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Umbilicoplasty | Belly Button Lift in Leesburg, VA

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Belly button reshaping surgery can be done if you dislike the natural appearance of your belly button or want to restore it to how it looked before pregnancy, weight loss, or piercing damage. Have an ‘outie’ and want an “innie”? Your surgeon can make your protruding belly button less noticeable. They can also perform belly button reconstruction to create a new navel using skin around the area if you’ve lost your belly button due to a previous surgery.

This surgery can also be performed for medical reasons, such as correcting an umbilical hernia. In this case, you might need surgery to relieve pain or prevent more serious complications.

Umbilicoplasty can be a stand-alone procedure, but it’s often done along with other abdominal surgeries, like a tummy tuck.

Belly button surgery, sometimes called umbilicoplasty or belly button lift, is a procedure changes the shape and size of your navel.

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your medical history and goals before explaining your options and the risks of surgery. There are about 10 different navel reshaping techniques.

Belly button reconstruction typically takes about an hour but can take up to four hours, for more complex procedures. Surgeons typically use general anesthesia but may use local anesthesia with sedation for simpler procedures.

Depending on your goals, here’s how belly button reconstruction works:

  • To create a smaller belly button, your surgeon removes skin and tightens the surrounding area.
  • To enlarge your belly button, they stretch and reshape your navel, also using skin from the surrounding area.
  • To close up a navel piercing, your surgeon removes tissue to eliminate the hole and stitches up the incision.
  • To repair an umbilical hernia, your surgeon makes an incision and pushes the protrusion back into the stomach, sometimes using a mesh patch to strengthen the abdominal wall before closing the incision.

In most cases, you’ll be able to go home on the day of your surgery. Just know that you’ll be groggy, so you’ll need someone to drive you.

If you have non-dissolvable stitches, they’re usually removed about a week later. You can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, and you’ll need to wear a cotton bandage for about five days.

You can probably go back to work within two days of your procedure, but you’ll need to avoid vigorous physical activity for a few weeks.

If belly button surgery is combined with another procedure, healing time and care instructions will vary. 

It typically takes a few weeks before you see the healed results. Dr. Phillip Chang, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Northern Virginia, says there are many ways to help prevent belly button scarring. They include: 

  • Not pulling on the area.

  • Keeping the site clean and applying the wound-care products your surgeon recommends.

  • Protecting your incisions from the sun.


  • Compared to more complex cosmetic surgeries, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction, umbilicoplasty is generally more straightforward and carries a lower risk of complications.

  • It can be done as an addition to other surgeries, like a tummy tuck or breast enhancement.

  • The incision usually heals quickly and can be easily covered by clothes.

  • If you need the surgery for medical reasons, such as relief from umbilical hernia pain, your health insurance may cover it.

  • RealSelf members who said it was Worth It were happy to get back their pre-baby, pre-weight-loss, or pre-piercing navel.


  • Umbilicoplasty is considered a safe procedure, but there are still risks like bleeding and infection.

  • Scarring usually fades over a few months, though in some cases, the scar remains noticeable.

  • The out-of-pocket cost (without help from insurance) can be high.

  • The small percentage of RealSelf members who rated it Not Worth It said that they were unhappy with the results and had to have the surgery corrected.

The cost depends on the specific procedure as well as your surgeon’s location and experience.

The total umbilicoplasty cost includes:

  • Your surgical consultation

  • The procedure

  • A follow-up appointment, including the removal of stitches (unless you get dissolvable stitches)

If it’s considered medically necessary for relief of umbilical hernia pain, your health insurance may cover the procedure.

Umbilicoplasty or Belly Button Lift

Starts at $3000

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