Healing time is 6 months to 1 year with the appropriate aftercare. This is one of the most difficult piercings to heal. It can easily become irritated and infected if appropriate aftercare is not given. If there is a ring in your naval piercing, we do not recommend wearing tight waist clothing or doing excessive abdominal exercises during the healing period. These actions could cause the piercing to migrate to the surface, increasing your chances of rejection or infection. If there is an L-Bar in your naval piercing, exercise is less irritating to the pierced area and will not impair healing.
Thoroughly clean your new piercing once daily! Use antibacterial soap such as Provon. DO NOT use any products other than what is suggested. Excessive cleaning can lead to future problems.
- Wash your hands! Remember to NEVER touch your new piercing without washing your hands first.
- Using warm water and a cotton swab, remove and matter that may have dried on the jewelry and around the openings of the piercing.
- Next, pour the cleaning agent on the jewelry and piercing, lather it up and then work the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Leave cleaning agent on the piercing for approximately 3 minutes.
- Rinse the cleaning agent off very thoroughly under running water, again working the jewelry back and forth at least 6 times. Any cleaning agent left on the skin or in the piercing can cause you problems.