When it comes to body jewelry, the options are almost limitless. From the face to the feet, you can adorn your body with a myriad of options made in an equally varied amount of materials. And best of all, of these matching and mixing options, give you a way to showcase your personality. It shows who you are and what you stand for. And one piercing that always draws attention is the belly button piercing.
With actresses to models flaunting them on magazines and social media, it has become a mainstream affair. And there’s no doubt about it, a flat mid-riff paired with some seductive belly button piercing is a combo that is hard to ignore!
So want to get into it but don’t know where to start? Then this is the right place. If you ever had doubts, questions, or want to know the basic of belly button piercing, then this guide is for you.
What is Belly Button Piercing?
As Wikipedia defines it- A navel piercing (also referred to as a belly button piercing or an umbilical dip piercing) is a type of piercing located in, or around, the navel.
It means that any piercing that is located around the navel area, whether single piercing or double piercing, is called belly button piercing. This piercing, usually, is not performed on the navel but rather the outer area, also known as fistula or the outer rim of the navel.
A needle will be inserted ½ inch above the belly button and then make a surgical hole through the cavity. It is common to use a curved piercing needle and the jewelry used is a bent barbell. Bent barbells are better as they follow the natural shape of the piercing area.
What’s the Pain Like?
Many first-time body jewelry users have this question. How much will it hurt? Well, the answer to that question is tougher than it seems. The pain threshold of every human being is different. You cannot generalize, it’s subjective.
But the general consensus is that it does not hurt much. If the piercer is using a needle with proper technique then the pain will go away in a couple of minutes. And just to let you know, the pain is minor to begin with.
There will be some soreness after the procedure and it will last for some days to a week. If you follow the after-procedure instructions religiously then you should face no problem.
What’s the Healing Time?
Just like any body-piercing, you will have to give some time for complete healing. It can take anywhere from 5-6 weeks of initial external healing. But generally, you should frame a period of 3-6 months to a full year for complete healing.
Healing time depends on many factors – the expertise of the piercer, the after-care, and your own health. Better quality of these three factors the quicker the healing process.
The Jewelry Options
While the most commonly used navel jewelry is the bent barbell design, there are many other options as well.
Non-Dangle Belly Rings
Dangle Belly Rings
Reverse or Top Down Belly Rings
Twister Spiral Belly Rings
Captive Bead Rings / Circular Barbells
No matter what design you go with, you should always look for navel jewelry that is high-quality, pure and sterilized. It is universally recommended to go for 14G navel piercing jewelry of 7/16-inch length.
But How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of the piercing will vary from studio to studio. Many factors will affect the overall pricing. But the typical prices range from $35-$60 for most normal locations. On average, $45-$50 is standard even in bigger cities. The name and fame of the piercer or the studio is also a big factor but usually worth the extra price.