We live in a fairly clear time in history where what was once thought to be the mark of an outlier and social outcast is now quite common. We’re talking about body art, with a specific concentration on belly button piercing. It used to be that getting a body part pierced meant rocking some cool earrings. Today, the idea of getting a navel pierced is not only not that big of a deal, but it can also serve as a rite of passage.
Certainly, there are some of you who went to the biggest city near your hometown while you were in college, and you all decided to get a piercing or tattoo together. In this way, they would become “sisters” for life and would be the best of friends forever. At least, this was the idea until you had to be part of an audience while watching your roommate or dorm neighbor get her belly button pierced. Some of you were excited while others were horrified. Still, they all made a pact to be “sisters”, right?
One of the things that you may not have been listening to closely while getting your belly button pierced was the aftercare process. The last thing you wanted was for something to go wrong with your new body art, so now you had to stick to the aftercare rules. You did it, and after a while, you had a lot of fun in crop tops and low-rise jeans.
So, if you’re reading this and want to get your own belly button piercing, it’s important that you do so knowing that you’ll need to follow the aftercare procedures exactly as broken down by your piercer.
The procedure may vary slightly from one artist to another, but everyone will agree on these three “musts”:
wash your hands well – It’s the only reason germs spread in this world, and yet it’s one of the easiest things to do. Before you even think about putting your hands near his belly button, wash them with warm, soapy water.
Wear loose clothing that does not come into contact with the piercing – It’s not about being cute or attractive, it’s about making sure you don’t irritate the area. By wearing clothing that stays away from your belly button piercing, you give the area a chance to fully heal.
Get your Dixie cups, sea salt, and purified water ahead of time – Part of the aftercare work you need to do is to keep your new piercing clean. This involves a saline solution in a cup and working with the physics of a vacuum seal. That said, if you know you’re going to get a belly button piercing, start getting your aftercare supplies before you get it pierced.
A belly button piercing can be a stylish and daring way to enter the world of body art. With the right mindset, a trusted piercer, and a willingness to follow a regimented aftercare procedure, your piercing experience will be a great one.