. Umbilicoplasty safely and predictably corrects the distortions and results in an attractive, natural looking belly button – that will allow you to wear the fashions of your choice and show off your new navel.
If you are concerned by the appearance of your belly button, umbilicoplasty or belly button surgery can be an option to address your concerns.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with belly button surgery.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
Belly button surgery is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
There is no such thing as a perfect belly button and therefore makes the desire for the procedure purely subjective. The procedure is perfect for those who are unhappy with the look of their belly button and it is having an impact on their body image.
You can expect some swelling and bruising for the first few days following your surgery but it is expected to resolve fairly quickly. You should be able to go back to work within 48 hours.
What type of anaesthesia is used for umbilicoplasty?
Umbilicoplasty surgery is performed with local anaesthesia +/- Intravenous sedation.
What are the risks following umbilicoplasty?
The main risks are bleeding, infection, scars and blood clots.
How long does umbilicoplasty surgery last?
Typically, umbilicoplasty surgery takes about one hour to 1.5 hours.
What is the recovery process for umbilicoplasty like?
Patients can return to work within 48 hours after their procedure.
Will I get scars following umbilicoplasty?
All surgery results in scars. With umbilicoplasty, the scars are hidden in the belly button.