Belly Button Piercing

Belly button piercing has become one of the most trendy directions in the body art. It is less traumatic than the rest of the perforations on the body and face – like nose, lips, breast and genitals perforations. Navel piercing came into fashion due to atop model Christy Turlington, who for the first time ever appeared on the podium with the pierced navel during one of the Fashion Weeks in London in the late eighties. The example of Christie turned out to be catchy and was followed by Naomi Campbell, who wanted to keep up with her rival and came onto the podium with a similar adornment in her navel the next day.

Belly Button piercing jewelry

Belly button piercing jewelry is usually made of such materials as surgical steel, titanium, silver and bioplastics. It can be made indifferent shapes like rings, micro barbells and so on. It is strongly recommended to wear a barbell right after a fresh perforation, which accelerates the healing process. With a barbell it goes much faster than with a belly button ring. And then you can insert into the pierced hole any other jewelry including belly button rings.

In the most cases for the navel piercing a special type of barbells is applied – the banana barbell, called so for its curved shape. There are also some other varieties of jewelry for the belly button piercing such as simple curved barbells, rings with ball-shaped locks, barbells with pendants and many others.

Experts do not recommend to use jewelry made of surgical steel right after perforation. Statistics shows that only fifteen percent of the perforations with these adornments heal without problems. The ideal option of jewelry for belly button piercing in the fresh perforations is jewelry made of gold and silver, but it is certainly much more expensive than the affordable models made of bioplastics and surgical steel. You may also purchase several various adornments made of different materials and change them to match your clothes or the way you feel at the moment. It is as easy as changing your earrings.

Belly Button piercing: types and aspects of treatment.

There are two basic types of belly button piercing – standard and multiple. In the standard type there is only one perforation of the navel, which is done strictly vertical. The pin is inserted into the hole so that to keep the upper ball slightly raised above the skin for about half a millimeter. Otherwise, the adornment will put pressure on the belly button and may cause a feeling of discomfort.

The multiple belly button piercing consists of a number of perforations. They shouldn’t in any case be done simultaneously because the wounds healing may interfere with each other. Besides that, running to such extremes is fraught with all kinds of complications.

Healing of the perforations for the belly button piercing may last very long, because the waist is one of the most flexible parts of the body. Constant movement of the waist can injure fresh perforations. In addition, the navel is a place, where the body dirt amasses, which may cause a variety of infections.

Until the wounds heal, they should be daily washed with antibacterial soap, which contains triclosan. You don’t have to pull your adornments out of the navel during this procedure. It is enough to move them up and down to let the solution penetrate into the wound. Afterwards the perforations are rinsed with clean water the same way. Rinsing the navel with salt water accelerates the healing process as well. The appropriate solution is prepared by dissolving of one teaspoon of salt in a quarter glass of warm boiled water. Lavender oil may also be used for this purpose.

Dangers of Tongue Piercing

Tongue piercing is a form of body piercing that is generally done directly through the midpoint of the tongue. Today, it is probably the most admired form of body piercing in the western world immediately after nostril and ear piercing. Many teenagers and youngsters are, nowadays, very much fond of tongue piercing and this trend of fashion has grown up vastly especially over the last several years. But, whatever the trend may be, people should think properly before having their tongue pierced because it is very probably the most dangerous form of body piercing. Tongue piercing may cause several fatal diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, oral cancer, blood poisoning and even HIV. Besides, it may also causes diseases like nerve damage, gun damage, infections, chipped teeth, drooling, taste loss and teeth loss.

Fatal diseases: The fatal diseases that can be caused by tongue piercing are usually as follows-

• If the jewelry that you are using in your tongue is not sterilized one, you may become the victim of serious infections like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or even HIV.

• In some extreme cases, it may causes blood poisoning that ultimately drags one down to death.

• It may also become the reason of oral cancer, which too can lead you to death.

• Neuromas (overgrowth of nerve tissue) can be happened from tongue piercing as well.

• Endocarditis may also be caused from tongue piercing- in this disease, bacteria enters into the bloodstream and badly damages the heart valves.

• Another Dangerous disease is Brain Abscess that can be happened due to tongue piercing- though it occurred rarely, but it is definitely another serious disease.

Besides these fatal diseases, you may also face some other severe issues like – the barbell of your jewelry can become loose and it can go down a wrong way such as it can wrap up in your lungs, it is not necessary to explain how dangerous it could be if it happens. Yet, as the mouth is full of bacteria as well as it includes major blood vessels, deadly infection can be easily spread to the brain, which can also lead you to the ultimate disaster, I.e. death.

Common problems: Following are the briefs about the problems that may commonly be occurred after tongue piercing-

• The most common problems, what are suffered by people after tongue piercing, are generally teeth related. You may be the victim of damaged teeth- you may have your front tooth broken, fractured or cracked. Statistics shows it that almost half of the barbell users, who use it for around four years or more, enjoy at least one chipped tooth. It happens because the jewelry, what is used as an ornament, continuously hits or rubs up your tongue while eating, talking or even sleeping. These jewelries thus decompose the enamel of your teeth which also causes teeth sensitivity.

• Besides, people can suffer gum diseases – the jewelry may have contact with gum tissue, which can cause injury or recession of gum tissue that can ultimately lead to loose teeth or even tooth loss.

