Global Navel piercing — the consequences, how much it heals, how navel piercing is done

Navel piercing — the consequences, how much it heals, how navel piercing is done


Pierc­ing in the navel area looks very sexy, so it is not sur­pris­ing that many women and girls are think­ing about this pro­ce­dure. Own­ers of a slen­der fig­ure, a thin waist with a flat stom­ach and rolled abs look espe­cial­ly attrac­tive with this dec­o­ra­tion.

Before you decide to get this part of your body pierced, read all about navel pierc­ing in this arti­cle.

How long does a navel piercing heal after a piercing?  How to care during the healing process?

Is navel piercing harmful?

Doc­tors insist that all types of pierc­ings are muti­la­tions of the body. They are asso­ci­at­ed with prob­lems with heal­ing, a high risk of infec­tion and rejec­tion by the body of a for­eign body, that is, an ear­ring. Areas around the navel are dif­fi­cult to treat, and pierc­ing them is asso­ci­at­ed with the risk of con­t­a­m­i­na­tion and infec­tion.

The main con­traindi­ca­tions are dia­betes and blood clot­ting prob­lems. Regard­ing whether navel pierc­ing is dan­ger­ous in the pres­ence of any chron­ic dis­eases, it is bet­ter to con­sult a doc­tor before the pro­ce­dure.

One of the cas­es when it is bet­ter not to get a navel pierc­ing is for peo­ple who have a lot of fat on their stom­ach. In addi­tion to the aes­thet­ic effect, such a punc­ture heals much longer due to fre­quent rub­bing and touch­ing of the wound with skin folds.

How is navel piercing done?

The pro­ce­dure is per­formed in a pierc­ing stu­dio, not at home. The client lies down on the couch. The mas­ter first treats the select­ed part of the body with a dis­in­fect­ing solu­tion. He then marks the spot where the navel needs to be pierced with a mark­er and then pierces the skin with a ster­ile nee­dle. In the case of the navel, the skin above is usu­al­ly pierced. It is very rare to pierce the bel­ly but­ton itself (when it is con­vex, not con­cave) or the skin on the sides, but it heals much more slow­ly and is sub­ject to a greater risk of infec­tion.

After pierc­ing the skin, the first ear­ring is placed in the punc­ture site, made of sur­gi­cal steel, tita­ni­um or oth­er mate­ri­als with high bio­com­pat­i­bil­i­ty (not to be removed by the body as for­eign bod­ies) and with­out nick­el (often cause aller­gic reac­tions). Do not wear gold or sil­ver jew­el­ry until the wound is com­plete­ly healed.

To reduce the pain of navel pierc­ing, you need:

  • choose an expe­ri­enced mas­ter and a proven stu­dio;

  • keep calm dur­ing the pro­ce­dure;

  • lis­ten to the instruc­tions of a spe­cial­ist;

  • focus not on the process, but on the result of the pro­ce­dure;

  • ask to use painkillers;

  • try to relax before the pro­ce­dure, take a few deep breaths, lis­ten to your favorite music, calm your pulse, dis­tract your­self by talk­ing.

Beware of possible consequences of incorrect navel piercing!

Not only the nee­dle must be dis­pos­able and ster­ile, but also the entire envi­ron­ment in which this pro­ce­dure is per­formed. That is why you should choose a pierc­ing salon with exten­sive expe­ri­ence.

What should alert:

  • the salon does not have pho­tos of the results of the pro­ce­dures, it has no reviews;

  • a knife pierces the navel — the mas­ter wants to use a gun instead of a nee­dle, explain­ing that it is faster (def­i­nite­ly do not do this!);

  • the spe­cial­ist does not unpack pack­ages of dis­pos­able nee­dles ster­il­ized in a dry-heat instru­ment cab­i­net at the clien­t’s place;

  • to the ques­tion “how to treat a navel wound?” rec­om­mends wash­ing with alco­hol or per­ox­ide (def­i­nite­ly not worth it);

  • does not mark the injec­tion site with a mark­er on the skin (but should).

Does navel piercing hurt in a salon?

It is not easy to answer this ques­tion, because each of us feels pain dif­fer­ent­ly. Peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about pierc­ing and who have under­gone many such pierc­ing pro­ce­dures in dif­fer­ent places of the body say that navel pierc­ing is one of the least painful. This is due to the fact that there are few nerve end­ings in the navel area. Many describe the pro­ce­dure as “light pres­sure with quick pinch­ing.”

Navel pierc­ing is tol­er­at­ed. How much it hurts depends on your indi­vid­ual pain thresh­old. Most peo­ple rate their pain at 4–5 points out of 10. Often, peo­ple say dur­ing the pro­ce­dure that they expect­ed more pain than they actu­al­ly felt dur­ing this manip­u­la­tion. It all depends on the atti­tude.

In the first days of the morn­ing, it may hurt a lit­tle. Swelling and red­ness around the umbil­i­cal ring often go away after a few weeks.

