Two things can dramatically alter the shape and appearance of the body: Massive weight gain and pregnancy. After a woman becomes pregnant, her abdominal muscles are stretched and the abdominal wall is weakened. Often times, a previously unknown defect, called an umbilical hernia, can become visible, resulting in an “outie” bellybutton.
It develops when tissue or body organs poke out through a small opening of the abdominal wall, creating an unsightly bump, which can sometimes cause pain.
One method of addressing an umbilical hernia is to combine its repair with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), a cosmetic surgery procedure that can eliminate stretch marks, excessive skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck helps to sculpt your abdomen, flattening and smoothing out any lumps and saggy skin that diet and exercise alone can’t handle.
This procedure begins with an incision that is made right below the bikini line, or at the level of a C-section scar, so it will be easily concealed. Then, excess skin is cut away and the underlying muscles are tightened. The skin that is left will be re- draped for maximum aesthetic appeal.
If you have an umbilical hernia, it can effectively be repaired during the tummy tuck procedure. It is a good idea to lose as much weight as possible before undergoing the surgery. Not only will this help with the success of the repair, but it will also give better aesthetic results.
There are several different methods of repairing an umbilical hernia, and is determined by the size of the defect. Many times the hernia can be repaired by simply stitching the defect closed. However, in larger defects, a piece of prosthetic mesh may need to be placed in order to prevent recurrence.
If you just have an umbilical hernia, and do not require a tummy tuck, this can be repaired through a tiny incision that is hidding within the belly button.
Many insurance companies will pay for the facility fees, anesthesia, and surgeon fees for the repair of the umbilical hernia. This will greatly reduce the remaining fees for the cosmetic tummy tuck portion of the procedure.
If you have an “outie” belly button and are thinking of having a tummy tuck, please call and schedule a consult with the doctors at the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group today at 310-275-6600.