I had my bellybutton pierced about 12 years ago and its perfectly good now but when i first had it done i got impatient and took the original titanium ring out (which they suggest not to) and replaced it with a 9ct gold bar before the piercing was properly healed… BIG mistake!
The doctor has since explained that gold contains certain chemicals which can react with fresh wounds and I ended up with a massive infection which was pushing the bar out. Within days i had to remove the bar totally.
I wasn’t willing to let my piercing close over so i started to bathe it in salt water and the following day i reinserted the original ring – the one i was pierced with (i could hear the skin popping *shudder*). It hurt like hell and it took over 12 months to fully heal but i got there with nothing but salt water! I changed the ring back to a 9ct bar about 9 years ago and its still there… to this day i wont change it just in case!
Suggestion… when you get a piercing start bathing in salt water and DO NOT remove the original piercing for at least 3 months… Its soooooo not worth the pain!