While we donâ€™t like to think of something as serious as cosmetic surgery as â€˜trend-drivenâ€™, we canâ€™t deny that certain procedures receive more attention in the media. And it turns out that the latest on-trend procedure is umbilicoplasty: otherwise known as belly button surgery.
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While we don’t like to think of something as serious as cosmetic surgery as
‘trend-driven’, we can’t deny that certain procedures receive more attention
in the media. And it turns out that the latest on-trend procedure is
umbilicoplasty: otherwise known as belly button surgery.
The facts about belly buttons
The umbilicus – or belly button – is the scar tissue that remains after the
umbilical cord is cut after childbirth. Although many people think that it’s
shape –be it ‘innie’ or ‘outie’ – is caused by how close the cord is cut, this
isn’t the case and those with an outie just have extra scar tissue.
If you don’t like the way it turns out – or you regret earlier misdemeanours,
such as piercings that have gone wrong, or how it looks after extreme
weight gain or subsequent weight loss – an umbilicoplasty could be the
An umbilicoplasty takes about an hour and is typically performed under local
anaesthesia. Naturally, the procedure depends on what appearance you
want. In you want to turn an outie into an innie, the practitioner will make a
small incision around the navel and remove the excess skin. If you want to
turn an innie into an outie, the practitioner will hang a small flap of skin
inside the navel on the outside of it.
What happens after belly button surgery?
Because umbilicoplasty is a simple and relatively painless procedure, it’s a
walk-in, walk-out procedure. The incisions heal quickly and are usually
hidden, and in most cases dissolvable stitches are used, so there is no need
for a second appointment to have them removed – although if you do have
non-dissolvable stitching, we can remove them a week or so later.
Because bruising, swelling and discomfort is at a bare minimum, and healing
begins immediately and is usually rapid. Most clients are able to return to
work and perform normal activities right away and any scarring incurred
during the procedure usually fades within a few months.
Typically, though, an umbilicoplasty is performed in combination with an
abdominoplasty. During a tummy tuck, Mr Anthony MacQuillan makes an
incision around the belly button to detach it from the surrounding skin. This
allows him to pull and tighten the skin on the abdomen, removing any
excess, and once this is done the belly button can be reshaped and moved
to a more natural position.
For more information on what can be achieved with an umbilicoplasty or a
tummy tuck, call 0117 325 5034 to make an appointment.