There’s an increasing amount of people looking to have the perfect belly button. A procedure called umbilicoplasty can achieve this. 

What is Umbilicoplasty?

Umbilicoplasty is also known as belly button surgery. It’s an operation that changes the appearance or shape of your belly button. The procedure can help repair the belly button after pregnancy, significant weight loss, or abdominal hernia. Typically, the operation is carried out alongside other surgeries, but it can be performed independently. 

How Does Umbilicoplasty Surgery Work?

The surgery itself lasts between 1 to 4 hours, depending on how complex it is. During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision deep within the belly button to make the scars less visible after the operation. Excess fat and skin is removed to achieve a slim, oval-shaped ‘innie’ belly button. 

What are the Benefits of Umbilicoplasty?

Umbilicoplasty can improve the shape and appearance of your belly button. If you feel very self-conscious or have damage from a hernia or pregnancy, you may benefit from the procedure. 

  • Overall the benefits of umbilicoplasty include:
  • Boost self-esteem and confidence
  • Turn an outward belly button to an ‘innie’
  • Correct issues from previous abdominal surgeries 
  • Improve the overall appearance of the abdomen 

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Umbilicoplasty?

The recovery time for umbilicoplasty surgery can differ from case to case. This is because you may be having the procedure alongside something more extensive, like a tummy tuck. In general, the recovery period can be from 24 hours to 2 weeks. For a hernia repair, it would be more like 2 to 4 weeks of recovery. 

A simple belly button surgery may last up to two hours with only local anaesthetics used. But something more complex with general anaesthetics does take longer to recover after. It’s normal for patients to experience some swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort during the recovery period. Typically, you can expect to return to work and light activities between 1 and 3 days following your procedure. 

As there is a slight variation in the recovery period, your surgeon will create a recovery timeline based on your specific case for you to follow. 

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Umbilicoplasty?

The ideal candidate for umbilicoplasty surgery is in good physical health. They may dislike the appearance of their belly button. It could have stretched during pregnancy, or perhaps they have excess skin or a problem with the size or shape. Either way, if you feel self-conscious about your belly button and want to feel more confident when wearing clothes that show off your midriff, then you are an ideal candidate for umbilicoplasty surgery. 

What are the Potential Risks and Side Effects of Umbilicoplasty?

There are potential risks associated with all surgeries. Risks and side effects of umbilicoplasty include: 

  • Anaesthesia risks 
  • Infection 
  • Numbness 
  • Bleeding scar tissue
  • Return of hernia 
  • Fluid in abdomen muscles 


If you don’t like the way your belly button looks or have any issues related to your belly button, this procedure may be right for you. Umbilicoplasty may help to improve the appearance of your abdomen and boost your confidence. 


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