A Complete Guide to Belly Piercings

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Getting a belly button piercing often comes with a lot of questions. Here on this page we share all of our knowledge and research about various subjects related to the immensely popular trend of belly piercings.

If you have any questions about belly piercings, here you can read information ranging from how much pain to expect or how much does a belly button piercing cost to how long will it take for the belly piercing to heal.

When you have already gotten your belly pierced, we have the best information about proper belly button aftercare and buying the right belly bars.


Regular questions about Belly Button Piercings

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Where Does The Belly Button Piercing Go?

Your belly button piercing will go through the skin around your belly button, usually above the upper rim of the navel. The piercing goes through the top, while the jewellery hangs down over your belly button.

Why Are Belly Button Piercings So Popular?

Belly button piercings have been kept in fashion by celebrities like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian. Celebrities have always worn this sexy trend, so it’s safe to say it isn’t going away any time soon.

Will getting a belly button piercing hurt?

Yes, getting your belly button pierced will hurt, but only a little bit. The sharp pain only lasts a split second, and then it’s all over. There may be some dull ache for a couple of days afterwards, but it’s not so bad.

How Much Will it Cost to Get Your Belly Button Pierced?

Getting your belly button pierced will cost between £20-£25 in most professional studios in the UK. On top of this you must also purchase the belly button ring itself, normally titanium, which can cost a further ‎£5-£10. Don’t let price be an issue if you are serious about a navel piercing; you pay for quality.

Tips

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Unfortunately not everybody is meant to have a belly button piercing, and here are 3 reasons it might not be for you.

1. If your belly button is an ‘outie’. Piercing an outie can lead to serious health problems.

2. You may not have enough loose skin around your navel, meaning a higher risk of irritation.

3. If your belly button ‘winks’ or closes when sitting or bent over, as strain when sitting can cause problems.

Finding the right piercing studio to get your belly button pierced is very important, so here are five tips to help you find the right place for you.

1. Visit a few different places so that you know your options.

2. Familiarise yourself with the studio, get comfortable, learn about the store.

3. Ask plenty of questions about the shop, method for piercing and procedure when getting your belly button pierced.

4. Make sure the studio doesn’t use piercing guns, as they can cause higher risks of infection.

5. Get to know the piercing artist, talk to them, get comfortable. A good artist will be happy to put your mind at ease.

Piercing material types for Belly Button Piercings

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The four most common types of materials used in belly button piercings are: surgical steel, titanium, bioflex and solid gold. When you are getting your belly pierced, it’s extremely important that you only use nickel free materials.

In most countries, piercing artists are obligated by law to use only nickel-free jewellery. Most piercing studios use belly bars made of solid titanium.

Below you can find more information about the four most common materials used to make belly jewellery.

316L Surgical Steel

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The most common material used to make belly bars. Most of the belly bars available in our store are made from 316L surgical steel, and it’s natural silver shine makes it a popular material among customers.

Quality steel, polished silver look, very affordable.

Contains small amounts of nickel, will discolour over time.

Bioflex

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Bioflex is the perfect material for comfort. Its flexibility is great for lazy sundays as well as sport. Because of its affordability, everybody with a belly piercing should own at least a couple.

Extremely flexible and lightweight, allowing less chance of infection.

Might feel cheap, can still break.

G23 Titanium

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Titanium is one the best materials you can buy. Solid titanium belly bars are also used when you are getting pierced for the first time. Great choice for people with sensitive skin and nickel-allergies.

Extremely durable, no discolouration, 100% nickel-free, lighter than steel.

More expensive than surgical steel, darker shade of silver than steel.

14K Solid gold

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Don’t settle for anything less. Gold is an extremely luxurious option, and also makes the perfect gift for those you care about. There is no substitute for gold.

Completely nickel-free, precious material and luxurious.

Most expensive material available.

As an online piercing shop, we do receive requests for belly bars made of silver. Despite the fact that you are able to find some online, sterling silver is not very suitable to be used for belly bars.

It is quite common for silver jewellery to turn green or black over time, losing its shine, due to the small levels of copper in the metal, which react to moisture and oxygen in the air. This leads to increased risks of infections and irritations.

Healing of your Belly Button Piercing

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How Long Does it Take For A Belly Button Piercing to Heal?

Your new belly button piercing will take between 3-6 months to fully heal. Sometimes it can take up to a year, but it is important not to remove your belly ring prematurely.

Your belly button may appear to be healed after just a few weeks, but it is important to be patient as there is a lot going on under the surface that you cannot see.

If you decide to switch your belly bar anyway, make sure to never use materials containing nickel until it’s fully healed.

Your Belly Button Piercing has Finally Healed

So your belly button piercing has finally healed, and you’re itching to get your hands on some new belly jewellery.

When you start shopping for belly bars, there are so many to choose from. You might want to get a few different designs, such as a few basics, some fancy dangling ones or some flexible ones made from bioflex acrylic.

Keep in mind that the fanciest belly piercings are also the most fragile ones. Furthermore, gold and rose gold belly bars might look nice and won’t cost much; however, as they are not made of solid gold, they will discolour after a while. Make sure to keep them dry after coming into contact with water and sweat.

Taking care of your Belly Button Piercing

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Can you swim after getting your Belly Button pierced?

Do not go for a swim immediately after you get your belly button pierced. There are some things you need to know before going for a swim after getting your belly button pierced.

It’s perfectly natural to want to get out on the beach and show off your belly button piercing, but you should not get your piercing wet at all in the first 4 weeks, other than when cleaning.

Use waterproof bandages bought from a pharmacy when swimming after this first period, and avoid getting sand or other irritants in the pierced area.

After your swim in a pool or any other chlorine water, be sure to soak the area thoroughly with warm water, sea salt for 15 minutes.

For healed belly button piercings, the salty sea water is actually a great natural salt bath that can work as piercing aftercare. Just make sure to wash the pierced area with clean water afterwards.

Risks with your new Belly Button Piercing

Like all piercings, belly buttons have risks such as irritation, infection and rejection. Luckily it is not as likely to happen with a belly piercing as it would be with other piercing types.

To avoid these complications follow the steps outlined above in our aftercare column.

Infection may be present if your piercing site is still irritated and red after 3 or more weeks, and a doctor should treat it accordingly.

Rejection can happen when your body tries to push out your piercing and can lead to discomfort.

Allergic reactions to certain materials such as nickel can occur, so be careful when buying surgical steel belly bars.

How Do I clean my new Belly Button Piercing?

Looking after your new belly button piercing is important, so be sure to use aftercare products to avoid complications during the healing process. It’s all about staying consistent and cleaning the skin surrounding the piercing.

Clean the skin and the piercing with a mixture of water and sea-salt using a cotton swab daily or use our salt spray solution. Be very careful and gentle.

Don’t pick at the crust, it’s there to fight infection.

Watch this video for the best tips on belly piercing cleaning: