Brush Up Your Knowledge Of Navel Piercing

May 05, 2018   894

Belly button or navel piercing is one of the popular body piercings among Americans. However, people know little about belly button piercing despite its popularity. Here we have listed the things you should know about navel piercing.

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Did you know? 33% of American women have belly button piercing, making navel piercing one of the popular piercing types. After all, navel piercing adds to your style and enhances your oomph factor. Whether you wear a crop top or a swimsuit, you look just amazing with a navel piercing. Another benefit is that you can hide it if your workplace doesn’t allow piercing. It is one of the least painful body piercings.

And it is equally true that navel piercing is prone to infection and requires strict aftercare. You need an experienced artist to get it done.

Being a beginner to navel piercing, you should be aware of some essential things about navel piercing given below.

What is a Navel Piercing?

Navel piercing or belly button piercing is done in or around the navel.

What are the Types of Navel Piercing?

The types of navel piercing are determined by the placement of the jewelry on the navel. Here are some popular types of belly button piercing.

  • Upper Rim:

Jewelry is placed on the top of the navel ring.

  • Lower Rim:

Jewelry is placed on the bottom of the navel ring.

  • Sides:

Jewelry is placed between the upper and lower navel ring.

Pain Level:

Navel piercing sounds painful. But it is one of the least painful piercing types. The pain level may vary based on the pain threshold. For example, you may feel different than your friend. If pain factor still bothers you, use Dr. Numb numbing cream an hour prior to the process. Being a local anesthetic, the cream dulls the nerve endings so that you don’t feel anything happening to your skin. In other words, it desensitizes your skin (for one hour).


Belly button cost varies based on the jewelry type and experience of the artist. You can negotiate with the piercing artist to lower the rates. If you have your own belly button ring, the cost of piercing should not be more than $25-30.

Keep one thing in mind—don’t compromise quality for the price. Professional artists may be bit expensive, but they ensure that your body piercing will be done with utmost care and precision as well. Don’t get it done by the inexperienced or extremely cheap artist.

Always Choose a Right Artist:

Belly button piercing is riskier next to the piercing near the eye. You are vulnerable to infection if the piercing goes wrong. Like we said in the previous point, always look for the professional piercing artist. Make sure he practices in a hygienic environment following all precautions. You can find them over the Internet or ask your friends. The best way to ensure their practice is to visit the studio prior appointment.

How is Belly Button Piercing Done?

  1. Firstly, a piercing artist washes his hands and wears the gloves.
  2. He or she uses sterilized or new surgical equipment for piercing
  3. The navel flap is grasped and punctured with the needle
  4. An artist sterilizes your belly button by using surgical scrub and solution.
  5. The needle will be attached to a belly button ring.

Aftercare for Belly Button Piercing:

Belly button piercing is highly vulnerable to redness, swelling, infection and other complications. Therefore, you should follow the aftercare regimen provided by your piercing artists. Here are general aftercare tips for new belly button piercings.

  • Use saline water or sea salt spray to clean your piercing
  • Don’t touch or play with your jewelry every now and then
  • Wash your hands before handling the navel piercing or the jewelry.
  • Don’t remove the jewelry frequently; wait for at least 2 months to remove your jewelry. If you take out the jewelry, the healing process of the body can close the piercing gauge, making difficult for you to wear the jewelry again.
  • Wear loose garments as tight clothes or their fabrics can snuggle with the jewelry while wearing or putting off the clothes.
  • Don’t lie on your stomach while sleeping. Instead, try to sleep on your back.
  • Watch for the signs of the infection including redness, increased pain, warm and discolored drainage.

Don’t Do These Things with Your New Navel Piercing

  • Using ointments as they can cut the air supply to the piercing area
  • Using apply alcohol, hand sanitizer, perfume soap or peroxide to clean your navel piercing, as they are harsh and cause irritation.
  • Wearing heavy jewelry or barbells which can stretch the skin, causing pain.
  • Swimming in pool, ocean, and lake. Don’t take hot tub bath either. Because the contact with unclean water can infect and irritate your fresh navel piercing.

Last Note:

So you must have understood what belly button piercing is, how it is done and what you should do. In a nutshell, belly button piercing is done on the navel and requires you a good artist and follow aftercare instructions afterward. If the pain is your concern (belly button piercing won’t hurt you), you can use Dr. Numb numbing cream to dull your pain. It is simple to use. Just wash your belly button area and pat it dry. Apply numbing creams to the area. Cover it with a plastic cling or wrap. Remove the wrap after one hour. You are ready for a painless navel piercing. Your skin will remain numb for an hour or two.

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