What is Navel Piercing?
Belly Button Piercing or Navel Piercing is not actually done on the belly button, but the skin surrounding it. It is believed that the Pharaohs invented it to symbolize their courage and later bikinis popularized it. One of the advantages is that one can easily hidde it underneath clothes. You can show it off whenever you want or keep it private. The procedure is fairly safe and less painful if you find a professional piercer and hygienic piercing studio.
Types of Navel Piercings
It is the most popular piercing but ironically, it is most prone to rejection. In Vertical Navel Piercing, the ring passes from the top to interior of the belly button. Inverse navel piercing is almost the same, the difference is that the piercing goes from the top of the navel to the lower rim.
Horizontal Navel piercing is a type of surface piercing where it goes through the flat area of the skin along the rim.
True Navel Piercing is the one that gives an “outie” belly button. The umbilical scar tissue on the navel is pierced and this type of piercing is considered risky because of the presence of blood vessels in the area.
When you get two or more piercings on your navel, it is called Multiple Navel Piercings. You can get a double navel piercing on top and bottom rims and adorn a single long barbell.
Getting Your Belly Pierced
- Spend a considerable time on researching and if you are seriously interested, visit a few piercing studios and weigh your options.
- By the rule of thumb, get a piercing done only by a certified piercer.
- Find out more about safety standards and check out the studio to ensure it is practicing safe procedures. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the expert, this might not be the place for you.
- Wear loose clothes the day your piercing is scheduled.
At the Studios
Before the actual procedure starts, the expert will chalk out a few details with you.
- First of all, you will need a few documents like your ID to ensure you are above the legal age.
- He will also give you a consent form to sign and legally acknowledge your permission.
- Keep an additional copy of the form with you to protect your rights if something goes wrong.
Things to Check
- Ensure that each of the equipment that the piercer uses is sterilized with alcohol. Unsterilized needles can transmit diseases like HIV and AIDS so there is a reason to be attentive to these details.
- Piercer needs to wash his hands before touching you or the needle and sanitize the area to be pierced with alcohol or antiseptic solution.
- Navel Ring
- 12-Gauge Piercing Needle
- Latex Gloves
- Piercing Cork
- Piercing Clamp
- Cleaning Wipe
- Antiseptic swab
- Cotton Ball
- Piercer asks to select the jewelry before commencing the process
- Proper sizing of the navel using a marker
- To stabilize the tissue, the piercer attaches a surgical clamp to the top portion of the belly
- A hollow long needle is pierced at the top and jewelry is inserted
Deep breathing throughout the process keeps you calm and increase comfort.
Belly Butting piercing is a surface piercing which includes insertion of a piercing needle through the navel rim. It hurts quite a bit as the tissues around the area is very soft. However, the level is directly proportional to the endurance level of an individual. There is a misconception that skinny people feel lesser pain and the effort of the piercer plays a critical role in reducing pain.
It does bleed as the piercing damages the tissues around that area. However, it quickly stops the moment the healing process starts. However, the level of aftercare plays an important role to stop bleeding.
Although it looks attractive, the process breaks the skin from inside and be a reason for possible infections. Any unhygienic approach without the right care increases the chances of fungi or bacteria related infections. Some symptoms of infection include:
- Pain in & around the area
- Redness & swelling after a couple of weeks
- Oozing of pus
- Skin discoloration around the entire abdomen (advanced stage)
- Presence of abscess
Depending on the kind of navel piercing, the jewelry differs. Additionally, people have different types of navel, so it also plays a critical role in determining the kind of jewelry. Some common options include:
- Barbells: Available in different shape, size, and style it includes a range of elaborate crystals to simple colored knobs.
- Belly Bars: For the outey kind of navel, it is the most preferred option.
- Curved bars: For people having a small, deep and round navel.
- Droopers: It is for all those who have classic outey navel as piercing the top is quite easy.
- Other Options: Belly button rings, Butterfly, English Rose, Open Triangle, Amour, & Diamond Solitaire.
Migration & Rejection
Migration is a situation wherein the jewelry moves inside the pierced area and dislocates to a new location. Mostly it occurs when there is unsuitable or insufficient tissue around the area. It may also be due to the smaller diameter of the jewelry used. Even inexperienced piercers or improper aftercare may be among the reasons. Thus it is always better to check for any possible allergies related to the kind of jewelry being used before piercing the area.
On the other hand, rejection is a situation where the body simply rejects the artificial modification. The symptoms usually include redness around the area clubbed with greenish or yellow discharge. Mild pain along with a crust the formation followed by moderate movements appear near the belly button which may continue for a few months. However, it will not pull or stretch the skin. Once displaced, the skin will eventually heal giving an impression that the entire thing is moving from the original place. Lastly, the body completely rejects the jewelry and you need to use antibacterial solutions along with non-iodized salt water at least twice a day.
Adopting the following practices can help in eliminating the chances of rejection:
- Only visit a studio or a piercer who has the experience in regards to the sterilization process, tools and jewelry needed for this kind of piercing.
- Selecting jewelry made of titanium, sterling silver or gold can drastically reduce the chance of rejection.
- Clean or touch the pierced area after washing your hands
- Limit the jewelry movement during the healing period
- Avoid removal of the jewelry for at least 12 weeks
- Do not introduce foreign substance such as skin care products
Navel piercings ask for extremely precautious aftercare. It can take up to nine months for a navel piercing to heal. You are responsible for keeping it clean, giving it the much-needed care and nourishment.
Navel Piercing Aftercare
The first thing you need to do after coming home with this piercing is leaving it alone. Never touch a fresh piercing as it is still sore and might hurt you.
- Clean the pierced area a few hours later with salt and water. Showering is a good alternative to bathing as the fresh stream of water keeps the area clean at all times.
- Never wipe it with a towel or cloth because they carry germs. Use a tissue instead.
- Wear loose clothes with soft fabrics that don’t irritate your skin too much.
- When you sleep, be careful so as to not hurt yourself unconsciously. Avoid sleeping on your stomach and try some other position to keep your piercing safe.
- Keep it tidy, touch it with clean hands and keep everything that touches your belly ring like clothes, bed sheet etc. dirt-free.
- Never play with your navel piercing and don’t change the jewelry at least for the 1st 2 months.
Important Tip: An infected navel piercing will hurt more than usual and when you see it is looking odd, it might be the time to go to the doctor.
The cost of piercing depends on a number of factors. Jewelry’s material, the design, etc play a crucial role too. Apart from that, the price that a piercer will charge can be anywhere between $50 to $100