Innie or Outie? Did you have your belly button pierced in the 90s? Does it now look a little less appealing? As the women who sported this era’s trend hit their mid-thirties, plastic surgeons are seeing an increase in requests for umbilicoplasty.
Celebrities like Britney Spears and Beyonce drove the craze for navel piercings, but as women age, have babies or gain and lose weight, they might find their piercings have become distorted.
According to RealSelf, there`s been a 21% increase in people asking for navel surgery in the UK compared to last year. The uptick can also be seen in the United States, where 12% more people are expressing interest in umbilicoplasty compared to 2017.
Another factor thought to be fuelling the trend in belly button procedures is the fashion fo gym clothing. The #fitspo (fitness inspiration) brigade on Instagram are forever showing off their toned tummies in lycra sportswear and yoga pants, making the rest of us want to get in on the act.
As such, demand for belly button surgery includes procedures to both repair and reshape, and to improve aesthetics by turning ‘outies’ into ‘innies’. People are also seeking to change the orientation of their navels (horizontal to vertical) to give the illusion of a more toned abdomen.
Whatever your goals, umbilicoplasty is a relatively straightforward procedure to carry out, can be performed under local anesthetic and requires little downtime. Find out more...