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Navel Piercings in Nairobi, Kenya

(Procedure, Aftercare, Considerations and Limitations )

A navel piercing (also referred to as a belly button piercing) is a type of piercing located through the skin of the navel. Although it most frequently affects the upper fold of skin, it can also occur below or around the borders of the navel. It might heal quickly and painlessly, like an ear piercing, or it might heal more like a surface piercing with a longer recovery period. Healing typically takes between 6 and 12 months, but this varies from person to person due to physiologic variances. [1] Even though navel piercings reject less frequently than the majority of other surface piercings, they nonetheless reject more frequently than non-surface piercings. A properly performed navel piercing requires making the initial wound inside the navel canal and piercing the skin around the navel. Any angle where there is a visible flap of skin can be used to perform this, however the most common way to pierce the navel is through the upper rim.


The Navel Piercing Procedure

Step 1: Choosing the Right Piercing Studio

Before diving into the piercing procedure itself, it’s crucial to find a reputable piercing studio.  At Rebel Inks Tattoos, Tattoo Removal, and Body Piercings Parlour we follow strict hygiene and safety protocols, using sterile equipment, and employing experienced piercers.

Step 2: Consultation

Once you’ve chosen a studio, you’ll have a consultation with your piercer. During this discussion, you’ll talk about your piercing preferences, the type of jewelry you want, and any concerns you may have. Your piercer will also examine your navel to ensure it’s suitable for piercing.

Step 3: Marking and Sterilization

On the day of your appointment, your piercer will start by marking the entry and exit points of the piercing on your navel. This step ensures precision and symmetry. They will then thoroughly clean and sterilize the area to minimize the risk of infection.

Step 4: Piercing

The piercing itself is a quick process. Your piercer will use a sterilized needle to create the hole. Some studios use piercing guns, at Rebel Inks Tattoo Removal and Piercings Parlour we often use needles since they are generally preferred as they cause less trauma to the tissue. You might feel a sharp pinch during this step, but the pain is usually brief.


Step 5: Inserting the Jewelry

Once the hole is made, your chosen jewelry will be inserted into the piercing. Common jewelry options for navel piercings include curved barbells and captive bead rings. The initial jewelry is typically slightly longer to accommodate potential swelling during the healing process.


Navel Piercing Aftercare

Navel piercing aftercare is crucial to promote proper healing and reduce the risk of infection or complications. Here’s a detailed guide on how to care for your navel piercing:


  • Clean your piercing twice a day, preferably in the morning and before bedtime.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before touching your piercing.

Saline Solution

  • Prepare a saline solution by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt with 8 ounces (1 cup) of warm distilled or boiled water.
  • Soak a clean cotton ball or gauze pad in the saline solution.
  • Gently clean around the piercing, removing any dried discharge or crustiness. Avoid moving the jewelry excessively.
  • Avoid using alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or harsh antiseptics, as they can irritate the piercing.

Avoid Excessive Moisture

  • After showering or bathing, pat the area around the piercing dry with a clean, disposable paper towel or allow it to air dry. Avoid using cloth towels, as they can harbor bacteria.

Avoid Irritation

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing during the healing process to prevent friction and irritation against the piercing.
  • Avoid tight waistbands and belts that may rub against the piercing.

Hands Off

  • Avoid touching or twisting the jewelry, especially with dirty hands.
  • Do not rotate or move the jewelry during cleaning, as this can introduce bacteria and delay healing.


  • Avoid swimming in pools, hot tubs, or natural bodies of water (like lakes and rivers) during the healing period. These environments can introduce bacteria into the piercing.

Avoid Ointments and Creams

  • Do not apply ointments, creams, or antiseptics to the piercing unless recommended by a professional piercer.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated to support the body’s healing process.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, as these can hinder healing.

Be Patient

  • Navel piercings can take several months to a year to fully heal. It’s essential to be patient and not change the jewelry prematurely.

Signs of Infection or Complications

If you notice any of the following signs, Contact Us or a healthcare professional promptly:

  • Redness, swelling, or persistent pain around the piercing.
  • Yellow or green discharge with a foul odor.
  • Excessive bleeding or bruising.
  • Fever or chills.
  • The jewelry being embedded or deeply embedded in the tissue

Follow-up with Your Piercer

It’s a good idea to schedule a follow-up appointment with your piercer a few weeks after the piercing to ensure it’s healing correctly and to address any concerns or questions you may have.

Remember that everyone’s body heals differently, so the healing time for navel piercings can vary. Consistently following proper aftercare is essential for a successful healing process and to enjoy your navel piercing without complications.

Schedule Appointment

Disclaimer: This is not a confirmed schedule, details provided will aid our specialists in planning a convenient time schedule that favours both parties when they get in touch with you for clarification.

Naval Piercings FAQ’s

Can I pierce the bottom if I can’t pierce the top?

Only a small percentage of persons have a bottom lip thick enough to be pierced. The majority of the time, “no” is the answer.

Can you pierce my outie?

Pierced “outie” tissue is not advised. An “outie” navel is more complicated than basic surface skin; it is leftover scarring from the umbilical cord. A conventional navel piercing just penetrates surface skin at the margin of the navel. Therefore, an infected “outie” navel piercing can quickly turn harmful.

