Skip to main content

2021 Navel Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer S02 EP24

In Season 2 Episode 24, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of Navel Piercings. In season 2 he also covers: What You Should Know Before Getting the Piercing, The Piercing Experience, Healing, Jewelry, Living with the Piercing, and Abandoning the Piercing.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and is the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:

S02 EP 24 Navel Piercing

  • Pierced through the natural ridge/lobe at the top of the navel

  • The most common jewelry is a curved barbell but can be done with a ring or circular barbell.


  • It is believed that Egyptian Pharaohs pierced the navel as a sign of the transition from life to eternity. Also, it has been said that it was a sing of Egyptian aristocrats and depicted their rank in society.

  • Doug Malloy may be the source of this and thus it may be a myth along with many of the “piercing histories” spread by Jim Ward, Malloy, and Gauntlet.

  • The piercing was developed at Gauntlet

  • Gained popularity and launched Body Piercing into the mainstream in the Aerosmith 1993 video for the song “Cryin’” that showed Alicia Silverstone getting her navel pierced by Paul King. Though many claim that it was Model Christy Turlinton that popularized the piercing in 1993.


  1. enhances the look of the area

  2. A long history of healing

  3. large selection of jewelry

  4. Doesn’t affect lifestyle as much

  5. easy to conceal


  1. Long Heal

  2. High Wasted Pants

  3. Can not sleep on it

  4. the flexibility of the area

  5. Pregnancy & Weight loss and gain


Things to look for:

  • Piercer is experienced in this piercing, professional, informative and make you feel comfortable, and offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc… The piercer should evaluate your anatomy.

  • Should have correct jewelry as in 14g or larger CBB Or CBR

  • Can not wear high waist jeans

  • Does the piercer provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instructions?


The Piercing Experience:

  • Consultation & Jewelry Selection(ring maybe or a “floating” navel may be a better option).

  • Waiver, Set Up, and Disinfection

  • Marking should be Standing. The piercer will pull down on the area to find the lobe.

  • Should be done with forceps

  • Pierced straight through

  • The jewelry follows the needle. May use a threaded taper pin.

  • The jewelry is closed

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding.

  • Maybe redness, a little throbbing pain

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.

  • Some bruising can occur


  • The average healing time is 6-12 months or longer,

  • Clean with saline twice daily

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact

    • do not share food items

    • Make sure utensils are clean

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

  • Avoid playing with the piercing or excessive movement

  • Do not wear tight clothing that is in contact with the piercing

  • Do not sleep on the piercing

  • First 3-5 days you can experience redness/discolor, heat, and tenderness to the touch.


  • should leave jewelry in at all times

  • Avoid jewelry with sharp edges, points or things hanging off it.\

  • Avoid shaped objects.

  • Best Jewelry Options:

    • CBR

    • Circular Barbell

    • Curved Barbell

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • Clothing with a high waist and sleeping on the piercing can still cause issues.

  • Pregnancy

Abandoning the piercing:

  • If the piercing is still healing the piercing should close quickly. Practice cross-contamination

  • should close quickly

  • sebum

Additional Information:


All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

For more information on DaVo and the Axiom Body Piercing Studio go to

Now on TikTok - TikTok - @SKTattoo -

Axiom Instagram -

Skin Kitchen's Instagram -

Contact DaVo at or by phone at 515-966-4814
If you would like to set up a Piercing Appointment go to

Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm