Piercing Problems: Hypergranulations

HypergranulationOne of the most common problems you may have with your piercing is a red bump forming around the piercing. These bumps, called hypergranulations, can form even if you take a good care of your piercing, but are more common with neglected piercings.

One more reason to perform adequate aftercare and to take a good care of your piercings!

Hypergranulations form around the piercings in healing, though it is not unheard of to have one formed around an old piercing, particularly if it’s infected. That being said, most of hypergranulation bumps form around piercings in healing, which is one of the reasons to always take a great care of your new piercing and to observe it closely to notice any problems.

Keep in mind that a piercing is essentially a wound in healing. Hypergranulations form around wounds, and piercings are no different. These growths can form quickly around a piercing in healing, particularly if the piercing is subjected to significant level of moisture. Another common problem that can lead to development of bumps is infection – infected piercings often produce hypergranulations. Finally, keep in mind that trauma and other injuries to your piercing can lead to the development of hypergranulation tissue.

There are two ways in which hypergranulations manifest around a piercing. The first one is a reddish bump at one side of the piercing. It is typically formed on the side, but it can appear almost anywhere around a piercing. Many of those bumps look puffy and like they are filled with fluid.

The other common form is a red, puffy tissue around the piercing. These hypergranulations without a bump are more common around surface piercings, but it’s not a rule.

Hypergranulations always have a raised appearance and tend to be reddish in color. Often times, they resemble keloid scars, but are less extreme and usually much easier to remove. Keep in mind that a hypergranulation is always localized around the piercing and doesn’t spread much in other directions. It is an aesthetic problem but easier to control than keloid scars and it’s also less problematic for the health. That being said, some hypergranulations can get out of control so it’s always important to seek medical attention in the case of hypergranulations. While some cases can be successfully treated at home, sometimes there is nothing you can do. If the hypergranulations persist or if they grow and cause further problems, it is vital to seek medical attention.

As with many other problems with piercings, it is best to treat hypergranulations as soon as they start forming. This gives you the best chance to treat them completely and without much hassle.

How to Treat Hypergranulations

Oftentimes, hypergranulations form as a result of the pressure jewelry makes on the piercing. This is why changing jewelry to a more comfortable piece is typically the first thing to do if you wish to treat and stop hypergranulations. In this case, you may need to change jewelry for a smoother, lighter or longer jewelry piece. It is best to switch to jewelry made of hypo-allergenic material such as titanium or BioPlast.

If this happens during the initial stages of healing, make sure to consult your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to change jewelry by yourself unless the piercing is healed or at least pass the initial stages of healing.

In order to get rid of the hypergranulation tissue, you need to use sea salt solution soaks several times per day. Alternatively, you may use specialized aftercare sprays made for piercings in healing, provided that they are not too harsh. The gentlest way to go is to make your own saline solution. If your piercing is in healing, use the solution you’d apply anyway as part of your cleaning regime. This time, however, make sure to add one or two more saline soaks per day than your usual amount.

Other than saline soaks, it is important to keep your piercing dry. Keep in mind that moisture makes the matters worse, so your piercing should be kept clean and dry.

You should see an improvement within a few days to a week. While he hypergranulation might not disappear completely, it should be smaller and your piercing should show signs of improvement. In case this doesn’t happen even after a week, you should seek advice from your doctor.

Do not wait – hypergranulations can turn into infections or scars, and you want to avoid that at all costs.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Do not mistake hypergranulations for other problems, such as piercing infections, acne or keloid scars. If in doubt, consult your piercer. However, keep in mind that it’s vital to talk to your doctor to get true medical advice and help.
  • Typically, hypergranulations form around navel and nostril piercings, but can develop anywhere. Do not assume that you are risk-free if you get a piercing that is not commonly known for causing hypergranulations.
  • To improve healing, make sure to get plenty of rest. Eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water.
  • Do not disturb your piercing. Make sure it doesn’t get caught on clothes or during your sleep. Never touch your piercing and don’t twist or turn the jewelry.
  • If you cannot treat a hypergranulation or if it gets worse, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
  • One of the best ways to prevent hypergranulations is to perform adequate aftercare for your piercing in healing and to observe your piercing regularly to notice any changes.
  • In some extreme cases, hypergranulations cannot be treated while the jewelry is still in and while the piercing exists. In this case, you will need to retire your piercing. However, if it’s done properly you may be able to get re-pierced when the tissue is rested and healed.

