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An Illustrated Guide to Navel Piercings

Close-up of a belly button piercing

Close-up of a belly button piercing

Different Types of Belly Button Piercings

A navel (belly button) piercing passes through the rim of the navel. While they are typically done just above the navel on the top ridge, they can also go anywhere around the outside of the navel (wherever there is a fold or "lip").

This type of piercing is fairly common, particularly among women. Almost every body type can be pierced in this location. The only exception is if the line your torso creates when you bend at the stomach runs directly through the belly button, rather than up around the ribs. If this is the case, healing will be extremely difficult due to constant pressure and irritation, and so it should probably be avoided.

Traditionally, these are not easy to heal. I personally have had mine pierced twice. The first time, while in college, I ended up having to remove the ring due to an infection that occurred when I got really sick and my immune system decided to stop functioning properly. I later got it re-pierced. Out of all my piercings, however, I will say that this is the one that gives me the most grief. It frequently gets snagged on blankets and gets irritated every time I am hit with a cold.

Below, find a comprehensive guide to the different types of navel piercings.

Curved barbell belly button piercing

Curved barbell belly button piercing

Curved Barbell

  • Navel piercings are usually done with a curved barbell and can take anywhere from 4 to 12 months to heal completely.
  • Once healed, they can be changed out and replaced with captive bead rings or J-bars (a curved barbell in the shape of a J).
  • This seems to be the body modification of choice among teenage girls, but it is important to keep in mind that wearing tight clothing can irritate the wound and prevent healing from occurring.
Belly button jewelry

Belly button jewelry

Belly Button Ring

Jewelry comes in all shapes and sizes and can be purchased practically anywhere. In the mall, at Hot Topic, and even down the shore at stands. Many rings include attachments such as butterflies, hearts, or stars that adorn the jewelry by dangling down off the ring.

True navel piercing

True navel piercing

True Navel (Outie) Piercing

If you have an outie, don't fret. It can still be pierced.

  • When an outie is pierced, it is called a true navel piercing.
  • Rather than passing through the skin just above the opening, a true navel piercing goes through the belly button itself.
An inverse navel piercing

An inverse navel piercing

Inverse Belly Button Piercing

An inverse, or lower, navel piercing is a vertically placed piercing located on the bottom ridge.

Double navel piercing

Double navel piercing

Double Navel Piercing

A double navel is a combination piercing that involves a standard belly button ring paired with an inverse.

Deep navel piercing

Deep navel piercing

Deep Navel Piercing

A deep navel is similar to a standard, except that it passes through a much larger area of skin. Regular barbells will not usually fit in these.

Horizontal belly button piercing

Horizontal belly button piercing

Horizontal Belly Button Piercing

  • A horizontal navel piercing is a surface piercing that passes horizontally above the ridge of it, rather than going through it.
  • Because it is a surface piercing, it is especially prone to rejection. Rejection happens when the body does not take to the foreign matter that has been inserted. Instead of healing around it, the body attempts to push the jewelry out. Poor health can also contribute to rejection.
Double horizontal navel piercing

Double horizontal navel piercing

Double Horizontal Navel Piercing

Another form of a horizontal is the double horizontal, which is comprised of two separate piercings on either side of the navel that are then joined with one long barbell.

Multi-navel piercing

Multi-navel piercing

Multi-Navel Piercing

Any stomach that contains one or more piercings may sometimes be called a multi-navel, or navel project. This can consist of any pattern of navel piercings, and an array of body jewelry.

Stretched belly button piercing

Stretched belly button piercing

Stretched Belly Button Piercing

Belly buttons, just like ears, tongues, and noses, can be stretched (also called gauging). This is done by gradually stretching the piercing over time, coaxing it to hold thicker and thicker jewelry, until you have achieved the desired size.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Jaclyn Popola


Sky on April 12, 2020:

Never ever pierce your outie! Ever. It is pretty much your leftover embilical cord. Piercing it ciuld cause infection or shock that could send infection into your blood stream. Dont do it

Kirstie on October 16, 2017:

Had my belly button done about three week ago and I took it out can I get redone again if my belly button is healed straight away but I still got scars :)

KT on January 17, 2017:

I've had my belly button pierced for about a year now and only ever had the original barbell because it's not healed yet (I tried intensive care in the younger stages), recently the skin has become quite thin and it is close to tearing. It's being rejected so I guess even if you do the right things your body may still reject the piercing! Such a shame but it was fun while it lasted

Catherine on February 14, 2015:

I have had my belly button pierced for 6 months. I take care of it but I feel like it is rejecting because it seems like there isn't as much skin between the top and bottom ball like there was when I had gotten it done. It's not in pain or having any symptoms of rejection. My boyfriend a few times when he puts arms around my waist he accidently forgets that I have a belly button piercing and he has hit into the top ball a few times and he might have stretched out the top whole from accidently pushing the top ball down but could that also cause my belly button ring to be like this? The only thing is that the skin looks a little dried out and its a pinkish/red tone. Is it just because its healing or could it possibly be rejection?

blank on September 02, 2012:

it says you can stretched/ gauge out your bellybutton,is his true & how would it look?

carren on July 06, 2012:

They told me the rim wasn't good enough for an inverse and i still want one, is there anyway to get a better rim? Or is there anyway i can still get the inverse, my belly button kinda slopes down.... please n thank ya.

