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Navel Piercing, It Didn't Hurt.

Okay so a few months ago I decided that I wanted a new piercing. At first I wanted a facial piercing (my nose, or lip), but I soon realized that a lot of people have facial piercings at my school, and I don't want one that every other person (literally) has, and where I live, facial piercings make it hard to get a job, and with the rules at school changing and new policies being enforced, facial piercings have to be removed at certain times(graduation,JROTC).

So I decided to get my navel pierced. I had been thinking about it for a while. A navel piercing wouldn't prevent me from getting a job because it's under my clothes, and it wouldn't cause any problems at school either.

Occasionally I would change my mind, but every time I went into stores at the beach and in town, I would see all these pretty navel rings and accessories for navel piercings and it made me want to get it done more. I was also worried that it might hurt, so I asked and a few of my friends with navel piercings shared their experiences with me, and they all said it didn't hurt, and that it was money well spent.

After deciding that I really wanted to get it done, I talked to my mom and dad, and they reluctantly agreed to let me have it pierced. My mom said I would eventually regret it later on, but I told her she was crazy. I got on the internet and look at nearby studios and found one in Columbia that looked really clean, so I talked my dad into taking me down on Thursday to have it done. He agreed.

Thursday finally arrived and my dad, my boyfriend, and I drove an hour into Columbia and finally got to the studio. The piercing studio was much smaller than I expected but the people who owned it were very nice.

The lady at the front desk gave my dad and me a few papers to look over and fill out. And once the papers were signed, I was allowed to pick out the jewelry that I wanted. After looking at all the different choices, I chose a purple gemstone, and next thing I knew, I was in the piercing room.

Sarah, the piercer, told me everything that she was going to do, and she walked me through the process. She told me all I needed to do to take care of it and clean it. She then cleaned around my navel and marked where the needle would go through. After approving that it was straight and just like I wanted it, she told me to lie down on the table. She then took a set of tong-like things and grabbed a hold of the top of my navel and put pressure on it. She then told me to take a deep breath, and slowly let it out. As I blew out, I could feel the needle go through the skin. I thought it would hurt, but it felt like an earlobe piercing, kind of weird really. She then attached the bottom part of the purple ring and slid it up inside the needle. Then she pulled the needle out of the top hole, and put screwed the ball on top of the bar. All done! It made me laugh a little because when she was putting on the ball it felt really weird!

Sarah then told me to sit up on the table, take a few breaths (just to make sure I was okay) and then stand up and take a look in the mirror. I loved it!

She told me that it might bleed a little and that there would be a little discoloration and soreness. She also said that the healing period can last anywhere from 9-10 months, and she said that since piercings heal from the outside in, that it may look and feel healed before the 9 months is up, but it's not. She said that even piercings that are several years old can heal up within minutes of having the jewelry removed, and that re-insertion can sometimes be very difficult or even impossible. So I told her that just to be on the safe side, I was gonna leave my jewelry in for 11 months.

That was a week ago, and I'm really satisfied with my new piercing. It was a little sore for a day or two, but it's doing fine now. I'm still doing the cleanings 3 times a day (once in the shower) and it looks just like I wanted it to. Even my mom said it turned out to be pretty and cute. I can't wait until it heals so that I can wear all those pretty navel rings that are so eye-catching!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Sept. 2008
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Sarah
Studio: Immaculate+Piercings
Location: Columbia%2C+SC

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