Top 5 Simplest Piercings

First PiercingNewbies often wonder about the best first piercing placements for beginners.

If you don’t have any piercings yet, or if you only have a few, you might wonder what is the best piercing type for newbies.

In other words, what is the best first piercing?

Here is a list of top 5 first piercing suggestions. These piercings are simple, relatively painless and typically risk-free, which makes them great choices for newbies.

  1. Earlobe

Earlobe is a logical first step for most people. A regular earlobe piercing is so socially acceptable that it’s popular even among people who dislike other piercings. In fact, it is considered so mainstream and inoffensive that it’s often not even counted as a “real” piercing.

Despite this reaction from the public, earlobe piercings are real piercings just like any others. Therefore, they should be treated as any other piercing, with the same aftercare instructions and approach to procedure. Meaning: it’s important to get pierced at a real piercing studio and it’s vital to be pierced by a professional using a piercing needle. Never allow to be pierced with a piercing gun or by a someone who is not a professional piercer. Keep in mind: earlobe piercings may be relatively simple and painless but they should be treated like real piercings.

That being said, earlobe piercings make an excellent choice for a first piercing because of several reasons. They are simple and quick, so they do not cause much pain or discomfort. They are also very popular and, as stated above, socially acceptable. It means you can try piercings without much risk. If you are interested in piercings it is recommended to start with earlobes even if this is not your most desired piercing type. An earlobe piercing will help you prepare for the whole experience better than going with a more extreme piercing first.

  1. Nostril

Another light and simple piercing you can get without much trouble. While not all nose piercings are painless and easy, a simple nostril piercing is a good choice for newbies. It is not particularly painful so it makes for a relatively easy experience.

Another advantage to nostril piercings is that they tend to be small and discreet. If you wish to have piercings other than those on your earlobes, starting with something small makes sense. Nostril piercings are easy to hide, which is yet another advantage of this piercing type.

  1. Eyebrow

Eyebrow piercings are very stylish and popular. The best thing is that they are not complicated to perform, which makes them a good choice for those who wish to get piercings but want to start with something simple enough.

One thing to remember about eyebrow piercings is that they are actually surface piercings. In fact, they are the most popular surface piercings in the world. It makes for a simple and relatively painless procedure, but it also means these piercings are not permanent. While not all eyebrow piercings will migrate or reject, this is one risk associate with this piercing type, so it’s important to pay attention to that.

  1. Navel

Navel piercings are among the most popular piercings in the world. They make a perfect candidate for a first body piercing. If you wish a piercing that is not on your ears, navel makes a great place for a simple yet very effective piercing. It is therefore not surprising that many newbies choose this piercing type.

Navel piercings are great because they are typically easy to perform and maintain. Another huge advantage is the number of different jewelry styles you can choose to wear in your belly button piercing. Curved barbells are standard jewelry types for navel piercings, and many of them are very richly ornamented. On the other hand, you may choose a different jewelry style, such as a circular barbell or a Captive Bead Ring.

  1. Other Ear Piercing (not cartilage)

Ears make a good placement for beginner piercings. While earlobe is the obvious choice, some other placements are very popular with newbies. You may opt for a helix piercing or for a more unusual placement such as a rook or a daith piercing.

There are some words of warning, though. If choosing an ear piercing that is not located on the earlobe, make sure you are familiar with the exact type of the piercing you want to get. Keep in mind that ear cartilage piercings may be painful, so proceed with caution. That being said, ear piercings, especially when they are done at smaller gauges, are very popular and a good choice for newbies.

Navel Piercing Types

Navel PiercingNavel piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world. While it’s mostly popular among women there are also many men who like this piercing type and visual effect it can achieve.

While a typical navel piercing is the one done through the upper rim of the navel, it’s important to know that this is just one of the possible placements for this piercing type. In fact, there are many different placements and navel piercing types you can get.