Nina on June 09, 2012:

@Jaymz is right u can die from a "true navel piercing" cause it can go through this thing inside u. Lol all the ppl saying ur mom wont find out are so stupid what about in summer or if ur shirt rolls up a lil? I got mine when i was 13 in the 3rd week in april (im 14 now) down the shore in wildwood nj. But i was allowed my mom took me. I changed it yesterday but it was acting nit right so i put the first one back in. I was cleaning it w H2O spray but i ran out but im probably not buying more bc it doesn't rly help. Its a lil red on top an it bled when i changed it today but its fine now its a lil pink on top tho and it gets crusty kinda on bottom but thatsnormal. But none of u guys getting it secrrtly done are smart bc if it gets infected and u need to go to a dr ull get in trouble

lacy on May 25, 2012:

okay i have had my belly button pierced for about seven months and i played in cold well water for the first time and now its sore , its healed , i don't understand why ? do i need to cover it up with a bandage every time i go swimming . or play in water? could someone please try to help me asap i leave for camp in two days and need to no what to do when i go swimming , in chloride pool too

Bert on May 23, 2012:

i got also my deep navel pierced!Super and sexy!!!

Malia on March 22, 2012:


I got my navel pierced 3 days ago and reading all these post about it rejecting and leaving ugly scars, scares me. Especially because my barbell has a dangling brass knuckle on it, but I don't believe its too l . It definitely did hurt somewhat, but maybe because I looked when my piercer did it. Fml. I kimda regreg piercing it now that im ready these outcomes. ,"/

Becci on March 12, 2012:

also, iv noticed a smallish 'bump' like thing under the bottom hole.. it's a bit shiny, and kinda looks like a blood blister.. i called my piercer just before and said to come in so she can check it out properly and if it is the start of an infection they might have to pop it.. i'm like freaking out over it.. iv done everything i was supposed to :( just some advise to everyone who searches up for information on the web.. ; GO IN AND SEE THE PERSON WHO PIERCED YOU. looking at photos, and asking other people for answers might help.. but it needs to be looked at professionally. i'm going to see mine asap. take care :)

Becci on March 07, 2012:

Iv had mine done for about 11 weeks now. iv had no pain what so ever. the piercer said to use this spray stuff on it twice a day for TWO WEEKS and to shower morning and night and to clean away and icky gross stuff that comes out of it. since iv stopped using the spray, iv still got icky gooey stuff still coming out of it, is that just a part of the healing, or is it becoming infected?? it's not red or inflamed at all. hope someone can answer my question. lol :) cheers

Gggi on March 02, 2012:

Ok I got my tummy pierced like a week ago now it doesn't hurt at all just clean it well with anti bacterial soap or sea salt and water solution everyday twice a day and it will be fine :)

g on February 28, 2012:

i got mine for Christmas last year. i've had it for about 2 months now. it didn't hurt at all to get it done, just a small pinch. since then, i haven't had any problems. clean it with antibacterial soap and/or a sea salt and water solution TWICE a day. no more, no less. good luck. xx

Lennie on February 27, 2012:

I got my navel piercing a few days ago and it was done and over with in less than 60 seconds. I felt a little pinch, then a pull. That was it! It didn't change color until yesterday. The top is starting to turn pink. Is this normal? The guy told me, for all those who wanna know,


2, Wait 6 weeks before changing it to a different 316L piercing.

3, Wait 6 months before changing to anything other than 316L. (ex. 316, 925 Silver, etc)

The federal government has regulated jewelry for new piercings. ONLY 316L, which is implant grade surgical stainless steel, not just surgical stainless, can be used. The "L" stands for low carbon. It also contains less nickel,(the most common cause of allergic reactions).

Just F.I.Y.

mee on February 26, 2012:

Im doing mine myself, as long as you know what your doing and are sanitary then it shouldn't be aproblem. Ive done 3 otger piercings myself, one was my cartilage (with a safety pin) it wasbtotally fine, just keep your piercings clean, save money and do it yourself (if you have the right materials and research)..

Becksta on February 11, 2012:

I've had my naval pierced for nearly 5 months and its amazing, no problems at all. Little bit sore to begin with. Healing time does depend on your body. Mine took 2 months :D

Maria on January 26, 2012:

So I'm getting it done today..does anyone know what it looks. Like after 30 days?

koolbeanz123 on January 24, 2012:

i want my navel pirced my mumm sed next year i cant wait that long wat to do

zoe on January 19, 2012:

kk, ive read heaps of comments saying that the skin has become so thin that the piercing has fallen out because they're 'stupid' for wearing heavy dangly bars or not caring for it properly....its migration, and it happens to most surface piercings, basically its unavoidable, it doesn't matter how well you look after it

-and also with red bumps and swelling, i found that holding/running warm water over it or holding something warm can help reduce and eventually clear :)

hope this helped anyone :) ???

