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The ins and outs of belly button reshaping through umbilicoplasty

Posted: 16/05/2014

We continue our commentary on less well-known cosmetic procedures by looking at ‘umbilicoplasty’ or belly button surgery.

Umbilicoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that changes the size, shape or position of the bellybutton. The procedure is also known as bellybutton rejuvenation. This procedure is popular among both men and women who are unhappy about the appearance, size or position of their belly buttons. The surgery can be performed on its own or as part of a tummy tuck procedure. It can also be combined with liposuction to improve body contours. Surgery on the belly button alone is considered an option for those who have lost a substantial amount of weight. When performed as part of a tummy tuck procedure, the size, shape and location can be changed while the overall stomach wall is being strengthened

Our research suggests that an umbilicoplasty is described as a ‘simple operation’ that often requires only local anaesthetic. The plastic surgeon will remove skin around the navel to change its position, or take away some skin to change the shape. This is usually done when changing an ‘innie’ to an ‘outie’. Most of the incisions are made within the navel itself, so they should ideally not be visible. When finished, the surgeon will pull the remaining skin back together and sew things up, if skin has been cut away. Umbilicoplasty has permanent results but the appearance of the belly button may change if you become pregnant or significantly put on weight.

Recovery generally takes a week or so but you can usually return to light activities the day after your operation if all is well.

Umbilicoplasty alone can cost between £800 - £1,500.

Says Alison Johnson, senior associate in Penningtons Manches’ clinical negligence team: “We have some concerns that any surgical procedure would be described as a ‘simple operation’ and would urge anyone considering it to take time making a decision and only go ahead after careful consideration. All surgery, whether simple or not, carries some risk and shouldn’t be undertaken lightly.”


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