Thinking about getting a navel piercing? Here’s everything you need to know. From costs to risks to the most important care tips.
Even if the hype surrounding navel piercing has decreased in recent years – the navel is still one of the most popular places for a piercing – especially among young people.
Incidentally, the navel piercing is a relic from the 90s. It all began with then top model Christy Turlington and the rebellious Alicia Silverstone, who had a navel piercing pierced in the “Crying” video of the rock group Aerosmith as a sign of her freedom. And then the trend among celebrities was unstoppable.
Not only “bad girls”, but also stars like Jessica Alba, Britney Spears (at that time still very good), Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan or Jeanette Biedermann had navel piercings and emphasized them with crop tops on the red carpet.
Get a navel piercing: yes or no?
The same applies to piercings as to tattoos: Before getting it pierced, you should inform yourself about the risks and think carefully about your decision. Because in many cases the navel piercing no longer grows completely closed. And if it does, a scar remains.
So that you are more confident in your decision, we answer all questions about the navel piercing. From the procedure of the piercing to the cost of a piercing to the right care and aftercare for the freshly pierced skin.
Prick navel piercing: 3 things you need to know
If you want to get a navel piercing, you should know 3 things:
1. Navel piercings only heal slowly. If the abdomen is too tight, too toned or too thin, there is a risk that the wound will not heal as quickly as the freshly pierced one skin is constantly under tension.
2. Navel piercings usually do not pierce the navel itself, but the fold of skin above the navel. However, there are all possible ways to pierce around and through the navel.
3. Due to the many different shapes that a navel can naturally have, an experienced look at the navel and appropriate advice is also essential: In any case, the navel piercing should only be done by a professional piercer.
Belly button piercing: when?
In many countries, young people aged 14 and over can be pierced if their parents are present at the piercing themselves and give their consent. From the age of 16, a navel piercing is possible with the written consent of the parents.
Only when you are 18 years old can you get pierced or tattooed without the consent of your parents.
How much does a navel piercing cost?
The cost of a navel piercing naturally varies depending on the studio. On average, however, you have to expect 50 to 60 euros if you want to have a piercing in your belly button. The price for the navel piercing often already includes the sterile initial piercing and aftercare products, as well as disinfectant spray.
When the wound has healed, you can change the navel piercing as you like. Simple navel piercings are available for less than 10 euros. Elaborate piercings made of silver or gold with precious stones, on the other hand, can cost several hundred euros.
Piercing the belly button: that’s the process
A navel piercing is done while lying down. On the one hand, this has purely practical reasons for the piercer: The stomach is so relaxed and if there are circulatory problems when the navel piercing is pierced, this is far less problematic when lying down.
A large area of the navel is cleared and carefully disinfected, then the places where the navel piercing should enter and exit are marked.
The location of the navel piercing is fixed with special pliers and a needle is inserted through the marked points. Together with the needle, a tube is passed through the resulting hole, through which the plug (the navel piercing) is pulled.
The hose is then removed.
Piercing the navel piercing: does the piercing hurt in the stomach?
Everyone has a different sense of pain. Usually when the navel piercing is stabbed, an anesthetic spray is applied, which means that the pain is hardly felt, or only felt briefly, when piercing.
Belly button piercing: how long does it have to heal?
Every good piercing studio offers detailed care advice and a follow-up examination for a navel piercing.
When it comes to healing, the navel piercing is a special case and requires a little patience: The navel is located in a region of the body that is constantly affected by numerous movements. The belly button is constantly in motion by running, walking and even sitting. As a result, the wound of the navel piercing is permanently exposed to various loads.
The healing time for a navel piercing is accordingly quite long: it takes 3 to 12 months for the wound to heal completely.
Disinfect and care for navel piercing: 7 tips
The piercing is first masked with a sterile plaster during the healing time so that the miracle is not contaminated. These plasters are changed regularly in the first few days and the wound is disinfected again and again.
To support the healing of your navel piercing and to avoid infections and other problems, you should follow these 7 tips when caring for your piercing:
1. Only touch the navel piercing with clean hands . So: wash and / or disinfect your hands beforehand.
2. Avoid tight-fitting clothing to avoid friction.
3. Do not use the sauna or solarium in the first few weeks after the piercing
4. Exercise, especially swimming, should be avoided for the first few weeks as the risk of bacterial infection is too high.
5. The bathtub is also taboo for the time being: In the first few weeks after the treatment, only showering is allowed!
6. Leave the first piercing in the navel until the wound has completely healed. Only then should other jewelry than navel piercing be used.
7. For ring piercings: If you wear a ring as a navel piercing early on, you should make sure that it is not always in the same position during healing – otherwise the navel piercing could grow in at an angle.
How do I know if my navel piercing is infected?
At the beginning, when the piercing is freshly done, it can be difficult to distinguish normal wound healing from inflammation. But the following symptoms are clear signs that the navel piercing is infected:
- Persistent reddening of the skin
- Swelling and hardening of the tissue
- Skin warming around the puncture site
- Formation and leakage of pus or blood
- Pain in the navel
- Fever or circulation problems
You should definitely consult a doctor, especially if the latter symptoms occur.
Does my navel piercing have to be out during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, the mother-to-be should not get a new piercing – be it in the navel or other parts of the body. For the following reasons:
- During pregnancy, the risk of inflammation increases, even with older piercings that have already healed.
- New allergic reactions to the metal can occur during pregnancy.
- The growing belly increases the risk of tearing the insensitive
- The piercing can interfere with the ultrasound.
Our tip: Switch to a fake piercing or a special pregnancy piercing made of plastic during pregnancy: The latter are extremely elastic and adapt to the stretching of the skin and the growing belly.
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