Carys on January 15, 2012:

I got mine done yesterday, the clamp didn't hurt but I could feel the needle that hurt a little. Now it hardly hurts

brittany on January 11, 2012:

I'm thinkin about getting a piercing....does it hurt and how long do I have to stay out of water

Jessi on December 31, 2011:

Some suggestions out there from experience:

1. Choose your piercer CAREFULLY. I made the mistake of going to someone that had years of experience doing it WRONG, and it caused a lot of problems with the piercing that I eventually took out. Look for someone experienced with a license. Look at reviews on the piercer/place

2. WAIT to change it your piercing until it has healed. The more you change it, the worse it can get! Leave it alone until its healed.

3. Be committed to cleaning it. I just got mine repierced not too long ago, and I have had no problems. Sea salt and antibacterial soap 2x a day is working for me, but your piercer will give you instructions on what to do.

4. STAY away from pools, they are infested with chemicals that will dry out your skin and bacteria that will cause an infection. If you absolutely have to, clean it right after with sea salt or anti-bacterial soap

5. DON'T overclean it. Stick to 2-3 times a day, but personally 2x is enough for me. Your body needs to build up a defense against germs, and overcleaning it can agitate it and make things worse.

Hope this helps! :)

Melissa on December 30, 2011:


Make sure yu hav sugar in yur system when yu get it done and if yu pass out get some mnt dew and m&ms..

Melissa on December 29, 2011:

I just got mine done a week ago today, my mom thinks I could be illergect to the bar bell bc it is red, but it doesn't hurt and the skin is getting crusty and it hasn't gotten crusty since the first day I got it..but we both kno it could be this skin "dieing" which is naturally gonna happen as it heals but neither of us are sure which situation I'm in. So I attempted to change it to a plastic one but the balls are too tight and I can't get them off, what should I do??

deegirl on December 26, 2011:

To all you people that say when it's rejected it's your body or whatever. When it falls out it's because your growing taller and the skin gets thinner as you grow up and it dometimes just pops out. This generally only happens when your under sixteen cause you haven't properly grown

Cheerwhore on December 26, 2011:

@Chloe. I got mine done on a friday and the following thursday i ahd cheerleading. It doesn't heal in a week but it stops hurting in like 3 or 4 days. Just wear a breathable plaster on it at cheerleading and you will be fine :) and take extra care not to bump it. But definatly don't take it out until its healed x

Kitty cat on December 26, 2011:

@ ames, it is like a really bad pain but only for a second. Like no shit it is only a second. And you don't know when its coming so its just like ouch for a second then its over i promise :)

Im hot as on December 26, 2011:

Lol. To all of you saying "omg you can't swim with it until its healed' you have a shower every day don't you and it gets wet there? I got mine done about 5 weeks ago and for the first like two days it was so sore but after that it was fine. I do cheerleading and it doesn't hurt or anything. It hasn't even healed yet but its still fine. I've been swimming heaps it doesn't even matter. Just make sure you go to a professional in my opinion it's better when it';s a girl that already has theirs done :)

Michelle on December 22, 2011:

I'm getting an inverse navel piercing today. I've had the top for about 2 & 1/2 years and I've never had problems with it. Is the bottom more prone to rejecting?

ames on December 19, 2011:

im getting my belly button pierced in 6days.

I think my biggest worry is how much it hurts. Everyone says it dosent hurt but i got my ears pierced and that hurt is it anything like the same?

And how long does it take to heel?

can someone answer ASAP please :)

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on December 19, 2011:

@CHLOE - Even if you take excellent care of your piercing, it still will not be fully healed until after 4-6 weeks. No matter what you do you can't speed up your body's healing time. After 2 weeks it will still be very tender, and with all the bending over and twisting and turning that comes along with cheerleading, I'd think very carefully before getting it done at this time. Getting hit or elbowed in a freshly pierced area does NOT feel good!

Nya on December 14, 2011:

its not fully healed in 4 months. I got mine done by the best guy in BC, before you change your navel peircing, it should be seasoned.With the litteral meaning of seeing all the seasons, wait a year for the best relults.

animaddie on December 10, 2011:

right, the people who say your navel piercing is not rejecting because you take care of it...

the amount of care you give it doesn't excuse the reason for your rejection.

having a metal bar in our body is completely foreign to it, it doesn't know it was put there intentionally.

and if the skin is getting thinner, doesn't necessarily mean it's rejecting.

and i highly do NOT recommend getting your navel repierced if it does reject, keep in mind that however many times you repierce it, it will always reject and just leave numerous skars on your body and will make it look quite tacky

Jaclyn Popola (author) from Florida on December 03, 2011:

@arianaa1997 - Besides being sore, do you have any other symptoms? Is the skin around the piercing red or oozing pus or anything? I have more info on what to do if the navel piercing gets infected here:

Hope that helps!

arianaa1997 on December 02, 2011:

i just got my belly button pierced about four weeks ago, and around my belly button its starting to get really sore. has this happened to anybody else, and if so what does it mean ?

Amelia on November 30, 2011:

I'm 15 and would like my belly pierced, but I do gymnastics which I love and am not prepared to give up. Will doing gymnastics irritate/rip the piercing? I'm worried about things like backflips because you bend your back so much, which stretches the stomach skin. Also, if it will irritate it, will it just be while it's healing (how long?) or forever? One more question, sorry! I have read that you shouldn't wear tight clothes - is this just while it's healing or whenever you have a belly bar in? Thanks!

