The shape of your umbilicus, or belly button, is largely determined from the time you are born. However, it can change over time as a result of weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or a hernia. Abdominal surgery can also affect the shape or position of your belly button. Dr. Kerendian in Los Angeles can use umbilical reconstruction to alter or improve the shape of your belly button to create a more balanced or symmetrical look.
Dr. Kerendian may determine that you are a candidate for an umbilical reconstruction if you are unhappy with the shape or size of your belly button, or if you have experienced unwanted changes in your belly button due to pregnancy or other physical changes. For the best results, you should be healthy, at a stable weight, have realistic expectations, and maintain a positive attitude about the process. We can help you decide if this procedure is right for you. At your consultation, we will also discuss the various procedures, as well as their benefits and risks and explain the process to you. We will be sure to answer your questions thoroughly so that you can be confident in whatever choice you make.
An umbilical reconstruction can usually be performed under local anesthesia, but sedation is available if needed. The entire process can typically be completed in about an hour. The incisions can be hidden inside the belly button and are virtually invisible once you heal. The excess skin can be easily removed, or some can be left hanging over the top of the belly button, depending on your preferences. Stitches can be removed in about a week if they are not dissolvable.
Most people are able to return to their normal activities quickly and are back to work within a week. There is little post-procedure discomfort, but some minimal swelling and bruising can occur. Side effects and complications are rare. Results are considered permanent, but pregnancy or large weight gains can affect the area.
An umbilical reconstruction can be performed alone or with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kerendian at our offices in Los Angeles.