A Complete Guide to Nipple Piercings

Is there a body modification out there that is sexier than the nipple piercing right now? Here at Piercing Mania, we don’t think so.

Ever since Kendall Jenner revealed her trendy new nipple bars to the world in 2017, people have being going crazy for this sexy trend. Before this it was Rihanna who pioneered the nipple piercing.

If you are thinking of getting a nipple piercing, have just gotten one, or are simply curious, then you can find all the answers you need on this page, from jewellery types and cost to healing tips and risks.

Basic Information

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How much will getting a Nipple Piercing cost?

1: 25 - 30
2: 40 - 45
Most piercing studios will give a discounted price if getting both piercings done at the same time, so it won’t usually come up to simply twice the price for both.

These are just the average high street prices of nipple piercings, but cost may vary depending on location, quality and a number of other factors.

However, be sure to do your research and not simply go for the cheapest option because of price alone.

How long will it take for a Nipple Piercing to heal?

3 - 4 Months

6 - 12 Months

The main part of the healing, if all goes perfect, is finished in 10 weeks. There should be no exposure to dirty water, touching or removal of jewellery in this time.

However, even after this period, there is still a lot of healing that needs to happen.

These are just guidelines, you should know yourself how you feel and allow as long as possible to heal fully, especially if you have infections or other issues.

Will getting a Nipple Piercing hurt?

The short answer is yes! Probably, but only just a bit. Most people find it to be no more than a pinch, some dull ache, then the worst is over in less than half a minute.

However, if you do not have a very high pain tolerance, and do have very sensitive nipples, it might be worth considering other options, as there is still going to be a needle put through your nipple at the end of the day.

History of Nipple Piercings

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There is not a whole lot known about the history of nipple piercings. Reports suggest that the earliest recorded historical example of a figure with a nipple piercing comes from the 14th century, with Queen Isabeau of Bavaria.

Many people and cultures such as Native Americans have been known to practice male nipple piercings for centuries.

It later became a trend among Victorian women in the late 19th century. It later became a popular trend in the 1970’s among the LGBTQ community.

Nowadays it is a popular trend for all peoples, regardless of age and background.

3 Questions to ask yourself before getting a Nipple Piercing

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1. Is it worth getting a Nipple Piercing?

Think about what you’re getting into and whether it will affect your life positively or negatively. Make sure the pros outweigh the cons, and that you are really ready to take care of the piercing once its done.


2. Do I want both nipples pierced or just one?

So you have decided you DO want to get a nipple ring, but you should think about if you want both nipples pierced. Yes, it is easier to go through both healing processes simultaneously, and may even be cheaper, but it also means twice the pain, twice the aftercare, but also twice the awesomeness.


3. Do I want a barbell or a ring?

For first timers, we will always recommend getting a barbell as it is less likely to move around or get caught in something. However, the decision is ultimately yours. You will need to get some titanium or gold jewellery anyway (anything without nickel really) to lower the risk of infection, so think of which you prefer.
Once your piercing is fully healed you can start wearing the more adventurous pieces of nipple jewellery out there.

5 Pros and Cons of Nipple Piercings

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Pain

The pain of piercing itself is literally over in a few seconds, no biggie!

There may be some dull ache and throbbing pain the days of healing that follow.

It's Hot

Yes, nipple piercings are very sexy and everyone thinks so.

You would actually need to get your nipples out in public to show it off to the world, but if that’s your thing, who cares, we say go for it.

Removal

We recommend you never remove it during the 10 week healing period, however it can always be removed.

If removed too early it can heal over or leave some scarring.

Bras

They will be much more noticeable without bras.

No cons really, nobody should be forced to wear a bra anyway. That’s your choice.

Sensitivity

Your nipple will actually feel a bit more sensitive in a good way, which can be especially fun in the bedroom.

We can’t actually help you to get someone into the bedroom, that parts up to you.

Piercing process

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Finding a Piercer for You

It might seem easier said than done, but it is very important that you find a piercer and piercing studio with whom you are comfortable having your nipple pierced.

Here are some tips to help you know if you have found the right place for you!

- You will not feel uncomfortable with this person.

- They will act professionally and walk you through the procedure to calm your mind.

- They should be able to answer any questions you have about the procedure.

- They will run a very clean and sterilised shop.

