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To get my belly button pierced at nearly 40?

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Alphabetsy Sat 23-Feb-13 21:36:58

After a lot of hard work finally got my flat tummy back 3 years after youngest dc. Now heading towards by 40th b'day and want to do something different. Always been quite conservative - no tatoos or crazy hair styles. DH turned his nose right up at the suggestion saying 'you're 40 not 20'!! Should I do it anyway? Like to wear bikinis on hol and in pool etc.
Ps is it painful and prone to infection if done properly and how long to heal?

fluffyraggies Sun 24-Feb-13 16:02:33

I had a friend do this when she was 39, and with an average sort of tummy, neither fat nor flat. She had allot or trouble with it. She seemed to spend more time 'dealing' with the darn thing (cant wear this 'cos it's tender again etc) than enjoying it.

Personally i think it's looks a bit ''i'm so young'', a little WAG, and yes, a bit dated now.

I didn't think any the less of my friend for getting it done. She's taken it out now. I think it was a rebellion against the big *four 0*looming.

hermioneweasley Sun 24-Feb-13 16:11:21

I had mine done in my 20s so still have it now I am middle aged.
they are prone to infection, and being wonky. My GP was surprised that I had one and had never had to see her due to infection as she sees so many. I washed mine in salt water twice a day for 6 weeks afterwards which was time consuming.

Pain - I was so high on adrenaline that I didn't feel a thing. But they are actually coring out flesh so I imagine it has the potential to be painful!

ENormaSnob Sun 24-Feb-13 16:13:55

I think they look very dated now.

And tbh, I don't think it's a great look for a 40 year old.

But, if it makes you happy and you like it then that's all that matters.

LouiseFisher Sun 24-Feb-13 16:15:11

Go for it! it will look fabulous and make you happy!

gingeme Sun 24-Feb-13 16:15:20

Go for It. As long as you Go to a reputable studio (better if its been recomended) do the after care exactly as your told who cares about your age. Life begins at 40 grin. I have many tattoos and with the money I got for my 40th I had a full back piece done and am still adding to It at the age of 42 smile

FellatioNels0n Sun 24-Feb-13 16:15:58

Yes. Unless you are Madonna. And even then it's probably best not to.

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Sun 24-Feb-13 16:19:24

I was 40ish when I had mine done and felt such a rebel after being such a good girl for all those years! Ten years later and I hardly notice it's there

LayMizzRarb Sun 24-Feb-13 17:47:30

Your body. Your choice. End of.

perplexedpirate Sun 24-Feb-13 17:50:06

Go for it. It would only be unreasonable to pierce someone else's naval for your birthday.
Unless you are, of course, a piercist.

FellatioNels0n Sun 24-Feb-13 17:51:19

Your body. You choice. End of.

I can't believe someone actually typed that. That is one of those cliches I hear about on MN all the time, but I always thought it was a joke. Like plasma TVs and goats.

JazzAnnNonMouse Sun 24-Feb-13 18:01:34

Why not smile

I pierced mine myself with a mattress needle and bonjela age 14 so it can't hurt that much grin - it did get infected though and I had to have it repierced several times hmm.

It never really worked for me as it didn't heal properly because that's exactly where I fold and it rubbed everytime I bent.

You can always just take it out if you decide you don't want it anymore.

FellatioNels0n Sun 24-Feb-13 18:05:13

Oh god that is bloody grim. Why do teenagers do this? confused It's not like you can't get it done relatively safely and painlessly on every high street, is it?

ScarletLady02 Sun 24-Feb-13 18:45:53

I had mine done but took it out when I was pregnant (would have kept it but kept forgetting to get a retainer).

It DOES hurt, and it is prone to infection, mine took about 3 months to heal properly. Going swimming in the end sorted it out (chlorine etc)

BelleDameSansMerci Sun 24-Feb-13 18:49:29

I had mine done when I was 38. It healed quite quickly and was fine right thought pregnancy, etc. Only change is that post pregnancy I needed a shorter bar.

Go for it.

BelleDameSansMerci Sun 24-Feb-13 18:49:47

Right through pregnancy...

buttercrumble Sun 24-Feb-13 18:51:28

Dont do it.......

znaika Sun 24-Feb-13 19:20:11

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ILikeBirds Sun 24-Feb-13 19:53:37

I am triple-y uncool



pinkyredrose Sun 24-Feb-13 19:57:28

Love your piercings ilikebirds !

OP go for it, it's your body you get to decorate it as you please.

SonOfAradia Sun 24-Feb-13 20:08:37

Do it!

Women with piercings are fab.

DW used to have a pierced clit (vertical bar) and it was great, apart from from the clacking on the teeth got a bit much after the first half hour.

FannyBazaar Sun 24-Feb-13 20:17:36

Oh no, now I'm wishing someone had told me it was uncool and so 90's before I had mine done grin. I think I'm past being cool so it kind of goes well with me.

As a matter of interest, what is cool these days that I could have done instead?

specialsubject Sun 24-Feb-13 20:22:26

up to you - but it's hardly 'different'.

Hullygully Sun 24-Feb-13 20:23:32

yuk yuk yuk yuk yuk

PuffPants Sun 24-Feb-13 20:29:30

If it makes you happy, do it!

Personally, I think it's gross and can't imagine anyone over the age of 20 doing it. But I think all piercings are grim outside of ears. I once knew a girl with a nose ring and it literally turned my stomach to see it.

SirBoobAlot Sun 24-Feb-13 20:34:36

Do it! Worst case scenario, you don't like it, you take it out.

I had mine one, miss it.

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