Ear & Body Piercing/Navel piercing


I am looking to pierce my own belly-button because I am not old enough to get it done at a salon. I bought 316L surgical steel 14G rings. I have pierced my own ears many times, and they always heal very well with minimal irritation. What size needle should I use for 14G jewelry? Any advice on how to safely pierce?

Most professional piercers won't do it on the well founded basis that it is unlikely to turn out well. 316L is not a safe material, at a minimum the jewelry would need to meet the standards at http://jewelry.piercing.org/ for initial piercing.

You might get a fabulous looking placement, excellent jewelry, and heal very quickly. Still the piercing will change as you continue to grow, and will be likely to turn out ugly over the next year or two. If you get it now, it will be shallow and misplaced after a few months/ year or so. Get it done later [after age 18] so that it can last...

See pictures of examples at http://piercingexp.com/faq/faq-minors.html

As for the sensation, it should be quicker and easier than getting a shot the way we do it.
It will be worth the wait.

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


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Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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