What I Learned About Belly Button Piercing Might Surprise You

As someone who has been fascinated by all forms of body art my entire life, I’ve been drawn into the world of body art’s history. I’m fascinated by the cultural and spiritual impact body art can have, and I can honestly say that belly button piercing is something that really intrigues me more than most types of body art.

For starters, I think that this type of piercing looks really cool, and in the right context can be very alluring. Moreover, for the truly artistic individuals out there, a belly button piercing can be the crowning piece necessary to take a body art project to new heights. In short, these piercings rock.

Then again, this type of piercing tends to be seen as more of a novelty and a cosmetic decoration. It can often carry less-than-savory connotations for the person donning the piercing, and the belly button piercing tends to be seen as a high-school and college girl crowd type thing that no self-respecting adult would find admirable to have.

It is this wide spectrum of opinion about a belly button piercing that prompted me to learn a little more about the procedure, and for all of the body art fanaticism that I claim, it turns out that I learned a thing or two.

Here are a few things I learned about belly button piercing that might surprise you, too:

Gauge of Jewelry Is Important – A 14g tends to be the standard width of the piercing jewelry, with occasional piercer using thinner jewelry. The standard tends to be seen as the way to go, especially to help keep issues from developing during the healing process.

Healing Can Take A Long Time – You might be surprised to know that healing can take somewhere between four months to one year, depending on your source.

Your Piercer Needs to be Trusted – It can be tempting to just get a belly button piercing from someone who says they’ve done it, especially if you’re a spur-of-the-moment type of person. Resist this urge, and do some research on piercers in your area.

Pain Can Vary Quite A Bit – Will It Hurt? It depends. Not everyone handles pain the same way, so truth be told, there’s no way to peg an actual answer down. That said, assume you’re going to feel some discernible pain.

Every Belly Button Is Different – Whether you’re talking about an innie or outie, or talking about the way the skin above & below your belly button presents itself, not every piercing is the same. This means that your experience won’t be the same as your BFF, so think a piercing through.

A belly button piercing is a low-key entry into the world of body art and one that, for all of the back and forth about what message about you it conveys, ultimately says what you want it to say. That said, put in the work in finding the best piercer you can with the right credentials, experience, and satisfied clients. And, of course, don’t rush into things.

Belly Button Rings Compliment A Great Summer Body

With summer approaching, now is the best time to get your belly button piercing. It’s best to get your piercing healed up before you head outside in the sun.

With summer right around the corner, the hottest trends to help you sizzle include belly button rings. Whether you are beach bound or just enjoy showing off your midriff, they can be an excellent complement to a great body. You worked hard to look good, so it might be time to get that piercing you’ve been hoping for. You may not be aware of it, but it’s actually a really good idea to get your piercing done well before summer hits. You need give it plenty of time to heal before you expose it to ocean or pool water. Bacteria can get in and create a harmful infection. If you do wait until summer to get the piercing, you may want to sit out for the first few weeks while you wait for things to heal.

Another thing you have to be aware of with belly button rings is how easy they can be to snag on clothing. You should avoid purchasing dangling jewelry as it has the greatest potential to snag when you least expect it. You should start out with a simple stud and work your way up to other belly button rings as your piercing heals and you begin to feel more comfortable. You should also avoid wearing tight clothing while things are still healing. This can also make you sweat, which will irritate your healing wound and could lead to infection.

Signs of an infection include redness, swelling and puss drainage. Sometimes these symptoms can also indicate your body rejecting the piercing. If you experience these symptoms and they appear to be worsening, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. They can usually help you get things cleared up within a few days. If things are getting particularly painful or bad looking, you may need to consider taking out the piercing until you get medical attention.

Are Belly Button Rings Losing Popularity?

The question that often arises in the fashion world is if something is simply a trend, or is it to become a classic? This same question is posed by those interested in a belly piercing and wearing one of the many belly button rings that are in fashion right now. If you check the blogs and the social media outposts such as Facebook and Twitter you can find a lot of discussion about whether or not the belly ring is here to stay.

To answer this question it is probably best to take a step back and look at the roots of body piercing in general to see if it has been able to withstand the test of time. You can read about accounts in the Old Testament that indicate that some women had nose piercings. You can look at pictures coming out of the ancient ruins to see that there were piercings in the nose and the ears. And you can find evidence in Eastern cultures of various piercings related to religions and social status. Even in our Western culture ear piercings have become pretty mainstream.

Although some may still believe that belly button rings are nothing more than a temptation of the flesh; young women of all ages and across many cultural backgrounds are embracing the jewelry that they can wear in their navel. The perceptions of some will never be altered. However, many women choose their belly button rings as a sign of their femininity and confidence – not as a sign of their sexual habits.

Many fashions are designed which compliment the wearing of belly button rings. And, of course, the bikini is here to stay so summer is an ideal time to show off your body jewelry and your tan.

So are belly button rings losing some of their steam? Look in any fashion magazine or watch what the celebrities are doing and it would appear that this trend will continue. With so much body jewelry to choose from women will certainly continue to express themselves and their style with the use of body bling.