Body piercings have become the most popular body modification available today. It is a trend that is most likely to be around for a while and nipple piercing is a common example. Nipple piercing is one of the most complicated body piercing because it deals with a very sensitive area. Having said that, this article will help you get to know more about this procedure.
The Benefits of Nipple Piercing
Nipple piercing has both sexual and visual benefits. According to some experts, having our nipples pierced will improve their sensitivity which makes them more responsive when touched. People who had their nipples pierced testified that it made them more aroused during sexual intercourse. In addition, these piercings also enhance the appearing of your breasts. In cases of flat and inverted nipples, piercing them pushes the tissues up so they will look more well-defined. For some women, this alone gives them more confidence and it makes them feel sexier. Having said this, it is important to find the right piercer to make sure that the process is performed safely.
How to Look for the Right Piercer?
When done incorrectly, piercings can have dangerous side effects such as swelling, bleeding, infections, and it can also result in slower healing time. It is important to have it done by a professional or by a reputable piercing shop. The best place to start is with your friends who had done theirs. Ask for references and read Yelp reviews. There is also an organization called the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) which is also a good source.
It is important to choose a piercer you trust and feel comfortable with. Most piercing shops suggest making an appointment to get your nipples pierced because they will have to reserve a private area for you, and they will also need to sterilize and prepare all the instruments needed. They usually also encourage customers to not be afraid to specify the preferred gender of your piercer. It is also advisable to give them a call or visit the shop prior to your appointment to make sure that you can trust them and you will feel comfortable throughout the process.
Does Nipple Piercing Hurt?
A lot of people who underwent the procedure state that it is not as painful as expected. They still felt some pain, but nothing intolerable. Our nipples are some of the most sensitive areas of our body so there might be some discomfort during the piercing procedure.
How Much Does Nipple Piercing Cost?
The cost of the procedure alone ranges between $20 – $65. This does not include jewelry. It is equally important to choose high-quality jewelry so that your body will not reject them. There will be a lesser chance of infection or side effects when high-quality jewelry is used.
What Kind of Jewelry Style Should You Choose?
The most common choice is straight barbells which are bars with removable balls at each end. You have the option of getting a solid gold, opal, pearl, or different gems. For those with inverted nipples, the common choice is curved barbells. They do not stick too far out to the sides, unlike the straight barbells. There are also some hoops or rings for nipple piercings such as captive bead rings which are popular for their ease of use. You can easily change them whenever pleased and has more attractive selections. However, please do note that rings move around too much which can disrupt the healing process.
It is also important to consider if you have some metal allergies. If you do have this type of allergy, you have to avoid anything made of nickel. It would be best to make sure that your jewelry is implant-grade. Your options would be surgical stainless steels, gold, niobium, platinum, titanium, glass, or certain polymers.
Horizontal, Vertical and Diagonal Piercings
There are several ways to have your nipples pierced. Horizontal piercings are the most common, which is done sideways in the middle. There is also a vertical piercing where the nipple is pierced up and down. Another option is a diagonal piercing.
The Piercing Procedure
The first step is usually a consultation with your chosen piercer. He or she will walk you through the whole procedure including the healing process. The consultation will also help your piercer understand what you want and expect from it. They will then give you advice on the right jewelry to use.
The actual piercing happens in just a few seconds, but the consultation and preparation should not be rushed. It is important to make sure that your piercer does the procedure safely and carefully. They will need to wash up, put on gloves, and the materials used should be clean and sterilized.
Aftercare Rules and Procedures
Since the nipples are sensitive by nature, their healing process will take time. It is important to follow the specific aftercare instructions provided by your piercer. Here are some tips and aftercare procedures that will help you through the healing process:
1. Wear tight clothes during the healing
This is to prevent jewelry snagging which can be very painful and can cause trauma to the skin. Excessive snagging and too much trauma can lead to jewelry rejection.
2. Avoid touching your nipples
This also means no nipple play. Our hands and mouths contain bacteria that could cause infection. Also, moving the jewelry can cause trauma to the skin thereby slowing down the healing process. It can also lead to scarring or jewelry rejection.
3. Avoid sleeping on your side
If you had your nipples pierced on both sides, you have to be very careful not to sleep on either side. This is to prevent any chance of irritation and infection due to prolonged contact with your sheets or your clothing. Also, make sure to always clean your bed sheets to minimize any infection.
4. Clean with sterile saline daily
Your nipples need to stay clean to prevent infection. Conduct saline soaks and sprays throughout the day. Fill a small cup with saline solution, dip your nipple to the solution, and suction the cup to your breast. Make sure to spray your nipples with saline solution in between soaks.
The Healing Process
After the piercing, expect a little bit of bleeding. Some crust might form around your piercing as it heals. It is important not to remove the jewelry to clean as the hole can still quickly close. Yellow discharge is a sign of healing and is considered normal. However, any fluid with other colors (green, brown, red) can be a sign of infections and should not be taken lightly. In addition, if you notice any swollen lymph nodes or your skin feels hot to touch, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible.
It is important to wait a minimum of seven to nine months before changing a nipple piercing after the procedure unless metal allergies occurred.