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How to Pierce Your Navel (Bellybutton) at Home!
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There are a few things you need to do this and it's also important that you do this in a very clean area and also that you perform this task safely and carefully. Listen to your body.
You will need:
14g Hollow piercing needle
14g Starter jewelry
Rubbing Alcohol or Alcohol Pads
Cotton Balls (optional)
Forceps or a binder clip
Water based marker (Optional)
Ice (Optional and not recommended)
Before you start anything beyond step one, wash your hands well with an antibacterial soap.
1. About an hour before you are planning to pierce yourself, take the suggested dose of Ibuprophen. Not only will this help prevent too much swelling but it will reduce some of the pain as well. Note: Ibuprophen is a blood thinner, so excess bleeding could occur. Do not use if you have problems with blood clotting and such. If you want to mark dots on your skin prior to your piercing, do this now. Mark a dot with your water-based marker above your belly button and then another one right beneath it inside of your belly button. These will be your guides.
2. Set up all of your supplies in a clean environment. Never place anything on a bare surface unless it has been sanitized thoroughly. Also never place the tools on a linen towel. Paper towels or tissues work best.
3. Sanitize your forceps, starter jewelry and cork with alcohol. Also clean around and inside your navel with a rubbing alcohol saturated cotton ball or pad.
4. Put on your gloves. Remove your needle from its sterile packaging and sanitize it.***
5. Clamp your belly button. If you have forceps, this will be fairly obvious. If you are using a binder clip, bend the metal clips back so that they're against each other. Then position your flap of skin between the two metal pieces. Position this exactly where you want your needle to go through. If you're using a cork, shove this into your belly button now.
6. This is the hardest part. Take a few deep breaths. Pick up your needle and hold your forceps still in their place. Place the sharp point of the needle on the place you want to enter (If you marked a dot, obviously place it on the dot). Take one big deep breath and begin pressing down. (You will feel a pinch) It will be hard at first but keep pushing with a moderate steady pressure. Once you feel the needle enter out of the other side, silently applaud yourself. The worst is over.
7. Now continue to push your needle through your flesh until it's almost out, place the side of the jewelry of which you removed to ball from into the hole or on top and slide this through with the needle. Sometimes the jewelry doesn't make it the FULL way but it is easy to push it through the rest of the way if you're still clamped. Once it's through, carefully screw the ball back on.
8. Dispose of all un-reusable items, this INCLUDES the needle unless you have an autoclave to properly sterilize it in..
9. Admire your new navel piercing! If it's a bit crooked, don't fret. It adds character. Follow up with a strict after care routine. Do two sea salt soaks a day, ten minutes each. Wash your piercing in the shower with plain antibacterial soap; dial or softsoap work fine. Do NOT rotate or move your piercing up and down. Regardless of what you see in videos or articles, this will prolong your healing time.