August 30th, 2010 by Dicky Rejaka
Belly Button Piercing Facts
Body piercing is when a needle is put through the main body and then a foreign object is inserted as jewelers. Eventually, the skin around the jeweler heals and a hole is left. The hole is the piercing. It is perfectly safe when done by professionals who are careful.
DO NOT pierce your own belly button. The piercing must be done with a sterilized needle, gloves and other sterilized tools.
Belly button piercings may migrate within about a few years, and then they will fall out.
Belly piercings make time to heal - approx 4 months to 1 year
Belly piercing is a big decision. The following information will help in making decision that’s effective for you. Be sure you search for a reputable piercer and see your doctor when you have symptoms of an infection!
Which piercing salon to use?
You should ask associates with piercings where they went and if they liked the place.
Is the salon clean and safe as this will help you keep healthy after getting your piercing, and prevent you from contracting diseases? Is it well lit so the piercer can see well while working? You should feel safe there.
Do they wash their hands and use sterile gloves and instruments? All the instruments should either be brand new and disposable (intended as 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 bio hazard container after using them. If disposable needles are not used the salon should have sterilization equipment on site, which you should ask to see. If they refuse to show you, turn away.
A piercing gun mustn’t be used (except on ears) because it cannot be sterilized properly. If the salon uses a piercing “gun” to do body piercings…LEAVE!!
Locate a salon which has a large choice of jewelers. The salon should not tell you what sort of jewelers to have.
Which kind of jewelers should you buy?
Only jewelers made of a non-corrosive metal, such as: surgical stainless steel is safe when you initially have your piercing done. It is least likely to make a foreign body reaction or infection in the skin. Other choices for when you initially have your piercing done are metals like solid gold (at least 18k), titanium, or niobium. Most of these cost more than surgical steel. For those who are extremely sensitive to metal, Teflon or nylon piercings can be employed. Gold plated jewelers really should not be used.
Since the law is different in each country, you will have to uncover what the law in your country says about:
* Minimum age for belly piercing
* Whether you need parental permission to possess a piercing
* What qualifications and regulations the salon should have and should be displayed
How is it done and does it hurt?
Immediately before piercing, the piercer should wash and dry his / her hands and put on latex gloves. The gloves should be worn constantly during the procedure. If the piercer leaves the procedure and touches something or returns later and you haven’t seen everything the pharmacist 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 want pierced. The body jewelers are then inserted through the hole. Sometimes there may be handful of bleeding. It’s not necessary to take aspirin or any pain medication that contains aspirin the week before any piercing is done, since these medicines could lead you to bleed somewhat more than ever before.
Are you aware that ‘pain’ issue? It’ll vary individually as different people perceive pain in different ways. Everyone has a different tolerance level, so really you need to simply 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 learn how to look after it).
Do you know the risks?
The most typical piercing problem is infection. Infection is quite common and is easily cured with the proper care and attention. Another risk with a piercing that the body might reject it. If it does, this may cause swelling and pain. If your piercing is causing you numerous of pain or continually gets infected, you might like to remove your piercing and get it re-pierced once it has healed. Infections may be caused by hepatitis, HIV, tetanus, bacteria, and yeast. If the piercer washes their hands and uses gloves and sterile equipment and you take good care of your piercing, the chance of infection is lowered (but still exists).
As with other piercings, the belly button piercing will be swollen, red, and have pus. It may be painful. If the piercing does not improve over the following day or two pull out the piercing. Some bodies don’t like piercing. You won’t heal properly and it has nothing related to the piercing itself or the piercer. It is because of him that particular person’s body. The belly button piercing can be rejected by the body.
There isn’t any real danger by the piercing itself, but you will need to manage it. The dangers are once it is in. This is because it is on the front of the body with clothing constantly rubbing against the piercing. People usually tend to touch the piercing and transfer germs from their fingers to the ring. Once it rotates into the piercing a few bellybuttons can get infected.
Infections 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 jeweler for the area pierced. If the jeweler is too small, it can actually cut off the blood supply to the tissue, causing swelling and pain. If the jeweler is either too thin or too heavy or should you be allergic to the metal, your body can sometimes reject the jeweler (your body reacts against the jewelers which is a “foreign object”).
How to look after the piercing
Clean the piercing at least 2 times a day until it has healed. This is accomplished by:
* Always washing your hands with water and soap (or antibacterial soap) before cleaning
* Removing and crusty skin from the piercing and from the jewelers with warm water
* Gently washing the piercing with a saline solution (sea salt mixed with water) or antibacterial soap
* Gently rinsing the area to remove the solution or soap
o Gently drying the area with a paper towel (avoid the use of cloth towels as these may contain bacteria)
* Do not over wash or scrub as this can irritate the piercing
Check your jewelers while cleaning it to see if any parts have come loose
Avoid the use of alcohol or peroxide or any other strong solution as this will cause irritation and/or discolors the jewelers
Don’t let anyone tough the piercing until it is healed
In case you are not cleaning the piercing then does not 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 bacteria
Always clean the piercing after exercise or playing sport as bacteria love damp moist spots
Doesn’t use antibacterial cream as these trap bacteria
Always wear clean loose clothing while the piercing is healing to allow the air to circulate around the piercing. Clothing should be made of soft fabric and should not cling or rub the piercing. Avoid jeans, leotards, belts, body suits and tights until the piercing is healed
Change your bed sheets once weekly to help avoid infection
Do NOT attempt to change the piercing during the healing process. When you invest in it pierced ask the piercer how long you should wait one which just.
Always check for signs of infection; bad smell, discharge, redness, soreness, swelling, rash around the piercing. If you believe you own an infection always go and see your doctor.
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