Krista on November 17, 2011:

blahhhh- Don't use Neosporin. You need to soak your piercing with warm sea salt water. You need to buy sea salt and put 1 teaspoon of it in 8 ounces water. Heat it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds and put it in a shot glass or small container. Lean forward, put the container or shot glass over your piercing and carefully lay down so you don't spill it. Soak for 15 minutes. Do that 3 times a day until it heals. That's what any piercer would recommend as the same thing happened to me and I did the sea salt soaks and now my piercing is completely healed. Never use Neosporin and band aids, they will just increase the healing time of your piercing.

blahhhh on November 16, 2011:

Ok I was to bored to read all the comments but I am kinda chunky and my belly buttons has been pierced forr about 5 months now its been really red since I got it so I took it out and put neosporain on it with a bandage on it for the night to heal a long can I go before it closes

liz on November 15, 2011:

I've had my belly button peirced for ten years now..I have to take it out for surgery (laproscopy) can anyone please tell me how long I can keep the piercing out before it closes?

Jennemas on October 28, 2011:

Relax and leave it alone plus take care of it the way your peircer told u to. and LEAVE IT ALOnE... Clean it and leave it.

Pandabear02 on October 24, 2011:

So, my friend tried piercing her belly button with a 14g taper and it's starting to go in, not very much, but it's making somewhat of a dent. What are your opinions?

alex on October 18, 2011:

Also anyone could you please tell me....i have changed my bellybutton ring 4 months after getting it pierced. What are the chances of it rejecting?i tend to be a really fast healer.

alex on October 18, 2011:

Paige 20.......what you are doing is going to heal up the hole. You should go to your piercer every month or so to see 1)if its healing right and 2)if you can get it pierced again. I siguest waiting at lease 4 months before getting it repierced. The scar will basically go away and what doesn't go away will be pinkish color. If you do get your bellybutton repierced it will cover up the scar but it will hurt a little more because the scar tissue is ruffer.

emma on October 12, 2011:

I had scars on my wrist from a piercing and they faded over time but they didn't go but when i got it repierced you couldn't even see the old scar. You just have to wait for it to heal and then the new one will hide the scar. Also if piercings start rejecting go the dr and ask for FUCIDIN cream its amazing all mine seem to reject but i use the cream and it stops after a few days. Im getting my second navel one soon im completely hooked on piercings ive had 19 done all together and definitely not ready to quit.

SavannahWilt on October 01, 2011:

Im sorry to bother everyone, but i have had mine done for about a week now...but there are these two red patches around it and they wont go away? Is something wrong? It looks bad and idk what it means...?? Other than that, its great!

Veggiegirl12 on September 14, 2011:

So I'm considering getting mine done but I want to be fully informed first, so I have some ?'s:

1. How long does it take until you can arch your back and it won't hurt the area around the piercing?

2. Does anyone who tumbles or does gymnastics have theirs pierced and if so, do backbends and backhandsprings hurt? Does front tumbling hurt?

3. Which is better, a normal or an inverse piercing?

4. How much does it generally cost

Danielle on September 09, 2011:

WOW I have my quad done and it has never been infected or fellin out maybe I am just lucky but my piercer knew what he was doing best of luck and NM, I was a cheerleader I got my top done at the beginning of the year and I went to practice a month later, so you should be fine

Collette~ on September 08, 2011:

I got my belly pierced before and i cleaned it well and didn't play with it much but it kept getting really thin so i ended up taking it out after a couple months before it completely pushed itself out. It healed a couple weeks later but now the two holes kind of merged together and i have a little scar. Could i get it repierced you think? Theres not a lot of skin right there though bc im skinny and the wholes merging make it skinnier... Helppppp i want it backkk

Tiffani on September 05, 2011:

I had mine done saturday. Connie you should be cleaning it.. Use salty water, and wash it whilst showering (have two a day) Don't touch it without sanitised hands, because you will get an infection. Try cleaning gently with tissue buds, not your hands.


connie on September 02, 2011:

i had my belly button done 2 days ago and there is dried blood around the top part, should i pick it off?

Carrieann on August 13, 2011:

This october I will have my bellybutton peirced for 1 year. Right now I have a gold dangle ib my navel and it is a little swollen and really red and it hurts really bad since I put it in.

Linda on June 01, 2011:

Nice body accessories....

Alex on June 01, 2011:

I Like your post. Is it hurts...????

Sarah on June 01, 2011:

If only "odd" people get them, that must make a large percentage of the female population odd.

You know, being "odd" is not necessarily a bad thing. It is the "odd" people that leave their mark, changing the course of history through advances in art, science, and philosophy.

cait on May 22, 2011:

i got my belly button pierced in January. i took pretty good care of it, i changed it in like march and it got infected now its may and its completely healed, but the skin seems to be thinning and its definitely not infected so my body cant be rejecting it and i don't know what to do. I don't wanna take it out and get it repierced its almost summer.

