Summer is coming, and that means it's time to think about adding a belly piercing, or navel piercing, to your collection!
Belly piercings have been in existence for many many years, and are arguably one of the most flattering piercings you can get. If you are considering getting this piercing, it's important to be educated beforehand! Today we will cover everything you need to know about belly piercings, including planning, anatomy, initial jewelry choices, the healing process, and jewelry variations for once your belly is healed!
First you need to have in mind what you want your belly piercing to look like! We have all seen the traditional piercing with the traditional belly ring as seen here:
but there are a LOT of very underrated options for this piercing!
Let's go over some variations and some that may be ideal for you if you don't have the anatomy for the traditional belly ring!
The inverse belly ring is exactly what the name says, a belly ring that is pierced on the bottom of the navel instead of the top! This is often a great choice for people with outie belly buttons.
You can even have both the traditional belly ring and the inverse belly ring at once! How cute is this:
Switch the traditional belly rings shown here for curved barbells once you're healed and you've got an adorable minimalist look for your belly button!
A "Floating Navel Ring" may be ideal for you if your belly button is more horizontal than vertical. As you can see the top is beautiful and the bottom has a flat disc to allow for a happy, healthy piercing!
If you don't have the anatomy for any of these, you can always get a dermal piercing to mock a belly ring! The result is just as stunning ❤️
A very unique option for your belly is these two angled traditional belly piercings!
All in all, when deciding how you want your belly to look it's important to get creative! Check out these ideas where they added dermal piercings around their belly rings:
Once you decide what you want, you need to find a qualified piercer to do the job. Steer clear of cheap prices, unclean spaces, and piercers with no portfolio to show!
You will need to ensure that you are pierced with a titanium or surgical steel belly ring! Learn more about what jewelry is suitable for initial piercings here, or view our selection of belly rings perfect for initial piercings here.
The healing time for a belly piercing to *fully* heal is around 3-6 months, but it may feel healed after just 4-6 weeks. After you get pierced you will need to use a saline spray to clean your piercing! I suggest Neilmed Piercing Aftercare! We have an in depth explanation on aftercare on our blog if you'd like to read that, and you can find out more in depth about the healing process of a piercing in this blog!
With belly piercings, there are some precautions to take while healing! You need to be careful not to sleep on your stomach, catch it in your loofah in the shower or on your towel while drying off. It's also important to note that high waisted pants or sitting down a lot may agitate your belly ring. Belts are another caution!
When I worked as a waitress, my belt would often get caught on my new belly ring when bending over even just slightly. This caused my belly ring to reject, so just be careful!
Just like any other piercing, your belly ring should be downsized as you heal! Once it's healed the possibilities are endless. Here are two super unique healed variations that I just love and wanted to share with you guys!
A hoop placed in your navel piercing makes a very different an satisfying look!
And here, an industrial barbell was placed in this traditional and inverse belly piercing!
I hope this has been a helpful and inspirational source for you all, and I wish you the best with your future and existing navel piercings!
Until next time,