Belly button or naval piercings are in fact the second most common body piercing after the ears. It’s more popularly seen on women than men but however it’s not exclusive to women. The healing process after piercing isn’t that bad, quite similar to ear piercings with a few rejection risks. The healing process can be completed easily as long as there is no rejection by the body and as long as you follow the correct aftercare procedures as listed below.

During the healing period of the belly button piercing, you should make sure that none of your clothing or any other thing should make any contact with the piercing whatsoever. Any contact with the piecing may lead to irritation, which is not good at all. I highly recommend you wearing loosely fitting wear such as cotton and avoiding touching your piercing unless it’s for cleaning. In addition to that, bending may also cause complications so I advise you to minimise bending as the need to bend cannot be eliminated completely. The use of any hand sanitizers, peroxides or even ointments on the belly button piercing should be avoided completely as these too can cause irritations to the piercing. Under no circumstances are you supposed to change your belly button unless you are completely sure that you are healed. Having your belly button piercing submerged in water bodies such as hot tubs or the sea could cause an infection.

After the piercing, it is highly recommended that you clean your belly button piercing thrice a day for as long as a month. By following the steps shown below, you would save a whole lot of trouble so please take note of this.
•    Wash your hands so that any foreign germs are prevented from entering the wound.
•    Fill an unused paper cup (1 cup can be used per day) with saline solution.
•    Lie down on a flat surface and turn your filled paper cup upside down to cover your belly button along with your new piercing.
•    However the cleansing process is not complete. The next step is using a cotton swab dipped in saline solution and swab through it in a gentle motion. This will help remove any extra dried fluids deposited on the piercing.

As long as you follow these instructions you are indeed golden but however if any complication arises, you could always contact your piercer. Good luck with your piercing.
 


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