While most natural belly buttons are not perfectly round, a lot of people desire a close to perfect innie. Loose skin, hernias, or a post-pregnancy outie may be a few of the biggest reasons for those seeking belly button surgery, or umbilicoplasty, which surgically changes the shape of the belly button or requires the creation of a new belly button. The procedure can be performed alone or as part of another surgery such as a tummy tuck, and should be scheduled with a board-certified plastic surgeon with a great level of detail and finesse. “Not all patients have the goal of wearing a two-piece swimsuit, but many do, and I want these patients to be able to do so without feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their new belly button,” says Michael Law, MD, a plastic surgeon in Raleigh-Durham.
Buccal fat removal
Cheekbones are all the rage these days, and you may already know that doctors are using dermal filler to add definition to the bone. But in addition to putting stuff into cheekbones to sculpt them, doctors are also taking stuff out. Buccal fat removal (aka cheek reduction) is a procedure that slims the fat pads in the cheeks to reveal more defined cheekbones. “Buccal fat removal is a little-known procedure,” says Dr. Brent Moelleken, board-certified plastic surgeon who performs the surgery about three times a month. “When people hear they don’t have to live with the chipmunk cheeks that make them look like their older family members, they are excited and get the word out.” If you’re interested in buccal fat removal, just be sure you’re 100 percent committed to this procedure, as very few doctors know how to reverse the effects, so it is generally considered permanent, explains Dr. Moelleken. On RealSelf, interest is up 44 percent year over year with above-average traffic from 18 to 35 year olds. The average price for the cheek-slimming procedure is $3,275. (You can also try these face-slimming makeup tricks.)