Navel Maintenance

At the end of the two weeks, you should not have to clean your navel piercing any more. If it looks dry, moisturize your navel with a regular moisturizer. Remember not to clean even in the shower.

The ring will take the path of least resistance; if it is being pushed to one side it will grow that way, so to prevent this and unwanted irritation keep pants from lying over your navel and avoid sleeping on your stomach.

Barbells should not be placed in your navel until it is certain that your piercing is healthy and stable. Generally, this means at least six to eight weeks with the ring before the change. When a barbell is chosen, it should be properly fitted: too short will constrict the tissue and swelling will result, and too long will make the barbell catch on clothing and injure your piercing. A typical navel requires an 8mm bent shaft between the balls. Tiny navels will sometimes need a 6mm shaft, and if the navel has rounded contours, a 10mm shaft may be required. The best way to fit a bent barbell is to measure the length and position of your piercing with an accurate pair of calipers.

Navel piercing; 14g captive bead ring with clip-on pendant

Navel piercing with 14g captive bead ring. Shown is a clip-on pendant. The 'alligator clip' allows the charm to be removed and replaced without having to open the captive bead ring. The charm is attached to the clip with a split ring. This is to let the charm release without ripping the skin should it get caught on something.
Navel piercing; 14g circular barbell with 5mm balls

Established navel piercing. Original ring has been replaced with a 14g circular barbell with 5mm threaded balls.
Navel piercing; 14g bent barbell with 5mm balls

Established navel piercing. Bent barbell secured with 5mm threaded balls, one stainless steel and one coloured Niobium.

For a detailed explanation of the healing protocols for all piercings, download our Piercing Aftercare Manual.

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