How to Get an Attractive Belly Button?
A belly button provides a feminine touch to one’s appearance. If distorted, it can affect the patient’s confidence, attire and intimacy. A naval can look out of the ordinary if there is a scar, cut, hernia or an ‘outie’. This can be caused due to trauma, piercing, accidents, disease or even pregnancy.
Naval creation or umbilicoplasty is an aesthetic surgical procedure that can correct distortion and reshape the belly button. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is low risk and can be performed on any patient regardless of their age.
- Expectations – during the consultancy, the patient is prompted to express their desired expectations with the surgeon and discuss its possibilities. Showing pictures of desired results is more helpful in reaching a consensus.
- Medical history – the physician will ask the patient about their past-medical history as well as family history to ensure that they are eligible to undergo the surgery. Patients with blood disorders are advised not to undergo this procedure as they are at higher risk.
- Communication – the surgeon will clarify all the do’s, don’ts and other clarifications in detail for both pre-surgery and post-surgery.
- Photography – a professional will take before and after pictures in different angles to record the change made due to the procedure. The patient may also be provided with a photoshopped picture before the surgery to have realistic expectations.
- Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking a week before the procedure as it can affect the surgery and healing process.
- Medications – after reviewing the patient’s medical history, the physician may ask the patient to stop consumption of certain medicines. They include – aspirin, immunosuppressants, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal capsules, blood thinners and other anti-coagulants.
- Care – the patient will be asked to arrange for driven transport as they cannot drive post-surgery. It is also advisable to have someone at home to help a few days during recovery.
Umbilicoplasty is typically conducted under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia depending on the complexity of the case. The procedure begins with the surgeon making tactical incisions around the belly button. The surgeon then proceeds to shape the navel by tucking and trimming the excess tissue. Once the surgeon is satisfied with the achieved results, the navel is re-positioned and sutured into place. The entire procedure should last between 30 min to 1 hr.
Risks & recovery
- Downtime – the patient can resume normal activities in 1 to 4 days.
- Activities – there should be a minimal abdominal movement for the first few days into recovery. Swimming, gymming or any strenuous exercise should be avoided until prompted by the surgeon.
- Scarring – this procedure may cause visible scarring around the navel. This can be reduced using laser resurfacing.
- Sensation – there may be partial loss of sensation after complete healing. This can cause temporary or permanent numbness around the treated area.
- General risks – surgical procedures may cause redness, bruising, bleeding, scarring, loss of sensation and infection.
- Rest – the patient is advised to take complete rest to promote fast healing.
- Ice & compression – the wound should be compressed with an ice pack to reduce swelling.
- Elevation – the patient is advised to sleep in an upright and elevated position. This reduces swelling and avoids any tugging or pulling.
- Smoking – the patient is strictly advised to avoid smoking for up to two weeks post-treatment. Smoking can interfere with blood flow and can cause problems with healing.
- Alcohol – the patient is advised to avoid alcohol consumption for a few days as it can counteract with medications prescribed for aftercare.
- Medicines – the surgeon may prescribe painkillers, immunosuppressants and antibiotics. They can be a combination of tablets as well as topical treatments. These medicines need to be used promptly as prescribed by the physician.
- Makeup – makeup can be used to conceal any prolonged bruising and scars post-recovery.