The presence of a deformed belly button often prevents individuals from taking part in a wide range of activities, such as swimming, and it may serve as a source of low self-confidence. Gainesville plastic surgery at Poser Plastic Surgery Center can surgically tailor a malformed navel through umbilicoplasty surgery with minimal risk for restored self-esteem.

What Is Umbilicoplasty?

Umbilicoplasty is the technical term used to describe cosmetic surgery procedures which are performed on the navel. When a woman becomes pregnant, the umbilical cord attaches from the mother to the fetus to allow for proper transport of nutrients. When the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord must be severed in order to disconnect the baby from the mother. As a result of this, a scar — known as the belly button — is formed on the baby’s stomach.

In most cases, the belly button heals with a relatively normal appearance after birth. In other cases, however, the belly button can heal incorrectly and become a source of embarrassment and unsightliness. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your belly button and you seek a permanent solution to navel distortion through cosmetic surgery, contact Poser Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Poser for umbilicoplasty.

Why Is Umbilicoplasty Performed?

To be said simply, umbilicoplasty is usually performed on patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their belly buttons. Belly buttons may be elongated, stick out or be unnoticeable. Navel surgery is commonly performed on patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery and mommy makeover procedures. Umbilicoplasty may be performed to treat navel distortion due to pregnancy, trauma during delivery, cesarean delivery, and dramatic weight loss.

The Umbilicoplasty Procedure

Umbilicoplasty is a safe procedure, which is relatively quick to perform. In just one hour, a belly button surgery can be performed to construct the perfect navel. The process requires the patient to receive local anesthesia, which is usually placed on the stomach/navel area. In some cases, patients may also be given a sedative, which may result in drowsiness. After the patient has received the necessary numbing prescription, Dr. Poser will make small incisions inside of the belly button. Depending on what is necessary, he may remove excess fat, tissue, and layers of skin from the area which surrounds the navel. Dr. Poser will then reconstruct and reshape the belly button for a more desirable appearance.

Benefits Of Umbilicoplasty

The primary benefit of an umbilicoplasty is aesthetic in nature. We know that our patients want to feel confident in the appearance of their belly buttons — belly button surgery helps our patients achieve this goal. Once the body fully heals following umbilicoplasty, our patients often report to us that they experience greater confidence in their appearance; higher self-esteem to reveal their bare navel in public; and an overall improvement of body image.

Recovering After Belly Button Surgery

After the procedure, patients may experience soreness, swelling, and minimal bruising. While returning to work is permissible within three days after the operation, it is advisable that patients avoid strenuous activity. Initially following the procedure, the navel area may appear unsightly and swollen. In most cases, the belly button may have a lopsided appearance, but there is no need for concern as this is a normal side effect. The belly button is able to bounce back into the shape constructed during surgery within a few weeks to a month, depending on the severity of the case. Once the belly button sets permanently into place, the results are permanent.

Find The Right Gainesville Plastic Surgeon

If you think that your belly button is enlarged, abnormal or otherwise unsightly, you have the right to fix it. Umbilicoplasty is a safe, quick, and easy procedure that can help restore your confidence and reinvigorate your sense of self-esteem. We have experienced cosmetic surgeons in Gainesville, FL who view cosmetic surgery as art. Our leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Poser is a skilled surgeon with more than three decades of experience in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures. Schedule a consultation today