Umbilicoplasty, Belly Button Repair
Men and women across the globe are turning to umbilicoplasty, belly button repair, to reshape their belly button. This promotes a more natural, smoother look and feel. The belly button is the scar caused by the umbilical cord at birth. It can sometimes result in an “outie.” In some cases, an “outie” can indicate a small hernia that can occur later in life. Women get “outties” during or after pregnancy. Another fairly common reason for a outie is dramatic weight loss. Belly Buttons are often damaged due to jewelry (belly button ring) or injury.
Umbilicoplasty procedure by plastic surgeons, Pittsburgh Pa, is a very straightforward process where extra skin from the belly button area is removed to reshape the belly button. Usually no scars are visible since the incision is made inside the navel.
Benefits of Umbilicoplasty:
- Corrects belly button bulges and irregularities
- Restores a more natural looking appearance
- Little to no downtime
- Minimal scarring
- Safe, quick and effective procedure
What’s the sign of a great tummy-tuck? It’s all in the belly-button-revisional belly buttion surgery!
“Infinity” Belly Button Repair
Plastic surgeons, Pittsburgh Pa aim to deliver results of belly button repair, Pittsburgh that look natural. After all, you want to look great without advertising that you’ve had some work done. A tummy-tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures being performed today. It’s usually a combination of liposuction and the removal of excess skin to achieve a slimming and toning effect. In terms of this procedure, natural looking results mean flat abs with sculpted contours with minimal scarring.
How can you tell a truly well performed tummy-tuck from one that’s strictly average? The belly button repair is the key!
Cosmetic surgery techniques are constantly improving, and the latest refinement to this procedure is the “Infinity” tummy tuck. It’s so named because the final look of the navel resembles the Infinity automobile logo—a horizontal oval with an up-pointing triangle at the bottom margin. It’s a soft, smooth contour with just the right amount of texture, thanks to the anatomical triangle that’s achieved when the belly-button is pulled tight as the procedure’s finishing touch.
How it is achieved
This is achieved by anchoring the lower (inferior) part of the navel deep against the abdominal wall. Whe
n done correctly, this gently tensions results in the gently rounded “innie” belly-button associated with great abs. It’s got the aesthetically pleasing Infinity logo look, and this approach is quickly becoming the standard by which tummy-tucks are judged.
In fact it’s not uncommon now for patients who have had a tuck procedure in the past to come in specifically for a revision surgery. Even if they’re happy with contour lines of their new abs, they might not be thrilled with the round, sagging “outie” look their procedure left them with. It’s really a win on multiple levels: the navel can be anchored on the abdominal wall to get the Infinity effect, any excess skin can be removed, and any unwanted fat deposits can be removed using liposuction. After all, if you’ve undertaken the inconvenience and expense of a tummy tuck in the first place, it only makes sense that you want it to look great!
Check out before and after pics on the internet, then check out the abs many of today’s celebrities are sporting at 40, 50, and beyond. You’ll see a lot of similarities, and looking for the Infinity sign is one of the best ways to recognize a well performed belly button repair ,Pittsburgh. Interested? Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.
Belly button revision surgery: what is it, and is it right for me?
Umbilicoplasty is the technical name for cosmetic procedures which improve the appearance of a patient’s belly-button. Among surgeons, they’re usually referred to as belly-button revision. This kind of procedure was initially developed to correct umbilical hernias in newborns, yet it was quickly adopted by plastic and cosmetic surgeons.
The goal of belly-button revision is to improve the shape of the belly-button. This usually means one of two things: the first is an aesthetically pleasing, taut vertical oval shape. The second is the “Infinity” sign, so named because of its resemblance to the automobile logo. This entails a softly rounded, horizontal oval shape with a slight “V” shape at the bottom margin. Also note that both of these are “innie” looks. If a patient has an “outie” belly-button, this is corrected as part of the surgery.
Read on to find out when umbilocoplasty is used and how it’s done. As far as cosmetic procedures go it’s relatively inexpensive and simple, so if you’re not entirely satisfied with how your navel looks now is a great time to do something about it.
Belly-button revision after pregnancy.
To the frustration of millions of women in America and across the world, it’s all too common for the u
mbilicus to change shape during pregnancy. Often patients notice that their belly-button looks wider and looser than it did prior to the pregnancy. Other times the pressure of the developing baby can cause the belly-button to protrude, causing what is commonly known as an “outie” appearance.
It’s common for the shape of your bellybutton to change during pregnancy. While you’re pregnant, your belly-button might appear stretched. Following the pregnancy, you might notice your bellybutton looking shorter and wider than it did before. In some cases, the tissue in your bellybutton can fuse together as your body heals after pregnancy, leaving you with a protruding belly-button.
In these cases the goal of belly-button revision is to turn back the clock, making the navel look more like it did before your pregnancy. This is easily achievable, however an umbilicoplasty won’t alter the appearance of your abdomen in any other way. It’s not liposuction or a tummy tuck, although they’re often performed alongside these other procedures.
