Belly Button Piercing Aftercare Tips and The Best Products

Belly Piercing aftercare tips




Follow these tips and your navel will heal quickly!

Proper belly button piercing aftercare is needed to heal your “brand new” navel piercing. The faster your new piercing heals, the sooner you can try new belly rings!

There are three stages in the healing process:

Stage One: The Inflammatory Stage. Your new piercing is an open wound. Bleeding, swelling and tenderness are all expected.

Stage Two: The Growth phase. This can last several months when you get a Belly Piercing. In this phase, your body reacts to heal the wound. ‘Crusties’ are common to this phase. Crusties are formed when some discharge from your new piercing dries and forms a crust on your jewelry. Never pick at crusties with dirty fingernails. During phase two, your body seals the channel of the piercing. Your piercing is considered healed at the end of this phase but may still be quite tender and will still need care.

Stage Three: The Maturation Phase. The channel of the piercing matures and becomes scar tissue. You may find that your piercing moves from stage two to three and back again many times before it heals fully. If a piercing is mistreated it can regress very quickly and you may find yourself back at square one.

As discussed, crusties, formed by a clear discharge from your piercing, are common. But do not confuse this clear discharge with pus, which is a thick, colored(yellowish-white) and foul-smelling substance. Pus is often indicative of infection.

One other normal piercing secretion is called sebum. This is often mistaken for pus but is recognizable by the fact that it is more solid, or cheese-like. It too, is foul-smelling. It is naturally produced by the body and is not a sign of infection.

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Belly Piercing – Weight and Weight Loss

pierce1_fbuIt’s a touchy subject to some – if you’re overweight should you get pierced? In my book, there’s no issue – if you want a piercing just get it!!

How does it look? Does it look better if you’re carrying less weight? Check out the pictures and judge for yourself. Let’s be honest – most fat people will shy away from belly piercings because they know they wont show them off – ever. If you’re 50lbs overweight, the chances of wearing a belly top are pretty slim. But if you are carrying weight and have the self confidence to show it off, then you’re amazing and we love you!! Please send in a picture and tell us your story and we will show your piercing to the world!

There are some things you should consider if you are overweight and considering getting your belly pierced. Healing complications can arise if your navel folds in and disappears when you sit. There is a very high probability that the belly piercing wound will have to endure mechanical stresses in this situation. If you have the same problem when standing, then a belly piercing should not be considered. The bigger person can get their navel pierced if they don’t have this issue.
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Healing time for belly button piercing wounds can be 6-9 months. Belly piercing wounds take longer to heal than any other type of piercing. Increased fat around the abdominal area may extend healing time, meaning that it could take even longer to heal your piercing wound.
If you are overweight and diabetic, you should not consider having your belly button pierced as the complications can be more severe.

If you’re considering losing some weight and don’t know whether to get your belly pierced now or wait a until you’ve lost the weight, get it done now!! A beer belly is suited to piercing and as you lose weight, there should be no adverse effect on your belly piercing.
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However, as mentioned above, if your belly button folds in and disappears even when standing, please lose some weight before piercing.

There is some evidence to suggest that rapid weight loss or rapid weight gain can be problematic with a new, fresh piercing. Your belly button piercing may not if-my-parents-found-out-about-my-belly-piercingsettle as it would normally. However, it’s unlikely to happen if you choose a normal diet plan.

So what’s the conclusion? Get the piercing, don’t get the piercing? We all have the right to choose and whatever decision you make is the right one for you. Please don’t judge others’ decision to get their belly pierced – live your life your way and allow others to do the same.

Whether you’re a bit overweight or not, don’t take the decision to get your belly button pierced lightly. It takes time and patience and you have to commit  to an aftercare regime. At Belly Button Rings Guide, we love belly piercings and do our best to give free, impartial advice to everyone considering getting their belly button pierced. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re always here to help and advise you.

