Pictures recently surfaced that rocked the world of females aged 25-45. John Stamos, known most famously for his role as Uncle Jessie on Full House and considered among the “hottest” men around (or so my wife says) is not so perfect after all. He has what people are calling a “deformed” belly button. What he has is more than simply an “outie” and he claims it is the result of a childhood operation to repair an umbilical hernia.
An umbilical hernia is an opening in the abdominal wall and results in the protrusion of fat or intestine. This appears like an “outie” that can be pushed in. These hernias are extremely common in infants and usually close on their own by age 2 or 3 years old. Hernias that fail to close may require a surgical procedure to close the opening, preventing potential complications in the future. The most serious complication can be a piece of the intestine getting stuck in the opening causing bowel obstruction, partial death of the intestine, and septic shock.
So, if his hernia was repaired, why does his belly button look like that? This is probably because the surgeon closed the opening with sutures, which is the appropriate thing. But what the surgeon probably failed to do is remove any fat that was trapped outside the opening, or trim the excess skin of the belly button. This may be the reason why he has a bulging belly button with overhanging skin. Essentially, the hernia was repaired, but little consideration was given to the cosmetic portion of the procedure. As a plastic surgeon, I have trained in BOTH general surgery AND plastic surgery. This means that I am able to repair the hernia AND make the belly button look better!
But don’t worry if you have had your hernia fixed and you belly button still doesn’t look good. You can still have a cosmetic belly button procedure that improves the appearance. Cosmetic surgery of the belly button, or umbilicoplasty, has become one of the most common in-office procedures that I perform. In fact, I have been nicknamed “Dr. Belly Button” by many of my patients who come great distances for the procedure. It takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes and is done using only local anesthesia. The recovery time is rapid.
So John, if you are reading this (if you are not, then you are really missing out on a great blog), give me a call so I can correct your only flaw.
If you would like to learn more about cosmetic surgery of the belly button, call 212-289-1851 or contact me to request a consultation