Many women are unhappy with the loss of elasticity and shape around the belly button area following pregnancy or weight loss, as a result of ageing or of extensive liposuction. Usually, a straight wrinkle or fold across the top of the navel detracts from the previous youthful tone of the tummy and may prevent the person in question from carrying midriff-free clothing or from getting her belly button pierced.
The correction of the navel can be performed, under local anaesthetic, either by removal of excess skin or by repositioning the navel to its original location. This correction is almost always performed during abdominoplasty (a so-called ‘tummy tuck’). In rare cases, the belly button is automatically corrected, simply through the tightening effects of modern liposuction.
Treatment and operation preparation: Obtain timely, comprehensive medical advice and risk awareness, including a full medical check-up with ECG.
Duration of operation: 1 hour
Anaesthesia: Local or twilight anaesthesia
Staying at the clinic: Outpatient
Work incapacity: Depending on related strain, 1-7 days
Social capacity: After 1 day
Sport: Dependent on type of sport, after 1 week
Sun-bathing and solarium: After 4 weeks, cover scars
Sauna: After 4 weeks
After care: Scar care, thread removal, possible compression corsage.
Special risks: Unattractive scarring, numbness.
Cost absorption: Often covered by health insurance.