umbilical piercing

Navel Piercing Problems: "Granuloma" or "Hypergranulation Tissue"?

I received a message from a woman who has an unhealed navel piercing that is showing signs of developing granuloma:

Hi! My navel piercing is about 2 and a half months old. I irritated it at first from playing with it (I know-big no no) but it cleared up when I stopped touching it and cleaned with H2Ocean. I quickly ran out of the solution and stopped cleaning it about a month ago. I ocassionally do sea salt soaks but only when it flares up. I've been taking my ring out a lot lately (another no no) and I recently (about 2 days ago) noticed this pink/red fleshy bubble/growth coming out of the bottom hole of my navel piercing. It is squishy, moves easily, doesn't hurt, but bleeds easily. It looks a lot worse than it feels. It secretes lymph and often sticks itself to the bottom ball on my ring. I ordered some H2Ocean and tea tree oil the other day to try and get rid of it. For now, I put 3% hydrogen peroxide on it 2x a day and do a sea salt soak. I just don't know whether it is a granuloma or hypergranulation? It freaks me out because it's kind of large. Probably half the size of a pea. What can I do to make it go away? How long will it take? Will I have to abandon my piercing? I love it and I don't want to take it out!!! I have attached quite a few pictures!

Thank you so much! -A

Navel piercing with Hypergranulation Navel piercing with Hypergranulation

Navel Placement Problem and Jewelry Solution

I recieved a message from a woman whose new navel piercing didn't look the way she had hoped it would:

I had this done yesterday and was wondering if it looks this way because im too fat or did the guy mess up and should of pierced me further OUT of my belly button. I got this in hopes that it would help me feel more confident about myself but instead I feel so much worse. I mean my belly button ate the whole bottom part.

Navel piercing not as expected.

My reply:

Thanks for your message. Did the piercer stand you up to mark the placement? That usually helps a skilled piercer to mark a piercing that will show better when you're standing as the baseline. Naturally, it looks different when your body is in different positions….

Alternative placement suggestion for navel piercing.
If you're not happy with your new piercing, you should consider removing it. You may want to talk to the piercer first about a possible repiercing in a more forward placement for the underside, and the top commensurately further from the edge of the lip (like I marked on your photo).

 

Another option is to change the jewelry to a j-curve.

J Curve Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

You can get them here if your piercer doesn't stock them:

http://www.bodycircle.com/merchant.ihtml?pid=17&lastcatid=6&step=4

Newly Pierced Navel Got Bumped

I got a message from a piercee who was concerned about his new navel piercing:

Hi! I got my navel pierced ten days ago and it's still really red and tender. I bumped it pretty hard about a week ago and then again just last night. I came home from work last night and there was blood crusted on the bottom and I was really concerned, so on my way home I bought an eye patch and did my salt soak and then slept with the eyepatch on it (I'm a stomach sleeper and the eye patch prevents me from rolling over for some reason) and it felt a little less tender today, but when I came home from work tonight, I sat down to look at my piercing, and there was blood and pus! The lighting in my bathroom is really yellow so I couldn't tell how yellow it was (but it was definitely not green or dark yellow). The top hole is especially tender to the touch. I'm just paranoid about the possibility of it being infected, migrating, or possibly even rejecting! I would love for you to take a look at these pictures (I had just done my salt soak so there's a big ring and it's a little flush from the warm water) and tell me if it looks overly inflamed for being so new, if I should go to the doctor, or if I should just keep doing what I'm doing because it's normal. Thank you so much!

Also, I got it pierced at Club Tattoo and the guy who did it had a really nice portfolio. And is it ok to sleep with the eye patch on or will that hinder the airing out? Thank you!

New navel piercing a little sore from being bumped.

 

 

My response:

Hi Connor,

Given the recent trauma, and how new the piercing is, I'd say it is looking pretty normal.

Not A Navel Piercing

I received a message from a woman who was concerned about the placement of her navel piercing:

Hi Elayne, 

Thanks for your time.

I recently read your book and then went out and did the opposite of what I should have done. I was on holiday and eager to get new piercings. Yesterday I went to the only piercer in the area, after receiving a recomendation from someone (I had no access to the internet or any other way to research the piercer). I wasn't aware of the price until the end, but she only charged me NZ$60 for 2 nipple and one naval piercing. The naval piercing is now concerning me, the placement seems to high, and it seems a little crooked also. I am worried that the placement of the lower exit hole above my belly button instead of inside it is causing the lower ball to put pressure on the piercing and will cause it to migrate or reject. I've attached some photos for you to see. I plan on seeing a trusted piercer ASAP to evaluate the piercing. Any advice or If you have any recommendations for piercers in Auckland, NZ that would be appreciated. 

