How Can I Correct my Belly Button? (photo)

I have had two children, the last of them only six months ago. I know that I still have time for my body to change, but it doesn't seem like my skin on my belly button will go back to normal. It got so stretched out because I had a piercing with thin skin. I really want to correct this and all remove the piercing car below my navel as well. I do not want to get a tummy tuck. Any advice on what can help and how much it could cost? Thank you.

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This can be improved with an umbilicoplasty. The relatively small amount of scarred and excess skin can be removed through an incision within the stalk of the navel, and be relatively camouflaged. 

I am not sure what I am looking at below the navel in this photo.

You don't need a tummy tuck.

This can be done under local anesthesia, without interfering with your work or child-rearing beyond a few hours for consultation and surgery. I would anticipate a few of $2000-2500.

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The excess skin around the belly button can be removed, but it may not be worth the scar involved.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
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Belly-Button and plastic surgery - fixing old piercings in Toronto for 12 years

Thank you for your question.  It is quite a simple procedure.  This is a type of umbilicoplasty and is a common request in downtown Toronto.  The belly-button procedure is done under local anesthesia.  A minor skin excision is done either in a crescentic or peri-umbilical fashion.  The resulting scar is within the umbilical stalk proper.  Excess skin and adjacent stretch marks can also be improved.  See a board-certified plastic surgeon.  Best of luck, Dr. Marc Dupere, Toronto plastic surgeon, 416.929.9800

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to correct this matterthe scars should stay into the umbilicus/ para la correccion las cicatrices deberan quedar dentro del omb

of course  can be corrected but  stayed the  scar into the umbilicus  correcting the upper and lower problem plus stretch marks at same time (lifting and erasing)

claro que puede corregirse al mismo tiempo las   cicatrices y estrias de la piel superior e inferior al ombligo pero deberan quedar las cicatrices  dentro del ombligo

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