Is my Belly Button a Good Candidate for an Umbilicoplasty? (Outie to Innie)

i've been desperately wanting to have my outie be changed into an innie. not only do i hate how it looks but when touched (accidentally or intentionally) i experience a lot of discomfort and sometimes pain. the way it's formed on my stomach looks like it'd be very hard to turn into a normal looking innie but i need professional advice.

Doctor Answers 3

Belly button repair in Los Angeles

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A closer examination may help determine if you are a candidate for an umbilicoplasty to correct the bulge in your central belly button. Our office specializes in belly button repair and reconstruction. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Umbilical hernia

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Your story and photos are suspicious for an umbilical hernia. You need to be examined by a qualified surgeon to see of that is the case. Repair of the hernia would be covered by your health insurance.

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Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon


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You are likely a good candidate, however you would need a physical exam.  If you are having pain that that area, you may have an umbilical hernia which could be repaired at the same time.


Good Luck.

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