Navel (Belly) Piercing and Weight

I got this message from a Facebook Friend:

I hope it's ok to ask a quick you think size 14-15 is too chubby to get a belly button piercing? I'm about 5'5" and 175lbs, if that makes any difference. I'm on my high school's tennis team which practices every day, so my size might go down in the next couple months. Do you think my current size would be ok to be pierced, or would you recommend waiting until I slim down? Thanks so much!



This is my reply:

Hi Megan,

Below is a  section from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing that answers your question.

Navel Piercing: Weight and Weight Loss Regardless of your weight, if your navel folds in and disappears when you sit down, this is a good reason to select a different piercing. Wearing jewelry on this type of build causes mechanical stresses that guarantee healing complications. If you have a horizontal crease across the area even when you are standing, you are unsuited to navel piercing for the same reason. Some heavy people are still able to get navel piercings because body size isn’t as key a factor as your configuration in the area of the piercing. However, the diminished blood supply caused by excess abdominal fat does make healing more difficult. If you are diabetic and carry excess weight in this area, navel piercings are inadvisable because complications are to be expected and can be more serious.

If you are planning to lose weight, the overall shape of your navel area is still the primary consideration when deciding whether to postpone piercing. A protruding beer belly is generally suited to navel piercing because usually the area gets smaller with weight loss, but maintains the same basic contour.

Extremely rapid weight gain or loss during healing could cause irritation if the abdomen changes shape quickly enough to prevent the piercing from settling. It is unlikely that a weight fluctuation could impact a healed navel piercing, however, unless it is substantial enough to alter the shape or location of your navel.

I hope you find this information helpful. Of course, there are also issues of age since you are likely to be under 18 years of age. Look for my next blog post about piercing minors.


Take care,


Hello, I have a couple of questions. Does the size of my belly button matter? Most of the girls my age have more of a circular belly button. Does it have to be directly the circular size to get it pierced? Also, how long does this normally take to heal? I am thinking about getting my belly pierced for my birthday in August. I am a sideline and competitive cheerleader. and if it takes a while, would I have to tape it or bandage it up for games and practices? Will it effect my tumbling and stunting skills? I have wanted it for a long time, but i have to get these questions answered.

I was about a size 14 years ago when I had my bellybutton pierced. It was the worst piercing experience of my life. I have several others, and none bled like my bellybutton. When I came home from the piercer's, I had to change my clothing twice because of the amount of blood. It was so bad that we actually called the piercing studio as well as a doctor. The piercer NEVER told me that I should reconsider getting the area pierced..and I believe I ended up with a surface piercing, rather than an actual navel piercing. The bottom hole is not within my bellybutton. In any case, I kept the piercing for about a year before removing it. The area is scarred and has never completely closed, though it's been several years. Every time I saw down, the jewelry would get folded up and cause discomfort and irritation, and even when standing, the jewelry never sat right. It didn't feel good and it didn't look good. So I have to agree that bigger girls really ought not have this done. It doesn't mean they are ugly or's just that they aren't anatomically suited for it.

I wish I would have read this before getting it done!

Hello Elayne, I am part of a small online community were individual offer suggestions to one another about piercing inquiries. It so happens a member of the site had an inquiry much like this in regards to weight and navel piercings. I hope you do not mind I have included your reply as well as a direct links and credits to you in full. I hope this is not against any rules of yours but your information is always considered golden. Please continue to bless us with your educated information because it has already aided me so much in my journey through being a piercer.