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Added April 10, 2014

Belly Piercing

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"I'm an A student," explains Ilysa. "I'm on the soccer team and do volunteer work at the hospital. I don't drink or do drugs. But the minute I told my parents I wanted to get a belly piercing, you'd have thought I was some cheesy girl without ambition. As if that teeny belly piercing would change my soul and personality."

 

"I don't know how long 'til it gets old," adds Rosie, "but I definitely want one. To me, it's the tamest way I can express myself, and let the world know I'm a bit alternative. My friends say a belly piercing hurts about as much as getting an injection. Sometimes it's still sensitive a week after you get it done, and it stays tender for the longest time but I don't care, it's worth it."

 

"My grandma asked who did that to you?" laughs Amy. "You would think after allowing my mother to go braless in the '60s she would cut me some slack. But she sees only that some monster punched out a hole near my navel and she hates it."

 

You think it's a fashion statement. Your mom thinks it's a moral issue. Your friends at school are all getting those sexy Britney Spears potholesbelly button ringsand you can't believe how your parents are carrying on. Like a belly piercing is some kind of rebellious teen-shock thing against them.

 

Yet whether they approve it or not, the practice has become widely acceptable if not respectable. Even a Miss America contestant showed off her belly button ring at this year's pageant.

 

No matter how you feel about a belly piercing, we believe your opinion should be an informed one. First off, remember this is a medical procedure. In general, teens between 15 and 18 need a parent or guardian's permission. What you are actually piercing is the navel, the portion of skin that lies just above or below the belly button. Navel piercing can take 12 months to heal and might be uncomfortable for much of that time since they are prone to infection and easily irritated by waistbands.

 

If you are considering this procedure, please remember:

 

  1. Belly Piercing is done with needles. Check to see that they are sterile and prepackaged. Piercing guns or other machines can't be sterilized and can transmit disease. Make sure the piercer wears latex gloves.
  2. Use only new jewelry made of non-allergenic metal, such as stainless steel, 14K gold, niobium, titanium, or platinum.
  3. If you have diabetes, hemophilia, or are prone to raised scars called keloid scars, you should NOT get a belly piercing.
  4. Afterward, wash with an antibacterial soap twice a day. Don't touch the ring unnecessarily, just turn it three or four times a day.
  5. Wear loose-fitting clothes that don't rub against the belly piercing.
  6. If it looks red or swollen, you might have an infection and need an antibiotic. Check with your doctor.
  7. If you decide that the look is not for you, know that once the jewelry is removed, the belly piercing will close.

 

Do not have this or any other medical procedure done in an environment where you are not 100% comfortable, and it is not 100% clean.

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awesomeness23
awesomeness23
Posted October 12, 2013
I want one too but my mom said no
xoxo_kylee_xoxo
xoxo_kylee_xoxo
Posted September 03, 2013
I want to get one but it's very sensitive!
5W4GIRL101
5W4GIRL101
Posted February 25, 2013
I have type 1 diabetes my parents said when i am 16 i can get a belly peircing
ImmaWIItard01
ImmaWIItard01
Posted February 25, 2013
I think belly piercings are cute and I would like to have one but I don't think I would like to go through that much trouble.
purple2477
purple2477
Posted July 24, 2013
I want to get one when I'm 16 but I'm not sure my older sisters belly piercing was ripped
BrookLynn96
BrookLynn96
Posted July 18, 2013
nickip123 That's because that person wasn't being cautious, their own fault. It's a sensitive area of skin, especially when pierced, so you have to be VERY careful.
lover1225
lover1225
Posted August 01, 2012
I want A Belly Piercing and tattoo but my mother has her relgious belives so that will take alot of convincing!!!! luckkkkkkk <3 <3
Camille<3
Camille<3
Posted August 12, 2012
Idk why some people(very little) actually say that belly piercings are trashy? Like wtf? There's nothing wrong with them. I'm doin my best to convince my mom to let me get one but it will take a while. It's just expressing yourself and looks attractive? #Myopinion c:
nickip123
nickip123
Posted February 17, 2013
I don't think its right to get one because my mom has always told me that it can actually hurt someone really bad getting a bellybutton piercing. I know one person that did it and had to have surgery because it ripped part of the skin and tissue.
rungtha:)
rungtha:)
Posted December 20, 2012
i'm gonna get a belly piercing, and hopefully it'll go with my tattoo
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