Standard Navel--At Last!!!!
I finally got my standard navel piercing done on Nov. 3rd of 2007. I know, this is now considered a piercing that most young women get, but I had endoscopic surgery in 1975, and was convinced that I would never be able to have it because of the amount of scar tissue that was present.
I had my inverse navel done in 1978 (it is still with me), but that is another story.
On Nov.3, which was a Saturday, I told my husband I was going to go to HTC Body Piercing to see if I could possibly have my standard navel done. My husband has no mods of any type, even though he is 10 years my junior. He was okay with it, and wished me luck. I kissed him goodbye, and hopped in the car and drove to HTC.
I have been to HTC many times before for other piercings, and this shop is top notch. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The shop itself is immaculate; you could eat off of the floors.
I met Kat, the piercer, and told her what I wanted. She put on a pair of gloves, and checked my navel, and said she could do it with no problems. I filled out my paperwork,and gave the counter person my CDL to photocopy. I then selected my jewelry-a plain, no frills 316L internal threaded barbell, which was already autoclaved. As I was the first client of the day, Kat told me to follow her into the piercing room.
Kat told me to have a seat on the doctor's exam table, and she washed her hands and put on a new pair of gloves. We made small talk as she opened the sterile packages which contained the needle and my jewelry. She explained what she was going to do and when, and showed me where the sharps container was where she would dispose of the needle when the job was done.
Kat then asked me if I had any questions about the procedure. I didn't, so she asked if I was ready. I said yes. She told me to stand up very straight so she could mark my navel. She cleaned it, then marked it with a toothpick dipped in purple ink. She told me to take a look at the placement. It was a little crooked, so she cleaned it off and re-marked it. I checked again, and it was good to go. Kat then told me to lie down on the table.
I laid down, and pulled my shirt up. Kat washed her hands again, put on new gloves, and cleaned my navel again. She told me that she was going to freehand the piercing, and not use clamps. I told her I didn't have a problem with that; whatever was easiest for her. Kat told me to take a deep breath through my nose, and exhale slowly through my mouth, and that she would pierce on the exhale. I did, and on the exhale, felt a slight pinch as the needle broke the skin, and some slight pressure as it traveled underneath the skin, and out the other side. This lasted only a couple of seconds. Kat asked me if I was doing all right. I smiled and said "I am now, mission accomplished". We both laughed.
Kat corked the needle, put the bar on the other end, and installed the jewelry. She removed the needle, and set it aside. Kat then screwed on the top ball.(This piercing was done bottom to top).
Kat cleaned my navel again, and asked if I still was doing okay. I said I never felt better. She put the needle in the sharps container, and told me to sit up slowly. I did, and she asked if I was okay. I said I was fine. She then told me to go to the mirror and check it out. I did, and it was perfect!! She then went over the aftercare with me. I gave her a hug and a tip, and went to the counter to pay. I got some sea salt and the aftercare sheet and was told to call or stop by if I had any problems or concerns.
I said goodbye to everyone, and returned home. I showed my husband the new addition, and he said it was really nice. I have not had one problem with this piercing, since I am very religious with my aftercare. I do two sea salt soaks daily, never touch with dirty hands, move the jewelry unless I'm cleaning it. I still have the original bar, but went back to HTC for some colored balls in March. They did this for free, but I tipped the piercer.
I totally recommend HTC for anyone in the Phoenix area. They are superb in all aspects. They also have a shop in Tempe, AZ.
I also recommend getting this piercing. If you have the anatomy for it and take care of it, you should be fine. Also, don't do this piercing yourself. It's a job for the pros.
Many happy piercings, everyone!!! God bless!!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 24 April 2008
in Navel Piercing