March 28, 2023

The navel piercing is in trend especially among the younger ones: it is sexy and highlights a sensual part of the body. But let’s see how this piercing is done, how to take care of it and what are the risks.The navel piercing  ( belly button piercing ) is much loved by women, especially by many girls  who can show off a flat and toned stomach. The piercing helps to highlight even more that part of the body that made Raffaella Carrà famous in the seventies and which is still considered a symbol of sensuality. Before doing a navel piercing, however, it is important to know the risks it entails, especially if it is not carried out by professional piercers and in studios where hygiene rules are not met accurately, moreover it is essential to take care of ward off any infections. So let’s see how to make a piercing safely and what are the possible risks and consequences.

How is a navel piercing done?

Before seeing how a navel piercing is performed, there is an important premise to do: it is essential to contact a professional piercer who works in a hygienic environment and who uses sterilized gloves and instruments , if we want to avoid the risk of infections or of contracting diseases such as hepatitis B and C and HIV. In these cases it is better not to rely on friends and acquaintances but above all to evaluate the place where it will be performed, these centers should all have an ASL certification, and the person who will have to carry it out. Once you have chosen the professional here is how he will perform the navel piercing. It is technically a small hole that the piercer makes on the part of the skin that protrudes above the navel using a needle. That’s how:

first the piercer will sterilize the area by marking it with a marker to mark the point where the piercing will be performed;

he will use a pair of pliers with two rings at the end with which he will block the part of skin just above the navel;

with a 14 mm hollow needle he will make the hole through which the piercing will be inserted;

eventually the needle will slide out and stop the piercing by screwing the titanium ball.

It is important to underline that the navel piercing is carried out only with the needle , so be wary if you are offered to carry it out with the gun that is used to pierce the earlobes. Also, never think of doing a home piecing alone: ​​it is very dangerous because you risk nasty infections with the probability of creating permanent damage.

How much does a navel piercing cost and what are the most used jewels

The price to practice navel piercing can vary from 60 to 100 euros, with the recommendation to always rely on a professional piercer, also being wary of too low prices.

The piercer usually uses the titanium sphere, but there are two other jewels widely used: the ring and the banana that vary in size from 1.2 to 1.6 mm in width up to a maximum of 11 mm in length.

Does navel piercing hurt?

The pain that you feel during the puncture is subjective and depends on the pain threshold of each one but it usually resembles a pinch and lasts a few seconds, moreover the pain tends to disappear as soon as the hypoallergenic jewel is inserted. In some cases the pain occurs in the healing phase, a very important moment in which it is better to use soft clothing and avoid sleeping on your stomach to avoid chafing.

Women who have navel piercings during pregnancy can also feel a little discomfort, as the stretched skin of the belly could create problems: in these cases it is good to find a solution by asking for suitable types of piercings.


What are the risks of navel piercing?

Piercing can always present risks because it is still an invasive practice. The navel area is particularly delicate: adverse reactions can mainly be inflammation and irritation that cause itching, rejection, up to granuloma (small fleshy outgrowth), or fibroid, a small benign tumor that grows under the piercing.

The navel piercing can also be prone to infections , especially if we do not take care of it in the weeks following the piercing. We must also pay attention to any tear injuries : it is easy for the piercing to get caught in clothes.

Another factor to consider is a possible allergy to the piercing material, especially if after the healing phase we replace the piercing with one made of nickel or other non-hypoallergenic material. Remember, however, to wait at least three months before changing the piercing. Also, if you like the jewel that the piercer put on you, you can keep it without problems.

How to recognize a navel piercing infection?

The area around the piercing will be swollen, red and painful, and pus or blood may form. In these cases it is better to remove the piercing and not apply antibiotic creams or disinfectants but go immediately to the doctor who will give you the right treatment. In case of granuloma or tumor, a small operation will be performed which will leave a small scar.

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