Once your belly button piercing is healed up you will most likely want to start experimenting with different bars.
In order to do this you obviously need to know how to change your belly bar for the first time.
When your piercing is still fresh you have to be extra careful with it, so carefully follow the instructions I am giving you here. This way you will not experience any problems and all will go smoothly!
Note: Wash your hands using warm water and anti-bacterial soap before you even touch your piercing!
Sterilize your new jewelry
It is good practice to always sterilize newly purchased jewelry before you put it in your body.
Yes, the jewelry will already have been sterilized but just to be sure, you should do a home sterilization on it first.
The best method for doing this is by boiling the jewelry.
Here is the boiling method:
- Place your jewelry in a bowl or cup of boiling hot distilled water
- Leave it there for at least half an hour
- Dry the jewelry using a disposable towel or tissue. Do not use a household towel or cloth as these can harbour bacteria.
See the other sterilization methods here.
Cleanse the piercing
There are also a few methods for cleansing your belly button piercing.
I am going to explain using saline solution as it is most convenient and is also effective.
First off, to make your saline solution, you will need to stir half a teaspoon of sea salt into a glass of luke warm water (preferably distilled).
There are two ways to apply the saline solution to the piercing.
The suction method:
- Create a suction seal between the rim of the cup and your skin
- Lean back to allow the saline solution to bath your skin.
- Stay in this position for 10 minutes or more so the salt gets time to sterilize the area. You may wish to lay down (on your back).
- Dry using a paper towel
Using a cotton pad:
- Soak a cotton pad in the saline solution (do not use cotton wool as the fibres can get caught on your jewelry).
- Using the soaked cotton pad, wipe the saline solution all around your piercing and jewelry. Be very gentle when doing this as you piercing may still be a bit tender, even if it is healed.
- Dry your piercing using a paper towel.
For more tips on cleansing your belly button piercing, read these belly button piercing aftercare instructions.
Loosen and remove your current jewelry
Now once you have removed the top ball, carefully slide the jewelry out through the hole in a downward motion.
Do not pull too hard or force it as the thread could catch on your skin and cause damage to your piercing.
If your piercing is less than two months old the inside might still have some healing to do, even if it appears healed from the outside.
Insert new belly bar
Now line up your new barbell with the top of the hole above your belly button. If you have not removed your old jewelry yet, you could line up your new jewelry with the old jewelry just before you push it through completely.
Now push the jewelry down through the hole, gently and slowly. Do not use force, it should go though fairly easily without hurting you much at all.
If the jewelry does not come out the other side, wiggle it about and adjust the angle of it until it emerges from the bottom of your piercing.
You may want to apply some water to the jewelry or the piercing itself to help lubricate it.
If you can only remove the top of the jewelry for whatever reason, just follow these steps but pushing up through the hole instead of down.
secure the jewelry
Once you have pushed the jewelry all the way through, you will need to screw the ball back on.
Turn the ball to the right to tighten it up.
“lefty loosey, righty righty”
Screw the ball onto the jewelry as tight as it will go so it does not fall off. You don’t want to lose your jewelry after all, do you?
Learning how to change a belly bar for the first time can be fiddly due to the small parts and the position of the piercing.
Don’t worry though as you will get the hang of it with a bit of time and some practice.
Besides it will be worth learning how to do this so you can wear whatever jewelry you want in your naval piercing.
There is some beautiful and unique jewelry you can buy. There is something out there for everyone, no matter what your style or taste.
I hope you found this article helpful!
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