Are you unsatisfied with the appearance of your belly button? Does it appear to be an ‘outie’ rather than an ‘innie’? You don’t have to feel self-conscious anymore – an umbilicoplasty is the solution.
The belly button, otherwise known as the navel or umbilicus, is the depression in the skin as the result of the removal of the umbilical cord. The formed cavity is generally referred to as an “innie”. However, some people will form an “outie”, where skin bulges out instead of in. This can often cause people to have low self-confidence and body image issues. If this is the case for you, umbilicoplasty may be for you.
Our surgeons also repair belly buttons which have been affected by piercing as well as those who require the creation of a new belly button following surgery of the abdomen. Some people will have an underlying umbilical hernia and this can be repaired at the same time as the umbilicoplasty.
UMBILICOPLASTY AT A GLANCE
Anaesthesia type: Local or ClearSleep
Procedure time: 1-2 hours
Recovery time: 2-3 days
Umbilicoplasty is a procedure which alters the appearance of the belly button to enhance its aesthetics. People will generally prefer this procedure if they have what is called an ‘outie’ belly button. An umbilicoplasty will be about to change an ‘outie’ belly button to an ‘innie’. However, those who have an ‘innie’ and are unhappy with the aesthetics of their belly button may also wish to undertake an umbilicoplasty.
Although you may have had an ‘innie’ for most of your life, different factors can alter the appearance of your belly button and make it appear less aesthetically pleasing. Factors that can alter the appearance include:
- Weight loss
- Weight gain
If you are concerned about 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.
You will need to be physically and mentally healthy and have a BMI that is considered healthy (between 18.5 and 24.9).
Belly button surgery is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
Prior to any surgical procedure, you will have a consultation with the surgeon. This will allow you to outline your wants and needs for the procedure and will allow you to have realistic expectations of the outcome. You will also have to discuss your full medical history with the surgeon.
The umbilicoplasty will be performed under a local anaesthetic. However, you may elect to have Centre for Surgery’s ClearSleep anaesthetic if you do not want to be awake throughout the procedure.
The procedure involves the surgeon cutting the skin inside your belly button. This will ensure visible scarring will be minimal. The exact technique used will vary depending on your belly button and the look you are wanting to achieve afterwards. The incision will usually take place within the belly button, so noticeable scarring will be minimal.
After the procedure, a light dressing may be applied. Dissolvable stitches are generally used, however, this will vary depending on which method of surgery was used and if you were having other procedures at the same time.
The procedure should take about one to two hours to complete, however, this will vary depending on if you are having a hernia repair or other procedures such at the same time.
You will be able to return home as soon as the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
After an umbilicoplasty, it is common to experience some bruising and swelling. This should last for the first few days post-surgery. If necessary, you can take pain medication to alleviate any pain.
If you had stitches that were not dissolvable, you will need to have them removed after 7 to 10 days.
You will have to take the first 48 hours off work. You should avoid any heavy lifting and strenuous exercise, as this will put unnecessary pressure on the incision site. You will be able to undertake light exercises, and you can return to your normal physical activities after a few weeks.
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What type of anaesthesia is used for umbilicoplasty?
Umbilicoplasty surgery can be performed easily with local anaesthesia. For those who may feel a little nervous, you also have access to our innovative ClearSleep anaesthesia technique.
How long does the umbilicoplasty surgery take?
This will vary from person to person, but an umbilicoplasty will take from one to two hours to complete.
What are the risks following umbilicoplasty?
The main risks are bleeding, infection, scars and blood clots.
Will I have to stay overnight?
Umbilicoplasty is performed as a day case. You will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
You will be given either local or ClearSleep anaesthetic, so you will not be able to drive home after your procedure. Make sure you have someone accompany you who will be able to drive you home following your umbilicoplasty.
What is the recovery process for umbilicoplasty like?
Patients can return to work within 48 hours after their procedure. The recovery time may be longer if you have had a combined umbilicoplasty with umbilical hernia repair.
Can I have other procedures at the same time?
Yes. Common procedures to have with an umbilicoplasty include:
- Tummy Tuck
- Hernia repair
You will be able to discuss this with your surgeon in your consultation to see if you are an appropriate candidate for multiple surgeries.
Will I have scars following umbilicoplasty?
All surgery which involves incisions results in scars. With umbilicoplasty, the surgeon will try to conceal the scars in the belly button. The type of umbilical reconstruction will be explained to you at the consultation to allow you to make an informed decision on the best choice for you.
When can I return to work?
We suggest you wait at least two days before returning to work.
When can I start exercising again?
We suggest you wait one week until you resume your normal physical activities.
When will I need to have stitches out?
Your stitches will be removed after 7 to 10 days.
Can the belly button change in appearance?
There are numerous factors which can cause the appearance of the belly button to change throughout your life. This includes:
- Weight loss
- Weight gain