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How to make an outie belly button an innie

Updated February 21, 2017

One thing that all humans have in common, regardless of size or nationality, is a belly button. Also called a navel, the belly button is the result of a mother's attachment to her foetus via the umbilical cord. Navels don't serve any special function on our bodies after we're born. They can be classified as innies or outies based upon appearance. Turning an outie belly button into in innie is not something you can do on your own. Instead, turn to a medical professional for a belly button makeover.

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  1. Consult with a health care professional regarding your outie belly button. The only way to change your belly button to an innie is through a surgical procedure known as an umbilicoplasty. You'll need to make sure you're in good enough health beforehand. In some instances, an outie can indicate a hernia so it helps if you're screened and informed

  2. Prepare for the procedure per your doctor's orders. You might be given a sedative before the procedure is set to take place. The umbilicoplasty is an outpatient procedure so you won't need to be away from home. In fact, many patients return to everyday activities in the same day.

  3. Relax as the surgeon creates your new belly button, sculpting the former outie belly button into a sleek new innie. The surgery itself usually takes less than 90 minutes to complete. Follow instructions for allowing it to heal since you may not need to return to the hospital for a post operation check up.

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About the Author

Since 2006, Pilar Ethridge has had the pleasure of honing her writing skills as the assistant editor of the newsletter from a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization. Her interests include children's media, film, American pop culture, crafts, and performing arts in general. Based in Southern California, Ethridge received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of California.

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