How to change your belly ring?

A Smooth and Pain-free Technique

Stepping out of the piercing studio, you're armed with care instructions and anticipation. But what happens next? Changing your navel ring for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience and most of us navigate our first navel jewelry change alone. This is fine, but how do you know you’re doing it right?




Understanding the Piercing Channel


Changing a belly ring isn't just about swapping jewelry; it's about understanding the delicate motion of pushing the belly jewelry through your piercing. You might feel your way from the entry to the exit, hoping the jewelry slips through seamlessly. But here’s a crucial point: your piercer’s advice to wait until the piercing heals is all about giving the channel time to form properly. Why? A fully formed channel or fistula, guides the jewelry and significantly reduces the risk of injuring the piercing.


Why Technique Matters


Every change, every push through the channel can scrape it, especially if you're a bit rough or hurried. Consider this: the body naturally tries to reject foreign objects, and piercing migration is often a subtle, unnoticed process. Changing your jewelry too often, or without the right technique, can contribute to this gradual migration.


The Right Way to Change Your Belly Ring


Here’s a technique that's as gentle as it is effective, whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned pro. Always view the jewelry as a foreign object, something your body is naturally inclined to push out during healing. This mindset is key to understanding the importance of a gentle approach.


The Scooping Technique: Step-by-Step

  1. Preparation: First, ensure your hands and the new jewelry are clean. A wash with antibacterial soap is a must.
  2. Lubrication: Applying some saline solution on the jewelry can make the process smoother.
  3. Scooping: Imagine scooping ice cream. This gentle, gliding motion is how you should guide the jewelry through.
  4. Guidance: There should be no pain or force. The jewelry should find its way comfortably.

    Resist over changing the jewelry


    It's crucial to resist the temptation of frequently changing your belly jewelry. While showcasing different styles might be appealing, it's important to remember that each change can stress the delicate fistula - the healed tunnel within your piercing. This tunnel, while resilient, is sensitive to frequent disturbances. Rushing to swap out jewelry can not only irritate the piercing but also increase the risk of complications like piercing migration, where the jewelry moves closer to the skin surface, or even rejection. Your piercing is a delicate balance of beauty and biology; giving it time to rest and adapt to each new piece of jewelry is key to maintaining its health. By pacing the frequency of your jewelry changes, you protect the integrity of the piercing, ensuring it remains a beautiful and healthy expression of your personal style for years to come.


    Final Advice


    Remember, changing your belly ring is more than a routine process; it’s about respecting and protecting your piercing. Take your time, follow the scooping technique, and see the difference. If you’ve tried this, please share this with your friends. Was it as smooth and effortless as promised? 

    XOXO 'til next time Alyssa Jolie