Belly Button Surgery

Definition - What does Belly Button Surgery mean?

Belly button surgery is a procedure that alters the shape or appearance of the belly button. It may be done alone, but is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a body lift or tummy tuck. In some situations, a new belly button may be created through the surgical procedure.

Belly button surgery is also known by its scientific name, umbilicoplasty or navel surgery.

TheConsultation explains Belly Button Surgery

Belly button surgery has become very popular as more people want to change their belly buttons from an “outie” into an “innie,” making it less noticeable. While this is the most common reason for the surgery, the procedure can also alter the appearance of the belly button in various ways.

This surgical procedure can be done with local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Patients can generally return to a normal routine within a few days and light activities the day following the procedure. If the belly button surgery is performed as part of a tummy tuck or body lift, recovery time may be different, and the procedures may be performed in a hospital setting. The surgeon will cut the skin right inside the navel area to lessen any visible scarring.

Side effects following the surgery are usually mild. Bruising and swelling are normal and will go away in a short time. Any pain is usually mild and can be treated with prescribed pain medication. The biggest risk for this procedure is a chance of infection if not cared for properly. The results are designed to be permanent.

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