Healthy navel piercing- preparation and aftercare

Body piercing is an ancient type of body modification and nowadays it is very popular to decorate one's body with stylish pieces of jewelry. Multiple types of piercing are available and people find new places on body to pierce; but belly button piercing is still one of the most widespread and accepted in society types of body piercing. If you have decided to pierce your navel- you should need to look at numerous things before you do it.

As any intervention into the functioning of your body and a small "surgery operation", navel piercing is a serious procedure and it's important to find out all details about it beforehand. Getting pierced you may get bacterial infection, allergic reaction and excessive bleeding. And these are only few risks you may face. Piercing in the wrong place can cause the damage of nerves. Contact diseases by blood contamination are also possible. It doesn't mean all these would happen to you. But it's better to take it into consideration and avoid possible health risks.

First of all, consult your doctor and find out whether you have any allergies to gold, silver, titanium and stainless steel. If you have allergy to these materials, you can wear Teflon or nylon piercing jewelry. It also looks great. If not- you will be sure you can enjoy stunning belly button rings and choose any you like.

Then you should find the piercing artist whom you can trust. If some of your friends have already done a successful piercing, you can ask them where they have pierced their bellies. If you don't have friends with such experience, you may visit special piercing forums online. If you find the studio that seems to be good and trusted, you'd better visit it beforehand and find out what tools they use and make sure they use new sterilized needles and piercing tools. If everything is all right, you are ready to pierce your navel.

Of course you won't be able to show your pierced belly few days after procedure. It will hurt and will be red. But with proper after-care you'll look great and will show off you pierced belly rather soon. So, after-care is one of the most important things you should know everything about.

You should keep your new navel piercing clean. Twice a day you should clean it with an antibacterial soap that will help you to get rid of harmful germs and prevent infections. If you require more cleaning, do it. Your piercing should always be clean!

You have a possibility to speed up the healing process- soak the pierced area in a mixture of distilled water and sea salts 3 to 4 times a day for about 5 to 10 minutes. There are special pre-made soaks of that type in any of piercing shops.

Don't touch your piercing accept the moments when it's really necessary. Of course it's difficult to overcome the desire to touch something new on your body but it may cause painful irritation and infection. And if you should touch your piercing wash your hands with antibacterial soap beforehand.

If you feel pain or discomfort- it's common with new piercing. But if you experience the mentioned above things in excess- you should immediately consult your doctor.

Don't use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol! They may help in some situations but usually they are more harmful than helpful.

Don't use medicinal ointment because any piercing needs oxygen to heal and such ointments create a barrier between the skin and the air.

Don't wear tight clothing around new piercing because it's still too sensitive and any irritation may cause infections, rejection of piercing and increase the healing time.

Following all these pieces of advice you are likely to get your navel pierced without any problems and will enjoy a healed healthy pretty pierced belly as soon as it's possible!