It can take up to three months for a navel piercing to fully heal. In some people, the pierced skin may heal in as little as two or three weeks.
After getting a navel piercing, it is important to follow aftercare instructions and regularly check the area for infection. Antibacterial ointments should be avoided because they can trap bacteria in the pierced portion of the skin. Touching the piercing should also be avoided.
If an infection occurs, then treatment should be sought immediately, because scarring and abscesses can form. People under the age of 16 should not get a navel piercing as growth can change the position of the piercing.