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bye bye my shiny sweeties

A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to get my navel pierced. Since a lot of people have one, I decided to get two: next to each other on the top of the navel.

I decided to try out a nice shop in the town where I live. I couldn't find a lot of information on the web, so i decided to check it out. It looked nice and clean with a lot of jewellery. I asked the guy some questions and felt confident enough to have it done the very same day. I had to wait a bit for my turn, I was very very nervous!

He cleaned up my belly and marked the spot where the piercing should be. I thought it looked okay, thinking he was the expert and is supposed to know where to place them best. When the first needle went through, it was quite painful. I kept thinking: "ooooh it hurts...it hurts..it hurts!" but it was over before I knew it! I asked him if the first bar was going in and he was already finished!

I immediately noticed that the bars were not really placed at the same angle, but he said it only seemed like that, that it was because of the angle I was looking from. Still a bit dizzy and adrenaline rushing through my veins I drove home on my bike. But once I looked at it on the mirror, it was clearly visible that they were not at the same angle and one bar was placed higher than the other. I was so disappointed that I could cry! And I did..

The next day I went back and the guy agreed that they were a bit askew. Me being a bit of a sissy wanted to say: "Are you blind!! Look at them!" But of course I didn't. He touched them without putting on gloves and started moving them..not hygienic at all! I was baffled and left the store. I really did not ever want to go back there again.

I decided to keep them anyway, even if the guy I am seeing said a few times: "yeah..the're not straight at all!" I cared for them anyway, making salt soaks and cleaning them twice a day. But they never really seemed to heal, they only seemed to get worse. For a few days, I tried washing them only in the shower, since I could have been cleaning too much. But no..the bars were quite short, so that the balls kept pushing in the crusts. Thank God I didn't swell too much, otherwise I would have been in even more trouble.

After a few weeks, I went to another piercer to ask his opinion. He said that the placement was too shallow and that my navel was not really suited to have a piercing anyway. They were basically surface piercings and the bars were to short to make them heal properly. He offered to change the bars to longer once, but he said he rather wouldn't, they would probably reject. And he was really disapproving of the fact that my previous piercer had touched my day-old piercing without gloves and without even washing his hands.

So, after some thought, I decided to take my piercings out. I was really nervous, thinking that the screw-part of the bar would damage the inside. I soaked for 10 minutes and then pulled the first one out..and no pain at all! The second one didn't hurt either. It turned out that there was a lot of puss and nasty stuff still inside. The bars were too short to let my body push it out, rather disgusting!

Now I have 4 red scars on my stomach, but they will hopefully fade. I really miss my piercings, I was so happy and they looked really pretty. But they were doomed to fail almost from the beginning. The piercer should have told me that my navel was not really suitable for what I wanted. Maybe he did it because he wanted to earn the cash.

What I've learned from this experience is that I should spent more time on investigating the shop I want to go to. And when I am not happy with the placement I will say so immediately and be more persistent that they re-pierce it. Now I will save money for my next piercing, maybe a VCH

So make sure to put some effort in researching the shop you want to go to and don't be afraid to speak up if you are not sure about something. I would strongly advice people not to go to the shop I went to. Okay, not every piercing can be perfect, but there were just too many things wrong here. And the hygiene of the place is questionable, which I think I really important. Maybe he just uses a little bit too much of the stuff they sell in the coffee shop next door.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 05 Aug. 2007
in Navel Piercing

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