In some cases, the belly button may be removed and repositioned to a more centrally-located position on the belly. You will have the same belly button, however, the surrounding tissue and skin will be dramatically improved. Your naval will no longer be buried or covered by loose, sagging skin after the procedure.
Gently wash it with soap and water to remove the crust. Do not scrub or soak the wound. Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine, which can harm the tissue and slow wound healing. Air-dry the incision or pat it dry with a clean, fresh towel before reapplying the dressing.
Scarring from previous surgery is another frequent cause of an ugly belly button. If you’ve had any sort of laparoscopic surgery or repair of an umbilical hernia, you will have a scar at the top of your belly button. Revision of this scar may help the belly button look more attractive.
You should expect pain around your belly button and plan for approximately 6 weeks of recovery time, during which you will not be able to exercise. You should be able to return to work or school in just a few days, however.
It’s normal for the area to look swollen and even a bit crusty after surgery, and it may take as long as 6 months for the belly button to heal.
What helps surgical wounds heal faster?
Exercise and activity helps healing by improving blood flow. Blood brings oxygen and healthy nutrients to the cells in your body to help them heal. Follow the instructions you have been given about the amount and type of exercise to do. You may need to avoid straining and heavy lifting so your wound can heal.
How long do you leave dressing on after surgery?
The original dressing should be left in place for up to two days (or as advised by the nurse /midwife/doctor), provided it is not oozing. The wound must be kept dry for two days. If the dressing becomes wet from blood or any other liquid, it must be changed.
Symptoms of infection after surgery
- redness and swelling at the incision site.
- drainage of yellow or cloudy pus from the incision site.
When you’re born, the umbilical cord is cut and you have a small piece left called the umbilical stump. One to 2 weeks after birth, this stump falls off and what remains is your belly button. As a result, your belly button is essentially a scar.
Don’t be surprised if you notice an onset of thick yellow drainage from your incision or umbilicus between 10-20 days after your surgery. This represents liquified fat cell-NOT puss. This is NOT unusual. If this occurs, cover the area with dry gauze until the drainage stops.