Want to rock a cute belly button piercing?

Then go ahead!

However, we can see why you’re a bit hesitant, especially if you don’t know what to expect with this type of piercing.

Well, welcome to your complete guide to belly piercings.

Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know before and after, including:

  • Types of belly piercings
  • What gauge is a belly piercing
  • What materials and jewelry are used for belly piercings
  • How much is a belly piercing
  • Can you pierce your own belly
  • Is belly piercing painful
  • How long does it take a belly piercing to heal
  • What are the belly piercing side effects
  • How to treat infected belly piercing
  • How to clean belly piercing
  • When can you change your belly piercing

As you can see, there’s a lot we’re going to cover, so let’s get started right away!

Types of Belly Piercings

As you’ve probably seen, there are LOTS of different types of belly piercings.

So to help you pick the one for you, let’s go over these types and their belly piercing names.

curved barbell

This type is called the curved barbell. As the name implies, it is a slightly curved barbell, with one end inside your belly button, while the other end is above it.

inverse belly piercing

Flip the barbell over and you get the inverse belly piercing. This is like the curved barbell, except it’s a bottom belly piercing and it isn’t curved.

belly button ring

Then we have the belly button ring. This is a dangling piercing, usually with an ornament attached to the tip of the ring.

true navel piercing

This is for those that have an outie — a belly button that is popping out. It’s called the true navel piercing.

double navel piercing

Four piercings in a straight line are called the double navel piercing. It’s almost like a combination of the curved barbell and inverse belly piercing.

horizontal belly piercing

Two piercings that go above the belly button are known as a horizontal belly piercing.

double horizontal belly piercing

This is the double horizontal belly piercing. The two piercings are placed on both sides of the navel with a long barbell joining them together.

multi-navel piercing

Finally, we have the multi-navel piercing. Here, four barbells are surrounding the navel. The tips are all stuffed inside the navel.

Of course, these are only the most common types of belly piercings. You can go against these and go crazy with your piercing design.

What Gauge is a Belly Piercing

When we talk about gauge, we mean the size or thickness.

Now, the standard for belly piercings is 14G. That’s around 1.628mm.

If you want it thicker, you can go for a 12G (2.053mm) or 10G (2.588mm).

What if you want it thinner?

It’s not advised, especially if it’s your first piercing. This is because your body will get confused and might reject it. Not only that, but thinner gauges are more susceptible to tears and migrations.

But if you insist, you can get a 16G (1.291mm) once your piercing is fully healed.

Belly Piercing Material and Jewelry

What material is usually used for belly piercings?

If you go to a professional piercer, they will most likely use surgical stainless steel. The reason for this is that this material is a low irritant and low in allergic reactions. In other words, it’s the safest metal to put in your body.

Plus, surgical stainless steel is affordable and comes in many different styles.

Other materials you can go for are sterling silver, 14k gold, 18k gold, and high-quality titanium. To be sure, these are a lot more expensive, but it’s SO pretty.

As for jewelry, you can get a simple barbell or you can add dazzling jewels to your piercing. It’s all up to you.

Another thing. To avoid a belly piercing scar, make sure that the material is smooth. If not, your skin can grow back in the uneven areas. And if the jewelry moves, the skin just might tear, causing it to heal all over again.

How Much is a Belly Piercing

Before running out to a professional piercer, it’s important to know how much a belly piercing is. I mean, how much should you bring with you, right?

Now, we can’t give a specific number. There are too many factors to consider.

But we can give you an average.

We’d say it ranges anywhere between $30 to $75. This price range is for a basic belly piercing.

If you want a more complicated design, or a more expensive material and jewelry, then you’ll definitely have to pay more.

Professional labor should also be added to the factors. As you might expect, a more experienced professional will ask for a higher price.

All in all, we’d say bring around $150 to $200.

Can You Do Your Own Belly Piercing

Okay, we’ll start by saying it’s best if you don’t DIY a belly piercing.

However, if you insist, we recommend buying a belly piercings kit. This is because these kits already include the necessary gloves, the piercer, needles, piercing jewelry, and instructions.

Again, we strongly advise that you go to a professional if you don’t want any complications or infections.

Is Belly Piercing Painful

We guarantee that almost everyone worries about belly piercing pain once they lie down for the piercing.

But does it hurt?

Now, pain is a subjective matter.

Some say it’s just a slight stink. Others felt it a bit more.

To put it to rest, the belly piercing pain is bearable. In fact, it’s a lot less painful than ear piercings as the stomach area is fleshy.

So no need to worry too much about that.

How Long Does it Take a Belly Piercing to Heal

The belly piercing healing time can take anywhere between 3 months to a year. And yes, you want it to be fully healed, meaning both the outside as well as the inside.

Now, a lot of people mistake their piercings to be fully healed since the outside is already closed. But you never know about the inside.

So to be extra sure, give it at least 9 months to a year to heal.

That said, you can help the outside wound heal faster. You can do this by:

  • Avoiding hot showers
  • Wearing clean, loose clothing
  • Avoiding exposure to the sun
  • Cleaning the piercing regularly

How to Clean Belly Piercing

To avoid infection, you need to clean your belly piercing at least once a day.

Don’t worry, though, cleaning it won’t take much time at all.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap
  2. Wash the pierced area with warm water
  3. Gently soap the piercing and the surrounding area for 30 seconds.
  4. Rinse thoroughly
  5. Soak the area in sterile saline solution for 5 to 10 minutes
  6. Pat dry with a soft paper product

Belly Piercing Side Effects

What are the risks of belly piercings?

The most common one is a belly piercing infection. The reason for this is that the navel area is moist, warm, and dark — perfect for bacteria growth.

Since belly piercing infections are so common, you’ll probably experience it at least once.

But don’t panic!

We will show you how to treat infected belly piercings.

But first, how can you tell if the area is infected?

  • Severe swelling
  • Extreme pain
  • Redness
  • Piercing discharge with an odor
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach

Now let’s look at how to treat infected belly piercings.

  • Wash your hands and dry them in a clean cloth
  • Soak the area with mild liquid soap and rinse thoroughly
  • Place an antibiotic ointment in the infected area

If the infection is bad, then you can take antibiotics. If it doesn’t go away, it’s time to see a doctor.

Of course, there are other side effects to belly piercings. These are:

  • You are allergic to the piercing material/jewelry
  • The piercing catches on things and causes a tear in your skin
  • You have a skin disorder and the piercing makes it worse
  • Your body rejects the piercing
  • The piercing moves from its initial spot

When Can You Change Your Belly Piercing?

You can usually change your belly piercing jewelry after 3 months.

If you can move the piercing easily, the skin around it looks normal, and it does not discharge, then that’s a good sign that you can change it already.

That said, professional piercers recommended changing it once it is fully healed. And as we saw, that can take around 9 months to a year.


That was everything you needed to know about belly piercings before and after you get pierced.

And now that you know all this, you’ll have more confidence to get that piercing.

So what are you waiting for?

Go and rock a cute belly piercing today!


If you have any questions or comments, just hit us down below!