Do you think about belly button piercing? Maybe you know something already, but there is a lot more to know. We shall guide you about the procedure, healing time, aftercare, pros, and cons. Navel piercing generally heals quickly, and it looks fantastic as well.
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Belly button piercing, which, also called navel piercing, is a piercing on the upper part of the navel. One may feel that piercing is exactly at navel because of its name, but this is not the case. Navel seems to be pierced, but piercing goes around the navel, maybe ½” above the belly button. So generally, skin on the top of the navel is perforated during piercing. The lower side of the navel is also pierced, but that is not very common. The reason is that the piercing on the top of navel has an extensive choice for the jewelry to wear.
Pros and Cons
Like any other piercing type, belly button piercing has pros and cons. Maybe you know them already but let us tell you some.
- You look amazing in navel piercing
- A lot of jewelry choice is there for you
- They do not hurt much during the procedure
- Not everyone can have it (consult your piercing professional about it)
- They move a lot with the movement of the body so it takes more time to heal and prone to infection if not taken care of during the healing process
- Not famous among guys
First of all, you should find a professional piercer with a good reputation. The reason is that you cannot afford any problem later on, like the infection around your navel.
The essential thing in the piercing process is the sterilized equipment. Always make sure that the material being used is properly sterilized and individually packed.
The piercing professional will first decide whether your navel is suitable for the belly button piercing or not, and this all depends on the anatomy. Once selected, he will mark the location with a surgical pen. This will give you an idea at this point, and you can imagine yourself with jewelry around your belly button at this point.
The Piercing professional will then use a hollow curved needle to make the perforation from the upper side to the cavity and then a bent barbell or captive ring to finalize the procedure. You can change the jewelry later once the healing process completes. For fastening the healing process, always follow the aftercare instructions.
How Much Does It Hurt?
Because each individual has a different level of pain tolerance, still we may discuss the general scenario. Also, this is true that navel is sensitive for some people, whereas, for others, it is not that sensitive. Some people feel more pain, unlike those who feel just a bit uncomfortable during the procedure.
Once you have a navel piercing procedure, you must immediately start following the aftercare instructions and proper guidelines provided to you.
Healing Time And Aftercare
The first thing which you always think about since the start of the procedure is the healing time.
And when the procedure is complete, the most important thing you should think about is the aftercare guide you have to follow. To avoid any infection, you must follow the aftercare instructions properly.
You must adopt a better hygiene and other lifestyle changes temporarily until the piercing heals properly. Strictly follow aftercare instructions and those who were given to you by the piercing professional.
- Always practice better hygiene
- Keep your belly button clean
- Wash the piercing region twice a day with a good anti-bacterial soap
- Saltwater may be an excellent choice to clean the piercing area. Use non-iodized salt and distilled water for this purpose.
- Always touch piercing region with clean hands
- Do not try to move or change the jewelry until it heals properly
- Do not swim in public pools
- Avoid using anything shared which may cause infection around your navel
Belly Button Information & Aftercare (Video)
Signs Of Infected Belly Button Piercing
Always take care of the piercing because it is prone to infection if not treated properly with the aftercare instructions.
There can be several symptoms of an infected piercing.
- Excessive Swelling
- Unusual discharge
You should consult your doctor immediately whenever you feel so.
Removing The Belly Button Piercing (Video)
Cleaning Your Belly Button Piercing
It is essential to clean your navel piercing to avoid any chance of infection. You must follow these steps for cleaning.
- Wash your hands with a good anti-bacterial soap
- Don’t worry about an off-white fluid if you see around your piercing because it is normal in the first few days of a new piercing but keep an eye on it because everything beyond reasonable limits is considerable
- Apply a small amount of soap around the area and rinse thoroughly for about 25 to 30 seconds.
- For 5 to 10 minutes daily, soak the area with sterile saline solution and then pat dry with a disposable paper
Other Types Of Belly Button Piercing
We have mentioned the standard belly button piercing, but there are different types of navel piercing.
- Bottom Belly Button Piercing also called inverse navel piercing, which is not very common and is done on the lower side of the navel. Goes from inside of navel cavity down through the skin but hard to see around
- Double Belly Button Piercing which is a combination of standard belly button piercing and the bottom belly button piercing (inverse navel piercing)
- Horizontal Belly Button Piercing, which is always temporary in a sense. The piercing goes from the left and right side of the belly button, and due to the constant movement of the body, the piercing pushes towards the surface with time. This is the reason it is not a permanent or long-lasting piercing. In some cases, it does not last even a years
- Belly Button Dermal Piercing, which feels like a piece of jewelry, has been pasted near the navel with a gum. The dermal is placed with the help of a specialized tool above or below the belly button
How Much Does It Cost?
In the United States, it may cost around 25$ to 50$. While in the UK the cost is around £20 to £30 whereas in Europe the cost is approximately €20 to €40. Also, note that the cost is just for an idea. Charges may vary due to a lot of other factors, including professional piercer, equipment, procedure, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How Much Does A Belly Button Piercing Cost?
In the United States, it may cost around 25$ to 50$. While in the UK the cost is around £20 to £30 whereas in Europe the cost is approximately €20 to €40.
How To Clean Your Belly Button Piercing?
Wash your hands with a good anti-bacterial soap. Don’t worry about an off-white fluid if you see around your piercing because it is normal in the first few days of a new piercing. Apply a small amount of soap around the area and rinse thoroughly for about 25 to 30 seconds. For 5 to 10 minutes daily, soak the area with a sterile saline solution. Pat dry with disposable paper
How Much Does A Belly Button Piercing Hurt?
For a better understanding, let us create a pain scale that has level 1 (less pain) to scale level 10 (more pain), then we shall give it a 3.
What To Do If Your Belly Button Piercing Is Infected?
You should not worry about an off-white fluid if you see around your piercing because it is normal in the first few days of a new piercing. But there can be several symptoms of an infected piercing like abnormal extra rashes, excessive swelling, excessive redness, unusual discharge, embedded jewelry, excessive pain, etc.
You should consult your doctor immediately whenever you feel so.
How Long Does A Belly Button Piercing Take To Heal?
Initially, you may start feeling better in 4 to 6 months, but the average healing time is 3 to 6 months, and in some cases, it may take up to a year to heal completely depending upon how well you follow the aftercare instructions.