Jenny on May 08, 2011:

if you are fat DO NOT GET ONE!

Anngel on April 02, 2011:

Hay ,

I got my belly pierced about 4 weeks ago and I have already changed the bar , at first it didn't go red Buht now its heaps red around the too holes :/ .

how can I make the redness go away and get it to hill ?

Someone please answer :( ??

chelsea. on March 26, 2011:

Okay, can i get my belly button pierced without the circular ring? Can i get it done at first with a J shaped/straight ring? To me the circular ones are ugly. :d please help.

izla_16 on January 25, 2011:

No i like all belly piercings they are cool.....everyone on here seems to think u can not go swimming for like a year but i went swimming two days after getting mine cause i went on holiday and its great had it two years now and its perfect an i love it!!

casei on January 21, 2011:

i honestly think just a plain belly button peircing is normal . anything like multi peircing or sideways w.e is unattractive

Cynta on December 06, 2010:

Hey i got my belly button pierced about 3 days ago.

Im really hoping it doesn't get rejected i didn't realise it could to i read this stuff today!

My piercers advice & cleaning was to clean it with ANTIBACTERIAL soap in the morning when you have a shower & at night with SEA SALT not table salt disolved in warm water & let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Do this everyday for 2months after that just salt & warm water if you may. Its best not to go swimming if you do only clean beaches & wear a waterproof bandage in swimming pools because there is a lot of bacteria.

DO NOT PLAY WITH IT it can take from anywhere up to a year to heal everyone is different DO NOT CHANGE it til it is healed!!!! If it starts to get infected use sea salt & warm water soak once a day!

I hope this helped someone if you have questions you should call your piercer they know best they are the professionals!

One thing i want to know tho is how can you tell when it is healed???

tayjay on November 10, 2010:

can anyone please tell me about the inverse belly piercing, im getting it tomorrow and would love some advice and stories if any of yous have any :)


:D on November 08, 2010:

im getting the normal one

in about two weeks, im ssoo excitedd! :DDDD

Kylemotherfuckingknapp on November 05, 2010:


i think this was useful.

im getting the skin under my belly button done in about...

5 min. YAY!

audra on October 27, 2010:

my b button peircing is red and i got it done about 2 1/2 weeks ago, theres no puss or anything, i clean it with warm water and soap, but i need for the redness to go away, it makes the peircing look unattractive, i need advice to make it less red and quick!?!?!?

k on October 14, 2010:

I got the top of my belly button pierced when I was fifteen. It wasn't a painful piercing to get - it's a bit uncomfortable having a clamp on your stomach and a needle going through your skin, as expected, but isn't actually painful. It hurts a bit afterwards, like if it gets caught on clothing, or just bending down or slouching when sitting for the first couple of days, but it's fine. It didn't get infected at all, but it took a year to heal! Some people just take longer to heal and I guess this applies to me - I had very few problems with it when it was healing. If you get it done and it goes a little (emphasis on little) crusty, or a little pus comes out of it, this is pretty normal! If it's a lot though, and is red and sore then it's possible it could be infected, but a little is normal initially. Admittedly, I could've cared for it better, but I didn't fiddle with it or touch it without cleaning my hands first. I used a small amount of sea salt with warm water in like a small 30ml medicine cup to clean it twice a day for the first couple months, then once a day for the next few, and with antibacterial soap in the shower until it had fully healed just giving it a salt water wash when it needed it. When it was sore I used Savlon wound spray or a Savlon cream - both were helpful to the healing process. Quite a few people I know have been told not to use Savlon, but it worked really well for me sooo...!

I got it pierced with a standard barbell, but it was too long for the amount of skin I had pierced so this probably contributed to the healing time. It catches and gets aggravated a lot less now I have a shorter barbell in it.

The piercing is a bit wonky, but it's not really noticable unless I point it out. I'm getting an inverse navel piercing soon and I'm very excited! But definitely not looking forward to healing it again ¬_¬

I went on holiday a month after I got it pierced and the hotel's pool was overly chlorinated one day which made the piercing a bit sore but other than that it was completely fine. I've had it done for two and a bit years now, and have had absolutely no problems with it since it healed!

But yeah, look after it, and make sure you get it pierced in a reputable place and it should be fine!

Darcy on September 07, 2010:

I first go my belly pierced when i was 13! I would not recommend this as your body is still growing and as you get taller the skin of piercing will stretch! this can lead to the skin becoming smaller and sore and then your body rejecting the piercing! (this what happened to me!)I got it re-pierced when i was 17! also try not to buy surgical steel or stainless still bars because these irriate the piercing! the best ones are titanium and silver! therefore the longer you wait the better and be careful at the bars you use :)

I hope this is useful :D

lauraleigh. on August 28, 2010:

ok, i got my tummy pierced at the top, back in march and it rejected for no reason. i cleaned it but i may have changed the bar too soon.

i got it re done about a week ago, and its pierced through less skin than it was when i got it done, so im worried its rejecting again. to anyone else who has the same problem, its not your fault unless you think you're doing something wrong. im nearly fifteen, and if it falls through again, ima just wait till im seventeen and then get it re done... again :/

crazyyyygalxxx on August 23, 2010:

i had my belly button pierced and its a outie too. looks great and no pain at all and the ring covers the outie part because they pierced it above the skin. so guys if you have an outie you can get it pierced normally if you have enough skin around your belly button.

