Navel Piercing

  • These piercings take a year to heal completely. Refrain from trying to remove or change out jewelry until then, unless you are
  • Wear loose tops and low waistlines to avoid restricting or irritating the navel piercing during healing, especially in the first 6 weeks. Also refrain from cleaning out of routine, rather than necessity. You should only be cleaning noticeable crusty buildup.
  • No two navels are exactly alike and some are sadly ineligible for piercing because of the high risk of complications. Curious about yours? We’ll let you know.
  • Be diligent in your aftercare regimen and you’ll drastically reduce the risk of infection, scarring or migration.
  • The cheapest jewelry can call itself hypoallergenic. Remember that is NOT the same thing as implant grade.

Additional Facts & Tips

Types of Navel Piercings

  • While most navel piercings are done right above the belly button, some people choose to embellish their adornment with a combination of surface anchor piercings.
  • Play with your aesthetic options and consult with us to create a perfect look.
  • Unfortunately, some navels are not designed to be pierced safely. We’ll determine if yours qualifies during the consultation.
  • People with “outie” belly buttons or navels that “wink” when they sit should expect to forego this type of piercing or risk serious complications.

What to Expect

  • Come to your appointment in loose clothing and expect to leave your high-waisted jeans in the drawer for a good few months.
  • Once we’ve decided on the pierce-ability of your navel anatomy and you’ve chosen your initial jewelry, we’ll clean you up and mark the area.
  • The navel is a high-risk site for excessive bleeding due to prominent blood vessels and your piercer will assess the site carefully before piercing.
  • Contrary to what many people expect regarding the pain level of a navel piercing, you can expect it to at least match an ear piercing but without the prolonged pain of a daith procedure.

Navel Piercing Aftercare

  • Navels are up there with nostrils on the list of piercing sites that take the longest to heal.
  • Be strict with your aftercare regimen, however, and you’ll make it to the finish line without complications.
  • Soaking is the best cleansing option for this type of piercing, especially during the first few days while the piercing leaks and swells.
  • Using a small paper cup and an approved cleansing solution warmed to a tolerable temp in the microwave, encircle the site with the rim of the cup and carefully lie back without breaking the seal.
  • Allow the piercing to soak for several minutes. This sanitizes the piercing while coaxing pus and discharge to drain from the site.
  • Do this at least once a day. And as always, DON’T touch it!

Avoid Nickel At All Costs

  • Wearing jewelry that contains nickel is one of the leading reasons that the body rejects a piercing.
  • Most people are allergic to it and what can manifest as an extreme infection is often catalyzed by an allergic reaction first.
  • At Koi we use the best quality materials for our piercings, including three shades of gold, which is ideal as an initial piercing metal for its natural antibacterial properties.

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