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Outie to Innie Belly Button Umbilicoplasty - 2 days after surgery.

I wish I had heard about the technology sooner. This has always bothered me so much. I’ve always felt that I work hard to keep in shape, but I’ve never shown my belly button in a bathing suite or anything. This was so easy. It was minimal discomfort, and I’m so glad that I did it. I like my new belly button. It’s very very cute. It’s only been two days and I only have minimal swelling and bruising. I definitely like what I’m seeing, and I’m sure its even going to get better.

My comfort was pretty good. I had a tiny bit of discomfort that first day, and I was fine the second day. It was fine, and it was easier than at the dentist. I was surprised the local anesthesia went so well. Once the area got numbed, there was absolutely nothing, no pain at all. You are numb and you do not feel a thing. The numbing process hurt only the first time the needle went in. It was easier than the dentist.

The surgery actually went just as I thought. You guys pay a lot of time and attention to everything. I can say I had something else done someplace else, they were very much in and out and did not pay such attention to detail. This was very thorough.

I think that people that have this issue, and it really bothers them, they should have it done. It was not painful and its really worth it. Now that I have a new belly button, I’m going to buy a cute red bikini.

Dr. Bermant responds:

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Michael Bermant, MD

Travel from Japan for Dr. Bermant's Revision Belly Button Umbilicoplasty after Surgery Elsewhere - 4 Days After Revision

I think my new belly button looks much different than what it did before. It is more natural and does not look as deformed. Comfort after surgery was not too bad, I took some pain pills for the first two days. After that it was much better. I took four of the prescription pills and no Tylenol. I got around fine without any help. The overall experience was good.

With my previous belly button surgery, I did not get as much information prior to the operation. I also did not get as much information after the surgery like how to take care of it,

My advice to others considering belly button surgery. Make sure you have a doctor who has done the surgery more than a couple of times and has experience doing this type of surgery. Check for pictures and make certain that your questions are answered.

The surgery went as planned. Dr. Bermant’s website told it all. I really did not have any questions about it at all. I was really comfortable with the entire experience.

Travel from Japan for Dr. Bermant's Revision Belly Button Umbilicoplasty after Surgery Elsewhere - 5 Months After Revision

I like everthing about my new belly button. The area on top, there is now a hood. Before it was flat and looking down it was weird.

The surgical experience was great. There was no pain and surgery was quick. I had belly button surgery by another doctor before. Before this surgery by Dr. Bermant, there was much more information about what would happen. There was not as much pain either. The results are 100% different. After my first surgery, I felt disfigured. Now I am satisfied. My navel has a indent, a innie look. I do not yet expose my belly button yet, but I am planning to. I have bought some new bathing suits, but have not worn any yet, but summer is coming and I am looking forward to it.

Travel from Japan for Dr. Bermant's Revision Belly Button Umbilicoplasty after Surgery Elsewhere - 1 Year After Revision

I like my new belly button, it really helped with my problem. My belly button looks more natural, it looks more like a real belly button. Prior to this surgery, it did not. I am now able to wear bathing suits, I am not ashamed and having to cover it up. Before this surgery, I would not wear bathing suits and would not show my belly button.

It was not bad traveling the long distance for the surgery. This surgery was not like my other doctor’s operation. Then I did not have a detailed description about having the surgery. Dr. Bermant’s surgery discussion was clear and straight to the point. After the first doctor’s operation, my belly button did not look good. After Dr. Bermant’s surgery, it looked good right from the end of the operation.

Dr. Bermant responds:

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Michael Bermant, MD

Travel from South Carolina for Belly Button Umbilicoplasty - 5 years after surgery

Hello there, not sure if you remember me, but you fixed my belly button about 5 years ago and the results have been life-changing! Just wanted to say thanks and that I can't even imagine what things used to be like before the procedure. Hope all is well with you.
Regards,
A

Dr. Bermant responds:

Thank you for your update. We appreciate hearing how well you are doing. All is well here.

Michael Bermant, MD

Travel from United Kingdom / UK for Belly Button Umbilicoplasty - 1 month after surgery

Dear Dr Bermant

I am really pleased with your work, my new belly button is fantastic, i took photos 7days post op and will take some more to send you 6wk post op.

