Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery/Belly Button Surgery (Umbilicoplasty)

Procedure used to reshape the belly button to create a more desireable appearance

As belly buttons are often visible when wearing swimwear and underwear, someone who is unhappy with the appearance of their belly button may feel anxious about exposing their body.

This lack of self-confidence can potentially have an impact on an intimate relationship. Being self-conscious of your belly button can also lead to missing out on specific activities and situations, such as swimming or sunbathing.

Benefits of a belly button surgery

Belly button surgery is a procedure which aims to alter the appearance of a belly button for cosmetic reasons, creating a more desirable look. It is not uncommon for individuals to have a belly button which seems to protrude outwards as a result of fat evident behind the muscles. The procedure is effective in removing this and allowing the belly button to claim a more inwards appearance (an ‘innie’).

Belly button shapes can also be adjusted, and through surgery, a horizontal-looking belly button can become a more vertical shape.

Belly button surgery can also be an option for those with scars left from piercings.

The shape and appearance of the belly button can change too following a pregnancy or after losing weight.

Whilst belly button surgery is underway, it is common for patients to also have a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) where they would like fat or skin removed from the abdomen.

Belly button surgery is a very popular treatment for people who aim to achieve a more cosmetically appealing belly button. Protruding belly buttons (‘outie’ belly buttons) are very common as a result of fat from the muscles behind protruding through the umbilical opening.

Despite an ‘outie’ being a common occurrence, the appearance of this can sometimes be very undesirable for individuals, leading to them wanting to have surgery to gain a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The result of the procedure creates an “innie” belly button.

During the belly button surgery procedure, a small incision is made inside the belly button allowing your surgeon to reduce the fat and excess tissue which is inside. After removing the tissue, dissolving sutures are used to close the skin.

Procedure Overview 

  • Cosmetic procedure to enhance the size and shape of the belly button
  • Involves removing excess tissue from the belly button, altering the shape
  • Popular treatment for those with protruding belly buttons
  • Typical procedure takes an hour to complete
  • Typical procedure cost begins at £1000
  • You will have an initial consultation with an expert specialist in this area

During the belly button surgery procedure you will receive anaesthetic and, therefore, no pain or discomfort should be felt. After the procedure you may experience some discomfort in the surrounding area. However, this should not last for more than 1-2 weeks.

During the first 2 weeks post belly button surgery, activities should be kept light but it is not necessary to completely rest during this period.

A typical belly button surgery procedure takes around 1 hour to complete.

Belly button surgery does permanently change the shape of your belly button and therefore results can be said to be permanent. However, as the body continues to change with fluctuations in weight, pregnancy or just a change in body shape, then there may be some alterations in shape post-surgery. If you maintain healthy weight there should not be any issues with the procedure and results from belly button surgery should last a lifetime.

The price for belly button surgery starts from approximately £2,200 which includes both consultant and facility fees. The total cost will be confirmed following the initial consultation.

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