The Navel Piercing

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The torso is a large part of the body but very little of it can be pierced safely – the most popular areas being the belly button and the nipples. More extreme piercings can be done on the back but won’t be discussed here.

The Belly Button (Navel) Piercing:

Healing  Time: 6-9 months.

Initial Jewelry: Curved barbell or J-curve.

Gauge: Minimum 14 gauge, sometimes 12 and normal maximum is 10 gauge.

Size: Curved barbell from 3/8 to 1/2 inch.

Most people are extremely surprised at the healing time for belly piercing – it takes longer to heal than any other piercing. The navel piercing is slow to heal due to the lack of blood supply in this region of the body. This extended healing time means that these piercing can be troublesome. They might seem healed but often are not. Home piercing, incorrect cleaning of the wound (improper piercing aftercare), poor quality jewelry, changing the jewelry too soon and the lack of education on piercing are all contributory factors in the healing process.

The most common place to get your belly pierced is through the fold of tissue at the top of the navel – your piercer will assess your navel to make sure it’s suitable and make sure you choose the right jewelry. Not all belly buttons are suitable for piercings – if your navel area is flat, and you don’t have a lip, and you skin is tough you should not pierce your belly button.

The same is true for navel jewelry – not all jewelry is suitable. The sizes and gauges of jewelry are at the top of this post. Don’t be tempted to choose jewelry that’s too skinny. Migration and rejection of the jewelry are more common with  skinny belly rings, especially if the piercing placement is not perfect. I get many mails and comments from girls complaining that their piercer has pierced too little skin (put it too close to the surface) and are afraid as soon as it’s touched it will break the skin. Unfortunately, this does happen sometimes and is made easier by choosing jewelry that’s too skinny.

 

 

Belly Piercing – Bar or Ring?

Piercing placement and jewelry style are extremely important decisions when considering getting your belly pierced.

Depending on your shape, the style of jewelry – whether ring or bar – could be the one you must always wear.

Most of the jewelry you will find in shops or online are curved. Curved bars are the preferred option for most. However, if your belly is flat and your navel not too deep, then the bar is best.

If your belly button is deep, a vertical piercing using a ring is possible. Use a ring with a diameter of 7/16 or 1/2 inch. A 3/8 inch ring can be used if you have a perfectly defined, petite, lobe-shaped navel. Your piercer should be able to tell you which is right for you.

A bar should be used if you are only piercing your lower-navel. It is also important to ensure your navel jewelry is ling enough to accomodate any tissue expansion (an extra 1/16 to 1/8 inch is usually adequate).

Whichever is right for you, there are hundreds of choices of belly rings available. The recent explosion in the popularity of belly piercing means you can get almost any style or color in either ring or bar.

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Piercing – know your rights!!!

According to the Association of Professional Piercers, anyone getting a piercing has the following rights:
A Piercee’s Bill of Rights
EVERY PERSON BEING PIERCED HAS THE RIGHT:
-To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.
-To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing.
-To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized (where appropriate) in an autoclave prior to use on anyone else.
-To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate, and are often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes.
-To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.
-To a have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle.
-To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.
-To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio.
-To have initial piercings fitted with jewelry of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.
-To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision.
-To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the piercer for assistance throughout the healing process.
-To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.
-To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.

According to the Association of Professional Piercers, anyone getting a piercing has the following rights:

A Piercee’s Bill of Rights

EVERY PERSON BEING PIERCED HAS THE RIGHT:

-To be pierced in a hygienic environment by a clean, conscientious, sober piercer wearing a fresh pair of disposable medical examination gloves.

-To be pierced with a brand new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing.

-To be touched only with freshly sterilized and appropriate implements, properly used and disposed of or re-sterilized (where appropriate) in an autoclave prior to use on anyone else.

-To know that piercing guns are NEVER appropriate, and are often dangerous when used on anything — including earlobes.

-To the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their piercer knows and practices the very highest standards of sterilization and hygiene.

