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You Asked: Will My Belly Button be Like This Forever?

Dear Sugar--

I was playing a soccer game, and my belly button ring broke and fell out
without me noticing. Once I did notice, I couldn't do anything. I only got it pierced a couple months ago, so the piercing was still fresh. The only way I could keep the hole open was to put my regular earring through the hole. The only problem is I had to shove my earring through the hole because the bar on my earring wasn't as big as the barbell bar.

So when I got home and switched the earring to a barbell, I noticed my whole was stretched out, and I saw more of the barbell then I did before. I really don't like the way it looks now, will my skin tighten up and go back to the way it was before? Or will it be like this forever?

--Curious Carrie

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Dear Curious Carrie--

That was so resourceful of you to use your earring! Don't worry about the way your piercing looks right now. Skin is very elastic. You know how you were worried that the hole would close up entirely? Since the thicker earring was only in your belly button hole for a short time, and then you switched it back to the smaller size, the skin should soon shrink back to how it was before.

Jewelry and sports just don't mix, so maybe next time you can cover your belly button with some medical tape or a big band-aid. That way your jewelry won't fall out, get snagged on your clothes, or get accidentally yanked out. In addition, make sure you care for your pierce properly. To learn how, click here. Hope this helps!


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groovy_h groovy_h 10 years
i want to get my bbp but does it hurt as much as people say it does :):):):):)
Lovaajn Lovaajn 10 years
I had mine pierced at 16 (young, I know...I made my dad promise I could get one if I got above a 4.0 GPA, he didn't think it was possible...but, it was at my private school) and kept it until I was 18. I still have a hole...but I think it's starting to close. I don't tempt fate by trying to shove an old belly button ring in there.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 10 years
Mine ripped out. Ugh!! I have a permanent scar there now.
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
Wow this has been I might have to resort to plastic surgery if I ever want to officially get rid of the piercing. Damn, that sucks!
nicachica nicachica 10 years
belly rings are so out of style! just my opinion...
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 10 years
I will never get one. Everybody has it and once the piercing is settled there will always be a hole.. No thanks.
spitfire2 spitfire2 10 years
When you get your bellybutton peirced, it's not the same as getting your ears that I mean they don't use the same instument..when you get your ears peirced it's simpley sticking a needle through your ear and putting an earring in to keep the tiny entry way opened...however..when you get a bellybutton ring, the instrument they use to make the "hole" is hollow and it actually removes the entire piece of skin (it goes into the hollow needle) that the belly ring goes into..your body will not grow new skin..if you just had it done, then during the healing process if you remove the bellyring totally, you may have a chance of it scarring but closing up..if you've had it for a while and it's not healing anymore, it will NEVER close up and you will always have it. I read where belly rings are going "out of style" now and some celebrities like Paris are turning to plastic surgery to try and fix where they used to wear their belly rings.
katie225 katie225 10 years
i do NOT recommend putting a band aid or tape over a newly pierced belly button (as in, within the last three months and it hasn't completely healed). i did that when i went to cheer camp after i had gotten it pierced, and it got infected badly just from ONE DAY of it being covered. yeah, sports and body piercings don't mix, but that's the risk you take when you decide to get it done! in all my years of cheering with a piercing, i've never had it rip out or get in the way, although i did lose the barbell a couple of times when it got loose (but never during cheer, it's just a normal risk you take). when i would compete in a bare midriff uniform and piercings weren't allowed, i got a very small, clear plastic spacer-type thingy that kept it from closing, but stayed out of view and out of my way. hth
rubialala rubialala 10 years
My girlfriend put fishing wire in her piercing while she was pregnant so it wouldn't close up.
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
FYI pinups... makes long barbels out of something rubbery that is specifically for pregnant women so they can keep their piercing in with their ever-changing belly. I'm so buying these for any of my girlfriends that are pierced and get preggers.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
Both my cousins had their belly button pierced and said it looked horrible when they got pregant. I am not sure how they look now, but I know one of them regrets having it done.
PinkSparkleGrl PinkSparkleGrl 10 years
Mine has been out for 3 years and I still have a hole - mine is not closing up any time soon. But I had mine in for a lot longer than you, so yours might be a-ok. Best wishes!!!
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