Belly Button as Centre of Universe

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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’s and facebook’s selfies!

Belly button surgery – aka umbilicoplasty – has become a high demand in my clinics, both in Toronto and Richmond Hill. Most commonly, women wants their pre-baby belly-button back. Others had piercing and want a repair. Others have an outie and wish 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. Larger amount of stretch marks – aka striae – will be better addressed with a variety of tummy-tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures, hence the important to see a plastic surgeon who is verse 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 to do my 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

8 Responses to Belly Button as Centre of Universe

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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