Everything seems to be healing very well and I have had no discomfort whatsoever, once again thank you.

M

Dr. Bermant responds:

Thank you for the follow up.

Michael Bermant, MD

"Outie" Belly Button

Hello Doctor Bermant,

My name is L. I am 30 years old and I live in NYC. I am at an age where I have decided that my physical self should be worked on, improved, kept up...I am 6'0 tall, pretty well built, and overall, generally happy with the way that I look. Barring two things. One, being my teeth, which I am having capped next week and two is my belly button. I have an 'outty' and, believe it or not, it has been an extreme source of embarrassment my whole life. I have worked hard to keep my stomach in shape but I am so self concious of my belly button that I never show it off. I have, in the past, actually put a band aid over it when at the beach in a bikini. ( Which, most likely, looked worse.) I know it seems like something extremely inconsequential, not to mention extremely vain, but it has truly hindered the way I feel about my physical self and in turn I am not as overall confident as I would like to be. I am now looking to do something about it because I am single again, for the first time in twelve years, and I basically need all of the help I can get with how I feel about me.

I apologize for making you read all of the above, simply to get to my question which is - Can you do anything to give me the 'inny' I have always wished for? If you can, I would also like to know if there is any way to have the surgery covered by, or partly covered by, my insurance which is Blue Cross, Blue Shield PPO, top of the line coverage?

Again, I know this sounds like a pretty trivial deal but I cannot begin to explain how important it is to me. I am unhappy. I am working on the inside and I figure that, at the same time, I should work on the outside as well.

FYI - My belly button is not popped out all of the way. It is just sort of flush with my stomach. If you think you might be able to help me, I can always scan you a picture for reference, if need be.

I thank you for your time and I, again, apologize for my ramblings above. I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely, L

Dr. Bermant responds:

"Outie" belly buttons can really bother people. Umbilicoplasty belly button surgery can change an "outie" to an "innie" belly button. There are many pages on this site to help you learn about belly button surgery. Such surgery is considered by most insurance companies as cosmetic in nature. You will have to check with your own policy as to what it covers. We have reasonable prices for those who wish to change the shape of their belly buttons. Call my office during regular office hours and my staff can better advise you about the costs of this sculpture. We do have a remote preliminary package where I review photographs and other details helping our out of state patients minimize their travel to Richmond.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Extra Skin About Belly Button:

Dr. Bermant,

I am 24 years old and recently had twins via c-section. Before I got pregnant, I was in excellent shape. I had a six pack tummy and all….very dedicated to working out everyday. However, it has been six months since I had my twins and I have lost all my weight except the skin around my belly button is very wrinkly. Will this ever go away with working out? Is plastic surgery the only way my skin will tighten back up?

Thank You,

C

Dr. Bermant responds:

The belly button is a tethering point, where loose skin hangs from. The belly button changes during pregnancy. Having been pregnant is one common way that skin and muscles become loose. The skin can contract to a certain degree. Exercise rarely tightens skin. Tummy tuck surgery is one way to tighten skin. It depends on many factors what surgical sculpture would be best. Such issues are best explored during a consultation where the tissues can be examined. There are many pages of problems of loose skin around the belly button being tightened during abdominal wall sculpture.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Frowning Belly Button

Hi,
I am 33 years old and definitely NOT overweight. The question I have is about my belly button area. My stomach isn't fat, but I have had 2 babies and I had an umbilical hernia during my last pregnancy which was repaired when I had my Gall Bladder removed. Anyway, even though I'm not overweight, my belly button always looks like it is frowning. It is very loose above it. When I had my Gall Bladder removed, one of the incisions was right under the belly button but you barely see that.

