Kim Kardashian is back on social media, which means we know exactly how she spent her weekend: getting plastic surgery. She took to Snapchat at longtime surgeon Dr. Simon Ourian’s office to share her latest treatment, belly-button lasering.
“Anyone that’s had babies understands what it does to your belly button afterwards and how much your belly button changes, then you really understand how much you need Dr. Ourian to tighten around your belly button so it looks normal,” she explained. The procedure may be worth it for new moms, but it also hurts, Kardashian said. “I’ve never loved someone and hated someone so much at the same time,” she joked of Dr. Ourian.
If you haven’t heard of belly-button lasering before, you’re not alone. Although we wouldn’t put it past a Kardashian to be at the forefront of a new plastic surgery treatment, we checked in with the experts to see how lasering really works.
“Post-pregnancy patients can get an ‘outie’ type look, often associated with a small umbilical hernia,” says Dr. Sachin M. Shridharani, a New York City-based luxury plastic surgeon. “It is very rare that the pre-stretched-out state is ever restored, but an improvement can be seen.”
Kardashian is likely referring to laser resurfacing, a treatment recommended to reduce acne scars and fine lines. “Laser resurfacing is a procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of skin texture and quality and treat minor flaws by removing damaged skin,” says Dr. Shridharani. They’re the “fix-it-all” laser when it comes to skin care: “Resurfacing lasers also stimulate collagen growth, help get rid of fine lines and creases, remove environmental trauma and tighten skin.”
But for anyone looking to turn that outie belly button inside out, laser resurfacing may not be the first recommended treatment. More invasive surgery has a higher chance of getting your belly button to its pre-pregnancy state. According to the experts, “No laser is going to give as much tightening as a well- done tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck.” Now who wants to tell Kim?