Having said that, some individuals with outies have normal lips of surface skin above or below them, resembling a “innie” navel with a small outie inside. This surface skin may be pierceable depending on the unique curvature of the navel. However, how this works depends totally on your anatomy. The best course of action is to ask your piercer what is viable.

Why do navels take so long to heal?

There is relatively little blood flow to the area where the navel is being pierced since the skin there is not highly vascular. The rate of healing tends to be slower in areas where there is less blood flow. The piercing is constantly bent, stretched, folded, and subjected to friction because of its placement. These two factors primarily contribute to a drawn-out healing phase that might last anywhere from six months to a year.

Navel piercings take so long to heal that complications are more prone to arise during the healing process. A well-cared-for piercing may never cause you any issues, but a wound that is healing for several months to a year is considerably more likely to get uncomfortable or even infected. Keep your (and others’) hands, mouths, and bodily fluids away from it while it heals in order to avoid this happening.

How come the jewelry is so thick?

We typically use a 12 gauge needle to pierce navels at Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya. According to our expertise, this is typically the best size jewelry for the majority of lifestyles. With 14 gauge jewelry, it is possible to pierce a navel and allow it to heal, but you must be even more cautious and conscientious about your aftercare because the thinner the jewelry, the more likely it is that the piercing will be damaged, leave scars, or even begin to migrate when caught or pulled on. The more internal surface area you have in relation to the jewelry’s thickness, the more skin there is to support the weight of the jewelry.

Consider how the area becomes more resilient and resistant, and, ideally, less prone to minor ripping and scarring, if weight and pressure are applied across a wider area or over more skin cells. It’s similar to carrying around a large backpack on your shoulder Since the weight is distributed more evenly in a bag with wide straps, it doesn’t bite into your shoulder as much. As a result, wearing thicker jewelry may increase your chances of recovering.

Can I go swimming?

Although the risk to your piercing depends on where you’re swimming, we generally advise against swimming for the first month after getting a fresh piercing. Chlorine and saltwater might be suitable for your piercing, but other types of germs in the water might not be. Nobody’s pool’s chemical balance or the presence of other things in the water can ever be guaranteed. Ocean water usually helps to hasten the healing process, but the water on a tropical beach is different from the ocean at varying Shores. Avoid hot tubs, quarries, and lakes at all costs because their water quality is considered questionable.

The most crucial thing to remember if you swim while your piercing is healing is to make sure you clean it well afterward.

What about exercise and sit-ups?

Sit-ups and exercise normally don’t cause any issues for you or your piercing, but you might want to modify your routine to avoid initially putting too much pressure on your jewelry or piercing. If something hurts, listen to your body and don’t do it. (Sweat shouldn’t harm your piercing either; just make sure to take a shower right after.)

TANNING, what about it?

The act of tanning itself won’t harm your piercing, but tanning lotions and the chemicals they contain might. Be cautious to avoid applying lotion to the piercing if you decide to go tanning.

If I become pregnant, do I have to remove it? Can I have it repaired after having a baby?

It is entirely up to you and what your unique body does whether you decide to remove your jewelry while pregnant. Certainly, as your belly expands to make room for your developing child, the form of your navel will change. Later phases can result in the navel flattening out or turning inside-out, which makes wearing jewelry uncomfortable. As your skin stretches, particularly in the second and third trimesters, jewelry might also get harder to wear. Some women find this pressure to be so intolerable that they take off their jewelry and let the piercing heal; other women choose to wear their jewelry throughout the entire process with no discomfort.

Many times, particularly if the navel piercing was healed completely before getting pregnant, jewelry can be taken out and put back in after birth. The hole can frequently be expanded open afterward, negating the need for re-piercing even if the piercing may slightly diminish in size.

You can typically get your piercing re-pierced after giving birth if you take off your jewelry and it totally closes. Naturally, you should hold off on requesting any more of your body’s energies until you are able to perform your typical daily activities again. (On the same vein, refrain from getting a new piercing until your child has finished breastfeeding. It’s usually really challenging to try to heal anything while still nursing because your body is focused on other things.) Remember that you will be carrying your newborn close to you, frequently on your hip and that you don’t want your child to start kicking his or her feet when you are trying to recover.

Why am I unable to have my navel pierced?

Technically, everyone can have the skin surrounding their navel pierced, but not everyone has the anatomical structure to allow for a navel piercing to heal.

A navel must have a healthy skin lip above (or, in some circumstances, below) the navel and room behind and below the lip for the jewellery to sit comfortably for the wound to heal properly. The skin’s lip should be a flap (similar to an earlobe), with a clear front and rear and a distinct margin separating the two. Lack of a clearly defined “lip” over the navel increases the risk of healing issues, including rejection. Additionally, trying to pierce a navel with a flap but insufficient room behind it for jewellery to rest comfortably would typically lead to a challenging and complicated healing period.

For this reason, when customers come to the studio and ask for a piercing, we will have a piercer examine their navel and talk about whether the piercing is viable first. We will frequently decline to pierce your navel if you come to us asking for one and we don’t believe your navel has a good chance of healing properly. When we know you won’t ultimately get what you want, we don’t want to take your money and subject you to a year or so of suffering and difficulty. If your navel is not pierceable, it doesn’t mean you are too overweight, too thin, or misshapen; it just means that we don’t believe you will be able to heal the piercing appropriately.


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