NAVEL-RING PIERCING AFTERCARE
PLACEMENTThere must be a well defined lip to be pierced, usually on
the top, but if there is a lip on the bottom it may be pierced there as well.
Rings are pierced lower down at a different angle to the navel jewels; so if
you really want a navel jewel you're better of getting it pierced with one at
NAVEL JEWELLERYThere is a great variety of rings available for navel
piercing; Surgical Steel rings, 22ct Gold plated Surgical Steel rings, rings
with charms on them and solid 18ct Gold rings. You can also have crystal beads
or Gold plated beads as an extra feature on any of the available rings. And
after the piercing is healed you can hang a charm of the ring or put a waist
chain through it. Navel jewels can also be worn, they are like a bent barbell
with a small ball on top and a larger ball on the bottom which has a gemstone
set in it, the gemstone sits in your navel.
THE HISTORY OF NAVEL PIERCING
Navel piercing is a modern invention and has never been recorded in primitive
cultures; however the navel has long been recognized as an erogenous zone, because
of the difference between men's and women's stomachs. Women's stomachs differ
from men's in that they are more rounded in the lower part, are longer than men's,
have a greater distance between the navel and genitals, and are more deeply recessed
than men's; these features are often exaggerated by artists to make women appear
more feminine in paintings.
The invention of the Bikini in 1953 caused a big stir because the navel was
seen as being sexually provocative because of it's similarity to the female
genitals. The Bikini revolutionized women's lives, along with the liberation
of their clothes their lives in general became more liberated. The process was
completed when Madonna started the craze for showing of the midriff in the 1980's.
The ability to flaunt their sexuality in public gave women more power and confidence
"It is easy to pinpoint the moment when body piercing went mainstream. Christy
Turlinton came out at a London Fashion show, and in the middle of her navel
was a ring! The next day Naomi Campbell showed the world that anything Christy
could do, so could she. A gold ring with a small pearl pierced her navel. And
then at Isaac Mizrahi's show the two came out together, navels bared and beringed:
body piercing as a Super model totem" Suzy Menkes The New York Times September
"I have the most perfect belly button - an inny. When I stick my finger in
my belly button, I feel a nerve in the center of my body shoot up my spine"
Madonna Time Magazine 1985
"I like it, I think it's fun!" Naomi Campbell. "I always thought it was a
pretty feminine thing to do - and you can always take it out" Christy
Shortly after Naomi and Christy had their navels pierced no one was surprised
when Madonna, Cher and Janet Jackson were seen wearing navel rings. Now anybody
can joins the ranks of Celebrities and Super models by having their navel pierced.
THE HEALING PROCESSThe navel is a depressed scar which tends to
collect dirt, and if not dried properly after bathing can become subject to
fungal infections ie. Candida Albicans (Thrush) even if it's not pierced. Once
it's pierced extra care must be taken with cleaning to prevent infections, I
can't stress strongly enough that it must be looked after carefully!
Navels take a long time to heal because the navel is on your waist, which
is like the hinge of your body, it's subject to a lot of movement and you
clothes constantly rub and irritate the piercing. It usually takes 3-4 months
to heal, but it can take up to 12 months for some people to heal. Don't be
alarmed the only difference between a healed and unhealed navel is a very
small amount of redness just around the area where the ring pierces the body,
and it's hardly visible. The healing time depends on a variety of factors:
health, weight, diet, clothes, profession, and most importantly how carefully
you care for it.
If you're worried about having difficulty getting the piercing healed then
you should consider getting pierced with a navel jewel as they get knocked around
less than rings and therefore heal a lot easier. They are more expensive but
I think they look nicer, heal quicker and after it's healed you can change them
yourself, whereas you need a plier to change rings and this is difficult to
do by yourself.
the first 4-5 days your navel will look fine, then you will start to get a
very small amount of redness where the ring pierces the body. You will start
to get crusting around the ring, this is just dead white bloods cells from the
healing process. The piercing will discharge small amounts of milky fluid,
this is not a sign of infection its just the result of you body trying to heal
a wound with a foreign object in it. If the discharge becomes thick and
yellow, or you develop any pain or excessive redness, this is a sign of
possible infection, please return and see me, or see a doctor.
After 6-8 weeks the discharge and crusting should lessen, and there should
only be a small amount of redness around the piercing. The piercing is not
fully healed until all redness disappears, if you stop cleaning it before it
is fully healed you may develop an infection.
There are several options available to keep your navel piercing once you become
pregnant. You can usually keep your original ring in the piercing till about the
sixth month of the pregnancy, at this stage the expansion of the skin means that
you will have to either take the ring out, replace it with a larger one or a piece
of fishing line. Fishing line will keep the piercing open till after the pregnancy
when you may replace the jewelry. If you have removed the jewelry and the hole
has closed up it can be re-opened using a special taper pin, I will do this for
you free of charge.