Abbie on August 16, 2010:

hiya erm i had my belly done about 2 months ago and i changed it into a dangley one only today i noticed that the skin has gone thinner and thinner and im worried that if i wash it or put water on it, then the belly bar will fall out completely what should i do, im scared please HELP! :(

kristy on August 06, 2010:

I had my belly button pierced 6 months ago. Well I was wearing just a normal barbell, not one of those long dangley ones, but I was laying on my stomach on my boyfriend's bed doing my homework on the computer, and well, the blanket snagged on my belly button ring and pulled it almost all the way out. I went straight to the professional that pierced it for me and asked him what I should do. he told me to take it out and let it heal and they'd re-do it. I now have a very red little scar. This happened a month ago, and it's still healing. I've been putting Neosporin on it and been cleaning it with ear piercing solution about once a day to help with the healing process. I guess what I want to know is how long it would take for it to completely heal?

ladee on July 23, 2010:

If you smoke, will it cause the healing process to heal slower? I got mines done 4 days ago and so far it looks great. The reason why I asked was because when I had my baby, I had to have a c-section and smoking caused my scar to look ugly instead of a thin white line. Also, how would you know when then healing is done? I know I'm supposed to wait 4 to 6 months before changing it but what if I am one of those persons who has to wait longer?

aly on June 05, 2010:

hey listen, my belly button piercing was infected for 8 months before i heard of h2ocean. that stuff worked wonders. :) you might want to try it

nicole. on May 30, 2010:

okay. well. i got my belly pierced, by a friend that has done it like three or four times, and didn't have prong thingyys to hold my skin, and it doesn't go through my belly button, though it does look like it. i don't know if i should just take it out or leave it in, and wait and ask if i can get it professional later. I'm 15, and should have waited, I know that now, but i do like it, but i want it to actually go through my belly button, so what hshould i do?

:) on May 18, 2010:

I just repierced my belly button a couple months ago. I

cleaned it everyday but a couple weeks later my skin started to get thiner and thiner and my ring fell out.

What should I do for my next piercing? Should I tell tell them to go more into my skin? Now I have ugly scar tissue

on my belly button.

;( on April 06, 2010:

I've just gotten my belly repierced again. I clean it everyday. But a couple weeks later my skin became thin and

I can see that my belly button is going to fall off. I'm scared that if i clean it the skin is going to get even thiner and my belly button ring is going to fall out. What should I do?

J'Lo on March 26, 2010:

I have had my belly button pierced twice. The first time it rejected after two weeks. Then I had to wait eight months to re-pierce it. Now its been over a year and its still trying to heal. Its not infected and im irritated with it because the piercing is down deep and I cant find any belly button rings that fit now!

georgie on March 24, 2010:

i had my belly pierced 7 years ago when i was 10. I had the bottom done a few weeks ago. There both fine! No it doesn't hurt!! Just clean them religiously with something like spray on savlon ( a anti-bacterial wound wash) or just use warm salt water and do it about 3-4 times a day! And the white ring around it is called a healing ring..its a good sign so don't try and pick or rub it off!!

crazygirl101 on March 11, 2010:

heyy i have a normal navel piercing, ive had it for bout 8 weeks, a few years ago have sugry for an infected appendix, i had keyhole and there is a scar in the bottom of my navel, when i got my navel piercied they said they could do the top but i didn't ask if they could do the bottom, i have had a few piercings and with all of them they have scarred really badly, so i was wonderring if i can get a navel piercing on the bottom of my navel?? (where the scar is) or will this be more painfull and make the healling time prolonged?? thanks for taking the time to read this please let me kno wat any1 thinks coz i realli wanna kno, thanks crazygirl 101 xxx

vick on February 25, 2010:

i lobe my belly piecrings! i have 4 :)

Brianna on January 22, 2010:


that happened to me too. i think eventually they'll go down a little bit, but they won't disappear completely. mine are still there. the second time i went to go get my belly button pierced, the lady told me to put aloe vera on it because it'll eat the scar tissue. [[that's a lie]] i tried it & it won't work. but if i were you i wouldn't get your belly button done again because 1, it'll REALLY hurt. 2, it could happen again. and 3, it's not worth it.

Kayla on January 14, 2010:

i got my bottom and top belly pierced and im 14 and it didn't hurt at all and i Love ehh and im getin the sides done Soon :)

rebecca on January 05, 2010:

i had my belly dun couple weeks ago ive been usin salt water and vodka n surgical spirit works very well

Dee on January 03, 2010:

hey guys..i took my belly bar out for a month but i had it done 2yrs ago..but it wont go straight back in does this mean its closed up??

look forward 2ur replys!

