I got my belly button pierced 4 years ago (I was 14 and STUPID!) and things were going well. Until I decided to switch rings before it completely healed. The ring I had in originally was a surgical steel one and I didn't have any problems with it as long as I cleaned the area everyday correctly. But the new ring I switched to was a sterling silver one. Now I had heard that its not a good idea to put a sterling silver ring in before it completely healed. Well my body basically started rejecting the ring. I thought it was an infection at first and started cleaning it better but nope. I ended up taking the ring out and trying to let it heal and it did and I put the sterling silver ring back and it started to reject again. I had no choice but to let it close up. I ended up getting an ugly scar, a keloid on that area. Its REALLY bad, plus its really dark too where the scarred tissue is at. It's been four years and it just still really bothers me. Not only is it gross to look at but it itches and sometimes it can still hurt too in that area.
Now, I've called some tattoo shops and asked around on what I should do. Most of them said that if I ever planned on getting it repierced (not likely going to happen considering what happened the first time.) that I would have to come in and for them to look at it first and then go from there. Another person I spoke to told me to rub tea tree oil on it to help shrink it. Not sure if thats actually going to do anything as I heard tea tree oil is antimicrobial but doesn't help with inflammation. Another suggestion was to use hydrocoritsone cream. I ended up doing more research online, and I everything I ended up reading didn't leave me feeling very hopeful. I KNOW that its never going to completely go away but I just want something to be done about it. At least have some of it shrink a bit or fade.
It's just really been bothering me and not helping with my self-esteem issues, on top of that I've been getting more stretchmarks . Like this is just something that really bothers me because whenever someone sees my belly button they just have to ask about it. I can't help but keep lifting up my shirt and looking at it and just thinking how gross I am and how I seriously regret ever getting it pierced.
I just wanted to know if anyone else has had any issues with keloids, severe scarring and if anyone has any good advice on what to do to help with it?