Visage Clinic: Dr. Marc DuPéré
101-133 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto, ON M5R 0A6
Phone: (416) 929-9800
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Belly Button as Centre of Universe

Toronto Belly Button Reshaping and Tummy Tuck

Whoever mentions hot summers is also thinking belly button. And yes, Toronto may not have an ocean close by, but it has 250 000 lakes, representing 20% of the world fresh water. So, yes, bikinis and speedos are proudly worn in Ontario! Summer is also a time where all of us want to get back in shape so the belly-button often becomes the “centre of the universe,”  so to speak. Not to mention the countless Instagram and Facebook selfies!

Belly button surgery – aka umbilicoplasty – has become a high demand in my clinic in Toronto. Most commonly, women want their pre-baby belly button back. Others had a piercing and wanted a repair, while some had an outie and wished to have an innie. Finally, some have a small hernia that requires surgical attention.

Ladies are by far the main gender asking for this procedure. A young belly button is narrow and vertically oblong. With pregnancies, the belly button stretches and become more horizontal.

Often with pregnancies, stretch marks will form around the belly button. Small radiating marks might be correctable with an umbilicoplasty. A larger amount of stretch marks – aka striae – will be better addressed with a variety of tummy-tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures, hence the importance of seeing a plastic surgeon who is versed in ALL techniques and options available.

Men also request belly button reshaping, either because of an old piercing, old tattoos, outie correction, or because of a small hernia from heavy-lifting (body-builders) or when associated with a small umbilical hernia.

A common way I perform umbilicoplasty is a donut-style excision of the redundant skin; I can also remove an old piercing that way. Umbilical piercings were popular 10 years ago but the trend has faded and patients are now left with a tract – or a hole – that is not aesthetically pleasing. I first close the belly button defect by anchoring the inner part of the belly button down to the muscle fascia and in doing so, I can shape the belly button vertically. With this technique, I can also correct small hernias and convert and outie into an innie. Closure is important and I often use a purse-string closure as to close the outer larger skin circle to the inner smaller belly-button contour (analogous to an areolar reduction in breast lift aka Benelli’s mastopexy).

Cost varies but it starts at 3950$ for a procedure done under local anesthesia. Tummy tucks are usually done under general anesthesia and prices can vary on average between 7500$ and 12000$, depending on the types of tummy-tuck and the amount of liposuction and muscle repair required.

Recovery also varies depending on the procedure. Pain is minimal with a simple umbilicoplasty but one should refrain from physical activity and in-water swimming for a minimum of 3 weeks.

Umbilicoplasty – aka belly button reshaping – is a very gratifying procedure, which I perform regularly in our fully accredited surgical centre in Yorkville.

Dr. Marc DuPéré, aesthetic plastic surgeon

12 Responses to Belly Button as Centre of Universe

  • Adia Garcia says:

    Hi i was looking to come in for a consultation for a Umbilicoplasty.
    Please contact me at 647-991-1195

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      Hi Adia, my office has been in touch with you over the phone and we will be happy to see you in consultation when you are ready. Our phone number again is: 416-929-9800. Kind regards, Dr. DuPéré

  • Pamela Ventresca says:

    Hello I’m interested in a consultation for the umbilicoplasty procedure. Can someone please clarify how I go about booking this? Is it possible to schedule this in your Richmond Hill office as it’s much more convenient for me as I work in Richmond Hill.
    Thanks in advance, Pamela V.

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      Good morning, next step would be to come in for a consultation with me. You can call us at 416-929-9800 and Danielle and Margarida will be able. I will also email you some more information. Dr. D.

  • Thara says:

    Hi there I would like to get more information about belly Button surgery. As I have skin bulging out after giving birth to my two wonderful children. We are planing on having another baby in couple of years. Is it ok to do the surgery now? How much is the cost? How long is ideally the recovery?

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      Good morning and thank you for your request. Best would be to come and show me your belly-button to see if an umbilicoplasty could help. In my experience, most ladies after childbirth require more than a belly-button procedure such as a mini or classic abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Having an umbilicoplasty or a tummy tuck does not prevent you from being pregnant again but your body will change again through a 3rd pregnancy and you might need another procedure. Most wait until their family is completed. But I would be happy to meet with you and look at your options. We do offer SKYPE or FACETIME consultation if you live far away. Dr. D.

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      Thank you for your question. My assistants will email you tomorrow. Best would be to come for a consultation and I will then know which option(s) to offer you. We also offer SKYPE consultation if you live far away.
      Kind regards, Dr. D.

  • Amanda Sullivan says:

    Hi i have an umbilical Hernia that I would like to fix/remove and I want to get a TT as well. Please contact me so i get book a consultation

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      HI Amanda, thank you for your interest in VISAGE. I will be happy to meet with you and discuss your 2 concerns. It is usually feasible to correct the small hernia at the same time as a tummy-tuck. Call us on Tuesday (it is Thanksgiving tomorrow in Canada) and my assistants will help. 416-929-9800. My assistants will also be emailing you some information after the holiday. I look forward to meeting you. Dr. D.

  • S. Morin says:

    Hello Dr. Dupéré,

    I am from Quebec. I consulted a plastic surgeon for an umbilicoplasty. He told me that there was not much to do for my navel and recommended that my umbilical hernia be repaired by a surgeon in a public hospital first and that he would then see what he could do … Actually, he recommended a tummy tuck instead, but I do not want that surgery.

    On your website, you describe well the kind of surgery I would like : repair of the umbilical hernia, removal of the piercing and of a small part of the upper navel stretch marks in the same surgery. So I’d like to send you a picture of my belly so that you can tell me if you think you can do something aesthetic. I read you are offering skype consultation. Can you tell me how much it costs?

    My appointment to repair my umbilical hernia is supposed to be March 1st at the General Hospital of Montreal under general anesthesia. I am wondering if I would cancel it if I find a better alternative with what you offer.

    By the way, do you speak French? Thank you!

    • Dr. Marc DuPéré says:

      Allo, and thank you for your message. Always best to get your umbilical hernia repaired by the hernia surgeons, especially when sizeable. I am also happy to start a consultation over SKYPE or FaceTime and you could sent me pictures. Consultation are 260$ + HST. Et oui, je parle français. à bientôt! Dr. DuPéré

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