A belly piercing, also known as a navel piercing, is a type of body piercing that involves inserting jewelry through the skin and tissue around the navel, usually in the upper rim of the belly button. The piercing can be done in different ways, such as with a needle or a piercing gun, and can accommodate different types of jewelry, including curved barbells, captive bead rings, and circular barbells.
Belly piercings have been popular since the 1990s and have become a popular fashion statement, especially in warmer weather when midriffs are more visible. The piercing is typically performed on the upper edge of the belly button, though variations exist such as the lower edge or off-center placement.
Top Belly Button Piercing: This is the most common type of navel piercing, where the jewelry is inserted through the upper rim of the belly button.
Bottom Belly Button Piercing: This is a less common type of navel piercing, where the jewelry is inserted through the lower rim of the belly button.
Double Belly Button Piercing
This involves piercing both the upper and lower rims of the belly button, with separate pieces of jewelry.
Getting a new piercing is an exciting and often nerve-wracking experience. However, it is important to take proper care of your new piercing to ensure that it heals properly and avoids infection. In this article, we will discuss what not to do after getting a new piercing to ensure that it heals quickly and safely.
- Do not touch the piercing with dirty hands
One of the most important things to avoid after getting a new piercing is touching it with dirty hands. Your hands come into contact with all sorts of bacteria and germs throughout the day, so it’s crucial to keep them clean and avoid touching the piercing unless you need to clean it.
- Do not rotate the jewelry
Many people believe that rotating the jewelry in a new piercing will help prevent it from getting stuck, but this is not true. In fact, rotating the jewelry can cause irritation and delay the healing process. Leave the jewelry in place and let the piercing heal naturally.
- Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
While alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are commonly used as antiseptics, they can be too harsh for a new piercing. These substances can dry out the skin and delay the healing process, so it’s best to avoid using them on your piercing.
- Do not remove the jewelry
Unless you experience an allergic reaction or infection, it is essential to keep the jewelry in your new piercing for the first few months. Removing the jewelry can cause the piercing to close up and may even cause an infection.
- Do not sleep on the piercing
Sleeping on your new piercing can cause irritation and delay the healing process. It’s best to avoid sleeping on the side of your piercing or use a travel pillow to prop your head up and avoid putting pressure on the area.
- Do not swim in public pools or hot tubs
Swimming in public pools or hot tubs can expose your new piercing to bacteria, which can cause an infection. Avoid swimming for at least two weeks after getting a new piercing.
- Do not use harsh soaps or cleansers
Using harsh soaps or cleansers can irritate the skin and delay the healing process. Use a mild, fragrance-free soap to clean your piercing and avoid using any exfoliating products or loofahs on the area.
- Do not expose the piercing to hair products
Hair products such as hairspray, gel, and mousse can irritate the skin around the piercing and delay the healing process. Avoid getting hair products on your piercing and be careful when styling your hair around the area.
- Do not wear tight clothing
Wearing tight clothing can rub against the piercing and cause irritation. Choose loose, comfortable clothing that allows the skin to breathe.
- Do not share personal items
Sharing personal items such as towels, pillows, or earphones can transfer bacteria and germs to your new piercing, which can cause an infection. Avoid sharing personal items with others until your piercing has fully healed.
- Do not change the jewelry too soon
Changing the jewelry too soon after getting a new piercing can cause irritation and delay the healing process. It’s best to wait until your piercing has fully healed before changing the
It is imperative for new piercings to have proper aftercare during the healing process. Not doing so can delay the healing time by months or sometimes years, do not take it lightly. Below we have outlined the general things you should do as well as things you should not be when caring for your piercing.
- Reduce pain and swelling: Ice combined with IB Profin will help alleviate pain and swelling- IB Profin should be used as directed on bottle.
- Before caring for your piercing: Always wash your hands before cleaning or handling your new piercing.
- Clean piercing regularly: The piercing should be cleaned 2-4 times a day – We suggest using unscented antibacterial soap, Epson Salt dissolved in warm water, saline solution, or we have several aftercare products available for purchase. (Do NOT use – Neosporin, Vaseline, Alcohol, or Peroxide).
- Check jewelry daily: While cleaning your piercing, you should check that jewelry is secure as well as slightly rotate the piercing. (Only rotate when piercing area is wet, never dry)
- Avoid overly touching the piercing: Never play with your piercing jewelry or touch it with unwashed hands – this can cause irritation or infection.
- Avoid swimming while it is healing: Pools, lakes and, oceans; typically 4-6 weeks
- Changing your jewelry: You should wait at least 2 weeks before your Jewelry is changed out, this should be done by a professional piercer the first time. We are available to change the jewelry for you.