Abdominal surgery is only recommended for women who don’t plan on becoming pregnant in the future. Pregnancy can undo the results of most types of abdominal procedures, and while it’s certainly possible to undergo multiple
procedures it’s often more practical to wait.
Belly button revision for piercing related problems.
Regardless of how cute they look, belly button piercings create more problems
than most other types. It’s relatively easy for them to snag onto clothing and get stretched out, and it’s not uncommon for the body to reject piercings
in this region. If this applies to you, or you’ve got another form of umbilical scarring
due to a piercing that didn’t quite work out, there’s a good chance that it’s surgically correctable.
If your scar is located on the ring of skin surrounding the umbilicus or actually inside the belly-button itself then revision is likely to be a good option. If the scar is found elsewhere, however, scar revision surgery will be the better choice–at this point it’s essentially like any other scar located anywhere else on the body. In some cases, topical treatments such as scar creams and silicone sheets may be all that’s needed if applied consistently. This has the advantage of being more economical and completely non-invasive.
If your aim is to correct an old piercing scar it’s likely that umbilicoplasty is your best option due to where the scar is placed, as well as any stretching that’s involved. As with any cosmetic procedure, make sure you choose a surgeon with plenty of previous experience
After your procedure, consider skin tightening and laser scar revision for any residual stretch marks. Body Beautiful Laser medi-Spa offers these services at a discount for our VIP clients!
Depending on the severity of the problem, an umbilicoplasty is usually a simple procedure. It is usually performed in less than one hour in the comfort of our office. Additionally, our Surgeon uses only local anesthesia, therefore making the procedure much safer for the patient. There should be little to no discomfort after the surgery. Belly button repair will involve either removal of the skin around the belly button or incisions in and around it to alter its shape. Additionally, since the sutures are designed to dissolve on their own, you will be able to resume your regular activities in 24 to 48 hours. Bruising, swelling and pain are usually quite mild, and in addition, since the incision is usually hidden inside the navel, there is no visible scarring. An umbilicoplasty can also be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck.
This procedure designed to improve the appearance of the belly button. Extreme issues like the ones mentioned in this site, can be fixed with this procedure, as well as those piercings which have developed an unsightly skin “hood” along the top of the belly button, due to weight changes and pregnancies.
It seems like such a small detail, but once the belly button is repaired, the appearance of the entire abdomen and torso will improve. Piercings are not the only problems facing belly buttons today. This tender area often becomes misshapen due to pregnancy, hernias, weight gain and weight loss and other factors, including aging. In some cases, clients just don’t like the belly button they were born with, and this can be remedied as well.
- First of all, after belly button repair, arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home after surgery.
- Next, wear the compression garment for 2 days without removal. After 3 days, the garment can be removed and placed back on. Patients must wear the garment for 3 weeks.
- Post-operatiuvely patients may shower when they are comfortable. Baths should be avoided for 2 weeks. Hot tubs should be avoided until the incisions have closed.
- Another important key to a smooth recovery is to keep the treatment area as clean as possible to prevent infection.
- Rest for the first 12 hours after surgery. Walking is encouraged immediately but strenuous exercise (lifting weights, aerobics, running) should be avoided for 2-3 weeks.
- It is normal to be discolored and swollen. Dr G. recommends resting for at least 24 hours. Swelling can last up to 2-4 weeks.
- If nausea is experienced by patients, stick to dry crackers and carbonated sodas. If not, patients may start slowly with bland food and liquids. Drink plenty of water.
- Alcohol combined with medication is dangerous, so carefully follow instructions with your medication.
- Finally, patients should not smoke for at least 14 days after surgery.
- Above all, in order to ensure best results, follow all instructions from the doctor and his staff and visit us for your postoperative appointment(s).
“I’ve had my belly pierced three times. It’s so horrible looking; such a huge regret! I really wish it would look like those normal belly piercings, but my body rejected it the first time. Even though I let it heal and then got it done again a few months later and it was rejected again! After it healed this time, it looked really bad, there was a dark circle about half an inch above the belly button. I thought that I would get it pierced again to cover up the scar, and that lasted me for about two years. But just last night, it rejected again; leaving me with two hills of skin and a valley in between where the missing skin. It looks like two fangs sticking up with the hole in between! I’m so glad I found Dr. Giraldo who fixed my belly button! You can’t even tell I EVER had it pierced!” -Gina B
Are there any risks to belly-button repair and scar reduction?
Any surgery, no matter how minor, will always carry some level of risk. Even so, umbilicoplasty (belly-button revision) and scar revision are regarded as very safe. Almost all of these procedures use only local anesthesia, which is much safer than general anesthesia (being “put under”).
