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

DO NOT pierce your own belly button.

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

Belly piercings take the time to heal – approx 4 months to 1 year

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

Is the salon clean and secure as this can help you keep healthy after getting your piercing, and keep you from contracting diseases? Is it well lit so that the piercer can see well while working? You should feel safe there.

All the instruments should be brand new and disposable (supposed to be thrown away after one use) or be sterilized in components. If disposable needles aren’t used the salon should have sterilization equipment on site, which you should request to see.

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

Start looking for a salon that has a huge choice of jewellery. The salon should not let you know what sort of jewellery to get.

What kind of jewellery should you purchase?

Only jewellery made from a non-corrosive metal, such as: surgical stainless steel is safe when you have your piercing done. It is least 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 of these cost more than surgical steel. For men and women that are extremely sensitive to metal, Teflon or nylon piercings may be used. Gold plated jewellery shouldn’t be used.


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

O What qualifications and regulations that the salon should have and should be shown

How is it done and does it hurt?

Immediately before piercing, the piercer should wash and dry their hands and put on latex gloves. The gloves should be worn at all times during the procedure. If the piercer leaves the procedure and touches something or returns later and you have not seen everything he or she has done, ask them to put on fresh gloves.

The body jewelry is then inserted through the hole. Sometimes there may be a small amount of bleeding. You should not take aspirin or any pain medication that contains aspirin the week before any piercing is done, since these medicines may cause you to bleed a little bit more than normal.

In terms of the’pain’ issue. It is going to vary from person to person as different people perceive pain in various ways. Everyone has a different tolerance level, so really you just have to experience it for yourself.

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

What are the dangers?

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 might want to remove your piercing and get it re-pierced when it’s healed. Infections may result from hepatitis, HIV, tetanus, Animal Removal, bacteria, and yeast. If the piercer washes their hands and uses gloves and sterile equipment and you take good care of your piercing, the risk of infection is lowered (but still exists).

Just like other piercings, the belly button piercing will be swollen, red, and have pus. It could be painful. If the piercing doesn’t improve within the next few days pull the piercing out. Some bodies do not like piercing. It won’t heal properly and it has nothing to do with the piercing itself or the piercer. It has to do with that particular person’s body. The belly button piercing could be reversed by the body.

There’s absolutely no actual danger by the piercing itself, but it is important to take care of it. The dangers are once it’s in. The main reason is that it’s on the front of the body with clothes constantly rubbing against the piercing. People have a tendency to touch the piercing and transfer germs from their hands to the ring.

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

Another cause of problems from piercings is the wrong kind of jewelry for the area pierced. If the jewellery is either too thin or too heavy or if you are allergic to the metal, then your body can occasionally reject the jewelry (your body reacts against the jewelry since it is a”foreign object”).

The Way to take care of the piercing

Clean the piercing at least twice per day until it has healed.

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

O Removing and crusty skin from the piercing and from the jewelry with warm water

O Gently washing the piercing with a saline solution (sea salt mixed with water) or antibacterial soap

O Gently rinsing the area to remove the solution or soap

O Gently drying the area with a paper towel (don’t use fabric towels as these may contain bacteria)

O Do not over wash or scrub as this can irritate the piercing

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

Do not use alcohol or peroxide 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 are not cleaning the piercing then don’t touch it!!

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

Don’t use hot tubs, swimming pools, lakes, seas as these are breeding grounds for germs

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

Do not use antibacterial lotion as these trap bacteria

Always wear clean loose clothing while the piercing is healing to permit the air to circulate around the piercing. Clothing should be made from soft fabric and shouldn’t 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 need to wait until you can.

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

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

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