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Omphaloplasty: Know the Indications and Results of Navel Plastic Surgery

Omphaloplasty: Know the Indications and Results of Navel Plastic Surgery

Omphaloplasty is the name of cosmetic surgery of the navel. It is most often indicated for cases of excess fat and skin in the region, after pregnancy, people who have suffered the safone effect or have come out of obese, have umbilical hernia and even when the navel has a congenital inesthetic format.

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Indications of omphaloplasty

Omphaloplasty is indicated for patients who have lost a lot of weight or experienced a safone effect, women who have undergone gestation. Usually people who accumulate excess fat or skin in the abdominal region are often subject to deformities in the navel.

In addition, certain shapes, such as an excessively deep belly button or too much projection, and umbilical hernias are also some of the indications to perform the esthetic correction of the area.

Who is the professional able to do the omphaloplasty?

This surgery should be done by a plastic surgeon, member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP) .

Prerequisites for omphaloplasty

It is recommended that obese patients lose weight beforehand whenever possible. Also, the presence of hernias should be considered, which should be treated at the same time.

The patient needs be in perfect health before undergoing any kind of surgery, with systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, controlled. It is important for smokers to stop smoking within three to four weeks before and after surgery, as tobacco causes a change in microcirculation and may seriously compromise the outcome of surgery. At the same time, they should also refrain from taking aspirin and any medicine containing salicylate, non-steroidal analgesics, or vitamin E compounds due to the risk of bleeding.

Possible contraindications to omphaloplasty

Contraindications surgery are infections, inflammatory processes and local neoplasms; metabolic, cardiovascular, pulmonary and coagulation changes; and pregnancy.

How is omphaloplasty

One of the most common techniques is to first draw the cutaneous incision that will be made. It can be circular, semicircular, elliptical, quadrangular, vertical or horizontal linear, cross, or even U-shaped, T, V, Y.

Then, working through very small and barely perceptible incisions made in the navel bottom, the surgeon will remove excess fat and tissue, reshaping the navel into a more attractive and natural shape.

But the techniques vary according to the problem presented by the navel, which can be correction of hernias, absence of navel, stenosis (closed navel) and many others.

The procedure is done we usually use local anesthesia with sedation, but this is usually discussed with the doctor before surgery. The patient remains in the hospital for a maximum of one day.

Duration of surgery

The surgery lasts, on average, from one to two hours.

Preoperative of omphaloplasty

Preoperative of surgery , general and specific tests are usually requested to understand how the patient's clinical health is. They may include blood counts, cardiovascular tests, etc.

It is also important to arrive at the time of your hospitalization, to respect fasting, to avoid smoking, to ingest alcoholic beverages and fatty foods in the days before your procedure. It is common for the region to present pain, bruising and edema, and some dressings are in use. Therefore it is possible to use compresses of cold physiological solution, to maintain its normal and balanced diet, to avoid abrupt changes of temperature and exposure to sunlight for three months, to avoid excessive movement and traumas in the region, to comply with medical recommendations and to perform its return according to indication of your specialist.

It is necessary to use a belt or modeling strap and avoid physical exertion. After a week it is possible to return to routine activities. Physical exercises are only released after approximately one month.

The points are withdrawn on average up to 15 days. Recovery will depend on whether or not the intervention was associated with other surgeries, such as removal of the umbilical hernia or abdominoplasty, which will require a longer time to recover.

Possible complications of omphaloplasty

Complications are rare in this type of surgery, but it is necessary for the patient to be clearly aware of the risks involved in undergoing an omphaloplasty.

Skin necrosis and pain, although uncommon, are serious complications that arise when the circulation, both arterial and venous, is compromised. And late, unfavorable scars may also appear, although they are rare.

Before and after the omphaloplasty

After the recovery time, it is possible to perceive the results of the omphaloplasty: the esthetic improvement of the navel shape, with the correction of certain imperfections, such as, excess of skin, fat among other aspects that compromise the beauty of the region. An ideal navel shape is small, vertical and well seated in the abdomen.

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