One person told me that you can do anything about the sagging above the belly button area, but then I heard that women are having a procedure that changes the appearence of it. Making it appear longer (pulling it from top to bottom) Is there anything I can do to get rid of this? Any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, A

Dr. Bermant responds:

Loose skin hanging from the umbilicus or belly button can result in "frowning." A young belly button appearance requires surrounding tighter skin. There are operations (umbilicoplasty) to change the shape of the belly button. If there is little surrounding loose skin, such sculpture may be an option. If the problem is more general, then tummy tuck abdominoplasty may be a better choice. It would be nice if a general problem could be solved from a small incision, however the excess skin needs to have a place from which it can be removed. The longer scar of the various tummy tuck abdominoplasty sculptures (mini tuck, tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, and total body lifts) are designed to manage different degrees of loose skin about the body. We are glad to help you explore such issues after learning more specifics about your problem during a consultation or preliminary remote package.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

"Outty" Belly Button

hi~
i have a couple of questions i have been thinking about getting surgery. i want it on my belly button.. i have an outty and i want an inny is that possible? I just have another question, if you would be so kind to answer. ABout how much do u think this operation is?

please if can find the time, to email me back AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Thank you! you helped me out alot!

Dr. Bermant responds:

Cost of umbilicoplasty belly button surgery depends on the problem to be treated. The fastest way to learn more about our pricing is to call Jane, my office manager. She can normally be reached at our office by phone Monday - Friday 9-5 Eastern Time at (804) 748-7737.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Revision of Belly Button Scar

Dear Dr Bermant,

I was browsing through your website which I find very interesting.

am 23 and male and as a baby had undergone surgery to correct an umbilical hernia. The resulting scar (in place of the normal belly button) is ;very aesthetically unacceptable and I have never seen such scars on other people! Unfortunately I do not have a photo of this which I could forward you.

Have you ever, in you experience, encoutered such cases, and what are the possibilities of having the scar revised?

I thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Regards A

Dr. Bermant responds:

Some belly button scars can be revised. It depends on many factors. Scar revision does not eliminate the scar, but tries to replace it with one much smaller and refined. The shape of the belly button can sometimes be sculpted as part of this surgery. If you do want to start with photographs and our preliminary remote package, then an in office consultation is another way to explore your options.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Remove Belly Button?

I am training to be tha fastest swimmer and want my body to be as hydrodynamic as possible. In light of that I considered having my belly button removed to make my abs more streamlined. Though I have not undergone the operation yet, I do have a few questions. What sort of conplications should I expect? I am sure that it serves no vital function. Would there be any problems at all? Is my request uncommon? If so, are strange requests more expensive? I thank you for any reply you send.

D

Dr. Bermant responds:

The belly button is a tethered scar. It serves to anchor the abdominal skin in the center. When such adherence is absent, it can look very strange at rest and in motion. Untethering the belly button may make the abdomen less hydrodynamic. While I have reconstructed navels and sculpted new belly buttons, removing one is not a reasonable option.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Non-Surgical Treatment for an "Outie" Belly Button?

Good day Dr. Bermant and Staff

My name is L from South Africa. I’m black and 23 years of age. I do have a major problem that hold me from succeeding in a relationship. I have a big "Outie" belly button shaped like a man’s private parts. For that reason , I don’t date anyone as I’m ashamed of my big outie belly. I have tried to tighten up the belly with a cloth at night when I sleep hoping that my belly will be small but I failed. I can’ t even where half stomach clothes or allow someone to enter in my room when wearing a bra and underwear only. I do really need your help. what must I do Dr.

Dr, what do you suggests to make my belly small without doing surgery.

What ever assistance you are willing to give me is acceptable. I found about you on the internet when trying to find people with the same problem and solutions.

Kind regards

L

Dr. Bermant responds:

Other than the transient deformity of pregnancy, I know of no effective non-surgical treatment for an "outie" bellybutton. Some try to camouflage a deformity with a bellybutton ring or clothing. However when uncovered, the deformity is still there. Umbilicoplasty Bellybutton Surgery is a more effective solution.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Loose wrinkly stretch marks of belly button region

Dr. Bermant, Is there a procedure that can be done to the belly button area for loose wrinkley stretch marks after a twin pregnancy?? I don't think I need a tummy tuck, but my belly button needs some help. Thank you

Dr. Bermant responds:

Unfortunately it is the problem that dictates the possible solutions. Pregnancy often loosens the entire abdominal wall. Loose wrinkled stretch marks are a common symptom of general loose tissues. If you look at the many pages of my abdominal tummy tuck section, you will find many similar problems and various tummy tuck solutions. We are glad to help you explore such issues during a consultation or preliminary remote package.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Belly Button Ring Scars

Dear Dr Bermant,

I have a problem and don't know if I need plastic surgery or not. I got a belly button ring awhile ago. The people that did it were my friends and the didn't know what they were doing. It was alright for awhile than it started getting infected all the time. I took it out and let it heal, I now have a scar it's very red and ugly, I'm so embarrassed about it. If there is anything that you can do or suggest for me that would be most appreciated. Right now I'm pregnant but after I have the baby I would like to fix this so I can get back into shape and start showing my stomach off again. Please e-mail me back to let me know anything.