How long does a navel piercing heal?

A sim­ple navel pierc­ing is not a painful pro­ce­dure, but the small blood sup­ply, which makes the pain less painful, also makes heal­ing in the morn­ing much slow­er than in oth­er parts of the body.

This process can take place dif­fer­ent­ly for every­one — it usu­al­ly lasts from 3 to 6 months. It can take up to a year to heal com­plete­ly.

How long the navel heals after a punc­ture depends on sev­er­al fac­tors:

  • how quick­ly all lay­ers of the skin will recov­er, which is at least 2 months. Dur­ing the entire peri­od, the skin in this place will be painful, red and swollen. Plas­ma may ooze from the wound;

  • prop­er care of a wound in the navel area. It is nec­es­sary to wash the punc­tured skin sev­er­al times a day with a saline solu­tion or a spe­cial anti­sep­tic spray for wounds. For this pur­pose, you can use prepa­ra­tions based on alco­hol and hydro­gen per­ox­ide — they con­tribute to irri­ta­tion.

If the tumor does not dis­ap­pear after wash­ing the wound or the appear­ance of the navel begins to both­er you, con­sult a doc­tor.

Navel piercing: care after piercing

If ster­ile hygiene is not observed dur­ing the pro­ce­dure and dur­ing the wound heal­ing peri­od, there is a risk of infec­tion with hepati­tis C and B virus­es, staphy­lo­coc­cus and even HIV.

If you want to go through the heal­ing peri­od of the pierced area quick­ly and com­fort­ably, you should remem­ber sev­er­al impor­tant points:

  • do not touch the punc­tured place with dirty hands, it is bet­ter to stock up on antibac­te­r­i­al soap;

  • try to clean the punc­tured area with appro­pri­ate means, bac­te­ri­ci­dal soap, but do not for­get to wash them well from the wound;

  • use a dis­pos­able nap­kin (an ordi­nary cloth tow­el can car­ry bac­te­ria);

  • Do not wash the wound with alco­hol or hydro­gen per­ox­ide. They dry the skin and slow down heal­ing;

  • for the first 2 weeks, try not to wear clothes that can irri­tate the pierced area or catch on the ear­ring;

  • try to get enough sleep, do not drink alco­hol and cof­fee;

  • take sup­ple­ments with vit­a­min C, B, zinc and iron, which will help in the heal­ing process.

Dur­ing the first few days (up to about 2 weeks), the punc­ture site may be ten­der, swollen, and ten­der to the touch. Addi­tion­al­ly, if you want to speed up the heal­ing peri­od of the punc­ture site, you can use anti­sep­tic oint­ments and gels. If you sus­pect infec­tion, severe red­ness or swelling, you can apply an antibi­ot­ic to the punc­tured area. If symp­toms wors­en, med­ical inter­ven­tion is nec­es­sary.

Can pregnant women pierce the navel?

Doc­tors rec­om­mend expec­tant moth­ers to refrain from pierc­ing or remove the ear­ring when the bel­ly begins to grow.

An ear­ring, espe­cial­ly a mas­sive one, can dam­age the skin of the abdomen and make painful scratch­es. It must be removed before each ultra­sound scan, as well as before cesare­an sec­tion.

The pres­ence of jew­el­ry in the navel area can cause the for­ma­tion of stretch marks.

For pho­to shoots with an open bel­ly dur­ing preg­nan­cy, you can use a fake ear­ring that does not require a pierc­ing.

How to choose an earring for piercing

Know­ing how navel pierc­ing is per­formed, the pros and cons of the pro­ce­dure, you can make a deci­sion. If it is pos­i­tive, then the next step is to select an ear­ring for pierc­ing by type.

  • Banana is the most pop­u­lar type of navel jew­el­ry. This name comes from the shape of the bent bar, sim­i­lar to the shape of a banana. At the ends there are dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments, usu­al­ly spher­i­cal. They are pop­u­lar due to ease of putting on, com­fort of wear­ing and sim­plic­i­ty of design. Dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments in the shape of a ball are some­times dec­o­rat­ed with col­ored rhine­stones. Long ear­rings in the form of a navel with hang­ing ele­ments of var­i­ous shapes (but­ter­fly, flower, etc.) are also very pop­u­lar.

  • Spi­ral rings — spi­ral-shaped acces­sories with one dec­o­ra­tive end with a col­ored stone (usu­al­ly zir­con) in the shape of a tri­an­gle, rec­tan­gle or cir­cle.

  • Ball grip rings. Unlike the flag­ship curved bars, these ear­rings are shaped like a ring with a dec­o­ra­tive lay­er in the cen­ter;

  • Top rings with fig­ured pen­dants attached to the top of the bent bar.

All these prod­ucts are pre­sent­ed in the Sil­vers online store cat­a­log. Place an order with deliv­ery across Ukraine — and you will be con­vinced of their high qual­i­ty of man­u­fac­ture and anti-aller­genic prop­er­ties.


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