Belly Button Surgery

Belly Button Surgery

Introduction

While certain traits like eye color and hair texture are genetically inherited, whether you have an “innie” or an “outie” belly button is actually just a matter of chance. Your belly button forms after birth, created by any leftover stalk of the umbilical cord that wasn’t cut off by the doctor or your parent. People who grow up with outie belly buttons simply had more cord left over, and this extra skin dried out and merged with your abdominal scar. While completely harmless, some people find this quirk embarrassing and seek corrective treatment through a belly button surgery (umbilicoplasty).

Belly Button Surgery

Candidates

While many individuals are eligible for an umbilicoplasty, our patients often fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Any person unhappy with the size, shape and appearance of his or her belly button
  • Have noticeable bulging and irregularities of the belly button
  • Possess deformities of the navel that might lead to health risks if left unresolved

Belly Button Surgery

Results and Recovery

Umbilicoplasty surgery usually requires 1-2 hours, but this depends upon the extent of correction needed. Immediately following surgery, patients may experience swelling and soreness. However, most patients can return to work soon within one to three days after surgery, depending on the complexity of the procedure. Results are expected to be permanent though it might take a few months for the physical appearance to fully reveal itself. Dr. Barrett will provide more specific instructions on how to best care for yourself during the recovery period to achieve optimal results.

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