-To a have a knowledgeable piercer evaluate and discuss appropriate piercings and jewelry for her/his individual anatomy and lifestyle.

-To be fully informed of all risks and possible complications involved in his/her piercing choice before making any decisions.

-To seek and receive a second opinion either from another piercer within the studio or from another studio.

-To have initial piercings fitted with jewelry of appropriate size, material, design, and construction to best promote healing. Gold-plated, gold-filled or sterling silver jewelry is never appropriate for any new or unhealed piercing.

-To see pictures, be given a tour of the piercing studio, and to have all questions fully and politely answered before making or following through on any decision.

-To be fully informed about proper aftercare, both verbally and in writing, and to have continuing access to the piercer for assistance throughout the healing process.

-To be treated with respect, sensitivity and knowledge regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, health status or piercing choice.

-To change her/his mind, halt the procedure and leave at any point if the situation seems uncomfortable or improper.

Parents and Piercing


A recurring subject in the mails and comments received on Belly Button Rings Guide is the endless fight between parents and teenagers who want to get a piercing, even though the children in question are almost always under the legal age. Parents and piercing do not mix!

The teenagers always believe that their parents are too strict, and the parents are of the view that their children are being rebellious. Parents often believe that body piercings are a sign of ‘badness’ in their children.

It is a difficult situation. Piercings come with responsibility. They need to be cared for – sometimes for up to a year. Many teenagers do not possess the patience and maturity to care for their piercing for so long and will ignore aftercare advice, or only follow aftercare guidelines for a short period. Of course, this is not true in cases – but unfortunately is true in many.

Often times, the teenager may not be physically mature enough to get a piercing below the neck. As the body matures, the piercing may migrate and end up in a very undesirable position.

Legally, nipple or genital piercings are illegal for anyone under the age of eighteen. Parents or piercers who allow this practice are very lacking in judgement. A piercer who performs these procedures on a minor is committing a sexual offence. As a parent, allowing a child to get one of the aforementioned piercings, could result in a charge of reckless endangerment against the parent.

As a parent, you should never judge a child negatively just because they want a piercing. It could just be a phase, or it may be a good opportunity to figure out why they want the piercing – it will help you understand and communicate with your child. If they want it so badly, it can also be used as a bargaining chip for better grades or some other desirable behaviour.

Teenagers may also use the same advice. Teenagers often know what their parents answer will be! If you feel you will be shot down, be ready with as bargaining chip of your own. Offer something in return. This shows a level of maturity that may be respected by your parents. If your parents refuse no matter what, it is better to respect their wishes. Try not to rebel by trying to pierce yourself or get too angry. It’s not worth it in the long run.

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Piercing Rejection and Migration.

Two of the more common and undesirable outcomes of piercing are piercing rejection and piercing migration.

Piercing migration occurs when your jewelry moves from its original position, and settles and eventually heals in a new location.

Piercing rejection occurs when the jewelry is completely expelled from the body.

Piercing migration occurs for a few reasons:

  • When unsuitable skin is pierced
  • Not enough skin is pierced
  • Jewelry may be too small in diameter
  • Jewelry may be too thin in guage
  • Jewelry may be of poor quality.

These problems are more common if you piercing is done by an inexperienced piercer.

Piercing migration and Piercing rejection may also occur if:

  • You use harsh aftercare products – read more about piercing aftercare here for more detailed information.
  • You follow poor health habits
  • You experience physical or emotional trauma during the healing phase.

Sometimes your body may reject a piercing for no apparent reason. Sometimes placing a foreign object through your skin is the simple reason the piercing is rejected. Make sure to see an experienced piercer when getting your piercing done and be sure to follow piercing aftercare guidelines strictly. Piercing migration or piercing rejection will be much less likely in these conditions.

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Submit Your Navel Piercing Story – get FREE Body Jewelry!

Do you have navel piercing? Great! You can submit your navel piercing story to this website and get FREE body jewelry!

