NEW YORK (Ivanhoe Newswire/WTVM) - Whether it happened during pregnancy or they were just born that way, thousands of women and men have outie belly buttons they don't like. Now, they don't have to hide their tummies any more.
A relatively new procedure can turn that outie into an innie in minutes.
Matthew Schulman, MD, a New York board-certified plastic surgeon, is an expert when it comes to turning an outie belly button into an innie. Schulman perfected his procedure by using the training he received in both general surgery and plastic surgery.
"I always tell my patients I do more belly button surgeries in a month than most other plastic surgeons do in their entire career," Schulman said.
First, the doctor marks the belly button and numbs the area with a local anesthetic. He then creates an incision to get to the hernia, or hole,that causes a belly button to poke out.
"And then I can put stitches in that hole to close the hole," Schulman explains.
Next, Schulman tacks the belly button down from the inside, and finally he closes up the incision. The entire process takes about 30 minutes.
In just three days, a patient can take the bandage off and in four weeks be completely healed. The procedure costs about $3,500.