Although your belly button is a small part of your body, it can have a big impact on the appearance of your abdomen and torso as well as your body confidence. Here at Advanced Liposuction Center we find that many men and women are turning us to fix less-than-perfect belly buttons. Though it may seem minor, it can certainly make a huge difference in how you look and feel.

An “outie” may simply be the result of the way a client’s umbilical cord was cut at birth. Other causes of a misshapen belly button include the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • A small hernia
  • Extreme weight loss/weight gain
  • Belly button ring/jewelry
  • Injury

What’s Involved?

Our highly trained cosmetic surgeons can perform a simple procedure called an umbilicoplasty which will gently reshape the belly button leaving you with a more natural appearance as well as a smooth look and feel. In most cases, an umbilicoplasty can be done in one of our Pittsburgh area offices in under an hour. Using local anesthesia, the surgeon will remove excess skin around the belly button or make tiny incisions in and around the belly button to reshape it. We use self-dissolving sutures and, since the incision is usually inside the navel, there is no visible scarring. Patients may experience some mild bruising, swelling or pain after the procedure but are usually able to return to most their normal activities within 24-48 hours. (Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be put off for 2-3 weeks after the surgery.)

Who Is A Good Candidate For Umbilicoplasty?

Those who have belly buttons with repaired or existing umbilical hernias, an uneven navel shape or position, or who are generally dissatisfied with the appearance of their belly button, are the best candidates for belly button surgery.

When will I be able to see the final results of umbilicoplasty?

The timeline for seeing the final results of umbilicoplasty can vary from person to person. In general, you may start to see some initial results as soon as the swelling and bruising subside, which can take a few weeks. However, it may take several months for the full results to be visible as the tissues continue to heal and settle into their new shape.

How can I maintain the results of umbilicoplasty long-term?

To maintain the results of umbilicoplasty long-term, consider the following tips:

  1. Follow your surgeon’s instructions: Adhere to any post-operative care guidelines provided by your surgeon, including wound care, activity restrictions, and follow-up appointments.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight: Fluctuations in weight can affect the appearance of your belly button. Aim to maintain a stable, healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise.
  3. Protect your belly button: Avoid activities that could put excessive pressure on your belly button, such as wearing tight clothing or engaging in rough physical activities.
  4. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin healthy and elastic, which can contribute to the overall appearance of your belly button.
  5. Quit smoking: Smoking can impair healing and increase the risk of complications. If you smoke, consider quitting to promote optimal healing and maintain results.
  6. Attend regular check-ups: Schedule regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns that may arise.

How soon can I return to normal activities after umbilicoplasty?

The timeline for returning to normal activities after umbilicoplasty can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. In general, you may be able to resume light activities within a few days to a week after surgery, but you should avoid strenuous activities or anything that puts pressure on your belly button for several weeks.

Many patients who have had an umbilicoplasty usually wonder why they waited so long to get it done. The procedure involves very little discomfort and in no time, bare midriffs are a style that can be worn with confidence and comfort. If you would like to learn more about fixing your belly button through cosmetic surgery, contact us by calling: 724-683-7581. Request a free consultation and get answers to all your questions risk free.