Reconsidering the belly button

June 16, 2011

Reconsidering the belly button
Reconsidering the belly button

Though it may not be top on the list of popular plastic surgery procedures, umbilicoplasty, or the reshaping of the belly button, may soon pick up in popularity. MSNBC recently ran a report saying that more and more people are seeking the aesthetic plastic surgery to go from an "outie" to an "innie."

Outie belly buttons are not as common as innie belly buttons, according to the news source, and some people may feel self-conscious about their protruding navel.

A study conducted in 2000 by researchers at the University of Missouri, Columbia, looked into the matter of attractive navels, and found that for women, the most appealing shape for a navel is small and t-shaped.

While the majority of umbilicoplasty procedures are to alter an outie belly button, others may elect to have the cosmetic surgery procedure to eliminate protruding skin, correct an odd shape or re-size a belly button that is too large. Often, women who lost the shape of their belly button while they were pregnant will seek out the surgery.

Belly button reconstruction often goes hand in hand with a tummy tuck. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, tummy tucks can also help eliminate stretch lines located below the navel.  


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