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My First (Professional) Navel Piercing and My Mistake

I got my first professional navel piercing, sometime after Christmas. To elaborate on the 'first professional' part, I had been one of those stupid little girls in 8th grade who thought it'd be cool to pierce my own bellybutton. Wrong... It leaves scars and tough scar tissue and makes your navel look quite unattractive for awhile so I would never suggest it if you don't know what you are doing and chances are if you are in 8th grade.. You probably don't.

Anyway, that part applies later.

So sometime after Christmas I had all this Christmas money and decided to go get my navel pierced. I had always wanted it professionally done, and I was waiting for the right time to do it (considering I had an ugly scar on my navel for so long from my dumb home experience) My scar was finally gone and my skin was a normal color, but I originally wasn't going to pierce the top of my navel, I was planning on going for the bottom. I was afraid of what was going to happen had I pierced the top of my navel because I had done it before.

The guy who runs the shop I went to is my best friends Dad and I asked his opinion. He told me I had the perfect top for it, though I it looked as though I had tried piercing my belly button before. So I said, sure what the hell, pierce me! So I filled out the forms, paid for my piercing and he asked me if I wanted the barbell or the ring and I chose the barbell.

I went and sat down in the chair in the back room and he cleaned and disinfected my navel, marked it, clamped it and asked if I wanted him to count or to just surprise me. Counting always made me nervous so I said, just surprise me.

I did not feel anything; my navel piercing was completely painless. It was a tiny pinch because he had a rough time getting it through at first (I'm assuming because of the scar tissue) and the part that pinched was when he went through the top of my skin. But to tell the truth, the pinch wasn't uncomfortable or anything.

I got up, looked in the mirror and it looked amazing. It was done perfect; I was very impressed and proud of myself.

He sat me back down, gave me the rules and aftercare sheet and told me to probably not change it for about 4-6 months, to be on the safe side. Well, that's the part where I screwed up, I'm thinking.

2 1/2 months after I got it done I figured, hey it's looking pretty healthy maybe I'll take a chance and change this baby. Well no. I did and it got infected and gross. I quickly changed it back to the bar I got it done with and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. Since then, it's been dry and flaking and scabbing up around the holes and I've been trying to take extra good care of it... and now it's migrated so I'm aggravated, because if anyone else has ever had a piercing migrate its QUITE aggravating. Now, I'm not the thinnest girl around but I'm not fat either but I'm also wondering whether the migration had to do with me having a little extra – but I'm thinking probably not because I know tons of girls who are way bigger then me and never had problems with their navel piercings.

Currently I'm trying to prevent it from migrating any further so I don't have to take it out, because I really don't want to pay to get it done again, but I also REALLY don't want to wait for it to heal and look normal again.

Also, for some reason... It's been extremely red ever since I've had it done, and I'm not quite sure why. Could it be because of my scar from before? I don't know. I think I'm going to have to go back and ask him, because I'm confused and If that's the case, I would probably prefer to just take it out (as much as I REALLY don't want to!)

But as for being satisfied with my initial piercing I definitely was! He did a great job, and I would suggest Timmy to anyone. Just don't be dumb and listen to what the piercer has to say, because you may or may not end up like me and it would probably be easier to just listen and not worry about a yucky looking navel.

Another word of advice – It's generally NOT the piercers fault that your piercing gets infected. If you don't take care of it like you are supposed to, and touch it with your dirty hands and whatever, don't expect it not to get irritated.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 18 March 2007
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