Navel Piercing Care
Everyone is different when it comes to how long it will take for
your navel piercing to heal. Healing usually takes anywhere from
2 months to as long as one year for some. With proper navel piercing
care you should heal faily quick. Body jewelry is a beautiful piece
of jewelry that should always be taken care of. You can buy gold
or silver navel rings with lots of different length and styles to
1. Soap and Water - You must clean your navel a minimum of 2 to
4 times a day with regular soap or I preferred anti-bacterial soap.
Lather the soap in the navel area and rinse thoroughly.
2. Sea Salt Soaks (non iodized) - Mix about 1/2 of a teaspoon of
sea salt with 1/4 cup of sterilized water (use boiled water that
has cooled). put a small amount into a medicine cup. Sit down and
flip the cup over really quick and hold it flat on the stomach creating
a suction, this way the water won't spill all over the place. I
found it good to have a washcloth or small towel around just incase
the the suction broke and the water started to leak. Let the navel
area soak for about 10 to 15 minutes. Once a day.
3. Bactine and Polysporin - You may apply either of these ointments
to your navel piercing. I suggest you use your fingers if you can't
get close enough to the barbell then you may use a Q-tip. I don't
suggest you use Q-tips or any cotton baton products because they
can cause infections when small pieces of baton get stuck in your
1. Never use rubbing alcohol, this will dry out your piercing.
2. Never play with your barbell or belly ring without cleaning your
3. Try to stay away from pools and hot tubs. If you do go in one
rinse your piercing with clean water once you get out. Preference
would be to clean it with soap and clean water.
4. Don't change your navel ring until your piercing is totally healed.
Information on Navel Piercing
Getting your navel pierced is something you should take very serious.
Choose a professional that you can trust. Feel free to check out
a few different places first. A real professional body piercer will
take the time to educate you on your navel piercing. Make sure the
shop is clean and everything they use is sterilized. After all you
still are at risk to catch hepatitis, AIDS, or HIV. When I got my
belly button pierced the barbell I chose was in a sterilized sealed
package and so was the needle. Now having said all of that, you
are going to love having your belly pierced. Once it is properly
healed, you can change your jewelry to a new piercing.
Choosing from a wide selection of different types of navel jewelry
you will want to wear like, navel rings, barbells, reverse barbells,
bananas, spiral rings and more. You can choose from a large line
of navel rings that are made from Titanium, Silver, Gold, PVC, and
They come in all different styles from gemstones, cz (single stones
or butterflies, cherries), picture balls, designs (stripes, checkered),
and hand painted beads. Most body jewelry barbell shafts are made
from 316L surgical steel and the most popular lengths are 8mm, 10mm
and 12mm. Remember to clean your new navel ring with rubbing alcohol
before putting it in. So have fun choosing your favorite style!
How A Typical Belly Piercing Is Done
First - the person piercing you will clean your
belly button area thoroughly, then some measure your belly area
to get the length perfect, then they will make a dot on the top
of your navel and put a dot on the inside of your belly button.
Second- the person piercing you will take the
sterilized clamp and close it on the skin on the top of your belly
button. (some people find this painful. I didn't but I could feel
the pressure put on the skin.)
Third - You will be asked to take deep breaths
this will help calm you down and make you relax. Then the person
piercing your navel will hold the clamp in place while they take
their other hand and insert the hollow needle through the hole in
the clamp. (Once again I found the pain minimal. I would compare
the pain of getting my belly pierced to being pinched really good.)
You feel the pain for about five seconds.
Forth - So while your thinking on how painless
the needle was, he/she will then take a barbell and insert it into
the hollow part of the needle then pull the needle out (leaving
the barbell inserted), then they will screw the ball onto the top
of the barbell and Viola your navel is official pierced.