Surface Piercing on the navel/belly


A surface piercing placed on the belly is a little different than a surface piercing on the hip, since it is positioned directly around the navel.

This piercing can be done all around the navel. Depending on the spot chosen, it is important to select the right angle, whether horizontal or vertical to the body.

Many men for whom a navel piercing is often too effeminate choose this option in order to embellish their navel.

The length will depend on the area chosen and on the specific look the customer is after.

Because a surface piercing allows you to switch balls without problems, it means that you can also change the colors and sizes.

A recent innovation is a surface piercing that has an internal screw thread, which makes it look like a dermal anchor since you can then add the attachment on top of it. The second photo from the top shows this clearly: Although it looks like a dermal anchor, it’s actually a surface piercing with an internal screw thread and a DA attachment.


A surface piercing is any body piercing which is performed on a surface of the body/skin which is neither convex nor concave (i.e. flat skin surfaces which neither protrude nor are indented).

This means that the entry and exit points are on the same plane.

A surface piercing placed on the navel with a lovely glitter ball.

Given that surface piercings are subjected to tension, they will also tend to be rejected and grow out. This risk can be minimized by using the appropriate form of jewelry and the correct placement.

We use 90° titanium surface bars for this purpose.


The so-called surface bars are specially designed for surface piercings. These are barbells with two 90° bends at the end (going in the same direction) which reduce the pressure exerted on the area.

Flexible PTFE jewelry is also a popular choice. The straight shape of this material does adapt itself to the curvature of the piercing canal, but due to its tendency to reassume its original line, it ends up exerting constant pressure on the canal.


The piercing canal must have the right depth for a surface piercing. If the surface bar is too shallow, the jewelry will come loose. The ends will protrude too far from the piercing canal, and risk leaning to one side and tearing the surrounding tissue. On the other hand, if it is too deep, the balls at either end will put too much pressure on the skin and lead to rashes and inflammations.

Healing and care:

A surface piercing can take between 2 and 4 months to heal completely, rarely longer. The healing process for a surface piercing is a little longer than other piercings, due to the skin being under tension. Like other external piercings, in the first three weeks it should be cleaned with ProntoLind spray twice a day, and then coated with ProntoLind gel. It is important to wash your hands before touching the pierced area and the jewelry itself. By caring for the piercing in the correct manner and with the proper materials, you will rarely have to deal with cases of proud flesh.

Disinfectant solutions containing alcohol or chlorine should be avoided.

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