Typical jewelry for most navel piercings is a curved barbell, though there are other jewelry choices that can be used, such as Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Sometimes, the jewelry choice will depend on the navel piercing type you choose to get.

Piercing Types

Here are the most common navel jewelry types:

  • Regular navel. What is considered a “regular navel piercing” is a vertical piercing done through the upper rim of the navel. This is the most common and by far the most popular navel piercing in the world.
  • Inverse navel. This is another vertical placement. The main difference between this piercing and regular navel piercing is that the inverse variant is placed on the lower part of the navel (lower ridge) instead of the upper.
  • Horizontal navel. This is a horizontal variant of the navel piercing. Instead through the ridge of the navel, this placement is done long the ridge, horizontally. Sometimes, it’s possible to pierce different spots horizontally, so you may pierce through the lower ridge of the navel, to achieve the lower horizontal placement.
  • True navel piercing. This is a relatively rare placement and requires specific anatomy. To be able to get this piercing, you need to have an “outie” belly button. In the case of this piercing, instead of navel ridge, the piercing is done on the navel itself.
  • Navel industrial. This is a combination of several navel piercings connected by a single barbell. Typical jewelry is a long straight barbell (industrial barbell). There are many different directions to position a navel industrial. Typically, piercings are done separately and jewelry is added later, once the piercing are healed. However, some piercers choose to connect new piercings with the jewelry straight away.
  • Multiple navel piercings. A navel can be pierced multiple times to create different patterns. Some of these piercings can be connected by a single jewelry piece to create a navel industrial (see above), while others can use individual jewelry pieces. There are many different patterns and placements you can achieve with multiple navel piercings. These piercings always look very stylish and richly ornamented so it’s possible to achieve multiple different looks with these piercings.

Navel Jewelry Sizing

Navel Piercing SizeIn order to be fully satisfied with your navel piercing, it’s important to wear jewelry of the appropriate size. It means you need to ensure proper fitting.

Here are some tips on how to choose navel jewelry of the right size:

Things to Keep in Mind

Typical navel jewelry is 14 gauge. This is the gauge most people are pierced with so jewelry in this size is very common. However, other gauges are also possible so do not assume your belly button piercing is 14 gauge if you are unsure. It’s important to know the exact size you are pierced with to ensure a good fit.

When it comes to length, there are some common sizes. Typical navel jewelry is a curved barbell, so the length discussed here applies to this jewelry type. Most common navel jewelry is a barbell that is 3/8” to 7/16” long. Keep in mind however, that this is a length for healed piercing. Initial navel jewelry has to be a bit longer, to account for swelling.

While curved barbells are often used for navel piercings, you may also use other piercing types, such as Captive Bead Rings. CBRs are a good choice for initial jewelry, though many piercers choose to use curved barbells for initial jewelry. If you decide to get a ring, make sure it’s large enough to account for swelling.

How to Measure Jewelry

In order to find the best fit for your navel piercing, it’s important to know how to measure your jewelry properly. For a curved barbell, it’s vital to determine the length. This will be a straight line between the balls. Do not measure along the curve of the barbell! Simply measure the straight line between the top and bottom ball. Make sure to start measuring under the top ball and go all the way to the top side of the bottom ball.

When deciding on the best length of a curved barbell, make sure to give it some space. You should leave some barbell showing when you wear your navel jewelry. It means you should not get a barbell that is so short to dig into your flesh. Leave a bit of a barbell showing to make the piercing air properly and prevent the jewelry from pulling into the flesh.

On the other hand, you don’t want to get a barbell that is too long. It might end up catching on clothes and hurting you. For the optimal result, leave around ¼” of barbell showing.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips about finding the best belly button jewelry size:

  • You need to be patient. You might need to experiment with a few sizes to find the best fit for you.
  • The length of your navel jewelry will depend a lot on your piercing. If you have a shallow piercing you will need to get a shorter jewelry than a person with a deep piercing. Typically, a good length for a shallow piercing is 5/16”, 3/8” to 7/16” for a standard piercing and around ½” for deep piercings. In some extreme cases, if your piercing is very deep, you might need to get jewelry as large as 9/16”, but this is rare.
  • In case you have a very sharp-angled piercing, you might experiment with jewelry types to find the ones that suit you best. Some jewelry types will make the piercing look straight so you might want to use them. Since this type of a piercing is not a standard one it’s tricky to determine the best size. This is why you should try several different things to find the one that’s best for you.
  • Shallow piercings will go best with smaller, lightweight jewelry pieces. You don’t want to go with anything too big, heavy or ornamented because your piercing might not be able to sustain it.
  • Keep extra care of your new piercing. You need to get a body-friendly initial jewelry that will account for swelling and help your navel piercing heal properly. This jewelry will typically be bigger than the standard jewelry you will wear once your jewelry is fully healed.

