Deformed navel
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Deformed navel

The unusual bully button or deformed navel is a type of congenital defect that results in an abnormal shape or size of the navel. If the look of the navel is bothering you or wearing low-cut jeans, short tops, swimsuits, or swimming trunks is uncomfortable, then certain things can be done to improve the appearance.

There are several types of surgery that can be performed to improve the appearance of an unusual bully button or deformed navel. The type of surgery that is right for you will depend on the severity of the belly button problem and your goals for treatment.

If you are considering surgery to improve the appearance of your navel, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing this type of surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate the severity of your deformity and discuss your treatment options.

Symptoms of deformed navel

Some of the common symptoms of a deformed navel are as follows:

  • The navel may appear to be pushed out or protruding.
  • There may be a visible bulge around the navel area.
  • The navel may appear to be larger or wider than usual.
  • There may be a change in the shape of the navel, such as an oval or circular shape.
  • The navel may appear to be darker than the surrounding skin.

If you are noticing colored discharge, leaking, or blood, then it is a sign of yeast, fungal or bacterial infection. The belly button problem should be immediately shown to the doctor.

Causes of deformed navel

The navel is formed during the development of the fetus in the womb. It is a result of the fusion of different embryonic structures. The navel starts to form around the fourth week of pregnancy and is fully developed by the ninth week. In some cases, the navel may not develop properly due to certain birth defects or conditions. Here are some of the common causes of deformed or unusual navel:

  • Birth defects: Certain birth defects can cause the navel to be deformed. Some of the common birth defects that can lead to this problem are omphalocele and gastroschisis.
  • Premature birth: Babies who are born before the ninth week of pregnancy are more likely to have deformed or unusual navels. This is because the structures that form the navel are not fully developed at this stage.
  • Obesity: Obesity can also cause the navel to be deformed. This is because the excess fat around the waist can put pressure on the navel, causing it to protrude or bulge out.
  • Post-surgery: Surgery involving the abdomen can also cause the navel to be deformed. This is because the incisions made during surgery can damage the surrounding tissues, resulting in a deformed navel.

What are the treatment options for deformed navel?

The treatment for deformed or unusual navel depends on the underlying cause. In most cases, no treatment is required and the condition will improve on its own as the child grows older. However, if the condition is caused by a birth defect or surgery, then navel correction surgery may be required.

Navel correction surgery: Navel correction surgery is a procedure to correct the deformities of the navel. It is also known as belly button surgery or umbilicoplasty. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours to complete. During the surgery, the surgeon will make an incision in the abdomen and repair the abdominal wall defect. The navel will then be repositioned to its normal position. In some cases, the surgeon may also need to create a new navel.

After the surgery, the incision will be closed with stitches or staples. A drainage tube may also be placed under the skin to drain away any excess fluid. You will usually be able to go home the same day after the surgery.

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