Improperly placed Navel Piercing too high and shallow.

My Reply:

You're correct; your piercing is not properly placed. That's an abdominal surface piercing--not a navel piercing. In a properly placed piercing, the bottom of the jewelry comes out beneath that natural lip. Even if it were properly placed, I would not suggest you use that jewelry. That ball is too large to wear on a fresh piercing, and should be reserved for a healed piercing only. The navel takes 6 months or longer to heal.

I would strongly suggest you remove it ASAP to minimize scarring. You should allow the wound to heal completely and for the tissue to normalize before seeking another piercing in that area.

Navel Piercing Rejecting From Previously Pierced Site

I received a message from a woman who was concerned about her navel piercing, which is experiencing healing problems:

Hello!

I ran into your site hoping you can help me with my piercing. I recently got my belly pierced about two months ago and I'm not sure if I should be worried. I have a tiny bump that had pus and bled a little by the top of my piercing and I also noticed that my piercing area has gotten a lot smaller because my jewelry has so much space to move. I am worried that my body may be rejecting my piercing because I have pierced it before and it had a thin piece of my skin holding it it. I finally took it out and discovered that I have a keloid due to my body rejecting my piercing before and I was hoping that this piercing would eventually cover it when my piercing heals fully so that I could get different jewelry. My piercer said he was using a very high grade of surgical steel and that I shouldn't have a problem. I hope you can help me with some answers. Thank you.

Navel Piercing rejecting from a previously pierced site.

My Reply:

Hi there,

Unfortunately, your piercing does not appear salvageable. There's simply too little tissue left between the entry and exit. Further, with the overly long barbell in place, you are at risk of rejection or accidentally tearing it out. I would strongly suggest you abandon the piercing.

It looks like you may have what I call a "Localized Piercing Pimple" at the previous piercing site. See this page for information about that: http://piercingbible.com/troubleshooting#Localized_Piercing_Pimple

Even if you do take the jewelry out, I do suggest saline soaks: http://piercingbible.com/saline-soaks

Navel Piercing and Bloating/Weight Loss?

I received a message from a woman who had some concerns related to her navel piercing:

Navel piercing photo

Hello,
I got my belly done yesterday but it looks quite bloated? Is it supposed to be? And also is it possible to loose weight whilst wearing a belly bar?
Thankyou:)

My reply:
There could be some localized swelling but it would not be normal for a navel piercing to result in generalized abdominal bloating. In fact, I can't think of a single medical reason that a piercing could cause that to happen. More likley you have eaten something that doesn't agree with you.

Also, the ability to lose (or gain) weight relates to the intake of calories and output of energy. There is no relation between your navel piercing and your body's ability to gain, lose, or maintain your weight.

That said, during initial healing you need to be conscious of not injuring the area or causing excessive trauma during physical activities.

Below are a few related sections from The Piercing Bible:

  1. Physical Activity and Exercise

    Generally, you can exercise during healing if you avoid extremes of motion and prevent impact to the pierced area. Still, your activities often need to be modified—at least for a while—if they cause problems with your piercing.

Navel Piercing Problem

I received a message from a guy about his friend's navel piercing he was concerned about (for good cause):


Hi Elayne, My friend has had her bellybutton pierced for about 7 months and its Infected and she won't take I out so I was wondering what to do for her?

Navel Piercing Problem

You could drive her to a high quality piercer, and possibly also a doctor! Fortunately, it looks as though the problem is still localized. But infection can spread to affect a wider area. If that happens, she really should see a doctor.

Based on how it looks, her piercing is going to reject. That reddened appearance form entry to exit is a very bad sign. It indicates that the tissue holding the jewelry in has been affected and is not healthy.

If she wants to try to preserve the piercing she must get the hanging jewelry out of there right away. Hanging or dangling jewelry should never be worn on a healing piercing or one that is experiencing problems. Navel piercings frequently take 6-9 months to heal, and hanging jewelry should be avoided during that entire time.

She should put in high quality, mirror finsih, internally threaded jewelry that fits properly. Also, the bar she's wearing is far too long, and that will cause problems as well, including excess trauma.

Further, she should care for it according to accepted practice:
http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
and do saline soaks at least twice daily:
http://piercingbible.com/saline-soaks

Even if she does everything I suggest, there still may be no saving it.

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