If you’re just not getting a good vibe from a place, it’s usually best to follow your gut and find somewhere else.

What to Expect During Piercing Procedure

It would be perfectly normal if you were a little bit nervous (or a lotta’ bit), but we want to put your mind at ease and show you exactly what happens during a piercing procedure.

1. You will go to the studio, talk to your piercing artist, sign a consent form and maybe even show some ID (if you’re lucky enough to look under 21).

2. Your piercing artist should wash up, put on fresh gloves and sterilise the piercing equipment in front of you.

3. Your piercing artist will talk you through everything, and probably just have a general chat to keep you calm.

4. The spot which will be pierced will be marked, and then, quick as a flash the hollow needle will be put through the nipple.

5. The jewellery you chose is then inserted, and the whole thing is done in the time it will take you to draw a deep breath.

8 Ways to Take Care of a Nipple Piercing if You Get One

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1. You’ll have to clean the nipple piercing at least 5 hours after you get it done. Just soak it in water or gently clean it in the shower to get any dirt or dried blood off.

2. You’ll have to clean the nipple piercing at least once a day for the first 4 weeks. In the shower is fine.

3. For best results, you should use a salt solution twice a day to clean the piercing, usually in the morning and evening.

4. Make sure you cover your nipple piercing when you go to sleep at night. You don’t want it to get irritated or caught in your bed sheets.

5. You should avoid any alcohol based solutions or thick creams in the first 4 weeks of healing.

6. YOU CANNOT TOUCH YOUR PIERCING. As tempting as it seems, do not touch it when it is healing unless it is to clean and your hands are sterilised.

7. Learn to avoid prolonged infections by spotting the symptoms (redness, oozing, swelling) and sticking to a cleaning plan. Nine out of ten times infection is caused by improper care.

8. You should probably allow between 6-10 weeks for complete healing.

Healing process

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4 Things You Will Have to Avoid if You Get a Nipple Piercing

In the opening 4-8 weeks of your nipple piercing healing, you should absolutely avoid the following:

- Thick based creams (such as sunscreen) and makeup or chemical based moisturisers.

- No swimming in public areas such as pools or lakes. There are waterproof bandages that can be worn, but even then we advise caution.

- Do not remove your jewellery unless specifically told by a doctor or your piercing artist.

- We know we said this before, but it is so important it needs to be said twice: DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PIERCING IF YOU JUST GOT IT.

Risks When You Get a Nipple Piercing

Infection

There are a few signs to look for if you think you might have an infection. There is the obvious case of pus coming from the nipple piercing, which is then infected.

Other symptoms include swelling and redness, extreme sensitivity, hotness, bad smell, a rash around the piercing, fever or fatigue.

Infection are rare, especially if proper aftercare is taken, but they do happen, so be careful.

Rejection

The nipple piercing is more prone to rejection than the likes of the nose or ears.

This occurs when the nipple tries to heal over the piercing rather than around it, and begins pushing it out.

Symptoms are similar to an infection, even if one is not present, but there may also be signs of an allergic reaction to the metal. Because of this, hypoallergenic metals like titanium and gold must be used for first-time piercings.

Debunking Myths Surrounding Nipple Piercings

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Loss of Sensitivity

Your nipples will not lose the ability to become hard if you get a nipple piercing. There is no evidence to support this.

If you experience this, then it is a separate issue. If anything, your nipples are likely to be more sensitive after a piercing than less.

Areola Size

Some people used to believe that a nipple piercing would enlarge the areolas. This is not true.

The nipple may appear larger simply depending on how big the piercing itself it, but there is no physical lasting change.

Breastfeeding

If you are a recent mother, or pregnant, getting a nipple piercing will NOT affect your ability to breastfeed.

According to the Association of Professional Piercers there is no evidence to suggest that a woman cannot breastfeed if her nipple is pierced.

The piercing should be removed during the breastfeeding process anyway, simply to protect the baby from any possible choking hazards, but the procedure itself will not affect this ability at all.

Nipple Piercing Product Types

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We have different product types available for nipple piercings. You can find more information on each of these in our online piercing webshop.

Don't Forget

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You are getting one of the coolest, and definitely sexiest piercings available. If you get it, enjoy it, and enjoy the confidence it will bring you.