All you have to do is  write your unique belly button piercing story, take a picture of your belly button and submit them using my NEW website HERE!

To qualify for the prize, your belly button piercing story has to meet the following guidelines:

Please make the piercing story at least 300 words long;

You can describe how you decided to get the navel piercing, how you went to the piercing studio and what was the whole navel piercing procedure was like.  Was it painful or just a pinch? Who was with you? What type of ring did you choose? Add some interesting moments. Remember that other Belly Button Rings Guide’s readers will  rate your story!

The person in the picture has to be you and your belly piercing has to be visible. Don’t worry if your face is visible in the photo – it will be cropped so it wont be visible in the photo.

Please make sure you provide a valid e-mail address so that I can get in touch with you after your navel piercing story has been submitted!

Free Body Jewelry

Read ALL Belly Button Piercing Stories HERE!

How To Hide A Navel Piercing

You might want to know how to hide a navel piercing for various reasons; perhaps your school doesn’t allow it. Maybe your parents do not approve, and you do not want them to know. If you are someone who works in an office where body piercings are not allowed, then you need to know how to hide a navel piercing. While you might not be able to hide it forever, you can certainly keep your piercing secret for some time! 😉

The most sensible way to hide a navel piercing is to wear a clear navel-piercing retainer. This retainer is a cushiony, soft rubbery plastic material in the shape of a banana barbell that is fitted into your piercing in place of your belly ring.

What you do is buy a clear navel piercing retainer. Make sure it is pre-packaged, pre-sterilized to avoid contamination and infection. Also, it is very important to remember that you should not change your belly ring until the piercing is completely healed.


You can either do it yourself or go to a professional piercer. Your piercer will wear sterilized latex gloves before dealing with your piercing. He will then check to see whether your belly piercing is fully healed. Then, he will deftly remove the old navel jewelry. This is done by unscrewing the top bead and then sliding out the barbell from below.

The clear navel piercing retainer is now removed from its sterile packing. The ring is removed and the bar is pushed into the piercing from the top downwards. Then, the ring is pushed back onto the transparent bar.  There! Your belly piercing is hidden! It will not only keep your belly piercing intact for as long as the jewelry is out, but also hide it.

So there you are! Now you know how to hide a navel piercing! 😉

For those looking at how to hide a navel piercing, there are good quality clear navel retainers made of the body-friendly Bioplast material that is flexible and invisible.

Double Navel Piercing – Flaunt It With Style!

Double Navel PiercingNavel body piercing has always been exotic and fashionable…

But of the various types of navel body piercing, however, the sexiest and most attractive is the double navel piercing.

The navel has always been voted one of the most attractive features in a woman and there is no better way to make it look even more gorgeous than with a simple navel piercing or a double navel piercing.

You have probably seen a lot of celebrities wow their fans with sexy belly button piercings. In fact, Alicia Silverstone is credited with making belly button piercings famous in Aerosmith’s video – Cryin. Well, these days just about everyone can go in for one and the good news is that it is neither expensive nor very painful!

The navel piercing is done through the rim of the navel, at the skin fold. Some people prefer one on top and one at the bottom of the belly button, where the top is at the top ridge of the navel and the bottom is the inverse belly piercing on the bottom ridge of the navel. This naturally depends on how much skin is available. The double navel piercing is often joined with a single barbell to give you a navel industrial piercing.

When you get your double navel piercing done, ensure that you get it done with an experienced piercer. Make sure that safe first time piercing materials are used because you want to avoid the risk of infection. Also ask your piercer about how to take care of the piercing to help it heal fast. Experts will advise you to go with a PTFE barbell that is flexible and safe.

Double navel piercings just look fabulous! Just take care to see that it heals properly. It can take as much as a few months to a year to completely heal after which you can have fun trying different kinds of jewelry. Bananabells are very these days and look quite erotic. In fact there’s plenty of choice in belly button jewelry when you get a double navel piercing done and you can enthrall everyone with different types of jewelry!