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Umbilicoplasty, Getting Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Belly Button

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Umbilicoplasty, Getting Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Belly Button
June 18
21:49 2016

Life post-pregnancy could mean many transitions, including in your lifestyle, relationships and your body, which goes through several changes as the uterus shrinks and skin begins to tighten. Some women may experience weight loss along with the belly button returning to its normal shape and size. Others may not be so lucky. If some time has passed and you’re still not happy with your belly button, an option may be to get umbilicoplasty, or in other words, belly button reshaping.

There are two ways a woman may experience changes to her belly button after pregnancy, according to Dr. Rodger Shortt, a plastic surgeon at Briarwood Cosmetic Surgical Centre in Oakville.

The first is an umbilical hernia, where “the contents of the abdomen are pushed into the belly button making it protrude and look wider,” Dr. Shortt said. “Women often complain that it looks like their ‘innie became an outie.’”

Other women may experience skin hanging over the belly button long after birth, largely caused by stretched skin from pregnancy and fat. While the belly button’s shape hasn’t changed, the area looks different than it did before pregnancy.

This gives the belly button “a widened and deepened appearance,” Dr. Shortt explained. He noted that “an ideal belly button is not too large or too small, has a natural flow into it from below, has slight hooding on the top portion and is oval in shape.”

Umbilicoplasty, Getting Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Belly Button

Umbilicoplasty, Getting Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Belly Button

An umbilical hernia repair is more invasive than other umbilicoplasty procedures that are unrelated to pregnancy. While its physical appearance may be the main reason a woman wants to get rid of it, Dr. Shortt explained that it is not considered a cosmetic procedure and is most often performed by a general surgeon. In addition to cosmetic concerns, an umbilical hernia has a risk of the tissue losing blood supply, making urgent surgery a necessity.

A plastic surgeon may decide to operate on the hernia while performing an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). However, a previously treated umbilical hernia forces a surgeon to change their technique when performing a tummy tuck, Dr. Shortt explained. Make sure to discuss any past surgery with your plastic surgeon at your tummy tuck appointment, otherwise

“there can be a risk of losing the belly button altogether,” said Dr. Shortt.

To repair the umbilical hernia, an incision is made beside the belly button and the belly button’s base that connects to the muscle layer is cut. The abdominal contents are pushed back into the belly and the hole is then sutured. This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. After a week, the patient will return to the surgeon’s office to have the sutures removed.

Umbilicoplasty, Getting Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Belly Button

Umbilicoplasty, Getting Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Belly Button

If a widened and deepened belly button followed by hanging skin is the concern, belly button reshaping and repositioning will be done alongside a tummy tuck. During the tummy tuck, which is performed under general anaesthesia, an incision is made around the belly button. It is then brought out a new hole after the excess skin and fat is removed and sewn up.

The patient will feel tender in the operated area for a week or so after an umbilical hernia repair, explained Dr. Shortt. Heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks following either procedure to allow proper healing. With any surgery involving the belly button, there is the risk of bleeding, infection and poor wound healing, said Dr. Shortt. While umbilicoplasty involves a scar within or near the belly button, therefore making it quite invisible, there is a risk of the scar thickening or contracting, which may cause the belly button to become too small. There is also a risk of the problem coming back, especially with a hernia repair.

Unless weight is drastically gained or lost, the belly button that you have after surgery stays permanently, allowing you to flaunt your belly in a bikini with no sign of surgery. But remember that undergoing umbilicoplasty should only occur several months after giving birth, suggested Dr. Shortt.

“It is never a good idea to have surgery for cosmetic reasons at the time of birth or right after. That is a time to focus on recovering and enjoying your baby.”


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  1. Maximo Guterrez July 11, 15:35

    Thank’s great post.

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