Common Problems with Navel Jewelry

Navel PiercingNavel piercings are among the most common piercings in the world. Most people don’t have any problems with their belly button jewelry, but sometimes there is discomfort caused by jewelry or improperly performed procedure.

Keep in mind that in order to enjoy your navel piercing, you need to get a proper fit for your navel jewelry. Most of the time, people who report problems with their belly button piercing actually have issues with inadequate jewelry or improper procedure.

In order to prevent these issues, it’s important to wear only appropriately fitted belly jewelry and ensure that your jewelry suits your piercing perfectly.

Common Problems

Here are some common problems you may face that will make it difficult to find a proper fit for your piercing:

  • Angle and depth of your navel piercing
  • Improperly sized jewelry
  • Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

While there are some other problems you may encounter, these seem to be the most prevalent ones.

Getting a proper fit on a belly button ring has nothing to do with your body size, it has to do with the angle and depth of the actual piercing.

Angle and Depth of Your Piercing

The first problem you might encounter is improperly done procedure. Simply put, you might be pierced in a way that is not fully suitable to your anatomy. Some piercings are done to be very deep or very shallow, which can cause further problems. Sometimes, the angle of the piercing is not right. All these things will make it difficult to find good jewelry.

Another problem may be your anatomy. While most people can get their belly button pierced, the exact position and depth of the piercing will depend on your individual anatomy. You might have such an anatomy that will require a piercing to be done at a unique angle or depth not usual for typical navel piercing. All of this can cause problems when you wish to get your navel jewelry.

Not to mention unique navel piercings. You may wish to have a stylish belly button piercing done at a special angle or many different navel piercings. All these things may make it tricky to find jewelry that suits you best.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Another common problem you may encounter is improperly sized navel jewelry. This is actually a common issue. Even if your belly button piercing is performed in the most optimal way chances are that you will encounter a problem if you use jewelry that is too big or too small for you.

“Size” can mean many different things in this context. For example, it can refer to the gauge of the jewelry. You should always wear jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with, or gauge you currently have (if you have stretched your navel piercing). This is the only way to achieve a good fit.

However, size can mean many other things. It can refer to the length of your curved barbell or a diameter of the Captive Bead Ring or circular barbell. It’s important to ensure that jewelry is of the optimal size so you don’t face any discomfort or other problems. Remember, improperly sized jewelry can lead to numerous problems. It jewelry is too big, it will get caught on clothes. If it’s too small, it will dig into your flesh and hurt you. For these reasons, it’s vital to always ensure a good fit for your navel jewelry.

Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

You should stay away from cheap, badly-made jewelry. This goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning it again. Cheap jewelry is often made of materials that are unsafe for your body so it should be avoided. Not to mention that this type of jewelry is usually poorly made and it can break easily. To avoid any potential problems of this kind, make sure to always use high-quality navel jewelry made of body-friendly materials.

Vertical vs Horizontal Piercings

Vertical and Hortizontal PiercingsMany times you will hear piercings referred to as “horizontal” or “vertical”. While these terms may sound intuitive, it’s not always clear what they mean. The confusion becomes even bigger when you take jewelry into account.

Many jewelry pieces are made for only one style of piercing (vertical or horizontal) and they simply don’t look great in the other type. Even worse, certain jewelry types can’t be used for a style of piercing they are not made for.

In order to avoid confusion and to be able to tell a difference easily, it’s important to understand the difference between vertical and horizontal piercings.

Piercing Direction

Whether a piercing will be considered horizontal or vertical depends on its direction and position on the body. This is true for both the piercing hole (the direction of the needle) and jewelry worn in a specific piercing.

