Belly button surgery is a cosmetic treatment to enhance the shape and appearance of the navel. This small change can make a significant difference for patients who dislike the appearance of their “outie” belly button or are undergoing other abdominal procedures like a tummy tuck.
Is Belly Button Surgery
right for you ?
The belly button, is the scar that forms after the umbilical cord is cut. How the umbilical cord is cut is the largest determinant of its appearance, as “outie” belly buttons have extra cord left over, leaving a more prominent abdominal scar.
While transforming an “outie” to an “innie” is the most common reason for a belly button surgery, patients also seek this procedure to remove scars from piercings, reduce their belly button size, or correct its appearance following previous surgery.
During the initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive exam and discuss your goals to understand if this procedure is correct for you.
Transform an “outie” to an “innie” belly button
Correct an umbilical hernia
Repair stretching and damage caused by piercings
Replace a belly button that was previously removed or altered for medical reasons
Correct navels that have become misshapen over time
Restore belly buttons that have changed due to weight gain or pregnancy
Address noticeable bulging, deformities, or irregularities
A patient care concierge will guide you through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During the consultation, your surgeon will learn about your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create a personalized surgical plan. You will then be matched with a surgical coordinator who will walk you through each step of the preoperative process.
A small incision will be made in the skin surrounding the belly button to remove excess skin and repair any separation that might be present. In some cases, a small amount of abdominal skin is placed over the part of the area to create an inner positioning, or “innie” belly button. To close the incisions, your surgeon will use a unique layered suturing technique that minimizes tension to minimize scarring.
Belly button surgery patients experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area. Results become visible after just a few days and will continue to improve as post-operative swelling subsides for a permanent result.
Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for optimal post-operative care, including an advanced scar management protocol after the initial healing period. Your surgical team is always available and will closely monitor your recovery in the weeks and months following surgery.