Navel Piercings Guide
Navel piercings continue to be hugely popular and we don’t see this trend going away anytime soon. There’s literally thousands of styles available, whether you’re looking for a subtle compliment to your latest bikini or something eye-catching to show off on a night out, you won’t be short of choice.
With this in mind, we’ve put together this navel piercing guide to answer the most common questions around navel piercings. This includes everything from how much it hurts and the healing process, through to what the best jewellery materials are and what you can expect to pay.
What is a navel piercing?
A navel piercing is a type of piercing which passes through the upper rim of the belly button (which is why you often see them being called belly bars too!). There are other navel regions which can be pierced, for example through the lower lip and surrounding area, but the upper lip is by far the most popular.
You should also be aware that navel piercings may not be suitable for everyone. For example if there is minimal skin which forms the lip of the upper or lower rim of the navel area then it’s not recommended. In addition, it's generally not recommended to get an "outie" belly button pierced as this can lead to more serious health implications particularly if it gets infected.
This is also a good reason why you should always use a professional piercing studio, as they will advise on this before carrying out the procedure.
How much does a navel piercing cost?
In the UK, it will cost from around £20 - £35 to get a navel piercing. Sometimes the price will include your first belly bar which is why it can be a little more expensive. If not included, then expect to pay anything from £5 - £15 for a belly bar in addition to the cost of the procedure.
For new piercings, the studios will often recommend solid titanium navel bars as the metal is purer than say 316L Surgical Steel. This just means your skin is less likely to react to the metal when inserted.
How do I clean a navel piercing?
As with any piercing, cleaning it frequently is a must and should be a priority in the weeks following it first being done.
Use a saline (salter water) solution twice a day, ideally once in the morning and once in the evening. A saline solution can easily be made at home - simply mix 250ml of water along with ½ teaspoon of salt.
Before cleaning your piercing, always wash your hands with antibacterial soap - this will help prevent any nasty infections being transferred. Once you’ve done this, use the saline solution to wet a clean cloth and then apply to the pierced area. Gently remove any discharge from around the piercing and very slowly move the piercing so the saline solution can get into all areas.
Once you’ve finished gently dry the pierced area with disposable kitchen roll.
How long does a navel piercing take to heal?
The healing time of navel piercings can vary considerably between individuals as it’s often impacted with how well the piercing is cared for after it’s been done. For example, if the piercing is frequently being disturbed or caught on clothing this will extend the healing time.
Generally speaking, navel piercings will heal within 3-6 months, but could take as long as 9 months to a year if the healing process is interfered with. In addition, please be mindful that after around 1 month the piercing will often look as though it’s completely healed, but it’s not - still ensure you care for it as if you’d had it done the previous day!
If you find your piercing is becoming irritated for no obvious reason, it could be that your body is reacting to the metal piercing - if this does occur it could be worth switching to a Bioflex or PTFE belly bar to see if this resolves the problem.
How do I know if my navel piercing is infected?
There are a number of signs if your navel piercing is infected, this includes
- Redness and/or swelling around the pierced area.
- Pain or soreness when the piercing is moved or the surrounding area is touched.
- A discharge coming from the piercing (which can sometimes smell).
If you notice any of these seek professional medical advice immediately.
You should also be very mindful of how infections can be transmitted as this can happen through a number of different ways, including:
- Piercing equipment i.e. from a piercing studio which has not taken the necessary precautions to ensure a sterile environment (this is why it’s always best to go to a reputable business who have very high hygiene standards).
- Body jewellery - all piercings should be cleaned with a saline solution or antibacterial soap before inserting. Personal hygiene - as noted above, always ensure hands are washed with antibacterial soap and the piercing is cared for twice per day.
- Towels and clothing - immediately after the piercing is done avoid using any shared towels or clothing. When cleaning the piercing you should dry with single use disposable kitchen roll.
What’s the best material for a navel piercing?
Navel piercings are available in a range of different metals and materials. Below we summarised the most common you’ll find along with the pros and cons of each.
Buy Navel Piercing Jewellery Online
Gekko Body Jewellery are one of the largest suppliers of body jewellery in the UK. We sell over 15,000 different body piercings including a wide selection of navel piercing jewellery.
Feel free to browse our range of belly bars including dangle belly bars, maternity belly bars, non-dangle belly bars and reverse belly bars. Of course, if you have any further questions feel free to contact us!