Nipple piercings are among the most popular body piercings. More and more people decide to get this type of piercing. Both men and women can enjoy nipple piercing. There is a wide range of appropriate jewelry, ranging from straight barbells to rings, so you will always be able to find a perfect jewelry for your needs.
There are several common types of nipple piercings you can get. The most common is a horizontal piercing. Other possibilities include: vertical piercing through the nipple, diagonal piercing or a combined vertical and horizontal piercing to form a diamond shape.
The Procedure: What to Expect
The first thing you need to do about getting your nipple(s) pierced is to find a good piercing studio. The importance of choosing a reliable studio can’t be stressed enough. You want your piercing to be done by professionals in a safe environment. Even before you start choosing your nipple jewelry or planning the type of piercing you want performed it’s important to start looking for a reliable studio. Do your research, visit several studios, ask questions – this will all help you make an informed decision. Once you have your chosen studio you can start thinking about the rest.
It’s also important to remember that your appointment will last for at least 45 minutes or an hour. Even though the piercing itself is done quickly, the whole procedure takes some time. You should take this into account when planning your trip to the shop. Some things you will need to do before the procedure itself is to fill out the paperwork and to discuss your piercing with the professional. Anatomy consultations are very important. You need to make sure that your nipples are suited for the type of piercing you want and that your anatomy fits. When it comes to nipple piercing, it is suitable for the most people: anatomically speaking, most people are fit for nipple piercings. However, this is something you need to check out before you get a piercing.
Once your anatomy is checked and you are given green light you can proceed with the piercing. Depending on the studio’s schedule, you may be asked to come back later that day or you will be able to proceed to the piercing room.
Some people feel a little shy when it comes to having their nipples pierced while others are completely comfortable with it. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to: any reliable studio has a knowledgeable staff that will help you relax and walk you through the whole procedure. It’s best to dress comfortably and to choose a top that’s easy to remove.
The piercing procedure itself is a pretty straightforward process. It may seem like a big deal to you, but it’s a relatively easy piercing for a professional to perform. You will be market and the piercer will ask you to confirm the position of the piercing.
Some shops apply a light numbing agent to ease the pain (done at your request), while others are against it. Many studios are against the numbing because the pain during procedure actually triggers healing process in your body so these piercings tend to have a shorter healing time. After this, the piercer will use clamps and a special needle (cannula). Nipple piercing takes a few seconds at most. The needle is inserted through the tissue following the markings. The needle comes with a special tip made to be attached to your jewelry. The needle and the jewelry are simply pulled through the nipple and the jewelry is put into a desired position. It’s not uncommon to bleed a little as the nipple or jewelry go through the skin, but the bleeding is minimal. Once the jewelry is there, the needle is removed and the jewelry is closed.
After the procedure, you might feel a little dizzy. In this case, it’s advisable to stay at the piercing shop until you are feeling ok again. Having a friend to drive you to and from the shop is advisable in case you still feel a bit dizzy after procedure. You should be back to normal within a few hours.
After the procedure, your piercer will walk you through all the important steps of the aftercare. It’s very important to stick to these instructions to prevent infections. Following instructions will also allow your piercing to heal properly in a short enough amount of time.
One of the basic questions people ask about any type of piercing is the pain. The first thing you need to understand that there are two types of pain and discomfort you may encounter when getting a piercing: pain during the procedure itself and pain after the procedure, when the healing kicks in. When asking about the pain level, people usually mean on the pain during procedure itself.
When it comes to nipples, they are very sensitive and delicate so it may seem like piercing those hurts a lot. This is not necessarily true. First of all, nipples are relatively easy to pierce and the procedure is over very quickly.
The choice of nipple jewelry is very important, for various reasons. First of all, your jewelry should be body-safe and suitable for your piercing type. Another thing a good jewelry should provide is to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. For these reasons, you should spend some time deciding on the best nipple jewelry for your needs.
Another thing that should be kept in mind is that initial jewelry you get after the procedure is different than jewelry you can wear after the piercing has healed. This is something you should keep in mind.
Fresh piercing jewelry must be extra-safe and carefully designed not to hurt the wound. It should also help the heeling process. The looks are not as important, though there are many very beautiful barbells that make a great first jewelry for your new nipple piercing.
Some things you need to consider are jewelry size and style. It will greatly depend on your anatomy, but generally speaking, the appropriate gauge (thickness) of the jewelry is one of the most important deciding factors.
Another thing to keep in mind is the jewelry material. There are several materials you can use, and it will greatly depend on your potential allergies. Make sure that the material is approved for medical usage and made using current standards and recommendations.
For nipple piercing, straight barbells are the best type of first jewelry. Some people wish to start with rings, but it’s usually best to go with straight barbells. They are simple to use and they fit the shape of the hole created during piercing. Rings are curved so it may irritate your fresh wound, which is not what you need during the heeling time.
Straight barbells are a great choice because they keep the movement to a minimum and they are less likely to get caught in clothes during healing time. Other types of nipple jewelry can hurt healing fistulas inside the piercing or interrupt the healing process. For these reasons, straight barbells are usually the best way to go. Just make sure they are of an appropriate gauge and long enough to account for swelling – the balls should never press on your nipples.
It’s also important to choose an appropriate gauge. Usually, 14g or 12g are used. The thicker gauge is very helpful here because it reduces the risk of migration and rejection you may encounter with the piercing.
The Healing Process
The healing process is individual and it depends on many factors, such as the size and shape of your nipples, your immune system and other factors. A good rule of thumb is: the less pressure you put on your nipple and the less you move the piercing, the better. Generally speaking, nipple piercings heal faster for men than women. The healing process kicks in as soon as you pierce your nipples and it may take time until it’s fully healed. Keep in mind that nipple piercings can take as long as 9 months or a year to fully heal.
To keep your new piercing clean during the healing process you can use homemade sea salt solution or a commercial product. To prepare the solution, you should boil water for about 5 minutes, pour about ¼ tea spoon of sea salt and mix. Let the mixture cool, then saturate cotton balls in the solution and apply to your piercing. You should apply this cleaning several times a day at the beginning. As the time passes you may reduce it to once a day.
Under no circumstances should you play with your jewelry or move it around. It was once thought that rotating your new jewelry can prevent migration or rejection, but this is actually a very bad practice that can only make the matters worse. Don’t touch your jewelry except when you’re cleaning it. This is very important for a proper healing process.
One important thing to remember during the healing process: your piercing may seem completely healed after about one or two months. However, it doesn’t mean it is fully healed so you shouldn’t stop cleaning it and taking care of it. During this time, for example, you might cause problems to the piercing if you irritate it or if you try to change jewelry too soon.