Many people enjoy the style and statement of a belly button ring but may want to know more before getting this navel piercing done. Since a belly button ring piercing can have infections and complications when done incorrectly. Doing proper research on belly rings beforehand is recommended. Use this piercing overview to find out more about belly rings (also referred to as navel piercings) and their sizes, costs, different types & styles, and healing & aftercare tips. If you want to skip all the images then go directly to the belly button rings: sizes, costs and types here.
Belly Ring Piercing Procedure
After finding a piercing shop to perform the navel piercing, make sure that your body and the area is clean. To minimize any pain before the procedure, consider taking an over-the-counter pain reliever shortly before going but always do this in communication with your piercer. Once at the shop, the piercer will normally go over the steps with you before the procedure starts.
Here are the common steps for piercing the belly button:
- The piercing room must appear clean and smell clean. The chair should be clean and have either a disposable or washable covering.
- The piercing professional should wash his or her hands thoroughly before putting on a fresh pair of surgical gloves.
- Your belly button will be prepared by using a surgical scrub to clean and sterilize the area inside and around the navel.
- Anesthetic may or may not be available.
- The piercing expert will grasp the skin and puncture with a surgical needle or puncture tool. Most commonly this will occur from just inside the opening of the navel and be directed towards your head. Mild pain is normal, but this part is relatively quick.
- The needle is replaced by your new belly button piercing.
- The area will be cleaned a final time and you are all set with your brand new belly button piercing.
This is the end of the piercing, although there will usually be instructions on taking care of the area to prevent infection. Find extensive information on belly button aftercare on the bottom of this post.
Does getting a belly button piercing hurt?
During the piercing procedure, there may be a sharp, quick pain. However, after this initial pain, the discomfort is usually minimal. As the skin around the belly button area heals, there may be some discomfort, especially if the ring is pulled, but this is usually mild. However, be wary of experiencing greater amounts of pain in the area. This may mean that there is an infection, so pay attention to signals of your body.
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Although there are many types of belly button rings available, a first-time ring should usually be a simple curved barbell or bead ring rather than the more decorative kinds. Having an initial ring without dangles and gems reduces the risk of having the ring get caught on anything. It’s also recommended to choose a ring that is hypoallergenic, especially if sensitive to nickel or other types of metals.
Belly Button Rings Sizes
Navel jewelry for belly button piercings is measured by gauges. The higher the gauge the smaller the piercing; 14g is the standard size that fits most piercings. To go up to 12g (and wider) you will need to have your piercing stretched.
The length (inches” or millimeters) of navel rings refers to the distance between the balls. It is the length of the shaft in fractional inches rather than the total length of the jewellery. Measure a piece of navel jewellery that currently fits you correctly to find out your size and to assess if other (fractional) sizes will also fit well.
Belly Button Rings Costs
Rates for belly rings vary depending on location and the type of ring. A single piercing in the naval can range from $25-50 and will typically come with a standard titanium or surgical steel ring. Custom rings will cost more and also make sure to include the cost of a tip. For a piercing, a 10-20% tip for the piercer is considered normal. Prices vary from piercing artist to piercing artist. Do a bit of research and find yourself a reputable piercer who offers a good price.
Below a few must known facts about what affects the cost of belly button piercing:
- One of the biggest cost is the material of the navel piercing. Options vary widely and can consist of simple designs up to very complicated works of art.
- Several popular options include silver, gold, titanium and other metal alloys, which influences the overall cost.
Take into consideration the above information, bellybutton piercing cost on average between $40 and $100. The price is never fixed and be sure to negotiate. If you already have your own jewelry the cost should be less, around $30. No matter what you decide, be sure that a reputable and licensed piercing salon does your piercing.
Belly Button Rings Types
There are several different styles for belly rings. However, while decorations can vary from ring to ring, the five most basic styles are standard banana bell, curved barbell, spiral barbell, top mount, and BCR.
For initial piercings, the banana bell piercing looks like an unembellished barbell and is considered standard. Because of their larger bottom shape, they have the general appearance of a banana and are a great choice for anyone who is very physically active as well. The dangle is more decorative and is a great choice when wearing a belly ring for a fashion statement.
The spiral barbell is also more decorative and should be worn for special events or short term wear. They’re designed to fit any belly piercing and provide a fun look. The top mount is ideal for anyone who has the bottom rim of the belly button pierced and they’re designed with dangling charms attached at the top, so they make a unique statement.
Lastly, the BCR is a popular 90s item that’s made a comeback. It’s an actual ring and can get caught on shirts or other accessories easily, but is always an interesting option.
Types of belly button rings often vary because some people need belly rings for sensitive skin types. Some of the more popular belly button rings for sensitive skin include titanium, plastic, acrylic, Bioflex, Bioplast, and PTFE belly button rings. Find more information about different piercing materials here.
Think of your piercing as minor surgery. The healing timeframe varies from person to person, but on average takes several weeks. Some people heal slower than others and healing can take two or three months for some and much longer for others. Follow the belly button ring aftercare instructions below to help speed up the healing process and minimize complications.
- Apply cotton swabs instead of touching the area with your fingers. Cotton towels harbor bacteria and should be avoided. Do not reuse cotton swabs and discard them after every single use.
- Wash with an antibacterial soap to prevent infection. Make sure you wash your hands before you begin to clean the newly pierced area. You can also use a Q-tip soaked in warm water or peroxide to remove any crust that might be around the piercing site.
- Clean with salt water since bacteria hate salt. That a small dash of salt into a cup of warm water. Invert this cup over the belly button and let it soak for about 10 minutes. Then rinse off and dry gently with a paper towel or soft cloth.
- Be aware of infections. Classic signs of infection include redness, increased pain, warm and drainage. If the drainage is yellow, green or has a bad odor it undoubtedly has become infected. If any of this occurs be sure to contact your piercer and get in touch with your doctor. If the drainage is clear or a semi-opaque liquid is likely healing fine. A small amount of the bleeding is not uncommon and should not cause alarm.
- Avoid antibacterial ointments and skin care products since they will clog pores and trap excessive moisture and inhibits healing. Some people are allergic and highly sensitive to the over-the-counter antibacterial ointment components.
- Do not change your belly button jewelry. Resist the temptation to change the jewelry. This may cause the piercing track to close prematurely. Forcing the jewelry back into the piercing track will traumatize the tissue and greatly impair healing or generate excessive scarring.
- Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, and lakes. Avoid exposing your piercing to water with possible bacterias. If you must get wet, be sure to use a waterproof bandage.
- Tight fitting garments will irritate and aggravate the piercing site, further delay healing and increase the chance of infection and a bad cosmetic appearance.
- Resist the temptation to touch or play with the piercing! The only time it should be manipulated is during the cleaning process. Always wash your hands before beginning the cleaning process of your new belly button piercing.
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Belly button rings or navel piercings are a great way to show personal style and flair, but it’s easy to end up with a bad result without paying attention to the piercer, belly rings you buy, and aftercare. Use these tips and warnings to learn more about belly rings and having a great overall experience. A belly button ring is a great beginners piercing for younger (mostly) girls who are just starting to explore the world of piercing and tattoos.