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Belly button surgery or umbilicoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to change the shape, size, or location of the belly button. Belly button surgery can be performed alone or in combination with a tummy tuck procedure. When people have a tummy tuck, lower body lift, or other surgical procedures to change the appearance of the abdomen.

The doctor may need to include a belly button surgery to achieve the best results. Moving abdominal tissues can force the belly button into an undesired location, and the doctor will change position to make sure the patient's abdomen looks more natural.

Surgeons who perform umbilical hernia repairs can also use belly button surgery to change the appearance of the structure while working on the patient.

Who Can Have Belly Button Surgery?

  • Individuals who have a tummy tuck procedure that may affect the position of the belly button
  • Individuals who don't like the appearance of their navel because of its size, protrusion, or other problems
  • Individuals who have umbilical hernias

Umbilicoplasty Treatment Duration

Umbilicoplasty treatment surgery takes 1-2 hours. 

Belly Button Procedure Side Effects

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Numbness and tenderness
  • Infections
  • Scar formation
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Undesired change in the size of the belly button
  • Bleeding
  • Pain and discomfort

Belly Button Reshaping Recovery Time

Belly button reshaping needs 2-week resting period, after two weeks you can return to your regular routine. 

Navel Surgery Success Rate 

Belly Button Surgery has a success rate of 95%.

Belly Button Placement Alternative Treatments

  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Tummy tuck

How Does It Work?

A belly button surgery or umbilicoplasty is a procedure that changes the appearance of your belly button. It was originally used to treat umbilical hernias in babies. In recent years, it has become a very popular cosmetic surgery. The goal of belly button surgery is to give the navel a more vertical than horizontal shape.

Usually, women after birth or those who have scars caused by a belly button piercing undergo belly button surgery.

What Does a Belly Button Surgery Involve?

1.         Consultation for Belly Button Surgery

Your treatment process begins with an online consultation. In this first consultation, you will define your expectations, and discuss the belly button surgery cost. Our specialist will evaluate your suitability for surgery and may also recommend additional treatments such as liposuction or tummy tuck to be performed at the same time, and thus achieve the results you want.

At this stage, it is important to share all your medical information, your previous examination results or photos of your navel will be useful.

2.         Planning Your Trip and Choosing the Clinic

After your first evaluation for belly button surgery, the treatment plan can be finalized by offering you a list of clinics that meet the criteria you provide us. You will then examine all of them and choose one of them. Depending on your choice, we will complete the plan of your trip, accommodations, and the entire treatment process.

3.         Final Consultation with Your Surgeon

When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your surgeon who will perform your belly button surgery. Everything about your surgery will be discussed in detail during this consultation.

The doctor will ask you some questions to try to understand your expectations and concerns and also make you understand what you should expect from your treatment. Your doctor will explain the whole process to feel well-prepared.

4.         Medical Examinations

Before the belly button surgery begins, your doctor will conduct some physical and blood tests to make sure that you are in acceptable health status for undergoing surgery. Every patient is required to undergo medical tests to ensure that nothing may hinder the success of the surgery.

5.         Surgery

Depending on the scope of the procedure, the patient may need general anesthesia, or sedation with local anesthesia during belly button surgery. There are two treatment options: to change the position of the navel, the surgeon removes the skin around it and then repositions it depending on whether you want it to be higher or lower.

Alternatively, if you only want to modify the shape of the belly button, the plastic surgeon makes incisions inside or around the belly button, so that the scar is less visible.

The surgery usually takes no more than an hour and the surgeon will try to make incisions inside the belly button to minimize visible scars. The sutures will be absorbable and will not require a new visit to remove them.

What Should I Expect from Belly Button Cosmetic Surgery?

  • Depending on the scope of your operation or your health status, you can be discharged after only a few hours and can usually resume light activities the next day.
  • To maintain the results, it is important not to lose or gain too much weight after the belly button surgery.
  • The abdomen will be swollen and it is normal for bruises and pain to appear for a few days after surgery.
  • Belly button surgery will not make your abdomen appear thinner and firmer - so you will have to go to the gym or undergo lipo if you are looking for a complete transformation in your abdomen.
  • Risks and side effects of surgery are very rare and include navel infection and irregular navel shape or appearance, which may require additional surgery to correct.
  • Only fully trained and qualified plastic surgeons should perform a belly button operation. This surgery is one of the lowest risk procedures in the hands of an experienced and reputable surgeon.

Belly Button Surgery After Childbirth

It is common for the navel shape to change because of pregnancy. During pregnancy, the navel is stretched. After delivery, the navel appears shorter and wider than before. Sometimes, the belly button tissue fuses as the body returns to normal, leaving you a protruding belly button.

Belly button surgery allows your belly button to regain the shape it had before you got pregnant. However, the procedure will not change the appearance of any other part of the abdominal area.

If you want your skin or extra fat deposits caused by pregnancy to be surgically removed, you will need additional procedures, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction. If you opt for a tummy tuck, the surgeon may recommend that you do belly button surgery at the same time.

You should only consider any abdominal surgery if you are sure that you will not become pregnant again, because you may lose the results of any cosmetic procedure in that area.

How to Prepare for Belly Button Surgery?

Physically, you don't need to do much to prepare for belly button surgery. However, if you smoke, you will have to quit smoking at least one month before the procedure to reduce the risk of complications. The surgeon may also advise you to stop taking certain medications or supplements in the weeks or days before belly button surgery.

If you are going to be under general anesthesia, you will also have to avoid food in the hours before the procedure. Before setting the date of the operation, ask all your questions to your surgeon or clinic.


Is Belly Button Surgery Procedure Painful?

Post-operative pain is generally very moderate and can manage by taking analgesics for a few days.

What Should A Belly Button Look Like?

There is no exact or correct form at the aesthetic level since its shape depends on the structure of the body. But generally, for a well-defined navel, it is considered that the edges must be at the level of the abdominal wall, it has to be slightly sunk, with some elongated shape in the young and rounded in the elderly.

Can I Get Rid of My Piercing Scar with Belly Button Surgery?

Sometimes a navel piercing can leave a scar that affects its appearance of it. Depending on where the scar is, belly button surgery can help. If the scar is located in the small skin ring that surrounds the navel, or in the cleft, belly button surgery may be an effective option.

However, if the scar is anywhere else, even slightly above the navel, a scar revision procedure will be a better option. This involves the use of topical treatments or surgery to reduce the appearance of the scar. These procedures are often less expensive and invasive than belly button surgery.

If you want to get rid of the scar, it is best to discuss the options available with a surgeon who has experience. They can take a look at the scar and tell you the most effective alternatives based on its location and appearance.

How Much Is Belly Button Surgery?

The average cost of belly button surgery is €1300. But the price will increase depending on the surgeon's expertise, clinic location, and type of treatment. 


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