My Belly Button Piercing Experience
About a year ago, I made the rash decision to get my belly button pierced. I was originally going to pierce my nipples, but my mom convinced me to pierce my navel first so I’d have an idea of how much pain I could actually tolerate. Today, I’m going to be writing to you all about my whole experience with the piercing up until now. Unfortunately, the tattoo and piercing shop I visited did not allow photography or videography, so I don’t have that to post in here to show exactly what was done and how it was done, but I hope to replicate the experience as much as possible in writing.
The tattoo and piercing parlor I visited is called Olde School Tattoo in Marietta, Georgia. I didn’t look up any reviews for parlors; I literally googled “tattoo parlors near me” and picked this one. I’m very glad I did! The parlor itself is a little hole in the wall and looks a slight bit “sketchy;” but once inside, it’s quite cozy and full of life. They play all types of music there, from classic rock to oriental-inspired tunes, and the atmosphere was, overall, very calming. We were immediately helped by Jeremy, who also happened to be the piercer. I told him I wanted my belly button pierced, and he gave me a rundown of the entire process, checked my ID, allowed me to pick out my jewelry, and asked me to wait as he did two other patrons’ piercings. The wait at the most was fifteen minutes, and before I knew it, I was in the piercing room.
It was decked out in Star Trek merch, which was also calming. The room just wasn’t intimidating, you know? Anyway, the first thing he did was to clean my belly button with an alcohol pad and mark where the piercing would be, and he allowed me to look at its positioning as well to determine if I’d like to move it. After that, he opened a new pack of clampers and a new needle, which was scary because I hate needles, but also reassuring because he opened all new instruments. He also sprayed alcohol on the instruments as well as the jewelry. After sanitizing the equipment, he put on gloves and asked me to lay back down on the “cot” for lack of a better term. He allowed my sister and my mom to come in the room with me, so I grabbed my sister’s hand in anticipation of the pain. My skin was clamped taut with the clampers to make the needle go in smoother I assume. I felt Jeremy position the needle near my belly button, and then he told me to breathe in deep and breathe out. On the breath out, he pushed the needle through, and it was done. The pain was not bad at all, and I have a low pain tolerance. I usually cry at the sight of a needle. On a scale of one to ten, one being the least pain and ten being the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life, I would say this pain was maybe a two and a half out of ten. It barely hurt more than an ear piercing, and what hurt the most was the jewelry being put in – again, not very painful at all. Just a slight pinch.
After the jewelry was inserted, he cleaned around the piercing with a cotton swab and alcohol again. When asked to sit up, I got a little dizzy, partially because I couldn’t believe that I’d actually gone through with getting the piercing! I definitely thought I’d chicken out before the needle hit my stomach, but I’m so glad I didn’t. Jeremy told me I did a great job as far as being cooperative and not crying or screaming or anything; he was honestly the most reassuring piercer and I would one-hundred percent recommend him if you’re in the area and looking to get pierced.
I finished composing myself, went out to the front desk, and paid for my piercing. It was only $55, and I gave a $10 tip since he was so amazing. He gave me a sheet explaining how to take care of my piercing, what to use to wash it, and how long I should wait before changing it. He also gave me a coupon for half off my next piercing or tattoo service, and one for buy one get one free jewelry from the shop.
For at least three days after I got the piercing, it was sore. I avoided tight clothing and high-waisted jeans like the plague to prevent it from rubbing and irritation, and I made my workouts as friendly as possible until the soreness subsided (basically, no abdominal workouts for a week). After the soreness was gone, I was back to my regular workout regimen, but I still tried to avoid tight clothing. I washed the piercing as advised, twice a day with the original Dial soap (the orange soap). I didn’t experience any bleeding or puss initially, while I followed this regimen.
I did all this for about a month and a half before only cleaning the piercing once a day. I experienced some bleeding and puss, but only because I started wearing high-waisted jeans again. I’m also a very clumsy person, so I kept either bumping into doorknobs or corners of tables and causing the piercing to move and even rip a little. This persisted until the end of 2017, and even sometimes I still bump it and a little puss will form. For the most part, the piercing is completely healed.
I didn’t change my piercing until about seven months after I got it. That worked out pretty well for me, as I didn’t have as much irritation or have the piercing reject the new jewelry. My piercing did keloid, but this isn’t something new for me. My first ear piercing on the right ear has a keloid; at one point it was large and painful, but now it has shrunk with no treatment and doesn’t hurt at all. I also have a scar with keloid-like texture on my left arm (a war wound from my softball days) and that doesn’t hurt either. The keloid on my belly button doesn’t really hurt unless the jewelry gets caught and tugs at the piercing, and it’s not noticeable at all since it is on the bottom “exit” hole of the piercing and not the top “entry” hole.
Overall, I love my piercing, and I don’t think I’ll ever take it out. I would possibly get my nipples pierced since my experience with my belly button was so great, but it’s a little expensive and your girl has summer classes to pay for in addition to my regular expenses. And again, if you’re in the area, please stop by Olde School Tattoo! They’re so wonderful and welcoming there, and I would definitely go back for any and all of my body art and modification needs.
Have I convinced you to take the plunge and get that piercing you’ve been wanting? I hope so.
Write you little lovelies later,
XO Ky M.