Belly Button Surgery & Rejuvenation

Common reasons patients undergo umbilicoplasty include:

  • Hernia formation (“outie”).
  • Unwanted piercing holes.
  • Stomach creases.

Belly button aesthetics are gaining popularity as patients recognize their options for rejuvenation in this area. There are many reasons patients seek correction, including hernia formation (“outie”), unwanted piercing holes and creases that form when seated, among others. I use a customizable technique that restores a natural aesthetic to the central abdomen.

Read below for more information on umbilicoplasty or schedule a consultation now.

Body Surgical Procedures

About Umbilicoplasty

All procedures are done in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic.

What Should I Expect?

During the consultation we will focus on creating a treatment plan that addresses your goals and fulfills your expectations. We will discuss your ideal belly button and what can be realistically achieved.

Examination will evaluate for an umbilical hernia, which has implications for the rejuvenation procedure. An aesthetically belly button is central to restoring confidence in revealing clothing and bathing suits. My goal is for you to leave the consultation excited for the natural-appearing belly-button you have always wanted.

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Donald Mowlds, MD

Belly button rejuvenation is performed at an accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, California, USA. Many of these procedures can be performed under local anesthesia depending on your comfort level and wishes. Under the care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, sedation and local anesthesia are used to ensure maximal comfort and safety.

The procedure typically lasts 1hour depending on complexity of the reconstruction and shaping required. If an umbilical hernia is also present and requires repair, general anesthesia (fully asleep) is preferred to ensure maximal comfort and safety.

The incisions are placed discretely inside the belly button in order to minimize long-term visibility.

Donald Mowlds Surgery

Patients are discharged home the same day and generally experience very minimal discomfort, often returning to work in the days following surgery. I ask my patients to avoid strenuous exercise or heavy labor for 6 weeks following the procedure in order to ensure optimal healing.

The results are intended to be long lasting provided a healthy and active lifestyle is maintained.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Donald S. Mowlds, MD, MBA

Most patients experience a temporary discomfort that requires very little to no narcotic pain medication. If an umbilical hernia is repaired, the discomfort may be increased slightly. Overall, this is not a painful procedure.

Yes, you will have a protective dressing over the surgical area that will remain in place until your first post-operative appointment. During this visit, I will change the dressing and give you further care instructions.

Full healing of the surgical site is required before I allow patients swim or soak in a tub. This is to protect the wound, which gradually gains strength over a 6 week period. Brief contact with water (i.e. in the shower) is allowed after I have evaluated you during your first post-operative appointment.

Exercise is restricted during the 4 weeks following surgery. This is intended to provide the wound ample time to appropriately strengthen before being subjected to the strain of exercise.

Umbilicoplasty patients are placed in an abdominal binder immediately following surgery and this is to be worn for 2 weeks. If additional procedures are performed concurrently (i.e. Lipocontouring), a compression garment is worn instead for 4-6 weeks to control swelling and mold the final contour.

Request a Belly Button Consultation

Receive an in-depth consultation where we will thoroughly review your goals to personalize a plan focused on a natural and aesthetic result. Dr. Donald S. Mowlds, MD is located in beautiful Newport Beach, CA but is also available via a virtual consultation for out-of-town patients.

All Procedures & Surgery Services

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Other Body Procedures

Liposculpture uses various liposuction techniques to sequentially address these regions in order to restore an aesthetically appealing contour.

Excess skin and fat are removed and the muscles are tightened like a corset to achieve a flat, toned profile and waistline. Abdominoplasty is often combined with lipo of the flanks in order to synergistically narrow the waistline and re-establish natural aesthetic curves.

The Newport Beach Mommy Makeover utilizes a combination of procedures to restore the pre-pregnancy physique. Common procedures include a breast augmentation, breast lift and a lift with breast implant placement, abdominoplasty and liposculpture.

Buttock augmentation with fat transfer adds volume to shape the buttocks region, improving projection and contour in patients with flat, sagging and small buttocks. The fat is removed from areas of excess throughout the body using advanced liposuction techniques.

The arm lift procedure removes excess skin and fat, restoring an aesthetically pleasing contour to the upper arm.

The thigh lift procedure removes excess skin and fat, restoring an aesthetically pleasing contour to the upper leg. Liposuction is often used to fine-tune the final result.

Surgically enhance the aesthetics of the labia minora (inner lips). The goal is to reshape the labia using specially designed surgical techniques intended to achieve a natural appearance without sacrificing sensation or function.

All Procedures

Popular patient requests include restoring volume loss from the face and aging around the eyes which through a midface lift, will reposition your existing facial soft tissue onto the cheekbones to restore vitality. A lower face and neck lift will impart youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin will also be addressed during a neck lift to reveal and highlight your underlying structure.

Breast surgery is a core component of my practice and one of my true passions. I have spent years researching breast cancer, reconstruction and aesthetics in order to offer my patients the most innovative products and surgical techniques.

Areas of excess fat that persist despite diet and exercise can be frustrating. The intrinsic blueprint for fat deposition and retention varies widely between individuals. Body contouring is more art than science that requires blending several procedures and techniques in order to achieve a dramatic and resilient result. Lax skin and excess fat are addressed and muscles are tightened, restoring a youthful and natural appearance to the body.

Skin health is a science that treats the skin components at a cellular level to achieve flawless complexion and texture. A customized skin-care regimen can aggressively treat pigmentation and textural abnormalities as well as optimize the skin to tolerate more aggressive procedures such as lasers and peels. This combined approach leads to an unprecedented lasting renewal of the skin.

Facial rejuvenation and enhancement can also be addressed non-surgically in the office setting using a wide variety of injectable products and non-invasive devices such as Botox®, fillers, laser, Renuva® and more.

Male aesthetics has become increasingly popular as men recognize the availability of procedures that can transform areas of the body left unchanged by diet and exercise. From subtle facial rejuvenation to body sculpting procedures, many surgical and non-surgical procedures can be tailored to the male physique.