Lela05 on December 30, 2009:

So I have had to get my belly pierced 3 times (by a professional) and each time the piercings were rejected. I can tell you exactly what I did wrong each time. The first time the piercing got infected because I would touch it all the time without ALWAYS washing my hands first. My body rejected the barbell til it just fell out leaving some tentacle looking thing...but that went away slowly and I was left with a scar. I also changed it way before I was supposed to. You ARE supposed to wait 4 to 6 months (maybe longer depending on you unique body). I was told by my first piercer that I could change it within the first month! and that is what I did. I was 18 when I got it done the first time. The second time I was 19 and my body rejected the ring simply because I would wear tight clothing. See when you wear tight clothing it constantly pushes the top of the barbell down and the bottom part (which is supposed to stay in your navel) up. so the skin going over the bar that is meant to keep your piercing in gets smaller and smaller til it just cant hold the piercing in anymore. The third time (I was still 19) I got it done with a ring instead of a barbell which was a huge mistake. DO NOT wear any tight clothes if you have a ring on especially!!! the rejecting happens much faster because the ring gets squished up next to your skin on its side. the ring IS a lot easier to clean since you have acces to the entire ring when you rotate the piercing while you clean it. Still a lot more professional Piercers recommend getting it done with the barbell.

The one mistake that I made all three times was NOT being PATIENT! because I wanted so bad to show it off and wear really pretty dangly jewelry I would change it out too soon!So to all you young ones out there lol Just please BE PATIENT with your body and anything you put in it or on it.

I have recently (last week) gotten my belly button pierced for the fourth time and I am 22. I bought some nice shirts that fit me loosely in the stomach area. I do not touch my piercting unless my hands are CLEAN. I use WOUND WASH SALINE that I bought from the pharmacy ( it was recommended to me by my new piercer) and soak it once a day. I also soak my piercing once a day with non- iodized sea-salt in warm water. Slight heat is good for healing because it opens up blood vessels which allows more blood to get to the area around your piercing. This means more oxygen is supplied to the cells that are trying to heal your wound, which is how your body views the piercing.

I also wash my piercing once a day with PROVON (recommended anti bacterial soap that is made to take care of new piercings and is recommended by the Association of Professional Piercers). SATIN is another brand of Antimicrobial soap that is recommended by the Association. I bought mine off Ebay but there are sites that sell these products online too. I will also wait for at least a year to change my piercing no matter what. I will NOT get into any body of water for like 5 months and even then I will use a waterproof band-aid. Remember that even though the salt in the sea makes it really tough for bacteria to grow there, in Sea water there are fishies and if there are fishies there is fish poop which will not be great for your piercing! lol Sea water itself is good. That is why the sea salt water soaks are good for your wound. Do not swim in any lakes or rivers since bacteria flourish there and the Chlorine in swimming pools is a chemical that may be too harsh for your healing piercing.

I advise a lot of you to do your research. Every one has different approaches to how you should clean and take care of your advice. Read all the aftercare online stuff you can and pick out what is best for you. I picked out the things that made the best sense in that I wanted to treat my piercing like a wound. Wounds need oxygen and to be clean in order to heal. Remember there is such a thing as over cleaning which dries up the skin.

This time I think everything will turn out ok...Good luck!

amanda on November 20, 2009:

im 13 and i just got mine pierced on the top like 3 hours ago. im not going to say it doesn't hurt at all but ill give it a 4\10 in pain, before i got it done i was really scared which was worse than the actual piercing itself. you have to get the proper cleaning supplies from your piercer and don't use anything not on the list. however it isn't mandatory to clean it, just recommended. you cant go swimming for the first 6 weeks and no the ocean does NOT help it heal. you should clean it for the first 6 months, and that's also how long you need to wait before you change it. please people don't peirce it yourself unless your trained or something, i can imagine a lot going wrong. if you read some of the comments before me, please don't let the horror stories scare you out of getting this peircing. its really pretty and as long as you take care of it, it will most likely be fine.

all of the info is from the little booklet thing i got from HTC the place i went to get it done.

Danielle on October 20, 2009:

Why does it take so long to heal? I'm getting the navel project this week is it going to hurt like really bad?

gaby on October 13, 2009:

it looks so kool but does it hurt?jajaja

Flora D on September 23, 2009:

Piercing Outies is Grooossss! Sorry to say. I guess maybe that is all you outies could do...

Amanda B on July 23, 2009:

I got my belly button pierced in April 2007. I was 14 I told my mom that I wanted one. Her immediate answer was no. I got on the computer, and did research to persuade her. If you're trying to convince your parent to let you get it pierced, you should research:

-common problems/dangers

-how to take care of it/aftercare

-healing time & how to speed the process

-local piercing parlors

Once you do that, you should call the piercing places you found and ask the following questions:

-How much will it cost?

-Does that include the body jewelery?

-Do you take credit cards?

-Do you reuse your needles? (if they say yes, DO NOT GO THERE)

-Do I have a choice to be pierced by a man or woman?

Find out the hours the piercing places are open and write them down along with the Q&As.

When I approached my mom with a notepad of Q&As, she took me WAY more seriously and said she will take me to get it done.

A few things I learned that may help you ...

--When I got it pierced, my piercer said that when I shower, I should clean it with antibacterial hand soap. Rinse it well so no soap is left behind because that can irritate the piercing.

