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Belly Button

While it is common to have belly button revision when you have a tummy tuck, in some cases a change to your belly button is desired without the need or desire to have more extensive abdominal surgery. Belly button surgery, also known as umbilicoplasty, is used to alter the look and shape of your belly button alone.

The shape of your belly button is determined at birth, but may change over time due to weight changes, pregnancy, or an umbilical (belly button) hernia. Dr. Paul G. Ruff IV, M.D., F.A.C.S. of West End Plastic Surgery can safely and easily give you the type of belly button you desire whether it means changing a protruding belly button (an "outie") into one that does not protrude (an "innie") or creating a horizontally shaped or a "T" shaped belly button.

Paul G. Ruff IV
M.D., F.A.C.S.

Personalized, compassionate patient care is the foundation of West End Plastic Surgery's philosophy. Our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Paul G. Ruff IV embraces innovative techniques to ensure our patients get the best treatments available.

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Are You A Good Candidate for Belly Button Revision – Umbilicoplasty?

If you have never been happy with the shape and size of your belly button or do not like the changes caused in your belly button due to pregnancy, weight gain, or umbilical hernia, you may be a candidate for belly button surgery. Dr. Ruff and his staff at West End Plastic Surgery will work with you to determine if this relatively simple surgical procedure is right for you.

Meeting With The Doctor

To determine whether or not belly button surgery is appropriate for you and to ensure a safe and pleasing outcome, you will meet at length with Dr. Ruff and his staff at West End Plastic Surgery prior to your surgery. At this meeting, your belly button will be evaluated and we will discuss how you want your belly button to look after your surgery.

Dr. Ruff and his staff at West End Plastic Surgery will:

  • Review the various belly button revision options with you
  • Clearly discuss the potential risks of the procedure
  • Outline in detail how the surgery is performed and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Provide detailed cost and payment information
  • Answer all your questions

You will be asked to provide:

  • Details about your medical history
  • A list of all medication you currently take, including over the counter medications such as aspirin, vitamins, and herbal supplements
  • Information regarding your tobacco and alcohol use

How The Procedure Is Performed

Your belly button revision surgery is performed at West End Plastic Surgery. The procedure takes about one hour to complete and is performed under local anesthesia either with or without sedation depending on your wishes. The doctor makes a small incision in the belly button region and either removes excess skin or overhangs a tiny bit of abdominal skin on top of the belly button, depending on the result you desire.

Incisions are typically hidden within the belly button region and heal quickly and almost imperceptibly. Stitches are either dissolvable or are removed within seven to ten days.

What To Expect After Your Surgery

Activity When
Back to Work Within a Week After Surgery
Normal Activities Right Away
Shower or Bath Same Day As Surgery
Stitches Removed Seven to Ten Days After Surgery
Fading of Scars Several Months

Immediately After Your Surgery

Belly button revision surgery is performed at West End Plastic Surgery. Since the treatment is simple and relatively painless, you can go home as soon as it is completed. In many cases, dissolvable stitches are used so there is no need to have them removed by the doctor. If regular sutures are used, they are removed within seven to ten days of your procedure.

The First 24 to 48 Hours After Your Surgery

Because belly button surgery causes very little swelling, bruising, or discomfort, most people return to work and normal activities either the same day or the day after the procedure. The healing process starts immediately.

Things To Be Aware Of After Your Surgery

  • An umbilical hernia may be the cause of your belly button distortion. If this is the case, it will be repaired during your belly button surgery.

What Are Possible Side Effects or Risks?

The risks associated with belly button revision surgery are extremely rare. Though, like with all surgical procedures, there are some risks. During your initial consultation with Dr. Ruff and his staff of West End Plastic Surgery, your individual risks will be assessed and discussed and it will be determined if you are a good candidate for the procedure. As with any surgery, you can help reduce the risks by closely following the pre and post-surgery instructions provided to you.

Specific potential risks include:

  • Asymmetry
  • Need for further surgery
  • Scarring

How Long Will the Results of Your Belly Button Revision Last?

Belly button surgery will revise your belly button to the shape and size you desire. The results of the surgery are permanent except in cases of large weight gain or pregnancy after surgery.

Questions You May Have

Are there other procedures that could be done along with belly button surgery to enhance the overall appearance of my abdomen?

Many people have belly button revision performed at the same time as a tummy tuck. Liposuction or LipoSelection, a cutting edge form of liposuction performed only by a few specialists such as Dr. Ruff of West End Plastic Surgery, can also be used to enhance the overall appearance of your abdomen.

Will my insurance coverage pay for my belly button revision?

Belly button surgery is considered cosmetic surgery and, therefore, is not covered by insurance. You are responsible for the full payment of the procedure. Cost and payment information will be fully discussed with you during your initial consultation.

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