Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Cosmetic Procedures

Get Email Updates

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

Belly Button Cosmetic Surgery

By Cathy Enns
 
Rate This

Yup, you read that right. You can get cosmetic surgery on your navel. Your family and friends might think you’re crazy for being bothered by such a small and usually covered area of the body, but if you hate your belly button a procedure called “umbilicoplasty” is an option.

According to a recent article on the MSNBC website, some people seek belly button surgery to repair an umbilical hernia or fix a protruding navel after pregnancy. But others choose umbilicoplasty to give their belly button a new look, whether they want to change its size, shape or protruding skin (Nierenberg 1).

A New York Times Magazine writer spotted an increase in attention paid to navels almost ten years ago. In exploring the trend, writer Clive Thompson cited a study on the ideal female belly button performed by a University of Missouri researcher. The findings were that the ideal belly button is definitely an innie, small and vertically oriented. A “T” shape was also found to be acceptable, meaning a navel with a vertical appearance capped by a small hood of skin (Thompson 1).

The MSNBC article quoted a Boston plastic surgeon as saying that umbilicoplasties are often performed as part of a tummy tuck (Nierenberg 1). If you don’t like the look of your belly button, there’s the rub. It seems that while many people focus on the fact that their navel area looks droopy, the real problem is the entire abdomen.

It’s understandable that many people would like to avoid a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. It is one of the more invasive plastic surgery procedures, meaning it can be expensive and painful, and it does require some down time. But be advised that umbilicoplasty will not yield a successful result if what’s needed is a tummy tuck. Visit www.realself.com and search on “umbilicoplasty” to read how a few plastic surgeons explain this (Placik et al 1).

If it is just your belly button that's problematic, there’s good news and bad news. According to the MSNBC article, an umbilicoplasty takes only bout 45 minutes in an outpatient procedure, and results in a little soreness afterward (Nirenberg 1).

Add a Comment2 Comments

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Improved

2002 Health

Changed

858 Lives

Saved

726 Lives
10 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

If you were able to have plastic surgery would you do it?:
View Results