I pierced my bellybutton on Jan 12th. Painless process, although long. I know self piercing is frowned upon, however I plan on doing this as a living and I have pierced my septum and tongue web (underneath). I decided to do my bellybutton. I had to use unnecessary force with my needle (this did not hurt, it was just annoying) my needle was a 13g. It wouldn't go all the way through and I didn't want to experience the "pop". Sooooo.. I took another needle and pokes up to the first needle. (I pierced downward, like if standing.. Pushed needle towards my feet) this did not hurt. I put the jewelry in and it was fine. I do salt water soaks a few times a week or use it to get off "crusties" with a q-tip. The top hole became very red and stayed red, eventually the ball would sort of embed itself in my skin. It wasn't took bad. I believe this was due to piercing more skin than a standard 3/8 bar would fit properly. I ordered a 1/2 bar, which is wayyyyy more comfortable and there is no issues with embedment now. I've had the longer bar in about 1 &1/2 weeks and the redness has gone away a lot but it is still red a little. I was looking for a bit of advise on what I can do to allow it to heal nicely. I also attached reference picture.
Looking forward to a response
Answer Hi Brittany,
This navel shape is not always conducive to a piercing. It would be best to have it checked by a qualified professional. http://find.safepiercing.org/ can help you locate a colleague of mine with APP safety standards.
It may be possible with lighter, longer, thicker jewelry by an experienced professional, but that does not appear to be the case from your photos.
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