What is Belly Button Surgery?

Published on June 22nd, 2021

For many of us, our first memories of our belly buttons consist of determining whether they’re an “innie” or an “outie”. You may have compared yours with other kids and discovered that you have an “outie”: an abdominal scar formed from left over excess umbilical cord. Though it’s completely natural and common, some are uncomfortable or unhappy with the look of their “outie” and instead want an “innie”. Belly button surgery or an umbilicoplasty is a surgical procedure that enhances the shape and appearance of the navel. Though it can be a stand-alone procedure, it’s most commonly performed as a component of a tummy tuck, where it’s repositioned in order to create a natural-looking abdomen. In fact, due to its visibility, Dr. Barrett considers it to be the most important part of the tummy tuck.

Can you get belly button plastic surgery?

While an unhappy “outtie” owner might be the most common reason someone chooses to have belly button reshaping, there are several other reasons, too. Many women choose to restore their navels after pregnancy; similarly, some opt for belly button plastic surgery after a significant weight loss or because of damage from a navel piercing. Others undergo this procedure after a medical issue that necessitated the removal of their belly button, or to correct noticeable bulging, deformities or irregularities. Whatever your reason, being able to wear a bikini, bathing suit or crop top with confidence is reason enough.

A fairly quick procedure, it typically only takes between one to two hours and is done using local anesthesia. Your recovery is likely to be minimal; you can probably return to your normal activities within days. As with any surgical procedure, you’ll likely have some swelling and soreness in your abdomen after your belly button surgery. As mentioned, and depending on the exact complexity of your specific needs, you’ll may be able to return to work and normal activities in as little as between one and three days post-procedure. As for your belly button plastic surgery results, keep in mind that it’ll take a few months for all the swelling to go down and for your full results to be seen.

If you’re worried about it looking natural, a simple scroll through Dr. Barrett’s belly button cosmetic surgery before and after images should ease your concerns. From turning an “outie” into an “innie” or reducing the belly button’s size to removing excess skin, wrinkles or scarring or replacing the belly button, it’s amazing how something so physically small can have such an incredible impact on the way we look and feel.

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