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Umbilicoplasty

What is Umbilicoplasty?


Umbilicoplasty, also known as belly button surgery, is a popular cosmetic surgery that reshapes an outward belly button (also called the navel or umbilicus). The surgery removes excess skin in and around the belly button to give it a more vertical and tucked-in appearance. 

An umbilicoplasty procedure is a highly sought after cosmetic surgery performed by plastic surgeons all over the world, that has gained popularity over recent years, particularly with women who see changes to their belly button shape during pregnancy. Your post-pregnancy belly button may have begun to protrude or stick out (creating an ‘outie’) more than you would like — umbilicoplasty can help to restore your ‘innie’ and give your navel a more aesthetically pleasing shape overall.

For many patients, the desire to change the shape and size of their belly button may have developed slowly over the course of their life – it may be a purely aesthetic choice to boost self esteem or allow you greater freedom to wear certain clothing or swimwear. It can also be an excellent way to reduce scarring from a belly button  piercings or revise a previous surgery. Whatever your motivation, an umbilicoplasty can be a step towards feeling more comfortable in the skin you live in.

At the CREO clinic, our double board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Omar Tillo, performs umbilicoplasty due to his extensive experience in body contouring procedures. Having carried out many successful belly button surgeries, he has the surgical skills and expertise to artfully reshape the belly button to your requirements.

If you’re interested in an umbilicoplasty surgery in London, book a consultation with Dr. Tillo to discuss your concerns, desired outcomes, and suitability for the procedure.

Overview of Umbilicoplasty Procedure

Treatments

1

Results

7 Days

Anesthesia

Sedation or Local Anaesthesia

Surgery time

1 Hour

Off-Work

7 Days

Exercise

2 Weeks

Full recovery

1-2 Weeks

Why Get Umbilicoplasty

Some people feel self conscious about the appearance of their belly button, and an umbilicoplasty is a procedure with many varied benefits. Patients may choose to get the surgery for any of the following reasons: 

  • ‘Innie’ to ‘outie’ – Turn what is commonly called an ‘outie’ (where the skin in the belly button protrudes outward) into an ‘innie’ (where the belly button dips inward). 
  • Deal with scars – Remove scars in the belly button from a piercing or prior surgery. 
  • Fix umbilical hernias – Repair an umbilical hernia which presents as a painless bulge in or around the belly button. 
  • Adjust size – Reduce the size of naturally large navels or an expanded belly button due to pregnancy or significant weight loss.
  • Repair injury – You may have suffered a traumatic injury that has changed the shape or appearance of your belly button. umbilicoplasty surgery can help to repair this damage.
  • Correct Previous Abdominal Surgeries: For some individuals, a procedure they had in the past may have left them with a belly button that needs to be corrected with further surgery.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Umbilicoplasty?

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    During your consultation, Dr Tillo, a world renowned specialist plastic surgeon, will examine you to determine your suitability for an umbilicoplasty. You may be experiencing one or all of the following concerns:

    • Scarring as a result of a piercing
    • Lax skin after weight loss
    • Alteration to appearance of your navel due to pregnancy
    • An outie belly button caused by an umbilical hernia

    In general, any adult who has concerns about the shape and size of their belly button can pursue umbilicoplasty, but all patients should be mentally and physically prepared for this cosmetic surgery and have realistic expectations of its outcomes.

    How Much Does Umbilicoplasty Cost in London?

    The exact price of your umbilicoplasty will be determined following a consultation with Dr Tillo, as the cost of the surgery varies depending on different surgical factors relating to your needs, for example:

    • Whether you are having the surgery under general anaesthetic or a local anesthetic .
    • Whether it is your first umbilicoplasty, or a revision of a surgery from another clinic.
    • If your surgery is combined with another procedure, this will alter the price.
    • Whether your umbilicoplasty is focused on the skin alone or if the repair of an umbilical hernia is included.

    In general, the price of an umbilicoplasty at the CREO Clinic starts from £3,300. At the CREO Clinic we advise that you prioritise your safety over minimising cost.

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    What will my treatment package include?

    Your umbilicoplasty treatment package includes the surgery itself, as well as after-care and post surgery consultations to monitor your recovery.

    Preparing for Belly Button Surgery

    There are several preparations that are recommended to umbilicoplasty patients leading up to the surgery:

    • Smoking – You will also need to stop smoking any nicotine products (including vaping, patches, etc) in the four weeks leading up to your umbilicoplasty, as nicotine can substantially increase the risk of complications.  
    • BMI – You will need to make sure your BMI remains under 30 to keep the risk of complications to a minimum. 
    • Oestrogen contraceptives/HRT – If you take oral contraceptive pills or are on a course of HRT, you will need to stop to reduce the risk of thrombosis. Ensure that you use alternative contraceptives during this period. 
    • Alcohol – You should try to reduce your alcohol consumption prior to your surgery as this can delay the healing of your incisions. 
    • Prepare your home for recovery – Make sure to prepare your home to be as comfortable as possible for your return, and ensure you have support in place for home based responsibilities such as looking after children and pets.

    How the Umbilicoplasty Procedure Works

    After administering an anaesthetic, the surgeon makes an incision inside the belly button – this will mean they are hidden from view once healed. The exact placement of the incisions varies depending on the individual requirements of each patient. 