• Yet, difficulties in regular oral activities like speaking or swallowing problem can also be happened- you may feel difficulty in swallowing or chewing food while some find it difficult to speak clearly. The reason behind these problems is the excess production of saliva due to the jewelry. Permanent or temporary drooling, changes in taste can also be occurred from excessive saliva production.

• In susceptible people, allergic reaction to the metal of the jewelry can be occurred. It is a kind of hypersensitivity reaction that is called as allergic contact dermatitis.

• Bad breath is another problem that may be happened due to tongue piercing. Bacteria may grow and spread in your mouth because of the jewelry and may endure bad breath as a result of that.

These are the common diseases that an individual commonly experience because of tongue piercing. So, you should be more sincere in making the decision whether to have your tongue pierced or not.

The purpose of this article is not to frighten you, rather it is written to aware you so that you become more careful during tongue piercing. It is not definite that you must be a victim of any disease if you get pierced in your tongue, you can avoid any kind of disease, severe or common, by being careful about the entire process. You need to take several necessary steps both before and after the piercing process in order to prevent any disease that may be occurred due to it.

• First of all, after making the decision that you want to have your tongue pierced anyway, you have to find out the best piercing shop in your city that are reputed for their good service, do not bother about their charges because money is nothing in the issue of your fitness.

• Be certain about the sterilization process- make sure that the performer is skilled as well as they are using fresh tools and obviously the superior items that are accessible in the market- using used apparatus or substandard stuff is probably the main reason that resultant severe infections.

Before the piercing is done, the performer is the person who is responsible for all- you can just be careful about the issue, but it is the performer who does the main job. On the contrary, after the piercing has been done, the ball is on your court- then you have to be very careful to take proper care of it. You have to learn properly about how you can prevent any danger that may occur from the piercing and have to take those steps properly. You should ask the performer or any physician or dentist about the aftercare.

Some common practices that you need to follow after piercing are as follows:

• On the first few days, before the tongue is completely healed, have only liquid foods- this period is hardly ten days. Besides, do not touch your tongue with fingers in this period because your fingers can contain bacteria.

• Rinse with a good mouthwash several times daily as well as brush your teeth along with tongue stub to get rid of plaque.

• Always take the stub away while sleeping or eating in order to avoid damaging gum tissues and teeth enamel.

• Never use substandard jewelry. Only use those that are safe and sterilized like stainless steel or gold.

• Last, but not the least, visit your dentist regularly to be certain that your teeth and tongue remain in the pink.

At the end, I want to stop my pen by saying you that as tongue piercing is a very sensitive issue because of various dangers, learn ins and outs about it and then take your time to have a final decision.

The History of Body Piercing – Interesting Facts

Piercing is an ancient form of body modification. Almost all the cultures have practiced it at some time and nowadays piercing is extremely widespread in Western Europe and America and is rather popular in other countries.

Ancient Egypt is recorded to be the first place where pierced mummified body was found. The ear piercing it has is said to be done more than 5000 years ago. There were large gauge plugs in the ears of this body. Certain types of body piercing in ancient Egypt were restricted and even the royal family followed those rules. The interesting fact about navel piercing is that only Pharaoh had the right to have his navel pierced. And any man who got or was going to have his navel pierced would be executed. Egyptians from the higher class had the right to wear earring, displaying in such way their wealth.

Even in the Bible there are some words about the piercing. In Biblical times piercing was a sign of attractiveness and status.

Romans pierced their body not for the sake of beauty but for practical purpose. They had their nipples pierced in order to signify their virility and strength. Pierced navel of men symbolized patient dedication to the Roman Empire and courage and even Julius Caesar had pierced nipples. Gladiators had genital piercing through the head of the penis to prevent serious injury in the combat. They tied the organ back to the testicles with leather stripe that was hold by the ring in the penis.

In the ancient tribes of Maya, Aztecs and American Indians tongue piercing was a part of their religious rituals. They believed the blood-letting ritual of piercing of the tongue bring them closer to their gods. Septum piercing in the Maya and Aztec warrior tribes was done to frighten the enemies. They also wore gold or jade labrets in their lips to show their attractiveness and to enhance sexuality. In the Solomon Island and New Guinea septum piercing was also widespread. They used bone, feather and tusks for that purpose. So did women in Central and South America. The holes in their lips were stretched to incredible sizes and that was believed to be very attractive.

During Dark Ages Medieval church restricted piercing and this type of body modification died down. But during the Renaissance piercing was back. It was widespread among the sailors to pierce one of the ears. Firstly, it showed their long-distant adventures and secondly the gold earring was the price for the proper Christian burial of a sailor who died in the shipwreck and was found on the shore. Noble men during Elizabethan era had at least one ear pierced. Pierced nipples with sparkling rings and chains joining both nipples were common with royal women. The upper crust of society in Europe at that time and later pierced their nipples and genitals both for aesthetic purpose and delightful pleasure.

The Victorian age piercing was the time when piercing began to become popular with new strength. Prince Albert piercing is named after the husband of Queen Victoria Prince Albert who had his penis pierced in order to wear the tight-fitting trousers that was very popular at that time. Later other types of genital piercing became popular both with men and women. At the end of the 19th century almost all women had their nipples pierced. During the first half of the 20th century ear piercing as well other piercings almost died out and piercing regained its popularity in the 1960th when hippies began to wear nose rings. Later the interest in body piercing grew and celebrities, singers and sport stars began to do and to show their piercings. And nowadays all imaginable types of piercing are available.