The idea and appearance of any belly buttons can be strange. Part of the reason for this is because of the belly button's isolated location. It isn't in a place that we can easily look at, and so when we start to examine our own, it might look a little weird. Another thing is that it isn't smooth like the rest of our bodies.
And then there's the question 'are you an innie or an outie?' that kids might ask in grade school.
An estimated 90% of all people have innies, which means that 10% are left with outies. Some sources say the number of people with outies is even lower. But how do people get them?
Shortly after we are born, our umbilical cord, which was used to transport nutrients from the mother to the baby during pregnancy, is cut. Many people believe that an outie can be formed when a doctor cuts the umbilical cord a certain way or at a certain distance, but there is no evidence that proves this to be true. An outie bellybutton forms from extra scar tissue or an umbilical hernia, when stomach muscles do not fuse back together properly.
In general, there are no health differences caused by an innie or outie bellybutton. If you feel pain in that area, however, there is a small possibility of incarceration, when abdominal matter gets stuck in the hernia, so make sure to get it checked by your doctor.
Continue reading for more interesting facts about outies below.
How Outies Are Formed
Outies can be formed after the umbilical cord is cut. The ‘bump’ that you associate with an outie is usually extra scar tissue or an umbilical hernia.
Outies Are Cleaner Than Innies
Even though innies are more common, people with outies are thought to have cleaner bellybuttons because they are less likely to build up lint, dirt, and bacteria.
Stars With Outies
Up and coming fashion model and TV personality Gigi Hadid has an outie and isn’t afraid to show it.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop ostracizing people with outies? Some kids have reported being teased for their belly buttons.
Remember this beauty from Robin Thicke’s controversial song and video Blurred Lines? It’s actress and model Emily Ratajkowski.
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Actress Katie Holmes, pictured here with daughter Suri, also has an outie belly button. She is often spotted in her bikini and looks fantastic.
We don’t know about you, but Uncle Jesse’s (John Stamos) outie has zero effect on our love for him.
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Singer-songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo is also an outie. Here he is performing at the KISS FM Jingle Ball in Dallas in 2013.
Belly Button, or Umbilical Hernia, Repair
Some women might get outies during pregnancy. No matter how you got it, if it really bothers you, there is the option of getting belly button surgery, which usually takes about 30 minutes. Acceptance is much cheaper though.
Fascination With Outies
Some people have belly button fetishes with outies in particular. Did you know that there’s a rubber band trick you can use to make your innie an outie? The grass is always greener…