Plastic surgeons have begun to notice an uprising in surgery requests during the summer for a surprising body part, the belly button. More women who have outie belly buttons have decided to have cosmetic surgery done in order to achieve an innie belly button and more have sought this procedure this year than years past. This particular cosmetic procedure is called umbilicoplasty and typically more women seek to have it done than men.

Because social media sites Instagram and Snapchat are on the rise and these websites utilize images of people on the internet, there is a certain pressure that is felt and it is making people feel more aware and self-conscious about their bodies.

The first scar our bodies have is our belly button and this is because when we are born our umbilical cord falls off and thus we have our belly button. Genetics play a role in whether or not you have an innie or an outie belly button. Some medical experts do believe though that the post-birth care of the area could make a difference. In some cases, people may experience an outie belly button later in life as a result of a pregnancy or weight being gained.

Patients who have old belly button piercings chose to have them corrected especially if they have scarring. Some requests to have this procedure also stem from having a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck. When choosing to have this cosmetic surgery done it is of the utmost importance to choose a board certified plastic surgeon.

During your research and the consultation, you should ensure they are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. There are a lot of people who state they are cosmetic surgeons and they may even claim to be board certified. But there are a lot of boards that the American Board of Medical Specialties and therefore you should check before making your decision.

The cost of this procedure will depend upon where you live. For example, surgeons located in New York, Beverly Hills, Dallas and Miami will tend to charge a little more. Should there be a hernia that is involved, insurance is likely to cover the procedure but, if it is specifically a cosmetic procedure you can expect to pay $2,500 to $5,000. If a tummy tuck is involved then it could cost between $8,000 and $12,000.

When a straightforward umbilicoplasty is completed it can take between an hour or two and in most cases, a local anaesthetic is used. If the surgery is more involved than it can take three to four hours and takes place in an outpatient surgery setting and may require a general anaesthetic. Recovery takes a few days or a couple of weeks.

It is recommended to not soak in water for three to four weeks after surgery to allow the incision to heal. Therefore, if you are planning your surgery to look great for summer than you will want to plan for spring so that you are healed in time.