Belly Button Repair



Men often expose their navels when they are doing sports and exercise and male body builders value a nicely shaped belly button to complement the rest of their perfect physique. As for women, you will no doubt have noticed that it is currently very fashionable for women to wear cropped tops and hipster trousers in order to reveal their navels.

Increasing numbers of people want their belly buttons to be perfectly shaped and this operation can achieve this. Mostly, the surgery will involve making an “outie” into an “innie” or making an “innie” a little less obvious by lessening the size of the hole.

Some of the reasons why people want their belly button repaired:

  1. No belly button at all or a badly shaped navel from birth, or as a result of some sort of trauma or faulty surgery in the past;
  2. A small hernia which may stick out in a little lump next to the belly button;
  3. Flat- or elongated navels which some people like to have made rounder. It is believed that a circular belly button has a younger look to it than a longer, flatter kind;
  4. A belly button that is shifted to one side, sticks out, or is hidden by folds of flesh or wrinkles (can be due to child bearing).

There are a few methods to belly button repair depending on the severity and cause of the distortion to belly button.

Type 1: Umbilical hernia repair
Umbilical hernia repair is surgery to repair an umbilical hernia. An umbilical hernia is a sac (pouch) formed from the inner lining of your belly (abdominal cavity) that pushes through a hole in the abdominal wall at the belly button.


  1. Find your hernia and separate it from the tissues around it. Gently push the contents of the intestine back into the abdomen.
  2. Strong stitches will be used to repair the hole or weak spot caused by the umbilical hernia.
  3. Lay a piece of mesh over the weak area (usually not in children) to make it stronger.

Umbilical hernia can also be repaired using a laparoscope. This is a thin, lighted tube that lets the doctor see inside your belly. The scope will be inserted through one of the cuts. The instruments will be inserted through the other cuts.

Type 2: Normal Belly Button Repair Caused by Pregnancy or excessive weight gain/loss
Normally belly button surgery may be performed on a patient who is undergoing a tummy tuck but some people want to alter the size and shape of their navels with an umbilicoplasty procedure on its own. It can be performed using local anaesthesia to numb the area, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy, so that you remain awake but feel very little discomfort during the procedure. The procedure is simple and easy to alter the shape and size of the belly button.

*Recovery generally takes a week or so; but you can usually return to light activities the day after your operation.

* Disclaimer: results vary according to individual