The two most common directions are horizontal and vertical. They are mostly intuitive and easy to understand:

  • Horizontal piercings are done horizontally on the body part that is pierced. The needle goes from left to right. Same goes for jewelry: it is positioned from left to right. Examples: typical nipple piercings, septum piercing, Ampallang.
  • Vertical piercings are done vertically on the body part that is pierced. The needle goes from top to bottom (up and down). Same goes for jewelry: it is positioned from up to down. Examples: typical navel piercing, vertical clitoral hood piercing, Apadravya.

Keep in mind that these directions are not the only ones possible. It’s possible, though rarer, to make a piercing under an angle. This type of diagonal piercings produce a unique look. They are mostly done on ears or navel. For example, diagonal Industrial Piercing may be taken as one of these, though keep in mind that it is, strictly speaking, two piercings in one. Each of the individual piercings that make an Industrial Piercing will typically be ordinary horizontal or vertical piercings, only done at an angle that when combined together, creates a diagonal look.

Another example of a diagonal piercing is eyebrow piercing. While it’s typically considered a horizontal piercing (unless it’s clearly vertical), it’s important to note that eyebrow piercings are often done at a slight angle.

Inside and Out

This divide into horizontal and vertical piercings may seem neat when it comes to piercings where both holes are outside the body. But what about those where only one of the holes is visible on the outside?

For example, many lip piercings, nose piercings and other facial piercings are of this kind. One side of the hole (and jewelry) lies outside of the body while the other one is on the inside. In the case of lip piercings, one hole is on the outside of the lip while the other one is inside the mouth. In the case of a nostril piercing, one hole is outside on the nostril while the one is on the inside.

This sort of placement is characteristic for these types of piercings. So, are these considered vertical or horizontal? There is no universal way to answer this question, especially since it’s often not mentioned how directions are called in the case of these piercings. However, conventional wisdom and piercing practice often treat this piercing types as horizontal piercings.

Yes, they go from inside to the outside rather than left-right, but they can be considered horizontal when it comes to practical aspects. Most importantly, they are defined as “non-vertical”. This is important, because most of these lip and nose piercings have their vertical variant, which is a special type of piercing. With a vertical variant, the hole goes from top to bottom and both ends of the piercing (and both decorative balls) are seen outside of the body.

For example, a typical labret piercing will have the ball outside of the lip but the other end of the jewelry will be inside the mouth. Vertical labret, on the other hand, typically uses barbells and both ends of the barbell (with balls) are seen. This is because, unlike typical labret piercing, a vertical labret will have both holes on the outside of the lip.

Horizontal and Vertical Jewelry

What does it mean for jewelry? While many jewelry pieces can be worn in both vertical and horizontal piercings, some pieces are made for only one type. Furthermore, some pieces are made for piercings that go from inside out (like typical lip piercings or nostril piercings). All these differences often mean a specialized jewelry has to be worn.

Also, some jewelry types are made in two variants, horizontal and vertical. It usually depends on the decoration. Sometimes, the placement of the decorative bead or a gem, dangles or charms will depend on the horizontal or vertical orientation. In these cases it’s important to remember the direction of the piercing and to request either horizontal or vertical variant of the jewelry you wish to buy.

Inverse Navel Piercing

Inverse Navel Piercing For those who enjoy navel piercings but would like to have something more unique, an inverse navel piercing may be the best solution. Navel piercings are beautiful, classy and made to draw attention to your belly. An inverse navel piercing is no different.

The best thing about this piercing is that it can fit any style and outfit. There are many different jewelry options you can use for an inverse navel piercing, from simple rings to richly ornamented curved barbells, so you don’t have to worry about your jewelry options being limited.

An inverse navel piercing is a great way to try something new while still getting a stylish, popular piercing type. Inverse belly button piercing is just that – a navel piercing with a twist!

Inverse Navel Piercing Style

An inverse navel piercing is very easy to perform. In many ways, it is similar to a regular belly button piercing. The only difference is the part of the belly button skin that is pierced. With a regular navel piercing, the pierced part is the upper ridge of the navel (skin above the belly button).

