In aesthetic surgery, plastics of the navel are also called “umbilicoplasty”. This is a plastic surgery that helps to correct the navel.
Why is umbilicoplasty performed?
Inborn navel abnormalities can be a possible reason for surgical navel correction, because they lead to different problems in childhood. Besides, some women resolve to navel surgery due to purely aesthetic reasons: tattooes, crop tops and navel piercing have become widespread trends. But if you want the navel to be in the center of attention, it should be attractive enough.
A slightly stretched, but not too deep or protruding navel is considered to be ideal. However, pregnancy and serious loss of weight can deform the navel, because it stretches and then suddenly gets back to the previous form: it can make it unaesthetic.
Besides, liposuction can also affect the form of the navel. To top it off, skin elasticity is decreasing with aging, making the navel wrinkled. It’s one more reason to go through umbilicoplasty
In the vast majority of cases, the navel can be located too high, or too low, and patient isn’t satisfied with that. Plastics of navel allows changing its form with a single cut so that it would acquire the right slightly stretched oval or round shape and was relocated to the right positions.Preparations for the surgery
In order to minimize the risk of complications after umbilicoplasty, you should follow a few recommendations. Today, umbilicoplasty is a relatively new type of surgical invasion in Germany, so plastic surgeons rarely perform this procedure.
Therefore, when you’re searching for a plastic surgeon, ask how many operations did this or that doctor perform. The richer the experience in this sphere is, the better the results should be.
If you have found a suitable surgeon, it’s necessary to eliminate all negative factors. First and foremost, a patient should cease smoking about one-two weeks before the procedure, because nicotine contained in cigarettes affects blood circulation and complicates wound regeneration.
Intake of medication that thin blood, for instance, acetylsalicylic acid or Marcumar, should also be ceased, if the doctor says so. These medications make blood thinner, which can provoke serious bleeding. A patient should also obtain from alcohol.
How umbilicoplasty is performed?
Navel plastic surgery is a minor procedure that takes about 30-60 minutes. However, it is often performed with together with abdominal lifting that requires much more time.
As a rule, umbilicoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. But if additional procedures like abdominal liposuction are required, a surgeon can administer general anesthesia.
Prior to the operation, certain skin areas are marked with a pen in corresponding areas. Why doing so? Under anesthesia, abdominal muscles are relaxed, which can affect the procedures and further treatment.
In the beginning of the procedure, a surgeon makes a small cut on the navel, removes excessive skin and adipose tissue. If the navel is located too deep, the height of adjacent tissues should be changed. In some cases, surgeons have to remove the navel and form it again. When the cut is made, the abdominal wall is pulled, and the navel is modeled. After that, the surgeon stitches the cuts and fixes them with the help of a light bandage.
First time after the surgery, the patient is allowed to wear loose clothes without belt so that not to interfere with the process of navel recovery. Besides, it’s recommended to obtain from sports and serious physical load. Such exercises as heavy lifting may stretch the stitches and slow down the process of recovery causing unattractive scars.
If no complications took place, a patient is allowed showering a day after the operation. Bathing, swimming, sauna and sun room are prohibited until the doctor gives permission for that.
Risks and side effects
Navel plastics may have the following side effects:
- minor hematomas.
However, these subside very quickly. Pretty often, surgeries result into small but visible scars. You should take this information about side effects into consideration before the operation.
Such complications as infections and slow healing of wound are pretty rare. In the worst case, untreated infection can lead to life-threatening inflammation of the abdominal cavity (peritonitis).
Cost of operation
As a rule, the operation costs about 2000-4000 EURO. The costs depend on many factors: whether general anesthesia and staying in hospital are required. If a patient needs additional treatment measures, such as liposuction, additional costs will apply.