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How bad do belly piercings hurt?

Oct 14 , 2021

Tiffany Goldblum

How bad do belly piercings hurt?

First ever piercing?
Getting your first piercing can be a daunting experience. For one, the uncertainty of going for your first piercing can be intimidating, especially considering the unknowns of how much pain you will be dealing with. Nearly everyone has a different pain tolerance, but we will look at the consensus as well as the science behind that goes behind it. But you can relax! Piercings in general are usually very quick and generally feature little discomfort.


All Piercings will cause you at least some level of discomfort

While we all have different pain tolerance, we can set a general idea of what can cause more pain by looking at things like how thick the tissue is, how many nerves are in the general area, as well as how exactly the piercing is applied. Dermal piercings, for example, go into your skin but do not come out the other end. They usually are pushed through a few layers of skin which can cause a great more deal of pain. Regular ear piercings on the other hand can be applied quickly and the tissue of the ear tends to heal pretty quickly as well.

So how bad does getting a naval piercing hurt exactly?

Belly piercings are usually considered to be on the tame side of the pain scale, usually on par with getting your ear lobe pierced. Because the umbilical cord which was removed is now flesh, it is not very dense with nerves. The most you will have to deal with is some soreness and a little throbbing for a few days. The only drawback of getting a belly piercing is that it usually takes one to two months to heal and six months to a year to heal completely. You also want to make sure you find a reputable piercer who knows what they are doing so you aren't left with complications that may cause the healing process to not go as smoothly as expected.



What can I expect when going in for a piercing?

Being nervous about getting a piercing for the first time is something that is to be completely expected and something most, if not all, professional piercing salons anticipate. A reputable piercing shop is almost always going to do its best to make sure you feel comfortable and have all your questions answered before you get the actual piercing done. Sanitation is the key and they will always make sure they use sanitary needles and provide you with clear instructions on how to keep the area clean and free of bacteria throughout the healing process. The actual process of getting the piercing itself is usually a quick one, providing the piercer is experienced and knows what they are doing and will usually last about a couple of minutes to finish.

What is the healing process like?

Because the healing process can take such a long time, you want to make sure you remain vigilant in your after-care. Essentially, you want to ensure that you are keeping the area as bacteria-free as possible to avoid infection during the healing process. This means avoiding things like pools and hot tubs, opting for clean and loose-fit clothing, avoiding direct sunlight, and even wearing protective bandaging when doing physical exercise. You also want to make sure you clean the area often for at least 30 seconds with non-scented soap, soak the area with a sterile saline solution for about 5 to 10 minutes a day, and pat dry with a soft paper product.



Choosing Your Jewelry

A good rule of thumb would be to use metals that are unlikely to irritate the pierced area, as irritation and allergic to certain metals can be common in people with sensitive skin especially. Sticking to metals like surgical stainless steel, solid 14K gold, Tygon plastic, and surgical titanium are your best options when trying to avoid irritating the piercing site. Because naval piercings are typically pierced using a size 12 gauge or a 14 gauge, you should follow it up with jewelry of the same size after healing. Barbells are the go-to for starting jewelry as they are not as likely to get caught on something during the healing process. After the area heals, you are free to use whatever style of belly jewelry you would like as long as it is the correct size and using the correct metals to avoid further irritation.

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