Belly button piercing is a surface piercing and tends to take longer to heal than other types of piercing. The approximate time can range from four to six months or even a year for some people!
The most important thing during this time is to follow the aftercare instructions strictly so that you can show off your belly button piercing with pride and enjoy it for years to come!
There is a common tendency among people to try and change the first belly button piercing jewelry too quickly, but this is not a good idea as there is the risk of interfering with the belly button piercing healing process and infecting the piercing!
Belly button piercing healing can take time, mainly due to its location. Each time you change your clothes might graze against the piercing, irritating it. How soon you heal depends on your health, body constitution, the kind of clothes you wear, the kind of work that you do, the kind of food you eat, etc. Last, but not least, it also depends on how well you take care of the piercing.
Since the navel is basically a scar that tends to collect dirt, it must be cleaned regularly. So you can well imagine how important it is to follow the cleaning instructions given by your piercer. The piercing must be kept dry and clean to prevent fungus and infection. Don’t worry if you see a little redness and some crust around the piercing. This is just dead cells. You may also see some whitish fluid discharge and this too is okay. This dries up in max six to eight weeks. But, if you do notice it becoming yellowish and painful, then contact the piercer right away!
If you really must change the belly ring, wait for at least two months before you do so. The safest materials to go in for are surgical steel, titanium or the Bioplast belly ring since these are very body-friendly. You also get them in a variety of interesting designs. Bioplast belly rings are considered as safest because they would not be rejected by the new piercing. These rings are flexible, minimize swellings and do not cause infections. Flexibility is important because it allows you more comfortable movements as compared to metal body jewelry. And these are available in a range of attractive colors and designs!