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Belly Button Piercing Repair

At CLNQ in Cheshire & Manchester belly button piercing repair is performed under local anaesthetic in patient who would like to close the hole from their belly button piercing.

During the procedure for belly button piercing repair Manchester & Cheshire patients have the hole that is made when getting their belly buttons pierced, closed. There was a trend for belly button piercings years ago and many people have subsequently removed the belly button bars or accessories. There is a hole left behind from the tract created from the piercing. The piercing leaves a hole above the belly button and on the upper inner part of the belly button. This procedure helps to close the holes caused by belly button piercings.

How Is Belly Button Piercing Repair Done?

The belly button piercing repair is a minor surgical procedure performed under local anaesthetic. The surgeon will inject the area to make it numb before the procedure. Our experienced surgeon will then remove the piercing tract underneath the skin. The surgeon will then suture the skin together with stitches. There will be a scar just above the belly button and on the upper inner part of the belly button where the piercing holes used to be.

What does the belly button piercing repair surgery do?

This belly button or umbilical surgery is used to repair the tract and holes made during a belly button piercing.

The procedure is performed in our CQC registered clinic by our plastic surgeons. The holes from your existing piercing are closed. This is similar to having an earlobe repair procedure.

What are the risks of the belly button piercing repair?

When undergoing belly button piercing repair Cheshire & Manchester patients receive local anaesthetic. The procedure involves removing the existing piercing tract and suturing the old piercing holes closed. The potential risks with the procedure include:

Bruising, Swelling, Bleeding

It is normal to get some swelling after any treatment and this usually takes a few days to settle. This is often due to the local anaesthetic that is injected. Some patients may also experience bruising or bleeding which is can be related to medication being taken.  Some medicines such as aspirin and herbal supplements can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising.


When we perform any surgery there will be permanent scars. This procedure will result in permanent scars where the piercing holes used to be. In some individuals, scars may become red, lumpy or raised which is sometimes referred to as hypertrophic or keloid scars.

Wound Healing Problems

Most people should heal without any problems but in some individuals there may be wound healing issues. These people will often have an underlying issue that results in delayed healing or risks factors such as smoking.

Local Anaesthetic Risks

It is very uncommon to experience any problems when having a procedure under local anaesthetic. Extremely rarely, patients may have an allergic reaction to the local anaesthesia.


Infections are uncommon following these procedures although they may occur. Usually these would improve with use of oral antibiotics.


Any surgical procedure can result in change in sensation to the skin in the surrounding area. This is due to some of the sensory nerve being cut during the procedure.  This change in sensation may be permanent or temporary.

Belly Button Piercing Repair Frequently Asked Questions

What is a belly button piercing repair?

A belly button piercing repair is a local anaesthetic procedure to close the holes from a belly button piercing.  

When can I go back to work after belly button surgery?

The procedure is performed as an outpatient day case operation so you come to the clinic and leave following it.  You will have some stitches in the wound.  The sutures are usually dissolvable and will fall out after about 2 weeks. Some people are happy to return to work immediately or the following day.

How long does belly button piercing repair surgery take?

The procedure is usually about 30 minutes and performed with you awake under a local anaesthetic.

What is belly button piercing repair cost?

The price for belly button repair is £950 when performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic. 

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