Is it Safe to Have a Belly Button Piercing?

There are many among us who have always fascinated about having their belly button or naval pierced and have envied all the others who get to flaunt all the interesting belly button jewelry. Along with envy, there is also a sense of inquisitiveness among us all as to how safe it is to have the belly button pierced, or if there could be any issues related to it and so on. The fact of the matter is that body piercing is a trend these days and people like to get their bodies pierced from various places just to be able to accentuate those areas of their bodies. There are quite a few celebrities as well who have gotten their belly buttons pierced and inspire their followers to do the same.

However, it is indeed required to take a few precautions with respect to the piercings at least for some time and also, one needs to know a few things about this practice in advance before taking this step.

How to Decide?

The first thing that you need to consider when thinking about getting your belly button pierced is if you and your family would be supportive of this decision of yours. Especially if you are under 18 years of age, you need to seek permission or at least inform your parents about this decision of yours. This is in light of the various risks that could be posed by body piercing such as any infections after piercing, after care that is required and also the pain that might be experienced. After all, you wouldn’t like to bear the pain in the belly button and the aggression from your family both at the same time!

Also, it is important to consider if this is something you would like to sport for a long time. If you would like not to have the belly piercing, say after about a few weeks or doubt if it would look nice on you or have questions about being able to carry it off well, then it is better to reconsider your decision as a belly piercing is a change that you would be making in your body. Not to forget, it could have some serious consequences and hence, your decision should be firm enough to take all the resulting events in high spirits.

The Possible Risks:

Naval piercing does have its own sets of risks which should be considered well in advance in order to be able to handle them well. These risks are:

  1. First and foremost, you should understand that this would involve a needle that would be going through your skin; hence, if the needle is not sterilized or the piercer is not experienced enough, you could have some kind of infection.

  2. A belly button is bound to rub against any clothes that would come over it and thus lead to irritation and pain in the area. It is hence, necessary that you wear short clothes that don’t cover your midriff, at least till the time your piercing wound heals completely.

  3. Look for an experienced piercer while getting your belly button pierced as only he/she would know the right position for the naval ring. This is important as if the naval ring is not put at the right position, then it could harm a nerve around that region, leading to complicated issues.

  4. At the same time, looking for an experienced piercer is important as he/she would know what kind of a ring would like on you.

Tips to Choose a Body Piercer:

With so many things attached to the importance of an experienced and good body piercer, it is crucial to know how to choose one:

  • Seek recommendations from those who have got piercings done earlier.

  • Look for a licensed piercer, who is recognized for being proficient in the art.

  • Check for the hygiene practices followed at the piercing center.

  • Make sure that only sterilized equipment are used by the piercer.

  • Availability after piercer for any kind of issues that might arise after the procedure.

  • Check for the kinds of piercing jewelry available and the best that would suit your budget. This is important, as cheap and low quality jewelry could infect your belly button.

Caring for your Freshly-pierced Belly Button:

Belly piercing as such is not a long procedure and is highly painless as well. Hence, you may not bother about it much; however, what matters more is the care that you take after the procedure in order to prevent the occurrence of any infection or pain. Here are a few pointers in this direction:

  • Avoid touching your freshly-pierced belly button as you may pass germs to it through your hands and fingers. The same goes for your friends and family as they too could infect your wound by touching it!

  • Wear clothes that don’t hinder with your naval piercing. Any friction with clothes or anything else would hinder the healing of the piercing wound.

  • Keep your naval clean and take a shower every day to ensure that no germs accumulate over it.

  • The best way to clean your naval wound is by using a solution of sea salt and water. Prepare it by boiling some sea salt with water and then put this solution in a glass. Lean forward and let the glass rest upside down on your naval by lying down slowly. Let the glass stay on your naval for about 10 minutes and then wash well with clean water. This is the perfect method to clean your wound off any germs and infections.

  • If you are swimming enthusiast, it would be better if your stay off the pool for some days after getting your naval pierced. Also avoid any kind of stretching exercises as they may affect the healing of your belly wound.

  • Though you would be tempted to try new kinds of naval rings, you should be doing it not more than 6 months after getting the naval pierced as it takes at least 6 months for the naval piercing wound to be healed.

  • Avoid sleeping on your belly till the time your wound heals. Use pillows on your side to prevent yourself from flipping over while in sleep.

  • Finally, consume a healthy diet that can help you develop a strong immunity and assist in healing the wound faster.

What to do in Case of Infection?

The good thing is that if you take ample care and precautions, there is very less probability that you would have an infection in your naval piercing. However, despite all efforts, if you have an infection, the first and the best thing to do would be to consult a doctor. The infection would be identified by swelling and redness on the naval along with throbbing pain and feeling of heat on touching the wound. You can also try to disinfect with the sea salt and water solution. But don’t take any medication without consulting with your doctor in any case.

It takes about 6 months for the naval piercing wound to heal completely and once it is healed, you are free to try any kind of naval accessories and flaunt new looks with it in front of all your friends! Not to forget, there are some serious aspects to it as well! So, go ahead, think about all the pros and cons, and decide wisely if you would like to take this fashion plunge or not!

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