Umbilicoplasty is a surgical procedure that can change the shape and appearance of the belly button when performed alone or with a tummy tuck. At Atlantic Surgical Associates, we perform belly button surgery at our facility in West Long Branch, New Jersey. We invite patients in surrounding communities in Ocean, Essex, and Monmouth counties to learn more about the procedure.
What is an Umbilicoplasty?
An umbilicoplasty is very common when one has a tummy tuck; however, in some cases, there may be a desire to solely change the appearance of your belly button without extensive surgery. An umbilicoplasty, also known as belly button surgery, changes the look and shape of the belly button alone.
The initial shape of your belly button is determined at birth; many of us being an “innie” or “outie,” but factors such as child birth, pregnancy, massive weight loss, or an umbilical hernia can alter its appearance.
There are many reasons you may consider belly button surgery, including changing an “outie” to an “innie,” giving the belly button a more vertical appearance, reversing damage from an umbilical hernia, or correcting a scar.
How Much Does Belly Button Surgery Cost?
Umbilicoplasty is typically an affordable surgery, but the cost depends on the extent of correction needed. During your consultation at Atlantic Surgical Associates, Dr. Volshteyn will discuss your cosmetic goals and review a tailored treatment plan. We can then provide you with your individual treatment cost. To learn about options for paying for your treatment and what to expect, please visit our financing page.
How is an Umbilocoplasty Performed?
The procedure can be performed in our office under local anesthesia when hernia repair isn’t necessary. The procedure takes about an hour. A small incision is made in the belly button and excess tissue, including scar tissue, is removed. Incisions are hidden within in the belly button. The precise technique will depend on your cosmetic goals, as the procedure may involve reducing the size of the belly button, revising a scar, or changing the belly button’s shape.
Stitches can either be dissolvable or need to be removed within seven to 10 days. Most patients are able to return to normal activities the same day after the procedure.
What Are the Potential Risks and Complications of an Umbilicoplasty?
Patients are able to go home right after the procedure is completed. Swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort are possible the first 24—48 hours. Patients are able to return to work and their normal routine the next day. As with any surgical procedure there is always some risk of infection; however, this is a rare occurrence with an umbilicoplasty.
Are you interested in improving the appearance of your belly button? Contact us to learn more about umbilicoplasty at Atlantic Surgical Associates in West Long Branch, NJ. We welcome patients in the surrounding areas of New Brunswick, East Brunswick, and Staten Island, NY.