With an inverse navel piercing, the piercing goes through the lower ridge of the belly button. It is a small difference, but it allows for some very unique styles and produces a different look than a regular navel piercing.

Not to mention that an inverse navel piercing can easily be combined with a regular belly button piercing. This way, you can use two jewelry pieces, one to go through the hole on top of the belly button and the other to go through the hole on the bottom. Also, another interesting way to combine jewelry is to have an elaborate jewelry piece that goes through both holes at the same time. The possibilities are endless and the only limit is your imagination.

Suitable Jewelry

An inverse navel piercing is very similar to regular belly button piercing, so all the jewelry types suitable for a typical navel piercing can be used here. The difference doesn’t come so much from different jewelry types but form a different placement.

Since the inverse navel piercing has a hole through the bottom edge of the piercing, the jewelry is made to sit under the belly button. With a regular navel piercing, the jewelry sits either above the navel or falls from the top and covers the belly button itself.

Great jewelry pieces for an inverse navel piercing include curved barbells, rings (such as Captive Bead Rings) and circular barbells. There are many jewelry types and designs to choose from, so you won’t have any problem finding suitable jewelry for your inverse navel piercing.

Since most jewelry made for navel piercings is manufactured for the regular (upper rim) navel piercing, it may not completely right when worn on the underside of the belly button. While most jewelry pieces are made to be universal enough and would fit almost any piercing type, some elaborate or richly decorated pieces may work better on the regular navel piercing. In case you like a particular jewelry type and would like to have it in the inverse navel piercing, perhaps you can ask the store to reverse gems (top and bottom) so the jewelry would sit better in the inverse navel piercing. Keep in mind that there are many different gem placements and in some cases you might be able to ask for a different placement.

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry store offers many different jewelry types that would fit both regular and inverse navel piercings. If you want to change a gem placement, you can contact us and ask about different gem placement for your navel pierce.

Additional Tips

  • ·         An inverse navel piercing works best for people who have a prominent “lip” on the underside of the belly button. It means you have to have enough skin on the underside of the navel to get pierced successfully. Typically, it means you should be able to pinch the skin under the belly button.
  • ·         If you are unsure whether you can get an inverse navel piercing or not, consult your piercer. Experienced piercers should be able to tell you straight away is you are a good candidate for this type of piercing. Many people can get an inverse navel piercing, so chances are that you will be fine. However, it’s best to ask beforehand, just to make sure.
  • ·         An inverse navel piercing is a bit more sensitive, not in terms of pain but because it’s more likely to get snagged on the clothes. It is usually not a bit issue, but you need to be careful during the healing period.
  • ·         Since inverse navel piercing is almost like a surface piercing, you need to take a good care of it during the healing period. It may take months (around 4-5 months) for it to heal fully. You should also pay attention and note any potential signs of infection, migration or rejection.

Navel Piercing Jewelry Styles

14k Gold Triple Bezel Round Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Bezel Round Curved Barbell

Navel piercing is one of the most popular piercings. In fact, it is probably the most common piercing type after earlobe piercing. Since navel piercings are so popular it’s not surprising that there are many different jewelry types specially made for this kind of piercing.

Here is the list of the most popular navel piercing jewelry styles:

Curved Barbells

Curved barbells are probably the most popular jewelry styles for navel piercings and they also tend to be among the most beautiful ones. The post of these barbells is slightly curved, which allows the jewelry to sit comfortably in the piercing.

Curved barbells are among the most versatile body jewelry types, so you can find one for every occasion and style. There are simple curved barbells made of Surgical Steel or Titanium. Or you may opt for richly ornamented and sparkly curved barbells that will sure draw a lot of attention.

Curved barbells typically have two balls (one on the top and other on the bottom), but other placements and designs are possible. The bottom ball is typically larger than the top one, both for easier gripping and for accentuating the jewelry piece. Sometimes, the top of the barbell is not a ball but it’s made into a different shape.

Curved barbells often include gems and other decorations. Gems can be found both on the top and the bottom of the barbell. Many barbells also include dangles and special dangle gems. Many unique decorations and patterns are possible, which makes navel barbells unique, interesting and very versatile.

