Navel piercings are always hot and sexy to look at. Those gorgeous belly button piercing rings on the belly are fashionable and look great. But many women aren’t aware of considerations one should think about before getting their belly pierced. A belly piercing requires a serious commitment to make it work for the longest time. It heals slow and requires subtle aftercare. So, before you get your navel pierced, go through our guide to know everything about belly piercing. From picking the right belly piercing jewelry and belly button piercing procedure to risks involved and aftercare, this guide covers everything.
a beginner’s guide to getting a belly button piercing
Selecting the Belly Piercing Jewelry
Selecting the right piece of belly jewelry is important to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. Belly piercing jewelry comes in many metallic constructions such as stainless steel, gold, nickel and so on. If you are allergic to metals or have any kind of skin sensitivity, choose jewelry in surgical titanium, solid 14k gold or surgical stainless steel. Never settle for cheap options like nickel, sterling silver and gold & silver electroplated jewelry. No doubt these cheaper metals would be affordable; they pose the risks of infections.
Once you have selected the right material, choose the right size. A belly piercing is done in a standard 14g to fit the standard size 3/8″ (10mm) and 7/16″ (11mm) belly bars or rings. Choosing the accurate size of belly piercing jewelry is crucial to avoid wear and tear of the skin and infections.
The Procedure of Belly Button Piercing
A Belly Button Piercing will start with a surgical wash. The piercer will wear a mask and surgical gloves before sterilizing the belly area. He/she will then apply a topical anesthetic (the step isn’t necessary). After this, the skin around the navel button is punctured with a surgical needle and the jewelry is threaded into place. One may feel some pain but most of the times, it is like a momentary prick or pinch. Once the belly piercing jewelry is inserted, one will need to go through another surgical wash followed by a pat dry.
Health Risks Involved in Belly Button Piercing
Bacterial infections are one of the most common health risks involved in this kind of piercing. Dirty piercing palor, unsterilized equipment and other unhygienic practice often lead to such infections. So, make sure that everything is clean and hygienic before you sit down to get your belly pierced. Also, consider your health before having a piercing. For example – if you have a weak immune system, you will need to consult your doctor first. Beside a bacterial infection, skin allergies can result from loss of blood, tearing or jewelry rejection.
Signs of Infection
Expect the discharge of a clear fluid for some days from your fresh piercing. However, if the discharge continues for more than 6-7 days or if you see yellowish-green colored fluid that means you have caught an infection. In such a case, you will need to quickly head to your doctor.
Do not touch your piercing jewelry. Just wash the area around it two times a day with liquid soap and pat dry. Make sure to wash your hands first. Avoid wearing outfits that rub against the area. Avoid tub baths and swimming until your piercing is completely healed.
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