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Many women dream of getting to experience the joy of motherhood. While the reward of raising a child is considered invaluable, pregnancy can take a serious toll on one’s physique. It can create unwanted changes in the breasts, hips, belly, and last but not least, the belly button. Umbilicoplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the navel, restoring an attractive and pleasing lower body appearance. After the procedure, moms can once again feel comfortable wearing cropped tops or bikinis.

What is umbilicoplasty?

After giving birth to a child, women often find that their belly button has taken a new shape. Instead of being vertical and concave, it may appear more horizontal and protruding. While this may not seem like a big deal to some, there are many women who want to return their navel to the condition it was in before childbirth. Others may seek out this procedure due to a scar left by a belly piercing. In either case, umbilicoplasty can help patients give their belly button a look that they are proud of and will want to show off. Naturally, umbilicoplasty is often included as a component of a mommy makeover or a tummy tuck.

How is the procedure performed?

Umbilicoplasty is a minor cosmetic procedure. It usually takes no longer than an hour and can be performed in either a hospital or an office setting. The approach taken depends heavily on the desires of the patient and the look that they want. Generally speaking, the goal is to create a youthful, oval-shaped, “innie” navel. This is usually achieved by making a small incision in the belly button and removing excess skin and fat.

During the consultation, it is important that the patient divulge all of their medications and allergies. They may be asked to stop using certain medications leading up to the procedure to avoid complications. Patients will also be asked to fast for several hours beforehand.

What are the benefits?

While the belly button might seem of little importance to some, it can make a world of difference for a woman’s self-confidence. The aesthetic value that umbilicoplasty provides is indisputable. There is simply no other way for women to change the appearance of their navel and give themselves the poise that they had when they were younger.

Who is an ideal candidate?

A good candidate for umbilicoplasty in Orange County is anybody that is unhappy with the appearance of their navel. In addition to women who recently became mothers and people dealing with belly button scars, those who have lost a large amount of weight may find that their navel looks more horizontal than vertical. Those who have recently received hernia repair may want to change the look of their navel as well.

In addition to these general criteria, nonsmokers with good physical and mental health and realistic expectations make great candidates. Being at or close to your target weight is also recommended. This is due to the fact that any weight loss in the future could affect the appearance of your navel, undoing the work that has been done. Women planning to have more babies in the future should also hold off on the procedure, as this will undoubtedly change the results.

What is recovery like?

Patients are usually kept in the surgical facility for a few hours before being discharged. Upon returning home, patients will be responsible for cleaning the navel area and changing dressings. They will also be asked to avoid sunlight for a period of time, as UV exposure can hinder the healing process.

Overall, there is little discomfort, and patients are able to get back to work within three days. It is recommended, however, that all heavy-lifting and strenuous activity be avoided for several weeks. The navel may appear slightly bruised or swollen following the operation, but this will dissipate within a few weeks. Patients can then enjoy the permanent results of the umbilicoplasty and show off their navel at their leisure.

Why choose Dr. Grover?

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sanjay Grover is revered in the Los Angeles plastic surgeon community. For years, he has been the go-to surgeon for many celebrities and high-profile patients all over the world. He has been featured as a guest on various television networks, including BBC, Fox News, and the Hallmark Channel. He cares deeply about helping his clients achieve the look they want and keeps an open line of communication with them from the consultation through the recovery process.

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