It looks nothing like a button, but is believed to work wonders in lifting the aesthetic appearance of a woman. Wondering what it is?
The belly button.
The Umbilicus or the belly button is formed in the body through the umbilical cord, when inside the womb itself. It’s more like a scar than a part of the body. The questions to its formations lie with the way the skin was attached then to the underlying muscle, while this is a determinant factor to its present shape as well. The belly button’s appearance though takes form when the umbilical cord gets cut-off, while the scar in most people could be found inside, while some have it on the outside. These shapes respectively are called an ‘innie’ and ‘outie’ for obvious reasons.
But more importantly, the genes of a person is what determines the shape of the belly button in most cases, along with the way the doctor would have cut the umbilical cord during birth. Other than surgery, there is little that can be done to fix an unsightly belly button. But if a person is unhappy about how their belly button looks, inwards or outwards, there is nothing more which could be done about it, apart from having surgery to fix it.
To some, reasons to get such a surgery done may seem insignificant, but here are some reasons which make a lot of sense as to why it would not be such a bad idea to fix it after all. In cases of people repositioning or changing the shape altogether, it’s more done by those who have an outwards facing belly button. The main reason is for its attractiveness as it may seem little odd having a belly button pop out like that.
Often when people lose a lot of weight, the belly button shape undergoes massive structural changes quite visible, looking stretched or overall out of place. If a patient has a hernia, they might develop an umbilical bulge, making the belly button entirely out of shape and unattractive. Umbilical hernias affect people, especially women during pregnancy or after childbirth, as that particular area goes through a lot.
Previous abdominal surgeries may have resulted in scars and wrinkles around that area, for which the person wishes it to be not visible.
But most important of all, people all want a regular belly button, which is both appealing and attractive to themselves.
What to expect from the surgery?
The surgery, known as umbilicoplasty, usually takes only about an hour and is outpatient. It means once the effects of anaesthesia wear out, the patients could go home, and in these surgeries, local anaesthesia is widely used, with sedation also as an option. During surgery, the surgeons make a small incision around the belly button area. Further, depending on the patient’s desired or perceived result of the same, either extracts extra skin or hangs small portion of abdominal skin on top of the belly button.
The surgeon made incisions are known to heal fast and usually stay hidden. Of course, when there is a question of what kind of stitches a surgeon might use, which, the basis of the situation of the patient, a surgeon might make use of either dissolvable or non-dissolvable stitch.
As mentioned before, the belly button surgery is the outpatient kind, meaning it’s quite straightforward and painless procedure, ensuring the patient can return home once the anaesthesia effects wear out. Then if the surgeon decides to use non-dissolvable stitches for this particular surgery, the removal of the same is done after ten days from the surgery, while the non-dissolvable ones vanish in a matter of days.
This surgery causes minimal bruising, swelling or even discomfort, post umbilicoplasty. Patients can make a return to their healthy lives and routines as soon as the same day of the surgery. Healing begins immediately and is only a matter of days before the last of the signs vanish. If there is any scarring of any kind, it usually should fade away within a few months.
Risks and Expectations
Umbilicoplasty is no doubt a highly safe procedure, but surgeries come with specific risks attached, and the belly button surgery isn’t any different. The common risks involved with this method are bleeding, asymmetries, scar formation and infections. The biggest of those dangers are the scars. So, it’s recommended to patients to undergo micro-needling treatments to address these scar issues. The surgeon might be the right person to support one of these micro-needling procedures, but usually, these methods allow the scars to heal in the best way possible.
Patients should always balance their expectations with surgeries such as this. Doctors usually try to do the best for everyone in these cases, but they can only accomplish what is possible. Although the entire success of this procedure depends on how it heals for the patients.
About the clinic and doctor
Dr. Priti Shukla is the best female cosmetic surgeons in Hyderabad. She has 18 years of experience in cosmetic plastic surgery and thousands of satisfied patients. Ambrosia Clinic is leading skin plastic surgery clinic of Hyderabad since 2009. Our team of dermatologist and Plastic surgeons at Ambrosia clinic offer services like hair transplantation, laser, skin care and plastic surgery.