Since time immemorial, body piercing has been practiced by many cultures. Of all kinds of body piercing, ear piercing is the most popular, has cultural significance and certain health benefits as well. Navel piercing, on the the other hand, does not seem to be as common throughout history as ear or nose piercing. But that doesn't mean that belly piercing is only a recent craze. Certainly, it has been has been made popular by Hollywood stars and fashion supermodels.like Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington in recent times but records of belly piercing do date back to ancient Egypt, where the royal family had pierced belly buttons and wore gold rings in their navels. Even Jacqueline Kennedy had one. Her belly-button jewelry is still on display today at the Kennedy presidential library.
However, if you are thinking about getting your belly pierced, don't count on a quick and problem free piercing. First and foremost, safety and hygiene should be at the top of the check list before you run out and grab a needle. There are significant risks whenever a needle meets skin: Bleeding, nerve damage in and around the piercing site, or an allergic reaction to the jewelry. There's also a risk of contracting a serious infection like hepatitis C, HIV or tetanus, particularly if the person doing the piercing has not taken necessary sterile precautions. The odds are sort of stacked against you. Moreover there are intrinsic problems with the location of the belly button. Your belly button is located right in the center of your body - now consider this - every time you bed forward, backward, or to the side, your belly button shifts and stretches. With a piercing, your belly button will still do all of these things, but there will be jewelry attached that has to go for the ride. New piercings especially do not like constant motion or bending and stretching; these actions do prolong healing. Friction from clothing with tight-fitting waistbands may also delay the healing process, irritating the skin surrounding the piercing and it is common for belly button piercings to take a year or more to fully heal.
Any piercing you get should be done in hygienic conditions, preferably by a professional. The technician should wash his or her hands, don gloves, and use a sterile needle - not a piercing gun - for the job. (try to observe some work in progress before you sit down for your own.) If the person doing the piercing wants to do it with a piercing gun, just leave the place. You should also do a little preparation about the type/kind of jewelry, that you will want to insert as your first piercing. This will ensure that you're making a considered choice about the new jewelry rather than a spur of the moment decision. Gold jewelry, particularly of 22 carats or more is the safest. If you aren't allergic to silver, you could even try that. Another good choice for a first time piercing is a steel navel ring, particularly if the steel is surgical steel. The steel is treated with a hypo-allergenic alloy to reduce the risk of infection and can look very stylish. At any expense, avoid cheap or flimsy body jewelry and focus on the quality instead of the design. You may also try this 20 Assorted Surgical Steel Belly Button Navel Rings from Amazon. The type of design also counts. A barbell is often recommended to be worn until the piercing has fully healed. Navel barbells/bananabells have more medical advantages as compared to ball closure rings. Barbells don't project to much outwards and the piercing hole is subject to less tearing. Bananabells are also easier to change since no special pliers are required to take the piercing out.
A Barbell A ball closure ring (BCR)
Curb your urge to to touch your new navel piercing at least in the initial days. The more you touch your piercing the more you will irritate it and the more likely you are to transfer harmful bacteria from your hands to your sensitive navel. If at all do have to touch it, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap like Dettol. Wear nonbonding clothing to speed healing and keep infections - and the chance of a nasty snag - at bay. A little pain, discomfort, blood, and discharge is common with new piercings; however, if you're experiencing any or all of those things in excess don't hesitate to call or visit your piercer immediately. If you feel that something is not right it's better to be safe than sorry. If you decide later to stop wearing the jewelry, most holes will close up over time, although there may be a small scar.
After weighing the pros and cons of navel piercing, if you strongly feel that the belly isn't exactly the best place for piercing, but would love to sport belly jewelry, then "fake" or "non-piercing" navel ring is just the thing for you. Anyone without a pierced navel can wear it.These belly rings are supposed to look just like the real thing, be pain free, and stay on with ease.Fake belly button rings typically have an arm that is attached to a spring and has a flat surface on the end that will press into the skin. Wearers will pull the movable arm back and hold the clip open. Then they will place the bottom or stationary arm inside the navel and press it to the back. After that, all they have to do is close the clip and their faux belly ring should look just like the real deal.It's safe, chic and the best part is you can change or remove it at will without any hassles. You can also choose from a wide variety of clip-on earrings and sport a different design/style each time. Here are some places to buy such jewelry online.
(Guest Post by Amy)