Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Umbilicoplasty is a procedure which alters the appearance of the belly button to enhance its aesthetics.
Factors such as ageing, pregnancy, weight loss or gain, trauma or hernias can impact the appearance of your belly button. A typical belly button will appear small and vertical. Umbilicoplasty will be able to alter the belly button to ensure it is considered better looking.
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.
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 procedure should take about one to two hours to complete.
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.
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.
The main risks are bleeding, infection, scars and blood clots.
Typically, umbilicoplasty surgery takes about one hour to two hours.
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.
All surgery 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 consultation to allow you to make an informed decision on the best choice for you.