Belly Button Surgery
It is a fact that on average North Americans aged 13 and older spend 20-30 minutes of their morning staring at themselves in the mirror. Although I made that up, it sounds like it could very well be real, and has probably made some of you rethink your morning routine. For most of us, our gaze remains on the face and hair during this time, but for some it floats downwards to the belly button. You remember your belly button don’t you? Once connected to the umbilical cord, a lifeline channeling nourishment into your premature body. The belly button is now but a scarred reminder of that wonderful time you spent in your mother’s womb.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk aesthetics. I have heard the age old debate, what is better: innies or outties? Eminem once said “So ladies if your belly button’s not an innie, then I’m outtie”. I myself am firmly on the side of the innie, as I currently am sporting one, but the cosmetic industry is more politically correct than I, and does not take either side in this debate. The industry supports the decision of anyone who was born an outtie and wants to become an innie. In many ways the Umbilicoplasty (yes that is what this procedure is called) is the sex change of the abdominal region. But let us not point out the many ways in which that statement is inappropriate, and let’s discuss how belly button surgery is performed by your cosmetic surgeon.
Belly button surgery, or umbilicoplasty, alters the appearance or shape of the belly button. It is often performed alongside other procedures such as a tummy tuck or body lift, but can also be performed separately. Depending on how much skin is removed during the procedures, your surgeon may be required to create a new belly button for you.
The recovery time for such a procedure is surprisingly short, as you can expect to go back to work within a day. As with any surgical operation, the area will be swollen and tender for a few days. The results after belly button surgery is expected to be permanent.
Prices will vary from case to case, but you can expect that an umbilicoplasty will run you about approximately $2,800-$3,000. If you decide to change the look of your belly button, please do yourself a favor and see a board certified cosmetic surgeon!