My Navel Piercing
I am a junior in college, and ever since changing my major from Theater to a double major in Film and English before my freshman year, I have wanted to get a body mod. I have two piercings in each ear, both done many many years ago, but since piercings and tattoos aren't easy to hide depending on the roles you get, I never even considered any others until I changed. For the longest time, I wanted a tattoo.
A little more than two weeks ago, my friend came up to visit me at school wanting a tattoo, so we decided to make an adventure of it and I decided to get my navel pierced while we were there. I have wanted my navel pierced ever since I was young, and I figured it would be a good introduction into getting my tattoo. Sure enough though, my friend chickened out, but I didn't!
We chose Westside Tattoos in Baltimore because I have had many friends get great piercings and tattoos from there, and have raved about their service and cleanliness. After my experience, I couldn't agree more!
When we got there, I signed a waiver and they checked my ID and photocopied my driver's license for their files (ALWAYS make sure they check ID) along with making sure my belly button had enough skin. I paid my $40 to David, the piercer, and he led me back into a sterile room.
First David cleaned my entire navel with an alcohol substance and then had me hold my breath while he marked the holes. Then I was told to lie down on a padded table while he removed the jewelry from their packaging. I took careful note that David used gloves and removed the jewelry from sterile packaging, another thing that I was looking for. He cleaned a clamp and brought it to my stomach.
David had me take a deep breath and to let it out as he pushed the needle in. He did it very slowly, and it hurt a little, but after cleaning it a second time I took one look and fell in love with my 14g silver bar. David instructed me to do a sea salt soak twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, and always AFTER a shower and never before. I was also instructed not to use Neosporin, rubbing alcohol, or Hydrogen Peroxide as those will cause the piercing to either take longer to heal or heal wrong. More than two weeks later, I've followed his advice completely and use a sterile disposable bathroom cup and a sea salt grinder every time I clean my piercing. So far there has been very little redness or tenderness, and only a very very slight crust along the top hole. I never touch the piercing other than to move it about after a cleaning to get the salt solution into the hole, and it is looking beautiful. I don't plan on changing the ring until September, 6 months after it was done. While I see some rings I like, there is no way I'm gonna mess this piercing up! The funny part is, this piercing satisfied my hunger for a tattoo! One body mod, and I am totally happy.
Here is how I keep my piercing clean (as told to me by my piercer):
Every morning AFTER my shower (David remarked that any body washes or shampoos will irritate and dry out the piercing) I take a small, disposable bathroom cup (Dixie works well) and grind a small amount of sea salt into the bottom of the cup. I like the pre-set grinder because it comes with a cap and is enclosed in glass, which is much cleaner than pouring it from a box. I use McCormick's sea salt grinder.
I add warm water to the cup and invert it over my navel while I am bent over and then lie down or sit with the cup over the piercing. This creates a vacuum so there is no need to hold on to the cup if you keep still. My piercing is totally surrounded by clean sea salt water.
I soak my piercing for about 10-15 minutes each time, and this reduces the redness and dissolves the crust around the holes.
NEVER pick at the crust, as it is attached to healing scar tissue. This will only make it worse and will keep it from healing.
Afterwards, after washing my hands, I dry the area with a fresh paper towel or tissue (never a towel, as they can hold germs)and then move the ring up and down to clean the insides (I usually never touch the bar directly and shield my hands with the paper towel as I move it).
Then I'm done!
I would recommend Little Vinnies Tattoos or Westside Tattoos to anybody. They do wonderful work and are VERY CLEAN, and I am so happy with my navel piercing. If I feel the need to get any more mods in the future, I am absolutely choosing Westside Tattoos.
I hope this helps others with their piercing experiences! Number one thing to remember is CLEANLINESS. Keep it clean and follow your piercers instructions, and you will be fine. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Happy piercing!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 11 April 2007
in Navel Piercing