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While the appearance of a person’s belly button is typically determined at birth, the belly button may change over time as a result of pregnancy and weight changes, among other causes. Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center offers a wide range of plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures to help patients both look and feel their best. To get started, schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeons in Gainesville today.

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What is umbilicoplasty?

Umbilicoplasty, or belly button surgery, is primarily concerned with removing excess skin from the belly button for aesthetic purposes — this procedure changes the appearance of the belly button. The shape of the belly button is both based on genetic factors, such as the way in which the skin is attached to the muscle beneath, as well as the manner in which the umbilical cord is severed following birth.

Originally used to treat hernias in infants, umbilicoplasty has since gained popularity as an elective cosmetic surgery procedure. While umbilicoplasty may be performed to help facilitate positive results of other types of cosmetic surgery, such as body contouring surgery, it may also be performed as a singular procedure to alter the size and/or shape of the navel.

This procedure is additionally performed to correct scarring from belly button piercings and for patients who seek belly button rejuvenation following a pregnancy.


Umbilicoplasty after pregnancy

Pregnancy is a common cause of change in appearance to the belly button — from an “innie” to an “outie.” This is the result of a belly button hernia coming through where the umbilicus attaches to the abdominal muscle wall.

Umbilicoplasty serves as a permanent solution to remediate any visual deformities to a belly button and it is often performed in conjunction with other body plastic surgery procedures to facilitate the patient’s overarching goals for cosmetic surgery.

Our plastic surgeons commonly perform this procedure to narrow belly buttons which have widened due to pregnancy and excess weight. To help ensure the best results for hernia surgery, pregnant patients and patients who intend on becoming pregnant in the near future should wait until after giving birth to undergo this procedure.


Umbilicoplasty for a piercing scar

Another common cause of malformed or misshapen belly buttons is a rejected belly button piercing or an old piercing that left behind an unsightly scar. Depending upon the location of the scar, umbilicoplasty may help remediate the aesthetic issue.

Umbilicoplasty is optimal for addressing scars located on the small ring of the skin which surrounds the belly button and scars located within the indentation of the belly button. If the scar is located elsewhere, scar revision surgery may be recommended either as an alternative or as an addition to umbilicoplasty to ensure optimal results. 

For assistance with determining the types of cosmetic surgery and aesthetic treatments that best meet your needs, contact Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center today.


Benefits of umbilicoplasty

The aesthetic value associated with umbilicoplasty is among the primary benefits of this procedure. While the results of an umbilicoplasty may seem minor, belly button surgery offers patients a greater sense of poise and pride in their appearance and rejuvenate self-confidence.

Umbilicoplasty is frequently — and successfully — performed in conjunction with other body surgery procedures, such as tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck — both of which address the belly button and revise the overall appearance of the abdomen.

This procedure may also be performed with liposuction to improve the shape, tone, and aesthetic value of the body for patients who seek a slimmer and more refined mid-section.

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How is umbilicoplasty performed?

Before undergoing any form of plastic surgery, each patient will meet with one of our plastic surgeons — either Dr. Richard Nesmith or Dr. Brad Nesmith — to discuss their medical history, their goals for cosmetic plastic surgery, and their overall plan for plastic and reconstructive surgery, among other details relevant to the procedure.

During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will provide patients with instructions for care before and after surgery as well as any prescriptions required. Schedule a consultation with Nesmith Plastic Surgery today.


Umbilicoplasty Procedure

Umbilicoplasty is a safe procedure that is relatively quick to perform. Belly button surgery typically requires about an hour or more to complete and requires that the patient be put under local anesthesia. Other forms of sedation may also be available, depending upon the patient’s specific medical requirements and preferences for surgery.

Your surgeon makes a small incision around the belly button and either removes extra skin from the low-center portion of the abdomen or positions a small amount of skin over the top of the belly button.

The plastic surgeon may trim the skin around the belly button in order to reposition the navel either higher or lower than the original placement. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are sutured closed.


Umbilicoplasty Recovery

Due to the relatively non-invasive nature of belly button surgery, patients will likely be able to return home immediately after the procedure is completed. The majority of patients are able to successfully return to work and everyday activities within three days following umbilicoplasty, but we advise that patients avoid any strenuous activity.

The navel might appear swollen immediately after surgery, but any apparent bruising or swelling will likely dissipate in the weeks following the surgery. Once the healing process is complete — ranging from a few weeks to a month — the patient enjoys permanent results and a seamless belly button appearance.


Am I a good candidate for umbilicoplasty?

The ideal candidates for belly button surgery are those who have belly buttons that feature repaired or existing umbilical hernias, an uneven navel shape or position, or those who are generally unsatisfied with the appearance of their belly button.

Patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight or patients who have previously given birth may experience loose skin that is unresponsive to other types of skin tightening. As a result, they may have a belly button with which they are dissatisfied.

Confirmed candidates for umbilicoplasty may also include patients that wish to undergo cosmetic body surgery, such as liposuction or tummy tuck, in conjunction with belly button surgery in order to achieve their cosmetic goals. To determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure, schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation today.


What are the risks of umbilicoplasty?

Umbilicoplasty is considered to be extremely safe. As with all forms of surgery, the umbilicoplasty procedure carries a number of risks, such as those associated with anesthesia complications and post-surgical infections. Our surgeons ask that patients strictly follow the provided instructions for care before and after surgery to help avoid side effects and the possibility of scarring from the surgery. Possible complications and risks include the following.
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Surgical site infection
  • Poor scar formation
  • Belly button asymmetry
Among the most significant risks of umbilicoplasty is an infection. Additionally, there is a chance that the patient will experience a reaction to the anesthesia. In some cases, fluid or blood collects beneath the skin during the procedure.

In some instances, the procedure makes the belly button appear lopsided, which requires corrective surgery. As with any plastic surgery procedure, realistic expectations are paramount to successful results.

Contact our plastic surgery center to discuss your goals for belly button surgery.


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