My navel scalpelling experience.
Two days ago, I bit the bullet and went under the knife. I originally had my navel pierced at 14g and had stretched to 8g before realizing that I hated the placement. After retiring it, I sought out someone to re-do the piercing in a better spot and at my goal size. I kept all options available, from piercing with a needle, to punching, to scalpelling - which was ultimately the choice I went with. To keep things relatively anonymous, I'll stick to using first initials of names only.
I arrived at the studio just as it opened at noon, and I was the only customer there for the length of my procedure and for awhile afterward. I was greeted by S., who asked if I was ready and had me choose my jewelry (a 4g Glasswear Studios piece). It was nice and quiet in the lobby, and I sat and relaxed on the most comfortable couch ever while I waited for my jewelry to be autoclaved. I looked through a bunch of portfolios, made small talk with members of the staff, and drooled over much of the beautiful jewelry in the display case. Everyone was super friendly and didn't make me feel like I was bothering them by talking so much.. I tend to run on when I'm nervous/excited, but thankfully, they didn't seem to mind.
After what felt like hours due to how badly I was psyching myself out (but was really only 20-some minutes), my jewelry was sterile and S. had his tray set up. He called me into his piercing room and asked me to lift my top so he could clean and mark the area.
S. cleaned my belly and marked me, and asked me to check his placement. It looked great to me - It was much deeper than my old, retired piercing was. I was instructed to lay on the table and take a couple deep breaths. It was then that I began to get really anxious, and I asked S. if someone from the studio could come hold my hand, as I was alone that day. He said of course, and called the other piercer, B., in to fill the position. The clamps were applied, which was uncomfortable. I talked to B. for a minute before S. told me to take a deep breath in, and then exhale slowly. It was then that he made the cut. I'm not going to lie - it hurt. I cried out a little and said, "Oh, holy damn. OW!" Just seconds later, S. was putting the o-ring on my jewelry and cleaning up the wound. The worst was over. I had my eyes closed the entire time, but now I regret not asking someone to take a video of the procedure.
A few minutes later, I stood up and looked in the mirror. What I saw made me SO happy - a perfectly placed 4g navel piercing. It was bleeding quite a bit, but I couldn't keep the smile off of my face. S. asked me, "Do you love it?" and I replied, "I love it more than I love a lot of things right now." I got bandaged up with a pad of gauze and a sheet of Tegaderm, we talked about aftercare, and that was that. The entire procedure lasted just 15 minutes, from cleaning the site to bandaging it afterward. S.'s skill and speed was insane.
I started to feel dizzy, so B. led me back to that super comfortable couch and brought me some water and a candy-thing for me to chew on. I sat and recuperated for awhile, and S. and B. checked on me often, making sure I was okay. They even offered to order me a sandwich from Jimmy John's, but I declined. The offer in itself was nice, though, and I really appreciate how well they took care of me. I really was impressed with the professionalism and "bedside" manner of the studio's artists.
I left after about an hour, paid (a very reasonable amount, in my opinion), tipped $20 since I was so in love with the work that was done, and went home. I was sore for that day, but the tenderness subsided quickly. When I woke up the next morning, I removed the bandaging and found a mess of dried blood. I gently rinsed it off, and it looked perfect. No redness, swelling, nothing.
Today is day 2 of healing, and I woke up to just a tiny bit of dried blood this morning. I have a feeling that this piercing will heal quickly and uneventfully, and I couldn't have been happier with my experience.
Feel free to message me if you'd like more details! I love sharing my experiences with others who can appreciate them as much as I do. Thanks for reading!
submitted by: lovenotwar
on: 24 Nov. 2011
in Large Gauge Navel Piercings