Since curved barbells are so popular, chances are that you will want to own at least a few of them. Most people opt for several simple barbells and a few special, richly ornamented ones made for special occasions.

Another good thing about this jewelry type is that it can easily be concealed under the clothes. The jewelry rests very close to the body so it’s not really noticeable even under thin clothes. However, it also means it’s vital to choose only jewelry made of body safe materials. With the whole jewelry piece resting against the skin, you want to make sure that you are using only body-friendly materials. Unsafe materials, such as those containing nickel, can provoke serious allergies and should not be used.

Rings

Another popular navel jewelry piercing type is the ring. Navel rings come in many different sizes, styles, designs and materials. One advantage to other styles is that rings provide a circular, close shape on the piercing, which often makes jewelry more secure.

Rings come in several basic styles: Captive Bead Rings (with a removable ball on top), Screwball Rings (with the ball that can be screwed on the ring for more security), Seamless Rings, Segment Rings, and more.

Navel rings are decorated in many different ways. Some are simple yet elegant, and they can be worn with almost any outfit. Others are more complex, with bright, colorful gems or various dangles.

One good thing about navel rings is that they have a circular design, so it’s less likely that they will get caught on the clothes. It may be a significant advantage for new piercings, because chances of infection are reduced. On the other hand, rings tend to be a bit tricky to open. You will sometimes need special ring opening and ring closing pliers, as well as special pliers for large gauge rings.

Circular Barbells

Another popular type of jewelry for navel piercing are circular barbells. These barbells, also known as “horseshoe barbells” combine the effect of a curved barbell and a Captive Bead Ring.

They are circular in shape, so they slide comfortably in the piercing. However, they don’t form a whole circle. The ends are opened and have balls on them. This way, a circular barbell is very easy to insert and take out.

Circular barbells are made of many different materials (Surgical Steel, titanium, gold, etc.) and in many different sizes. While these barbells are usually simple in ornamentation, they look very elegant and they can match any clothing style.

An interesting thing about these barbells is that they can come in different sized balls, if this is what you want. You can have small, micro balls for your circular barbell, or you may opt for huge ones. Also, for many circular barbell types, it’s also possible to choose balls of a different size, if this is what you prefer.

How to Find the Best Fit for Your Navel Piercing

Belly PiercingThe first thing to keep in mind when choosing a suitable belly jewelry piece is the size. Everything else – style, price, decoration, etc. – it all comes later. You will not be able to enjoy your belly jewelry piece if it is not appropriate for you. You need to ensure a perfect fit to enjoy that cute belly jewelry piece you like so much.

Ensuring a Good Fit

Keep in mind that a suitable size of a belly ring is not about your body size or your belly shape. It all depends on your piercing. Factors such as the angle and depth of the piercing will determine the size of the jewelry you can insert safely.

You need to be aware of some industry standards as well as adjustments and variations made. This is the only way to ensure a perfect fit.

There are some industry standards piercers follow, but it all depends on your anatomy and your belly button. It’s not uncommon that the standard is adjusted to fit your body, so you can end up with a bit different piercing. This will also affect the type of belly jewelry you can get and it will make proper fitting a bit more difficult.

Typically, a navel piercing is made in the 14 gauge. Ideal length of the barbell that should be worn for this piercing are in the 3/8″ to 7/16″ range. Most commonly, jewelry worn in a belly piercing is a curved barbell, though some other jewelry types can be worn as well (such as rings).

Keep in mind that your initial jewelry will be a bit longer. It is done because of the swelling and also to allow proper cleaning during the healing process. Once the piercing is healed you will know the correct size of your piercing and the jewelry you should use. Please allow at least 2 months for your piercing to heal properly.

Finding a Good Fit

Finding a good fit is essential for your satisfaction. It’s important to use a belly jewelry piece that is fully suitable for your piercing.

Before you start searching for the best jewelry, you need to know which gauge you are pierced with (14 g is an industry standard, but make sure that it’s used on you). Another thing to keep in mind is the depth of your piercing. It will determine the length of the barbell you can use comfortably.

A piercing can be shallow, standard or deep:

  • For shallow piercing: Use 5/16″ jewelry.
  • For standard piercing: Use 3/8″ jewelry.
  • For deep piercing: Use 1/2″ jewelry.

