Here are the mistakes you must avoid for having a safe and successful belly button piercing at home.
Belly button piercing was made popular by Aerosmith’s Crying music video featuring Alicia Silver stone getting navel piercing. Many women get it done at home due to their state laws and lack of good piercing artists.
If you are one of those women, you must be extra cautious about the risk of navel piercing. Given that you are unprofessional, a slight mistake can damage your skin or trigger infection.
And remember that navel piercing is as dangerous as piercing next to the eye.
Here we have listed the common mistakes you must avoid while doing piercing at home:
Not Getting the Tools Ready:
Having a right tool at the hand is crucial to avoid the last minute hassle. For example, after piercing your belly button, you can’t afford to waste time in searching for cotton swab. Therefore, it makes sense to get ready all the piercing tools and equipment at the table.
Using Sewing Needle Instead of Piercing Needle:
Most people use sewing needle or safety for body piercing. It is not right as these needles are not meant for piercing, giving you an inappropriate penetration. On the other hand, a piercing needle has the right point that goes well once it penetrates your skin.
Not doing it hygienically:
Piercing penetrates your skin, exposing it to the foreign elements like dust and bacteria. Therefore, make sure to do it at a neat and clean place. Say, the dirty counter top and dust and dirt around make you prone to the infection.
Not Disinfecting Your Hands:
Your hands have microscopic bacteria which can transfer to the pierced areas either with tools or touching. Therefore, you must wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Use hand rub to avoid even the leas possibility of germs and bacteria.
Not Sterilising the Tools and Equipment:
Make sure to use sterilised tools and equipment, even if they are new. Wipe with them alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Alternatively, you can immerse them in either of these solutions for 10-15 minutes.
Not Cleaning Your Belly Button:
You must clean your clean belly button with cotton ball and alcohol solution to remove the debris. Let the area dry naturally.
Not Using the Numbing Cream:
Belly button is one of the least painful areas for piercing. However, if you have low pain threshold or you are extremely conscious, you must use Dr. Numb numbing cream. The special numbing formula of Dr. Numb will block the nerves carrying the pain signal to the brain by numbing the area, thereby making you feel less pain. Use the numbing cream at least 45 minutes before the process.
Not Following the Aftercare:
Following aftercare is as essential as the precautions during navel piercing. Clean your navel piercing with wet cotton swab to remove the debris accumulated there. You can also use salt water solution to clean your belly button piercing. Besides, you should not remove the jewellery often, at least for 6 months. Always wear loose garments to avoid snuggling of the fabric with the jewellery.
So, these were the mistakes you must avoid to make your navel piercing safe and successful as well. You can take your friends help if you are not confident enough to do it yourself. Frequently check for the infection and swelling. Visit your physician if you notice strange signs and swelling or redness in piercing.