Possible to Have Belly Button Removed?

i was wondering how much it would cost and if it is even possible to get my belly button grafted over, so i wouldn't have one anymore.

Doctor Answers 8

Belly Button Removal

The short answer is that a belly button can be removed leaving a scar behind. This in itself creates a deformity as a belly button is a normal anatomical procedure. Think through your reasons carefully before making this decision.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Removal of the belly button

Removal of the belly button is possible, but this is certainly an atypical request for surgery.  The belly button has important aesthetic roles in abdominal contour. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Possible to Have Belly Button Removed?

In short, yes, it is possible.  I would not recommend it and you should understand that it will still leave a scar in that area after the surgery.

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Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Removing a belly button

What is the reason for you to want to have your belly button removed. This is not a request that I have heard of before.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Complete removal of the belly button

This is not recommended. Furthermore even if you had the procedure performed and you could find someone to do this, it would still leave a scar (unless you had a full tummy tuck). Remember the belly button is a scar that is the result of clamping your umbilical cord. If we could remove the belly button without a scar, we could do that for burn victims. Unfortunately this is not possible and at the very least will leave a vertical scar.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Belly Botton Removal

I'm not quite sure why you would want to remove such a uniquely attractive human feature but - it can be done. The belly button could be excised and its former location marked by a short scar OR you could have a full Tummy tuck in which the belly button was removed and not re-exited.

I would advise you to think long and hard before getting this done.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Belly button removal

Belly buttons can be removed, but you would be exchanging a belly button for a scar.  The procedure would also be very difficult to reverse and recreate a belly button after it has been excised.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Umbilicus Removal

Remove your belly button is not a common request however, if you didn't like it and were a candidate for an abdominoplasty, the abdominoplasty would give you a new one. 

If you wanted to remove it completely, you would still have a scar (a small one) but you may not like the resulting scar.  Lots to consider.

Adam P. Angeles, MD
Bend Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

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