20 March 2012
Everything you need to know about navel piercing...
Navel or belly button piercings have been popular since they were first introduced to mainstream society in the 1990s. They are usually made on the upper rim of the navel or, less commonly, on the lower rim. Rarely they are made on the actual belly button itself.
How old do I have to be to get my navel pierced?
In New Zealand you need to be 16-years-old for any body piercing.
Who pierces navels?
It is vital to get your navel pierced by a professional piercer in a hygienic environment. Contact us for a trusted piercer near you.
Does it hurt?
Everybody's pain threshold is different, but most people who have their navel pierced say it feels like a pinch and the pain only lasts for a moment.
What happens during the piercing?
The piercer will mark the spot where you want the piercing to go, then, after sterilising your chosen jewellery (which should be a 14 gauge ring), they will get you to lie down. They will then swab your belly with disinfectant, clamp the skin they want to pierce and slide the needle through before threading the jewellery into it.
How long does it take to heal?
Navel piercings can take up to six months to heal. Making sure you follow a good aftercare regime is imperative to healing and preventing scarring.
What jewellery can I wear?
Always wear designated navel piercing jewellery made from high quality surgical steel. In some exceptions gold, white gold and silver can be worn. You should use a ring until the piercing heals and after that you can opt for a banana bell if you prefer. We offer an amazing range of navel piercing jewellery, including stretchy piercing retainers for when you are pregnant.
Check out our body piercing range.