Belly button surgery (or umbilicoplasty/navel surgery)

Purpose:

To change the shape or position of the belly button.

The procedure:

Belly button surgery can take place under either a general or local anaesthetic and usually lasts about an hour.

The surgeon will remove skin around the navel to change the belly button's position or make incisions in or around the belly button to alter its shape. This can mean changing a protruding belly button to a non-protruding belly button, correcting scarring caused by surgery or piercing, or removing a lump caused by a hernia.

The surgeon will generally make the necessary incisions within the belly button itself, so that the scarring is less visible. If skin has been removed, the remaining skin will be pulled together and the cuts will be stitched together.

The results:

Your belly button should be the shape you want and/or in the position that you want it. Belly button surgery can be permanent, but you should be aware that the effect can be reversed if you become pregnant or put on weight.

The risks:

General risks associated with surgery - see Considering cosmetic surgery?

Swelling, bruising and pain are quite mild with belly button surgery. However, the operation may leave you with a belly button that is not placed as you would like, and which would require further surgery to correct.

Before you start:

Belly button surgery on its own will not make your abdomen appear thinner or firmer - so you may want to talk to talk to your doctor or surgeon about alternative or additional procedures.

Also see:

Liposuction
Lower body lift
Tummy tuck

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