Getting a piercing done is a big decision of your life, probably one of the biggest you will ever have to make. Everyone likes to play with their look, add a zing and experiment with what they have but when the change is more than the color of your clothes and hairstyle, it is advised that you learn everything about it before jumping the gun.
What is Navel Piercing?
Also called the Belly Button Piercing, Navel Piercing is not actually done on the belly button; the skin surrounding it is pierced. It is believed that the Pharaohs invented Navel Piercings in order to symbolize their courage and later, bikinis popularized it. One of the advantages of these piercings is that they could be easily hid 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
Before you visit a professional studio, you should know about types of navel piercings so that you can pick one for yourself. Essentially, there are four types of Navel Piercings: Vertical, Horizontal, True and Multiple. Vertical Navel Piercing is one of the most popular navel piercings but ironically, it is also prone to rejection by the body the most. In Vertical Navel Piercing, the ring passes from the top to interior of belly button. Inverse navel piercing is almost the same – the difference is that the piercing goes from top of the navel to the lower rim. Horizontal Piercing is a type of surface piercing, where the piercing 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. Lastly, when you get two or more piercings on your navel, it is called Multiple Navel Piercings. You can get double navel piercing on top and bottom rims and adorn a single long barbell.
Getting Your Navel Pierced
Considerable amount of your time should be spent researching about navel piercing. If you are seriously interested in getting one, 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 in a studio 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 – you should always be able to talk to the piercer and ask him questions. It is your responsibility towards yourself to know every little detail about the procedure and he should be ready to address your queries.
It will be comfortable for you if you wear loose clothes the day your piercing is scheduled. Before the actually 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. One little formality before you can start is picking out the jewelry you’re your piercing and once this is done, you are ready for the chair.
When you are getting your piercing done, 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. He should also wash his hands before touching you or the needle and sanitize the area to be pierced with alcohol or antiseptic solution.
Navel Piercing Aftercare
Like all other piercings in the world, navel piercings ask for extremely precautious aftercare. It can take up to nine months for a navel piercing to heal. Once your piercer carries out the procedure for you, you are on your own. You are responsible for keeping it clean, giving it the much needed care and nourishment. Remember, how it looks after one year totally depends on you and the sense of judgment so do strictly as it is advised by the expert and pay full attention to your navel piercing’s aftercare.
The first thing you need to do after coming home with this piercing is leave it alone. Touching a fresh piercing is strictly prohibited because it is still sore and might hurt you. The truth is your piercing could get infected or rejected by your body if you don’t take necessary precautionary steps. You should clean your pierced area a few hours after getting it done with salt and water. Showering is a good alternative to bathing as the fresh stream of water keeps the area clean at all times. A very important tip is that you should never wipe it with a towel or cloth because they carry germs; you should use a tissue instead. Another part of navel piercing care is clothes: wear loose clothes and soft fabrics that don’t irritate your skin too much. Also, when you sleep, you have to be careful so as to not hurt yourself unconsciously. Avoid sleeping on your stomach and try some other position to keep your piercing safe. Also, always keep it tidy, touch it with clean hands and keep everything that touches your belly ring like clothes, bed sheet etc. dirt-free.
At any given point of time, don’t play with your navel piercing and don’t change the jewelry in this time frame. Whenever you touch it, make sure your hands are clean. 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. For your own good, don’t take the jewelry out of the infected navel piercing and consult a doctor before it gets even worse and the infection spreads.