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Guide to Navel Piercing

Of all the places on the body that can be pierced, the navel is second in popularity, coming in right behind the nose. Here's a quick fact sheet on navel piercings:

Healing Time: 6-12 months

Suitable Positions: Vertical piercing entering inside the navel and exiting above it is most common, though some piercers favor a slightly angled piercing or exiting below the navel for aesthetic and other reasons related to healing.

Suitable Types of Jewelry

Jewelry Types: A curved barbell in 14 to 10 gauge that is 3/8" to 1/2" in length is recommended for the initial piercing. If you prefer a ring, you can use a captive bead ring in the same gauge (14 to 10) that is 3/8" to 1/2" in diameter, with no more than 1/3 of the ring through the piercing. A curved barbell moves with the body and allows easier, quicker healing for a vertical piercing. A captive bead ring works well and looks beautiful with an angled piercing if it can lay flat against the torso.

Suitable Sizes: Only 14 gauge or heavier jewelry should be used. Smaller gauges will migrate out through the skin.

Suitable Materials: Solid 14k-18k nickel-free gold, implant grade steel, and implant certified titanium are the prefered metals by reputable piercing studios.

Jewels: Avoid jewelry with glued stones as it cannot be properly sterilized

Changing Jewelry: During the first year, it's safest to have your navel jewelry changed by a professional.