Thank You Ms. E

Dr. Bermant responds:

Belly button rings can result in scars and deformity. Scar revision is sometimes possible but should wait after the pregnancy. We are glad to help you explore such concerns during a consultation after an evaluation.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Belly Button Use and Why Shape Different?

what is the use of belly button Or neval & why the shape of belly button is different in everybody's belly

Dr. Bermant responds:

The belly button can be the focus of the abdomen and was the attachment point for the umbilical cord. Please browse the many belly button pages I have designed to try to answer these questions and many others.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Divot In Skin Near Belly Button

DR BERMANT,

CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT MIGHT CAUSE A DIVOT IN THE SKIN FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE BELLY BUTTON TO THE TOP OF THE VERTICAL INCISION OF THE OLD BELLY BUTTON?

I HAVE A CREASE IN THE SKIN THAT LOOKS LIKE A SCAR BUT IS JUST A DIVOT IN THE SKIN. IF I TOOK MY HANDS AND PUT ONE ON EACH SIDE OF THE CREASE & PULL THE SKIN TO THE HIPS, IT GOES AWAY, BUT AS SOON AS YOU RELEASE YOUR HANDS IT GOES BACK TO BEING CREASED AGAIN.

I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR OPINION. I DONT KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT SEEING A 2ND OPINION ON MY TT. I WOULD THINK THAT MOST PS'S IN MY AREA WOULDNT WANT TO SAY WHAT THEY THINK SINCE THEY PROBABLY WOULDNT WANT TO SAY ANYTHING AGAINST MY PS.

I'M NOT LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO SAY ANYTHING "AGAINST" MY DR BY ANY MEANS, I JUST NEEDTO KNOW WHY THIS IS HAPPENING.

I HAD MY ORIGINAL TT ON 4-25 & MY REVISION ON 1-2 ....I STILL HAVE A VERY DEEP CREASE FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE BELLY BUTTON TO THE TOP OF THE VERTICAL INCISION.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCED FOR YOUR HELP

T

Dr. Bermant responds:

The shape of the belly button is part of the artistry of your surgeon. I take great pride in how I create each belly button during a tummy tuck. Take your time to look through each of the presentations on this site to see what I mean.

Your questions are better answered by your doctor who is familiar with the original problem and what was done. Otherwise a second opinion consultation may be of value.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

Pregnancy After Belly Button Reconstruction

Dear Dr. Bermant:

When I was an infant I had an umbilical hernia surgically corrected, which left me with a flat scar - and no bellybutton. When I was in my early twenties (about 7 years ago), I had this cosmetically enhanced/corrected - the surgeon created a "dimple" so it looks more like a bellybutton, but there is no opening or knot like in normal bellybutton, its still a closed scar. Don't get me wrong, the look is greatly improved, even though I don't quite look like everyone else I've been wearing bikinis since I got my surgery.

Now I am 6 weeks pregnant and my belly has not really begun to grow, but I am very concerned about my second and third trimester. Most women with normal bellybuttons "pop out" when their belly grows, but I have nothing to pop out! I'm worried that the scar will rip open. Have you ever seen this situation and do you have any advice??

Thanks,

N

Dr. Bermant responds:

The belly button can change while your are pregnant. Pregnancy can distort skin and scars. (The belly button is a scar). Tissue many not shrink resulting in sagging and redundancy or may recovery nicely. Just how tissues evolve as it recovers is not easy to predict. After pregnancy if there is sagging, tummy tuck abdominoplasty may be an option. Sorry, this is something you should be asking your surgeon who revised your belly button or someone who can help explore your concerns during a consultation after a evaluation. Congratulations on your pregnancy.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD

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