DO's & DON'Ts TO HEAL YOUR NAVEL PIERCING
- DO remove the bandage after 4-5 hours, there may be some coagulated blood,
don't be alarmed this is normal and will wash of easily. Have a shower after
you remove the bandage, cup your hand under the piercing and soak it with
water for 3-4 minutes, or have a good soak in the bath. If soaking doesn't
remove any congealed blood on the jewelry you must remove it in the shower
using a clean cotton wool bud. Don't use the cleaning solution for the first
- DO use a mild antibacterial soap (containing Triclosan), in the shower
(once a day only!). Cup your hand under the piercing and soak it for 1-2
minutes, then put 1-2 drops (no more!) of the cleaning solution in your
hand, lather it up and apply the lather gently to your navel. Leave the
lather on for 1 minute, then soak the piercing once again and wash
thoroughly to remove all the solution. Leaving the solution on your skin can
- DO dissolve half a teaspoon of sea-salt or table-salt in a quarter of a
cup of boiling water. Let this cool a little, then place in a clean glass
or medicine cup and lie down with it upturned on your navel for 10-15 minutes,
once or twice a day. You can also use Saline solution (available at any chemist).
Rinse with fresh fresh water and dry thoroughly with a clean tissue afterwards.
This process is the best way to promote healing, and the more you do it the
quicker your piercing will heal.
- DO make sure when washing to remove all the crusting, if it's not
cleaned off properly it can concrete around the ring and tear the inside of
the wound when the ring moves, this is painful and can lead to infection.
Secondly, if its not removed bacteria can feed on it and infect the wound.
- DO continue to use the cleaning solution after your free bottle runs out
, we can sell you a replacement bottle for $3 or you can use Sapoderm soap
available at any chemist or supermarket. Neglecting to use anti-bacterial
soap for the full healing period may result in infection.
- DO make sure that you dry your navel thoroughly after cleaning, this should
be done with a paper tissue as towels can harbor bacteria. If you have a very
deep navel, you should clean it every day using a clean cotton wool bud soaked
in warm water, taking extra care to remove any dirt, and dry it properly afterwards.
- DO use Lavender oil as it promotes healing and lubricates the wound reducing
tenderness. Apply a small amount with a cotton-wool bud after cleaning then
move the jewelry gently so it gets into the wound. Remove any excess with
a tissue as leaving it on can cause the skin to become irritated. It may be
purchased at supermarkets (medicine section) or at chemists and must be marked
(BP) or medicinal grade.
- DO Continue to apply a drop or two of lavender oil once a week after the
piercing is healed or the wound can become tight and dry.
- DO use the cleaning solution after going swimming in the ocean or public
- DO make sure that you wash the piercing carefully after exercising or sweating
a lot, as sweat acts like acid and can cause the wound to become aggravated.
- DO give the piercing some sunshine as it helps the body produce Vitamin
D which helps promote healing. It also helps dry the wound and minimize infections.
- DON'T pull your navel up to look at the piercing as this will aggravate
the wound. It's there for other people to see. If you want to see it look in
- DON'T turn the ring in the piercing for the first 3-4 weeks, move it
very gently and only enough to remove the crusting, after that you can turn
it enough for cleaning. Moving the ring constantly aggravates the wound and
- DON'T use Methylated Spirits, or alcohol on the piercing as they are
very astringent and can damage the wound, don't use Hydrogen peroxide or
Betadine because they destroy the cells that form scar tissue, Don't use
creams or ointments as they keep the wound moist and hamper the healing
- DON'T wear tight clothes such as pantyhose, tight jeans or skirts
(during the healing phase) because they can cause the piercing to grow out,
which means that the piece of flesh taken by the piercing gradually
diminishes until the ring finally comes out; after the piercing is healed
you may wear anything you like. Try to avoid synthetic fabrics that don't
let the wound breath, try to wear clothes that give the piercing as much
fresh air as possible.
- DON'T remove the ring during the healing phase because you will lose the
piercing. Don't replace the jewelry with a sleeper because the sharp hinges
can tear the inside of the wound resulting in infection, and it increases
the chance of the piercing growing out. Silver sleepers are especially dangerous,
as the silver oxidizes in the wound which can cause allergic reactions and
"Argyria" a permanent black mark inside the wound.
- DON'T hang chains or charms of your navel ring until the piercing is
fully healed, they can get caught and tear the wound and hamper the healing
- DON'T try to remove the ball from the ring yourself, you need a circlip
plier to do this and if you attempt to do it yourself you will probably damage
the ring or not be able to get the ball back in the ring. If you wish to hang
a charm of the ring, or change the jewelry see me or another piercer to do
it for you.
©Cheyenne Morrison, One Tribe, Australia 98 ©2006-2007
Bruce Kurson, Savage and Heads Tattoos