Belly Button Piercing

Pierced belly buttons is a popular trend these days, although it's been popular for many years already. The coolest people all have their belly buttons pierced and now, it’s time to follow suit. It’s exciting when you take the plunge and decide to get a piercing, especially when the belly button is your chosen area. Even with all of the excitement you feel, there is still some anxiety, even for people with other piercings. If you’re a bit worried about getting a belly button piercing, the guide here should offer comfort ahead of the task.

Facts About Belly Button Piercing

First, never try to pierce your own belly button. Do not let friends who eagerly promise to help with the process pierce your belly button, either. Not only do you risk a lot of pain, but infections that send you to the doctor’s office or even to the emergency room and poor piercing results are also likely. Professionals charge minimal fees for belly piercing and ensure that it’s done correctly and safely. It's in your best interest to avoid any type of DIY piercings and always use professional services for this matter.

More important information

1. Standard size piercings for a belly button is 14-gauge. Never use a barbell that is 18 gauge or thinner because it may tear, migrate, or otherwise cause problems.

2. Your piercing is likely to be done with 14kt, 18kt, or titanium curved barbell.

3. Most barbells are 7/16-inch, which gives room for the piercing to heal and so that it is easily cleaned. You can change the barbell size later when the piercing heals.

4. Protecting your piercing so that it properly heal is essential. Do not allow clothing to touch the piercing since friction irritation and injury can occur. Most people secure a patch over the piercing to protect it from mishaps.

5. Clean your belly button piercing every day.

6. Do not change out the belly button ring until the piercing is completely healed.

Does Belly Button Piercing Hurt?

Whether or not the belly button piercing hurts is a question on the mind of most people who want this done. There isn't an easy way to answer this question, however, since everyone has a different pain threshold. Most people say that belly button piercings do not hurt and say they feel like a pinch. It’s one of the less sensitive areas of the body, so you aren't as intolerant of the pain. Piercing takes only a few seconds so it's done and over with before there is time to feel any pain.

What Happens When I Get My Belly Button Pierced?

Once you select the belly button piercer and location, you’ll schedule an appointment for the most convenient time for your needs. Once you arrive, expect to be in and out in about 30-minutes. Piercing the belly button is a three-step, simple process.

First, the piercer makes sure that you’re a suitable candidate for a belly button piercing. Although most everyone is a suitable candidate, some people are not. Your health and safety are the most important. Once this is complete, he’ll mark the area that’s to be pierced with a surgical market after examining the belly button.

Next, the piercer washes his hands and put on gloves. It’s a good time to alert him if you’re allergic to latex. Once gloved up, the piercer will then apply an antiseptic to the area to be pierced. This removes any microorganisms, bacteria, or dirt that is on the skin.

You’ll then lie down on a bed or mat to help stretch out the skin on the navel. You’ll also feel more relaxed when lying down for this procedure. Next, a hollow needle is used to pierce the area. Some bleeding is normal, but it usually stops after just a few minutes. The needle poke literally takes seconds and it’s done.

Once the needle is pierced through the skin, the jewelry is put into your belly button. Many piercers apply another layer of antiseptic to the area once this is done, although some do not. Now you’re done, the proud owner of a belly button piercing. You’ll get a list of care advice and instructions before you leave. Follow all of this advice and information carefully, since it protects your piercing against infections and other horror stories.

What to Expect After a Belly Button Piercing

Now that your belly button is pierced, you're probably ready to wear all of those belly shirts so you can show it off to your friends and complete strangers. But, you'll need to wait a few days to give the piercing time to heal before you show off. You may feel a bit of discomfort after a piercing. Use over-the-counter pain relievers if the pain becomes overwhelming. many people also use ice packs on the pierced area to minimize swelling and ease discomfort.

Getting your belly button pierced won't stand in the way of life. You can still participate in all of the normal activities you enjoy but do so with a little added caution until the piercing heals. You want to avoid activities that may snag the piercing. It's also a good idea to stay out of the swimming pool or ocean until the piercing area heals.

The most important thing to remember after a piercing is to keep the area clean. If bacteria and dirt get inside the pierced area, it may result in an infection or other problems that you don't want to experience. Follow the care instructions provided by the piercer and do not slack on cleaning the area. It takes just a few seconds to clean the area and prevents injuries and problems of various sort.