Okay, it’s midsummer and you’ve been wearing your bikini and looking at your belly button for quite a while now. Do you regret those attempts to have your belly button pierced? After giving birth or having a hernia, do you now have an “outie?” Were you born with a belly button that you are unhappy with? Bethel Park plastic surgeons want you to know that whatever the reason for your dissatisfaction, you don’t have to continue to live with a belly button you don’t like. At Advanced Liposuction Center, we offer umbilicoplasty. This surgical procedure can give you the belly button you desire. Below, are some frequently asked questions about umbilicoplasty and what it can do for you.

Is umbilicoplasty an outpatient procedure?

Yes. Umbilicoplasty is performed in our Cranberry Township office and usually takes less than an hour for our expert plastic surgeons to re-shape your belly button. Once finished, you’ll have a new and pleasing appearance.

Will I be asleep during the procedure?

The surgeon usually performs the umbilicoplasty under local anesthesia with mild sedation. If, you’re having a fat transfer done at the same time, you may be under general anesthesia.

Will umbilicoplasty leave a scar?

Since the incision will be hidden inside the new belly button and dissolving sutures are used, visible scars are unlikely.

What is the recovery like from umbilicoplasty?

Surprisingly the recovery time for Umbilicoplasty is really short, which means you don’t need to spend days just to recover.

Therefore its possible that your doctor will allow you to follow your regular routine from the second day of surgery.

However, they won’t recommend you to continue your exercises, you may need to wait at least one or two weeks to start working out again.

While you are recovering make sure to keep your bellybutton clean and dry to prevent chances of infection.

And after 10 days your stitches will be removed and you will see the surgery’s results appearing eventually!

Are There Any Risks Of This Surgery?

Every kind of surgery has a side effect and Umbilicoplasty isn’t an exception, which means it can cause you some side effects.

Some side effects of Umbilicoplasty include:

• Pneumonia

• Increased risks of blood clots

• Bruising

• Scarring

• Prolonged swelling

• Discomfort

Chances of these problems are higher if you have an ongoing medical problem like diabetes or have a poor blood circulation.

Additionally if you font take care of your belly button after the procedure then you may develop infections. So make sure you prepare yourself before getting a treatment or you may face these problems.

Lastly, if you notice any of these signs then immediately call your doctor and seek medical treatment since such problems can affect your results:

• Dizziness

• Bleeding

• Nausea

• Long term pain

• Infection

How long do the results of umbilicoplasty last?

The results of umbilicoplasty can vary depending on individual factors such as skin elasticity, age, and lifestyle factors. In general, the results of umbilicoplasty are considered permanent, and the new shape or appearance of the belly button should be long-lasting. However, factors such as weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging can affect the appearance of the belly button over time.

Are there any restrictions or limitations after umbilicoplasty?

Yes, there are typically restrictions and limitations after umbilicoplasty to ensure proper healing and optimal results. Some common restrictions and limitations may include:

  1. Avoiding Strenuous Activities: You may be advised to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise for a period of time after umbilicoplasty to prevent complications and promote healing.
  2. Avoiding Swimming and Soaking: You may be advised to avoid swimming and soaking in water, such as in baths or hot tubs, until your surgeon gives you the all-clear to do so.
  3. Wearing Compression Garments: You may be instructed to wear compression garments to support the healing process and reduce swelling.
  4. Limiting Sun Exposure: You may be advised to avoid direct sun exposure to the treated area and to use sunscreen to protect the skin.

What sets a good candidate for umbilicoplasty apart from others?

A good candidate for umbilicoplasty typically has certain characteristics that make them suitable for the procedure. These may include:

  1. Healthy Individual: A good candidate for umbilicoplasty is generally in good overall health, with no underlying medical conditions that could interfere with healing.
  2. Realistic Expectations: A good candidate understands the limitations of umbilicoplasty and has realistic expectations about the results of the procedure.
  3. Specific Concerns: A good candidate has specific concerns about the appearance of their belly button that they wish to address with umbilicoplasty.

How do I know if umbilicoplasty is right for me?

Call our Pittsburgh office at 724-683-7581 for a free consultation. Our cosmetic surgeons will meet with you and help define your appearance goals. They will then guide you toward the best procedures for you.