Even though it’s extremely uncommon, infection is the largest purely medical risk associated with this type of procedure. This is usually minor and can be easily treated with antibiotics. The second significant risk is purely cosmetic–the chance of the umbilicoplasty leaving an unsightly scar of its own, especially if it’s being done to correct for a piercing scar. As always, it’s important to consider if the potential benefit is worth the risk.
The following is a list of possible side effects and adverse reactions. If any of these occur in the days or weeks following your surgery, call your surgeon’s office right away. They’ll tell you if you need to take further action.
- Heavy bleeding, especially bleeding which won’t stop.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
- Excessive pain.
- The appearance of new pain.
- Classical signs of infection, including redness, swelling, warmth, a foul odor, unusual discharge, and possibly fever.
Is umbilicoplasty a good option for me?
If you’re unhappy with the shape of your belly-button, have scars in or around your belly-button, are in good overall health, and aren’t pregnant or planning to become pregnant then this procedure is most likely a good option. Really the only two types of patients where umbilicoplasty is contraindicated are pregnancy as mentioned above, as well as a tendency towards heavy, thick, raised, or otherwise altered scarring. This first consideration is easy, just wait until after your pregnancy. There’s no simple solution for altered scarring however, so these patients will want to consider other options.
Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Giraldo.
Does insurance cover belly button repair?
If you are having the surgery done for health/medical reasons, it may be covered by your insurance. If not, it is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance. We can also finance your cosmetic procedures in our office.
Who is a good candidate for Umbilicoplasty?
You may be a candidate if you:
- Have an “outie” bellybutton and would like an “innie”
- Have had a hernia and have a protruding bellybutton
- Have gave birth and have a protruding bellybutton
- Have a large belly button
- Have had a belly button piercing ripped out or stretched
- Have had dramatic weight loss and have loose sagging skin that folds over
- Have had abdominoplasty or liposuction
- Have a bulgy or irregular shape belly button
- Would like to restore your confidence
- Have had a hernia and needs repaired
How much does Belly Button Repair cost?
The cost is different depending on the extent of the repair for each individual. During your initial consultation Dr. Giraldo will assess your bellybutton and discuss how to fix it.
Will I be awake during the Belly Button Repair surgery?
Belly button repair can be done under local or general anesthesia. Typically the surgery can be done in about one hour with local anesthesia. If you’re having liposuction as well as umbilicoplasty, you will be under anesthesia.
What can I expect after the Belly Button Repair procedure?
You can resume your daily routine the day following the surgery with a light duty work load. Avoid exercise or physical activity for one week. Also avoid heavy lifting, bending over or straining. This will help decrease the risk of additional swelling and prolonged healing time.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
Dr. Giraldo uses local anesthesia with mild sedation.
Where does Dr. Giraldo perform the umbilicoplasty?
Dr. Giraldo performs his surgeries in our surgical center in Cranberry Township.
How long does the umbilicoplasty take?
Umbilicoplasty surgery usually take about 1 hour.
Will I have scars after my belly button repair?
All surgeries create scars, but the incision will be hidden inside the new belly button.
Are the results of umbilicoplasty permanent?
The results of umbilicoplasty are generally considered permanent. This procedure aims to reshape or alter the appearance of the belly button, and once the healing process is complete, the new appearance is typically long-lasting. However, factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can affect the appearance of the belly button over time. Additionally, the success of the procedure depends on the skill of the surgeon and how well the patient follows post-operative care instructions. While the results can be enduring, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to optimize the longevity of the desired aesthetic outcome.
Can umbilicoplasty be combined with other cosmetic surgeries?
Yes, umbilicoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries, and this is often done to achieve a more comprehensive transformation of the abdominal area. Some common procedures that are combined with umbilicoplasty include:
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): Umbilicoplasty is frequently performed as part of a tummy tuck procedure. A tummy tuck addresses excess abdominal skin and muscle laxity, while umbilicoplasty focuses on reshaping the belly button, providing a more harmonious result.
- Liposuction: Liposuction can be performed in conjunction with umbilicoplasty to remove excess fat from the abdominal area. Combining these procedures can create a more sculpted appearance.
- Hernia Repair: In some cases, umbilicoplasty may be combined with hernia repair surgery, as they can address issues like umbilical hernias while improving the aesthetic appearance of the belly button.
- Body Contouring: Depending on the patient’s goals, umbilicoplasty can be part of a larger body contouring procedure, such as a lower body lift or a mommy makeover.
- Breast Augmentation or Reduction: Although not directly related to the abdominal area, some patients choose to combine umbilicoplasty with breast augmentation or reduction surgeries for an overall transformation.
It’s essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific goals and determine the most appropriate combination of procedures.
Schedule a consultation with Mauricio Giraldo, M.D. at the Advanced Liposuction Center in Cranberry Township today, and let him share the different ways in which an umbilicoplasty can improve the look of your belly button. Call 724-683-7581.