    Excess skin or fat around the belly button is removed and repositioned according to the desired outcome. To achieve a higher or lower position, your surgeon will remove the edges of your belly button as necessary. If you require hernia repair, your surgeon will use dissolvable stitches to tighten up the abdominal wall, relieving the pressure on your umbilicus.

    Once the main steps of the procedure are complete, your surgeon closes your incisions using dissolvable sutures. You will not need to have any stitches removed post surgery.

    Umbilicoplasty Recovery & Aftercare

    Immediately after your umbilicoplasty, you may experience swelling and bruising in the affected area that should dissipate in a few days. 

    In general, an umbilicoplasty has a relatively short recovery period and most patients are able to return to work and complete most light, daily activities a week after surgery. However, you must wait at least 2-3 weeks before resuming more strenuous exercise to give the body sufficient time to heal.

    What Results Can I Expect?

    An umbilicoplasty provides patients with a narrower oval-shaped belly button that dips inward. The final results of your surgery will start to become apparent after a few weeks once the swelling and bruising in the area has largely subsided. Furthermore, depending on the nature of your procedure, you may be left with a visible scar in the area, which gradually fades over several months.

    Risks of Umbilicoplasty

    Umbilicoplasty is a short and uncomplicated procedure and in the majority of cases it delivers high levels of satisfaction with low levels of risk. However, like any surgical procedure, there are some potential risks to note, such as:  

    • Delayed healing of incisions, 
    • Incision infection
    • Bleeding at incision sites 
    • Over/under correction of the belly button 
    • Asymmetry of the belly button

    Umbilicoplasty (Belly Button Surgery) FAQs

    What will my umbilicoplasty consultation involve?

    Your consultation will be a collaborative conversation between you and your Dr. Tillo. You will discuss your medical history and suitability for the procedure, as well as talking through the likely results of the surgery and ensuring you have clear expectations of its outcomes. Once your surgeon has fully understood the issues at hand, they will begin to formulate a bespoke treatment plan to resolve them.

    Will I have a visible scar following umbilicoplasty?

    The incisions made during an umbilicoplasty are generally subtle and hidden from view within the belly button.

    How long does belly button surgery take to perform?

    In most cases, umbilicoplasty surgery takes between 1-2 hours to perform.

    What type of anaesthesia is used for umbilicoplasty?

    At the CREO Clinic an umbilicoplasty can be performed under general anaesthesia or sedation, meaning you are asleep for the procedure.

    Can I have belly button surgery after pregnancy?

    Yes. In fact, many women seek a belly button surgery procedure after pregnancy as this can significantly alter the shape and position of your navel.

    How are an outie and innie belly button different?

    Whether or not you have an outie or innie belly button is a question of chance. After you are born, your umbilical cord is cut and then becomes an umbilical stump. When this stump falls off, what remains is your final umbilical scar — your belly button. This belly button may protrude (outie) or recede inwards (innie). For around 10% of the population belly button scars become outie belly buttons. In most cases the difference between the two is simply aesthetic, but sometimes an outie can be caused by an umbilical hernia – this is where a weakness in the abdominal wall allows the intestines to push through and put pressure on the umbilicus. Umbilicoplasty can work to repair this.

    Are there alternatives to belly button surgery?

    No. There are no effective alternatives to umbilicoplasty.

    Can umbilicoplasty be combined with other procedures?

    Yes, umbilicoplasty can be a standalone procedure or combined with a variety of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. For example, umbilicoplasty comes included as part of a full tummy tuck. If you wish to combine umbilicoplasty with other procedures, discuss this possibility with your surgeon during your first consultation.

    Is belly button surgery permanent?

    Yes, a belly button surgery permanently reshapes the belly button. However, the shape and position of your belly button may alter due to significant fluctuations in weight, changes in muscle tone, or pregnancy.

    Can umbilicoplasty fix an outie belly button?

    Yes, an umbilicoplasty can turn an ‘outie’ belly button (where the skin in the navel protrudes outward) into an ‘innie’ (where the navel appears as a depression in the skin).

    Is umbilicoplasty an outpatient procedure?

    Yes, umbilicoplasty is an outpatient procedure. The surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia and takes between 1-2 hours.

    Is belly button surgery worth it?

    Many patients consider a belly button surgery to be worthwhile as it resolves any self-consciousness they may have about the size and shape of their belly button. Following the surgery, many patients are happy with the outcome and feel confident with the appearance of their midriff.

    Complementary Procedures

    Umbilicoplasty and Abdominoplasty 

    Abdominoplasty is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen area for a more contoured figure. The combination of an umbilicoplasty and abdominoplasty is ideal for patients who have both a distorted belly button and unwanted skin in the abdominal area. Choosing to have both procedures in one session is more cost-effective and allows patients to combine the recovery time.

    Belly Button Surgery and Mummy Makeover

    A mummy makeover is a series of body contouring surgeries that aim to contour areas of the body that have lost shape due to pregnancy or significant weight loss. Typically, a mummy makeover procedure consists of liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation.

    Since the belly button is another area of the body that loses its shape during pregnancy, many women find it convenient to include a belly button surgery as part of their mummy makeover to achieve a more comprehensive transformation.

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