There are even some piercings that go deeper than that. These piercings will require 9/16″ barbells.

When determining your barbell size, keep in mind that a curved barbell should be fitted in such a way to leave some of the barbell showing. Never opt for a jewelry piece where only the balls and decorations are showing. You need to leave some of the barbell showing to allow for air circulation. It will also prevent the jewelry from pulling into the piercing.

Ideally, leave about 1/4″ of barbell showing.

Measuring Your Jewelry

In order to determine if a jewelry piece is suitable for your piercing, you need to know its size. It means you have to obtain its measurements or measure it itself.

To measure a curved barbell, you have to thread the top ball all the way on and then measure only the barbell itself. Keep in mind that you have to measure a straight line, not along the curve of the barbell.

The starting point is where the top ball meets the barbell, on the underside of the ball. The ending point will be where the bottom ball (or design) meets the barbell on the top side of the ball. Again, make sure to measure in a straight line on the inside of the curve and not along the curve.

Some common lengths are 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″. 1/2″, 9/16″, and more.

You will probably need to test a few sizes, to see which one fits the best.

Belly Jewelry Tips

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

Belly (navel) piercing is among the most popular types of piercings. Luckily, it also means there are enough quality, body-safe jewelry pieces you can find. Belly jewelry comes in many different styles, materials and sizes, so you’ll sure be able to find something you truly like.

Choosing Safe Jewelry

The large number of different belly jewelry pieces also means that there are many subpar jewelry products you can find. You can buy belly jewelry almost anywhere: at a mall, or even on the streets. More often than not, these jewelry pieces are of poor quality and can endanger your health.

To keep yourself safe, it’s important to stick to reliable stores and only use jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the only way to ensure satisfaction and to keep yourself safe and healthy. It also means you will have to pay a bit more than for that cheap jewelry piece you can find at a mall, but trust us, it’s a money well-spent. You don’t want to endanger your health, risk allergies (or worse conditions), experience infections and inflammation, or have your piercing rejected, just to save a few bucks. At the same time, you don’t really have to spend a fortune on a quality jewelry piece. There are many reasonably priced but still high-quality products you can find. What is important is to stay away from the cheap pieces (cheap both in price and craft).

Navel Piercing Tips

To keep yourself on the safe side and to keep your belly piercing clean, you need to stick to a few rules. Here are the basic navel piercing tips to follow:

  • Wait until your belly piercing is fully healed to change your jewelry. It’s true that most initial piercing jewelry pieces are very plain and simple, but there’s a reason for it. It’s understandable that you want to try different jewelry styles, but patience is important here. You need to wait for your new belly piercing to completely heal before you can try new jewelry. Remember, it can take as long as 9 months for your belly piercing to heal completely. In the most cases, it’s safe to change jewelry after 4-6 months, but keep in mind that healing time is individual.
  • Make sure to protect your belly jewelry from being snagged on clothing during healing time. Use an eye patch or hard plastic and secure it over your belly to protect both the piercing and jewelry.
  • Most common belly jewelry pieces are 3/8 inches long, but there are many other sizes to choose from. When picking the best belly jewelry for yourself, make sure that it’s not too small. Short navel jewelry can irritate the skin and it opens the door to infections and inflammation.
  • Always pick lightweight belly jewelry pieces. Heavy jewelry can make your skin sore and it can stretch your piercing even if you don’t want that to happen. Not to mention that heavy jewelry can make a problem when moving or changing clothes. If you really love heavy jewelry, don’t wear it for a long period of time. Never sleep with heavy belly jewelry.
  • Be careful with overly complicated jewelry pieces. There are many gorgeous belly curved barbells with lots of gems and dangles, and it’s understandable you might want to wear them in special situations. However, these jewelry pieces are best not to be worn every day. They can get caught on clothes. Also, these jewelry pieces are there to be shown, so wear them only when you want to have your belly shown.
  • People with the so-called “outie” belly button can have a true navel piercing, where the navel itself is pierced (as the opposite of just the skin above or under it). These people can also wear unique jewelry pieces in their belly piercing.