Belly button piercings are sexy and fashionable. They’re one of the most popular body piercings, and are not as painful as they look.
While those with “outie” belly buttons really aren’t great candidates, nearly every person with an “innie” one can have their navel pierced.
Things to Consider Before Getting a Belly Button Piercing
Before you decide to get your belly button pierced, there are a few things you should consider:
- The clothing you wear. What type of clothing do you normally wear? If you like wearing high-waist shorts or pants, it will have a hard time healing. Even after it heals, wearing any type of clothing that’s tight across your midsection can cause discomfort or irritation in the piercing area.
- Your lifestyle. Another thing to consider is your lifestyle. Do you play sports or exercise heavily? If so, you will need to clean it immediately afterward. If you move around a lot, bend or twist often, it may be difficult for it to heal.
- Your hygiene. Expect to spend at least 15 minutes a day cleaning it. If you aren’t willing to dedicate the time to cleaning, then you probably should avoid getting one. Because of where the navel is located, it’s more prone to infection than other parts of the body, so diligent cleaning is essential.
Make sure that you choose an experienced professional to pierce your belly button. If the shop is unsanitary or you feel uncomfortable at any time, leave and find a new shop with suitable conditions and professional piercers.
The procedure looks more painful than it really is. The piercing itself will only take seconds, but you can expect to spend about an hour at the shop. The piercer will not only need to examine your navel, but also explain how the process works and have you sign some paperwork.
Before you even sit down in the chair, you should take a moment to look around the shop. Is the place clean? Does the chair have paper or plastic covering it? The room should have bottles of disinfectant nearby and a sink. A professional piercer and sanitary conditions are the keys to a successful piercing on any part of the body.
Here’s how it works:
- The piercer will mark the area where your navel ring will go.
- Once you approve of the placement, he or she will sit you down on the table and sterilize the skin.
- A surgical clamp will be used to isolate the navel area. The clamp will tug on your skin a little, but it should not cause discomfort.
- The piercer will then use a sharp needle to pierce your navel.
- The needle will be replaced with the jewelry, and the area will be sterilized again.
- The piercer will help you get up. If you feel dizzy he or she may ask you sit back down and bring you a cup of water.
Once the procedure is complete, you will be given instructions on how to clean and care for it. This is a great time to ask any questions that you might have about aftercare, replacing your ring or anything else related you might want to know. You should be given antibacterial soap to clean the wound, and you will not be able to replace your belly button ring for several weeks.
It can take as long as 12 months for the wound to heal completely. While it may be tempting to replace your starter ring right away, you will need to wait until the piercing has completely healed. Ask your piercer for an estimate on when you can start replacing your ring.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost to have your belly button pierced is usually under $50, but this does not include the cost of the ring. A basic starter ring can cost as little as $10, but if you’re looking for a ring made from a more expensive material, the price will naturally be much higher.
If you want a ring made from precious metals or gem stones, you may spend more than $100. Generally, it’s best to go with the basic ring to begin with. It’s still attractive and will give you a chance to see if you really like it before investing in an expensive ring.
Risks and Aftercare
In order to avoid infection and other complications, you’ll need to be diligent about keeping your belly button clean. This area of the body is naturally warm and moist, so keeping it clean is essential and at times, difficult.
Pacific Body Jewellery offers the following advice on how to care for your navel piercing:
- You will need to clean it twice per day for the first three days. The first cleaning should be done in the morning, and the second in the evening. It’s best to clean it in the shower as it allows you to easily rinse it with clean, fresh water.
- Before washing it, make sure that you wash your hair and body first.
- Lather up the antibacterial soap and apply it to the wound and jewelry. Work in the soap by rotating the ring.
- Allow the soap to sit for a few moments before rinsing with clean water. While rinsing, continue rotating the ring to ensure that all of the soap is removed.
- When getting out of the shower, avoid drying it off with a towel. Instead, use a tissue or paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria, so they should not be used to dry your piercing.
After three days, you can follow this same cleaning schedule just once per day for three to four weeks. After four weeks, you may clean your piercing once every two to three days for the next 3-4 months. Avoid over-cleaning as this can irritate the wound.
Avoid using Epsom salts, tea tree oil and any other topical solution that is not listed on the aftercare guide. Also, avoid using sun block or baby oil while the wound is healing.