Umbilicoplasty, sometimes referred to as "belly button surgery", is a plastic surgery procedure to modify the appearance of one's navel (or "belly button"). It may be performed as part of a tummy tuck or lower body lift operation, or it may be performed alone.
In most cases, umbilicoplasty is a very straightforward procedure. Extra skin from the belly button area is taken away to reshape the navel.An umbilicoplasty procedure may last from 30 minutes to 3 hours. It is typically performed under local anesthesia, but the patient may be given a sedative that is administered through an intravenous drip. When done as part of a tummy tuck or lower body lift, general anesthesia is more commonly used. Usually there are no scars, since the incision is usually made inside the cavern of the navel.
Candidates typically choose the surgery because they dislike how their navel looks. They may have a protruding or inverted navel, which they may wish to change. Their navel may be as it was from birth, or it may have changed due to unrelated surgery, such as a Caesarean section. For example, American actress Patricia Heaton who got a tummy tuck commented, "I had a big ridge of scar tissue. My belly button was herniated. Then there was that skin that hung there. It didn't work to suck it in. It wouldn't have mattered if I had done 1,000 sit-ups.The tummy tuck was like having another C-section,I would recommend it to anyone."
Another fairly common reason is because of dramatic weight loss or pregnancy, which can change the shape of a belly button. Some may have experienced weight gain, weight loss, or pregnancy, causing changes to the shape of the navel. Cosmetic surgeons concede that women between 35–45 years of age opting for tummy-tucks and liposuctions to get rid of the flab constitute nearly 25% of their practice. Consultant plastic surgeon Dr.Bijal Parikh told, "Many women, who are to undergo a planned caesarean section, opt for an abdominoplasty to take care of the bulky stomach that haunts women after pregnancy."
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