--My piercer also recommended Bactine. I used Bactine whenever I touched the ring, if it hurt, and once in the morning. It's a spray that is pain-free (as mentioned in an earlier post). It didn't dry my skin out, but I didn't O.D. with it.

--The sun is good for your new piercing!! The sun makes you produce more of the vitamin (I think its vitamin K or D)that helps your body absorb calcium. Calcium is great for your immune system, and if you have a strong immune system, your piercing is less likely to get infected.

--My belly started to have pus come out..not a lot, just a small amount that would crust around the balls of the ring. Pus is your body's way of cleaning it so it doesn't always indicate an infection. Cleaning it more thoroughly can dry it out I found that tea tree oil works wonders. After I cleaned it, I would lay on my back and put the oil all around the piercing for 5 or 10 minutes. I'd slide the bar up and down to get the oil in the piercing. That REALLY speeded up the healing process.

My bellyring never really gets stuck or caught on anything. The only time it gets stuck is when I wear a really long ring that gets stuck on my belt or pants when I sit down.

So my mom took me to the Ravens Nest in Norwalk CT (GREAT PLACE WITH PROFESSIONAL PPL) she had to fill out some paperwork (because I was 14). I picked out a ring for 10 more dollars (which I realized was dumb because I picked out a $1 plastic beaded bellyring--just get the regular barbell that's included with the price). When all the paperwork was filled out, the lady was like "okay come with me."

She led me to the back room where all the piercing is done. She told me to stand up straight and she did 2 dots--where the needle would go in & come out. I layed down on a brown dentist-like chair. She got all the tools out, which looked kind of scary at the time. She clamped where she was going to pierce and asked if i was ready... when she first pushed the needle through, I felt it but it didn't hurt. I thought she didn't pierce it all the way because I was expecting a pop sound, or pain or SOMETHING. I looked down and saw a needle going right through the skin. She put the ring on the end of the needle and as she pulled the needle out she pushed the ring in. I didn't feel a thing and it looks GREAT.

AFTER I got it pierced, I found that i could still lay on my stomach, but it felt weird. It didn't hurt, it just felt like it wasn't supposed to be there, but that's the ONLY time I ever felt didn't hurt, I just FELT it. After about 2 or 3 months, I no longer felt it when I layed down.

I have had my navel pierced for 2 and a half years and I've never had a problem. I love it and I'm going to get it pierced again (on the bottom this time) soon.

I hope my story helps at least 1 person!

Lebosi on July 22, 2009:

I had my belly button pierced about 10 months ago now, and it appears to have healed, should i still be cleaning it?? I used surgical spirit to clean it before but it took the shine off my belly bar as it is very strong so if you want to keep the shine on your belly bar i would advise you used boiling, salty water. also, using warm water is bad, it might as well be cold, always use boiling water.

rhianna on July 16, 2009:

i got mine done when i was eleven.many people think its too young but i loved it and i still have it done now, and im 14i never cleaned it at first, and it got infected so i had it done again when i was 12,but now i clean it all the time- and its lovely! i love showing it off

Em on July 15, 2009:

I got my belly button pierced about 2 years ago when i was fourteen. I was really scared when the piercer was setting up the supplies. When it was time i felt like i was gonna throw up. I closed my eyes then in 1,2,3 it was done. It felt weird but painless. I cleaned it 2 times a day for like 2 weeks then i stopped cause it looked like it healed then a month later i changed it. Soon after it got infected because i wasent cleaning it and i changed it too soon. I started cleaning it again for about a few more months after and it healed beautifully. Now is looks awesome and i change the bar all the time =]

kkarina* on July 08, 2009:

ok, my belly ring is ssoooo awsome. i got it done for my14th Bday. oh and MY DAD STILL DIDN'T FIND OUT THAT I GOT IT PIERCED!!!!!!hehehe. but sooner or later he will find out........

courtney on June 29, 2009:


cali on June 23, 2009:

ewww. those outty piercings are disgusting.

Michelle Wright on June 16, 2009:

well, ive had tons of experience with navel piercings, i've had it done 5 times!

Thie first, I was only 15 and my parents did not know, however, it WAS done professionally, but i would like to say, piercings as a minor in that area may not heal well or may reject because your body is not fully grown! A lot of ppl suggest waiting till your 17 or older, cause you'll be grown. but there is an alternative if you are TOO YOUNG FOR A PIERCING: go to and they have "fake belly rings" kinda like clip ons, and they have dandly ones and sparkly ones and they only cost 7 bucks! you can get it custom for you body!

also, a good way of cleaning is H2Ocean spray $10.00 has 60 natural elemnts to help heal

rejection, mine has reject 4 times, the first time was because of care, i was told to was with peroxide NOT GOOD..but all times were with a surgical steel 14ga so this time I tried a titanium wich contains NO NICKEL, just in case i was sensitive to the other metal, and I also upped the guage to a 12g. There has been a theory such as its easier for your body to push out something smaller, and i can always go back to a 14g and you will not feel a size difference. so if your rejecting up ur gauge clean it use anodized see what happens

michelle wright on June 16, 2009:

you cannot swim right afterwards!

Rosieee.. x on June 14, 2009:

youu can go swimming straigh after well... its best to wait a few days.