Belly Button Piercing Healing – Some Facts

Belly Button Piercing Healing Have you just got your belly button pierced? Then you probably have a list of do’s and don’ts from your piercer so that you can help with the belly button piercing healing.

Since it is a surface piercing, the healing time is more for a belly button piercing. You will have to take good care of it – sometimes even around six months and up to a year for it to completely heal!!!

Do not be tempted to change the jewelry before the belly button piercing healing is complete as you could prevent it from healing quickly. There is also the possibility that it might get infected.

One of the reasons a belly button piercing healing takes longer is because it is near the waist, which experiences a lot of movement. Because of this, you have your clothes touching the piercing often. Therefore the specific healing time varies from individual to individual based on a few factors. These are:

•    Type of outfits worn
•    Your health
•    Your diet
•    The kind of aftercare taken

Our belly button is a scar on our body. Unless it is kept clean, it can become dirty, attracting bacteria and fungus. So it is in your hands to ensure that you take good care to clean it during the belly button piercing healing period. Some redness is likely. Sometimes you might see the piercing develop some crust. But this is normal as the crust is part of the healing process. You may also see some fluid discharge, which gradually dries up. You only need to worry if it turns thick, yellowish and painful. If this happens, contact your piercer.

Remember as far as possible, not to touch the piercing or try to change the navel jewelry before the belly button piercing healing is complete. Your piercer may advise you to wait for at least eight weeks. Jewelry made of surgical steel, titanium and Bioplast body jewelry are the best options as these are all safe to wear on a fresh piercing. Bioplast, in particular comes highly recommended for its flexibility and ability to heal your piercing much faster. It helps you move comfortably unlike metal, which is rigid.  It is also unlikely to result in infections. Bioplast is available in a large variety of designs, colors and shapes.

Allow your belly button piercing healing to be a natural process so that you too can enjoy wearing different types of belly button jewelry!

FUNNY FACT! Did you know there are celebs out there who don’t have belly buttons? 🙂

Navel Body Piercing

Navel Body PiercingNavel body piercings are extremely popular these days. However, the piercing itself is not usually done through the actual navel.

To do this the person would need to have what is known as an “outie” navel where the belly button is actually sticking out. Not many people have this and so the piercing is often made through the upper rim of the navel instead.

Many celebrities such as Britney Spears and Janet Jackson have made the navel body piercing as popular as it is today.

It is particularly favoured amongst teenage girls who are looking to stand out. However, unfortunately many people rush into getting their navel pierced and they do not fully understand what the piercing involves. This is when infections can develop.

What You Should Know

The navel piercing might be the most common type of piercing available today, but there is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding it. One of the main things that you may not be aware of is the healing time that the piercing needs before you experiment with different belly rings.

Navel body piercings are well known for their likelihood of developing an infection. However, this is easily avoidable if you respect the healing time and if you help the piercing to heal. Using a mild antibacterial soap on the piercing each morning in the shower will help to cleanse the wound.

The piercing itself is done usually with a sterilised clamp. The clamp is situated either below or above the navel and then the sterilised needle is pushed through the skin to create the piercing. This is then followed by the navel jewellery that the client has chosen. Typically for their first navel jewellery, clients tend to opt for belly bars or a simple belly ring. Ideally you should avoid nickel based navel jewellery when you have just had your navel pierced as this does tend to cause an allergic reaction for many people.

Overall navel body piercings are popular and they do tend to boost confidence. However, they do need to be cared for properly if you are to benefit fully from the piercing. There are so many different belly rings to suit all tastes that you can choose from once the piercing has healed. So if you do look after the piercing properly you will soon be able to benefit from a wide range of belly rings!

Body Piercing Healing

Body Piercing Healing This is the eternal question I hear very often – when can I change my belly (nose, tongue, nipple, etc…) ring?

Yes, the majority of you who get body piercings just can’t await when it will be possible to change the initial piece of body jewelry and insert a new one!

That’s understandable; however, you have to know at least the approximate body piercing healing times to assess the condition of your fresh body piercing.

This is very important due to two main reasons.

First – if you ignore body piercing healing time of the particular piercing site, you may damage the half-healed piercing by inserting new body jewelry too early. This in turn will result in prolonged healing time.

Secondly – you increase the likelihood of getting a body piercing infection. You see – the longer the fresh piercing remains unhealed, the more likely the infection is to creep into the wound.

So as you can see, you really shouldn’t rush your body and ignore its natural healing speed. You can read this belly piercing story, for instance, to see what can happen if a girl is too willing to change the initial body jewelry!

Well, the next things to understand about body piercing healing are the three stages of the piercing healing process.

1st Stage Of Body Piercing Healing – Growing New Skin

After the piercing has been performed, the first thing that you body needs to do is – stop the bleeding process and prevent bacteria from entering the wound. Although not every body piercing will result in a visible infection, it’s been actually reported that 10 to 20% of all body piercings result in mild infections!

But generally every piercing will be swollen right after the piercing has been performed and also some discharge will appear during the following days. It’s just the body’s natural defense system in action and it pushes the damaged tissue and bacteria out of the tiny wound.

Very soon after the piercing a temporary clot of scab is formed to prevent the bleeding and protect the wound. Then your body starts forming new skin cells and within a few weeks after the piercing a new skin layer has formed!

However, you have to understand that this new skin is very fragile and vulnerable to mechanical intervention, so it should be taken for granted that the initial body jewelry remains in the piercing during this stage!

And also bear in mind – no rough handling, no exposure to body fluids and dirt. The fresh piercing can still easily get infected, so you have to make sure it stays sound and clean!

In the table below you can find approximate haling times of the most popular body piercings. Just bear in mind – it shows the duration of the first stage of the healing, so it is actually wise to wait twice as much to make sure the skin thickens and it’s safe to insert a new piece of body jewelry!

Body Piercing Healing Times

2nd Stage Of Body Piercing Healing – Full Healing

During this stage of body piercing healing the new skin gains thickness and becomes more like a real skin. The full healing takes about the same time as the first stage of body piercing healing (as seen in the table above).

But even though this stage is called full healing, the new skin still doesn’t reach its mature stage. However, you can safely change your initial body jewelry at this stage because the skin isn’t that vulnerable to damage and infections anymore!

3rd Stage Of Body Piercing Healing – Maturing

This is when the body piercing gains all the features of a permanent skin. The scar-like tissue is formed into a tube called fistula, and this is when the piercing wound can’t close up anymore. But of course, it depends on the piercing type.

For example, tongue piercings can close up at any stage; some also say that due to the vascular nature of the face the facial piercings can also close up even though they’re fully healed.

But it’s all down to the particular person’s body type and features. So one may walk for years with an eyebrow ring taken out, while another may have it close up after a few months!