Getting your belly button pierced

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Body piercing is when a needle is put through a portion of the body and after that a foreign object is inserted as jewellery. Finally, the skin around the jewellery heals and a hole is left. The hole is your piercing. It is perfectly safe when done by professionals who are careful.

Belly button piercings can migrate within about five to ten years, and then they’re going to fall out.

Belly piercings take time to heal – approx 4 weeks to 1 year

Belly piercing is a big decision. The following information can allow you to make a decision that is best for you. Make sure you go to a reputable piercer and see your doctor if you have symptoms of a disease!

Which piercing salon to use?

Is the salon clean and safe as this can help you keep healthy after getting your piercing, and keep you from contracting diseases? You should feel secure there.

All the instruments should either be brand new and disposable (supposed to be thrown away after one use) or be sterilized in pouches. If disposable needles are used, you should see him/her open sealed packages of the needles! The piercer should throw away the needles in a biohazard container after using them. If disposable needles are not used the salon should have sterilization equipment on site, which you should ask to see.

A piercing gun should not be used (except ears) since it cannot be sterilized properly. . .LEAVE!!

Look for a salon that has a large choice of jewellery. The salon should not let you know what sort of jewellery to get.

What kind of jewellery should you buy?

Only jewellery made from a non-corrosive metal, for example: surgical stainless steel is safe when you have your piercing done. It is likely to create a foreign body reaction or infection in the skin. Other options for when you first have your piercing done are metals like solid gold (at least 18k), titanium, or niobium. All these cost more than surgical steel. For people that are extremely sensitive to metal, Teflon or nylon piercings may be used. Gold plated jewellery should NOT be used.

Regulations

Since the legislation is different in each country, you will need to find out what the law in your country says about:

o Minimum age for belly piercing

O Whether or not you need parental permission to have a piercing

O What regulations and qualifications the salon should have and should be displayed

How can it be done and does it hurt?

Immediately before piercing, the piercer should wash and dry his or her hands and wear latex gloves. The glasses should be worn at all times during the procedure. If the piercer leaves the process and touches returns or something later and you haven’t seen everything he or she has done, ask them to put on new gloves.

An experienced piercer uses a hollow needle to make a hole by passing the needle through the body part you need pierced. The body jewellery is then inserted through the hole. Sometimes there can be a small quantity of bleeding. You should not take any pain medicine that contains aspirin the week before any piercing is done, since these medicines can make you bleed a little bit more than usual.

It’s going to vary from person to person as different folks perceive pain in various ways.

The piercer should give you instructions about cleaning, maintenance, etc., if they don’t, ask questions (it is your body, you deserve to know how to take care of it).

What are the risks?

Infection is quite common and is easily treated with the proper attention and care. Another danger with a piercing is that your body might reject it. If it does, this may cause swelling and pain. If your piercing is causing you lots of pain or gets infected, you may choose to remove your piercing and get it re-pierced once it has healed. Infections may be caused by hepatitis, Critter Control, HIV, tetanus, bacteria, and yeast. If the piercer washes their hands and uses gloves and sterile equipment and you take great care of your piercing, the danger of infection is lowered (but still exists).

As with other piercings, the belly button piercing is going to be swollen, red, and have pus. It could be painful. If the piercing doesn’t improve in the next couple of days pull the piercing out. Some bodies don’t like piercing. It’s to do with that specific person’s body. The belly button piercing can be rejected by the body.

There’s absolutely no actual danger by the piercing itself, but it’s important to take care of it. The dangers are once it’s in. The reason is that it’s on the front of the body with clothing constantly rubbing against the piercing. When it rotates into the piercing a few bellybuttons can get infected.

Diseases caused by bacteria getting into the puncture of the piercing may also happen later, even after the piercing has healed.

If the jewellery is either too thin or too heavy or if you are allergic to the metal, then your body can sometimes reject the jewelry (your body reacts against the jewellery because it’s a”foreign object”).

How to take care of the piercing

Clean the piercing at least twice per day until it has healed. This is done by:

O Constantly washing your hands with soap and water (or antibacterial soap) before cleaning

O Eliminating and crusty skin from the piercing and from the jewellery with warm water

O Gently rinsing the area to remove the solution or soap

O Don’t over wash or scrub as this can irritate the piercing

Check your jewellery while cleaning it to determine if any parts have come loose

Do not use peroxide or alcohol or any other powerful solution as this will cause irritation and/or discolour the jewellery

Don’t Let anyone tough the piercing until it is treated

If you’re not cleaning the piercing then do not touch it!!

Avoid taking baths, take showers rather to avoid sitting in bacteria

Always clean the piercing after exercise or playing game as bacteria love damp moist spots

Do not use antibacterial cream as these trap bacteria

Always wear loose clothing while the piercing is healing to permit the air to circulate around the piercing. Clothing should be made from soft fabric and should not cling or rub the piercing.

Don’t attempt to modify the piercing during the healing process. When you get it pierced ask the piercer how long you will need to wait until you can.

Always look out for signs of infection; bad odor, discharge, redness, soreness, swelling, rash around the piercing. If you feel you have an illness always go and see your doctor.

Be cautious with your piercing – it will take some time to heal and for you to get used to it

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