Inverse Navel Piercing Info & FAQ

Inverse Belly Button Piercing

An inverse navel piercing is done on the bottom fold of the belly button rather than on the top. Apart from position it is exactly like the straight forward belly button piercing. Depending on your anatomy, you may prefer this position of navel piercing if you have more skin on the bottom section of the belly button. You can also pierce both top and bottom of the navel for a double navel piercing!

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost ranges from studio to studio, but are often anywhere from $35-$70. Always remember to opt for a studio you trust, rather than going to studio with bad reviews because of a low price!

Healing Time

The healing time for a navel piercing or inverse navel piercing is 6-8 months. Never spin, rotate or play with any healing piercing! This brings dirt and bacteria into the healing area and might lead to migration.

Which Body Jewelry Do I Use?

The industry standard for a belly button ring is a stainless steel 14G curved barbell. Any jewelry thinner than this could cut the skin around the piercing or be pulled out altogether.

Length 7/16". During healing you should have a longer bar to allow for swelling, discharge and other healing nastiness. Often times this would be the length of 7/16". After healing you can opt for a shorter more fitted bar. Often this is at the length of 3/8" or 5/16". Go back to your piercer to be sure to be fitted for the right size for your body!

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Sea salt soaks twice a day using non-iodized salt and filtered water (at a ratio of four teaspoons of salt to a galleon of water) at a warmed temperature. Use a shot glass or small glass (porcelain is okay too) and press it to the stomach over the piercing in order to create a suction and then lean back and let it soak for five to ten minutes.

For more details on how to do a sea salt soak check out our post.

Avoid lakes, the sea and other public bodies or water like spas and swimming pools which harbor a lot of bacteria!

What Are The Risks?

Due to the long healing time of this piercing, you're likely to get a lot of flare ups during this time. Ride them out while using good after care – sea salt soaks twice a day – and if anything out of the ordinary happens, go straight to your piercer!

 Like any body piercing, always make sure to check with your body piercer with questions and concerns about the procedure, costs and after care. If you have doubts about a healing piercing return to your piercer immediately. With years of experience, they know what they're doing!