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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. Eventually, the skin around the jewellery 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. The piercing has to be done with a sterilized needle, gloves and other sterilized pieces of equipment.

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

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

Belly piercing is a big decision. The following information can help you make a decision that is right for you. Make sure to visit a reputable piercer and see your doctor if you have symptoms of an infection!

Which piercing salon to use?

Is your salon clean and secure 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 (meant to be thrown away after one use) or be sterilized in pouches. If disposable needles aren’t used the salon should have sterilization equipment on site, which you should request to see. If they refuse to show you, go somewhere else.

A piercing gun shouldn’t be used (except ears) since it cannot be sterilized properly. If the salon uses a piercing”gun” to do body piercings. . .LEAVE!!

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

What type of jewellery should you buy?

Only jewellery made of 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 choices for when you first have your piercing done are metals such as solid gold (at least 18k), titanium, or niobium. All of these cost more than surgical steel. For men and women who are extremely sensitive to metal, Teflon or nylon piercings may be used. Gold plated jewellery should NOT be used.

Regulations

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

O whether you need parental consent 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 their hands and put on latex gloves. The glasses should be worn at all times during the process. 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 new gloves.

An experienced piercer uses a hollow needle to create a hole by passing the needle through the body part you need pierced. The body jewellery is then inserted through the hole. Sometimes there may 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 normal.

It’s going to vary from person to person as different folks perceive pain in various ways. Everyone has a different tolerance level, so you only have to experience it for yourself.

The piercer should provide 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 dangers?

The most common piercing problem is disease. Infection is quite common and is easily cured with the proper care and attention. Another danger with a piercing is that your body might reject it. If it does, this can cause swelling and pain. If your piercing is causing you lots of pain or continually gets infected, you might choose to remove your piercing and get it re-pierced when it’s healed. Infections may result from hepatitis, HIV, tetanus, Pest Removal, bacteria, and yeast.

Just like 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 within the next few days pull out the piercing. Some bodies do not like piercing. It will not heal properly and it has nothing to do with the piercing itself or the piercer. It’s to do with that specific person’s body. The belly button piercing can be rejected by the body.

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

Diseases caused by bacteria getting to the cessation 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 too small, it may cut off the blood supply to the tissue, causing swelling and pain. If the jewellery is either too thin or too heavy or if you’re allergic to the metal, then your body can occasionally reject the jewellery (your body reacts against the jewellery because 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. This is done by:

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

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

O Gently rinsing the area to take out the solution or soap

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

O Don’t 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 strong solution as this can cause irritation and/or discolour the jewelry

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 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 lotion 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 from soft fabric and shouldn’t cling or rub the piercing. Avoid jeans, leotards, belts, body suits and tights until the piercing is healed

Change your bed sheets once a week to help avoid infection

Do NOT attempt to change 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 watch out for signs of disease; bad smell, discharge, redness, soreness, swelling, rash around the piercing. If you think you have an infection always go and see your physician.

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

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