Belly Button Piercing - Frequently Asked Questions

Belly Button Piercing - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a belly button piercing?

A belly button piercing, also known as a navel piercing, is that type of piercing which is located in, around or through the navel.

The most common type of belly button piercing is through the upper cusp of the navel and has been seen sported by celebrities such as Beyoncé to Brittany Spears.

If you’re considering getting your belly button pierced, but have questions yet to be answered about the process, jewelry, healing and aftercare about other topics, this guide is for you!

Belly Button Piercing / Navel Piercing Placement

Pierced will help answer any questions you might have regarding belly button piercings, but if there is anything we missed, or something you need extra help with, don’t hesitate to call or stop by our local Newmarket, ON shop to get expert help and advice from piercing professionals that are as excited to help you find that next perfect piercing and jewelry combo as you are.

Do Belly Button Piercings Hurt?

The level of pain you experience when you get any piercing is subjective and individually dependent. Remember, everyone experiences pain differently.

The pain level will also depend on where the actual piercing is made. A navel piercing is generally considered to be very moderate on the piercing pain scale. But you should opt for a piercer such as those at who use a needle instead of a piercing gun, and remember that any pain you do feel will only last a few seconds.

If you’re nervous about your belly button piercing, try not to concentrate on the piercing procedure, and focus on the end result instead.

What is the Healing Process Like for Belly Button Piercings?

The healing process may vary and is individually dependent as well as dependent on the specific location and gauge size of the puncture. It may heal fast, similar to those in the ear, or it may take quite a while longer. For some, full healing can take months. But as long as its properly cleaned and cared for it will heal up nicely.

How Much Does a Belly Button Piercing Cost?

The price of a belly button piercing can vary depending on the type of body jewelry you’d like to have.

Make sure that the person who is giving you your belly button piercing makes you feel comfortable and confident and don’t be afraid to ask any questions about their experience and skills. Don’t forget that you might also want to purchase a range of jeweler for your piercing too.

If you’re purchasing belly button rings or other jewelry, remember to make sure that it is good quality. Poor quality jewelry can lead to an infected belly button piercing, which can cause scarring and other complications.

Belly Button Piercing Jewelry - Pierced Newmarket

What Happens to Your Belly Button Piercing If You Get Pregnant?

In some cases, there is no need to remove your belly button piercing when you are pregnant, however, it may be more comfortable to do so. You can also purchase jewelry that expands with your belly as it gets bigger during your pregnancy. Make sure you keep an eye on your piercing as your stomach expands and if you have any concerns, speak to a piercing professional or your doctor.

How to Tell If Your Belly Button Piercing Is Infected?

Your piercing may be infected if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Redness or swelling of the skin around the piercing
  • Pain or tenderness around the area, or when you touch the area
  • Yellow or greenish discharge coming from the piercing area
  • A high temperature or fever


If you are concerned that you may have an infected belly button piercing, speak to a piercing professional or seek medical advice from your doctor.

How to Know If Your Belly Button Piercing Is Rejecting?

Most surface piercings run a moderate risk of “rejection” by your body. However, the belly button piercing is often the exception to this rule and is one of the few “surface” piercings that does not normally get “rejected”. That said, the chances of rejection are higher than with other non-surface piercings, such as those in the ear.

Signs to Watch out For:

Most of the time, getting a piercing is very safe but occasionally there can be complications. Your body may be rejecting your piercing if you notice any of the following signs:

More of the jewelry is becoming visible outside of the piercing

  • The piercing area is sore, irritated or red
  • The jewelry is becoming more visible under the skin
  • The piercing hole appears to be enlarged
  • The jewelry is coming loose

How to Stretch Your Belly Button Piercing

There are various methods of stretching and although there is no single right way, there are definitely a few ways that we would advise against. If you’re considering stretching your belly button piercing, it is always best to seek advice from a piercing professional before you start. Contact our piercing professionals and we can help.

How to Clean Your Belly Button Piercing

Looking after your belly button piercing is simple if you follow a few easy steps:

  • Use natural, skin sensitive products to gently clean your piercing twice a day, especially whilst is it healing. A lukewarm saline solution works just fine applied with a cotton ball or Q-tip
  • When drying your piercing, use a clean paper towel. This will avoid any chance or irritation or infection
  • Leave your original jewelry in while your piercing is healing
  • Avoid touching or playing with your piercing too much, especially if you haven’t washed your hands thoroughly first. This can lead to irritation or infection

 Pierced Newmarket - Belly Button Piercing with Gem Jewelry

If you’re in Newmarket, Ontario or the surrounding areas and you have any questions about a navel piercing, stop by for a chat with a member of the Pierced team today. We’d love to learn more about how we can help.

Piercing Studios Near You


Square One Shopping Centre
100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9

Book appointment

Need an Experienced Piercer in Mississauga?

Working with an experienced piercer can make all the difference when it comes to your piercing experience. If you’re in the Mississauga, Ontario area and have any questions about ear piercing, body piercing or jewelry, give us a call or stop by our piercings studio today. We’d love to help walk you through what to expect and help you choose the right option.

Rethink piercings, rethink piercings, rethink piercings.

Rethink piercings, rethink piercings, rethink piercings.