Belly button surgery is a procedure that can change the size or shape of the belly button when pregnancy, weight gain, or umbilical hernia has caused undesirable changes in its appearance. While often done as part of a more extensive surgery such as a tummy tuck or a Mommy Makeover, belly button surgery can be done on its own. Commonly, patients request the surgery to change a protruding belly button (an “outie”) to an “innie” that does not protrude or to make the bellybutton horizontal or T-shaped.
The surgery is popular among those who have belly button piercings that they no longer like the looks of once they stop wearing midriff jewelry. Since the piercing is higher than the bellybutton, time and pregnancy can make it rise to nearly two inches above the belly button. With the rising popularity of social media, many women do not like seeing how their belly button looks in online pictures.
An umbilicoplasty by itself is an outpatient procedure that uses local anesthetic and takes an hour or two. More involved abdominal surgeries take longer and require general anesthetic and more recovery time. The surgery results in minimal swelling or discomfort, but may require a week off from work.
Dr. Eko of Eko Plastic Surgery, who also does the more extensive procedures, offers belly button surgery on its own. By requesting a consultation, he will present you with your options for belly button revision, discuss the procedure, and provide any other details you need before making a decision.
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Click on a patient to view photos taken before and after their Belly Button surgery (Umbilicoplasty).