Navel-piercing is exquisite and alluring. It is important to be well versed about facts related to navel piercing. Deciding the right style, taking precautions and aftercare is as much important as the trend it self. Here, we have put together some significant facts you should know about navel piercing.
1. Styles of Navel Piercing
a. Upper navel piercing
This is one of the most popular kinds. It is also known as ‘Standard Belly button piercing’. Majority masses go for this type. Here the piercing is done on the upper rim of the navel.
b. Reverse navel piercing
Also known as ‘Bottom belly or Lower belly button piercing’, this kind of piercing is almost like the one mentioned above. The only variance is that, here the piercing is done on the lower rim of the navel.
c. Side navel piercing
So all your friends have the navel pierced, eh? Become their subject of envy by trying out this style. Here the piercing is done anywhere in-between the upper and lower navel ring, usually the horizontal left or right sides. Itâs different, itâs funky!
d. Outie piercing
This is the style where you get the âactualâ navel pierced. But this is not much recommended as it sums up to high rate of infections and allergies. One can even use his/her creativity and invent their own styles by combining the above mentioned styles.
2. Choosing the right jewelry
This is one of the most essential factors that cannot be overlooked. One should always go for the jewelry that is made up of non-corrosive metals. Surgical stainless steel, surgical titanium and 14K gold are safe and highly recommended. Moreover nickel and sterling silver metals are not safe and good as they are corrosive. Tygon plastic is a substitute for those who are allergic to metals. An expert should be consulted as he will be able to tell you which metal is best for your skin-type.
3. Getting ready for the piercing
So all ready to get the sexiest piercing, eh? Choose a salon that has professionals in order to avoid disastrous results. Make sure that the piercing artist wears surgical gloves during the entire process. Also, if he uses the piercing gun for the process then it should be a big NO as it cannot be sterilized properly. Check if your hepatitis immunizations are up to date.
Use an antibacterial soap to clean thoroughly the area that is to be pierced. While going to the salon, slip into some lose clothes in order to avoid itching and irritation after the piercing is done. Cotton is the best option.
4. Caring for the navel-piercing
i. As soon as you reach home after the piercing do not touch it or move the jewelry.
ii. Salt water soaks prove to be of great help. Buy non-iodized salt, put half tsp in one-fourth cup of cooled boiled water. Put this in a small cup, place it over your navel and bend over for about 15 min. It will help to stay away from infections. After this let it dry, do NOT use a towel to wipe away the water.
iii. Clean your navel 2-3 times daily.
iv. Change the jewelry only after the piercing gets healed.
v. Use waterproof bandages while swimming.
vi. Lavender and tea-tree oil help in quick recovery.
vii. If the piercing is infected then without any delay, fix an appointment with your doctor.
i. Try not to sleep on your stomach. Avoid this by placing pillows on your sides so if you roll over, pillows will avoid it.
ii. Avoid tight clothes till the piercing gets healed.
iii. Donât use swimming pools, spas, hot-tubs, tanning bed as the fear of water (full of bacteria) reacting with the piercing prevails.
iv. Donât let others touch the piercing.
v. Avoid Sleeping on your belly. Place pillows on your side while sleeping, so in case if you roll-over, the pillows will stop it.
vi. Avoid belly exercises during the workouts.