Nowadays, there seems to be a specialized cosmetic surgery for every part of your body. As a result, new plastic surgery trends are popping up all the time, from buttocks enlargement to cheek enhancement, and even vaginal reconstruction. Now, a new series of procedures is gaining in popularity as patients are clamoring for help with their belly buttons.
That's right, belly buttons procedures are currently some of the hottest options in the world of cosmetic enhancement. And why not? After all, whether you're at the beach or in a more intimate setting, the navel is a highly visible area, and it's also incredibly prone to damage or disfigurement. Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that plastic surgeons have developed a couple of different procedures to deal with belly button-related issues.
Every kid knows the difference between an innie belly button and an outtie. While both types of belly buttons are perfectly natural, outties are far more rare. As such, having one can make people more self-conscious, and outtie belly buttons also bring with them the slim chance for health concerns as well. To correct this problem, surgeons developed the procedure known as the umbilical hernia repair, which effectively turns an outtie into an innie.
In this procedure, doctors make a small incision near the site of the hernia -- the area where tissue or intestine is pushing out through the abdominal wall and into the belly button. Next, they gently push the herniated material back into the stomach. Then the weak spot in the stomach is reinforced so that the hernia doesn't recur. Altogether, the procedure takes under an hour, and patients typically need to avoid strenuous activity, such as working out, for several weeks afterward.
A little bit easier to perform than umbilical hernia repair, an umbilicoplasty is a procedure that simply adjusts the size or shape of the belly button. This procedure can be helpful for recent mothers who are looking to return their navels to their former glory. Additionally, it's also helpful for people whose belly buttons are stretched or disfigured thanks to navel piercings. For this treatment, surgeons simply remove excess skin and pull the remaining tissue tight across the stomach, creating a small, picture perfect belly button. And the best part of all is that since the procedure is only minimally invasive, there's virtually no downtime for recovery.
If your belly button could use a pick-me-up, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon in your area. But be forewarned that these procedures can be costly. Since they're typically cosmetic, your insurance isn't likely to pick up any of the tab, which can easily run thousands of dollars.
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