These navel piercings can be quick to heal, having no issues at all but some can take longer, have a complicated recovery and run the risk of rejection, though the rate is much lower on navel piercings than many others. They tend to be very
individual and cannot be generalised as far as healing, care and
complications are concerned.
In general, navel piercings are seen through the upper rim of the belly button, though the lower rim is also a choice. It is a very popular option because it can be shown when appropriate, but can also be easily covered up. Care is delicate and involves loose fitting clothing, especially in the first stages of restoration. The following are some tips when caring for navel piercings:
Avoid irritation when able; wearing loose fitting clothing is a good way to establish a healing process for navel piercings. The location of the piercing can be tricky when trying to wear jeans, belts or tight pants.
Buy and utilise a sterile saline solution or a mixture of sea-salt for cleaning. Be sure to read all instructions and care guidelines before cleaning the navel piercing. Alcohol should never be used, as it continues to reopen the wound and can actually prolong healing.
When cleaning the area, always wash hands thoroughly with water before beginning. Soak the area in saline or salt water twice a day for 5+ minutes. Always rinse the navel piercing area after cleansing to remove excess solution, skin or bacteria.
Avoid contact with the area if it is not necessary; excessive contact with a navel piercing can contaminate the area with harmful bacteria and cause irritation, making healing more difficult.
There are several different types of jewellery that can be worn in the navel piercing – the most popular are surgical steel, metals or sterling silver. Piercing usually occurs with a curved barbell which should be kept in place until the piercing has healed completely. More and more decorative jewellery is being offered, making choices more elaborate. Most belly button piercings are done with a 14-gauge post, making it easy to find a replacement. For those people that want the style of a navel piercing without the added pain, cost and healing process, clip on rings are now being sold and are very popular.
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