i have a question about the placement of my nipple piercing

Friday June 15th, 2012 @ 7:20 PM

Filed under: Nipple

hi.. i just got my nipple piercing today. They are in pretty good shape when my piercer marked the dots which should be on the base of my nipple, however, after its priced i noticed that its a little bit behind where he marked. i have a flat nipple and i’m afraid that my piercer pierced it in the areola. Can you please check the placement of my piercing and give advice if its better for me to take it off? also my piercer told me to put on cosmetic cotton pads on the piercing so bacteria on the bars won’t affect the piercing, will it make the piercing “unbreathable”? please let me know thanks:)

From the picture you posted I would say it looks just fine, not too deep nor too shallow.

I personally don’t recommend bandaging a piercing unless absolutely necessary.

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Posted by Ryan Mills | Permalink | 2 Comments

different results

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 3:37 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi there!

Last year I got:

- earlobe orbitals, 14g

- 9 dermal anchors (all 9 in one sitting).

- septum circular barbell, 14g

All with trusted professional piercer and top quality jewelry.

After a few months:

- I had to remove the orbitals, because they never healed properly. I woke up *every morning* with a huge ball of dried pus, lots of redness and pain. I believe it was an allergic reaction to the jewelry (?)

- 7 dermals have been totally rejected (leaving a nice scar behind… looks like branding, I like it…). Two are still hanging there.

- The septum healed perfectly. To be honest, I washed it with saline solution for the first 2 weeks, and that was it. Never had any pain, redness, swelling or discharge. I flip it up and down constantly (at work, I am a teacher), and its flawless.

Now I want to get nipple CBR’s, but I am wondering if it will be like my orbitals (pain, pus & anger) or like my septum (nice healing, free movement & happiness).

I know you cannot see the future, but I want to get some opinion on the differences in results I’ve been getting…

Thanks in advance.

Most piercers will find it questionable to do that many anchors in one sitting, as nearly always at least a few will be neglected by your immune system and simply reject. I personally draw the line at 6 in one sitting, but usually insist on a maximum of 5 (especially for larger projects).

Orbitals are another funny one, if they aren’t pierced JUST right they will nearly always do exactly what yours did. Unless I am doing a custom industrial, I will always first put in straight titanium barbells to allow for healing and appropriate room for swelling - then when FULLY healed swap them to a CBR or something similar.

Now onto the nipples, go barbells. STRAIGHT 14g/12g barbells are ALL that should be used initially in nipples (in my professional experience). Anything but this will generally result in very unhappy piercings, especially in nipples. They move around too much, are too easy to get caught, drag crusties through the piercing and add too much weight. I would wait at LEAST 6-9months to let them fully heal before you even think about putting rings in.

Nipples don’t really heal anything like other areas of the body, they quite often can look fully healed but still produce lymph (the yellow crusties) for up to a year as the inside of the piercing can be very lengthy to heal.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 2 Comments

Piercing Removal

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 3:23 AM

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I’ve had my nipples pierced for a little over a year. I was wondering the time period you can remove them with the most healing. I want to keep them in, but I wanted to know at what point they will not heal as well (holes will remain etc). Thanks!

Once the piercing is fully healed (usually around the 6-9month mark) you should be able to remove the piercing and the hole will ‘always stay’. It doesn’t mean that it wont shrink up and need to be tapered (stretched) back open by a professional.

You should be able to leave it out for up to day before it tightens up too much, however you are best to leave it in unless you need to take it out.

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question about placement, jewelry, and aftercare

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 3:12 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I have a few concerns about getting my nipples pierced and I know it probably wasn’t the best idea to look up botched and infected piercings, but I did. It put me off just a little, but I figured I would ask to put my mind at ease. It’s been a while since I’ve had a piercing done I don’t remember what type of jewelry (stainless steel, titanium, etc.) I used. I’ve never had an infection or a reaction to the type of metal with any piercings before and this is one of my major concerns. I’ve read that titanium is best, but I just want to make sure.

A few other questions:

- What is a common gauge size for a nipple piercing?

- Is it best to go to a piercer who uses clamps or no clamps?

- Where is the correct placement for a nipple piercing? (That way I can check to see if it’s marked correctly.)

-(My last question) I’m going to the same studio that has done all my other piercings and tattoos and I’ve never had a problem with any of them. They are very clean and professional. With going to a clean studio and using the right jewelry and taking care of the piercing properly, is there really a moderate to high risk of infection? I’ve come across some photos of mastitis among other horror stories and it really made me rethink this.

It’s fantastic to read from viewers who actually want to get the best for their piercings and are willing to do some ground work before getting it done. Lets get onto your questions!

1) Internally threaded titanium is the best thing you can get for a piercing, its hypoallergenic and light (it also comes in fun colors too!). Titanium has an ‘oxide layer’ which allows the piercing to breathe and heal much faster than other metals, which is why its great for nipples as they can take up to 6-9months to fully heal.

2) Personally I do nearly all nipples as 12g, however 14g is fine too. It depends on your piercer and your anatomy.

3) Again, I can only talk from personal experience, but I would prefer to be pierced by a free-hand body piercer. Clamps can lead to more bruising, an unintentionally deep piercing and generally hurt more. Saying that, I know many great piercers who use clamps and its really whatever they are more comfortable with.

4) The correct placement is right where the nipple ends and the aerola (the outside of your nipple) starts. Too deep and they are very problematic to heal, to shallow and they can grow out. Personally I draw lines to get the correct angle, however choose depth ‘on the fly’ as I find it easier to find the exact spot without marks getting in the way. Again - this is just me. Your best bet is to look at your piercers portfolio of fresh and HEALED nipple piercings to determine if they know what they are doing.

5) Infection in a nipple piercing is actually quite rare, assuming you follow the correct aftercare and get pierced by a clean piercer using sterile instruments and jewellery. It doesn’t mean that the piercing wont weep yellow fluid, which is totally normal during healing and NOT a sign of infection.

The main thing to remember is find a piercer you are comfortable with and that you know you will be able to go back and let them have a look if you have any concerns. I freely allow customers to come in for free ‘check-ups’ on their piercings to ensure they are doing well and help put them at ease.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 1 Comment

Nipple not healing correctly?

Saturday May 26th, 2012 @ 4:57 PM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi there,

I had my nipples pierced on January 14th 2012 with a 14g barbell (not sure of the metal off the top of my head). My left one is healing fine but the right one looks interesting. Every day it changes - sometimes it looks clean and other times it crusts over, which then sticks to my bra and then movement can rip off the crust which leaves a big red angry piece of skin. The pictures don’t display much of the redness but the area touching the ball of the barbell sometimes gets a deep bloody red in comparison to the light pink nipple when this happens. I don’t know how to make it stop sticking - should I bandage it? It seems to heal okay if the scabbing isn’t being pulled off. I also think the bar is too short in comparison to the left (which has about 1-2mm of room where this has none and sinks in a bit) so should I get a slightly longer one put in? What kind of soaks should I do to help (shot glass sea salt mixes, heat presses or saline solution)?

It sound like you need a new piece of jewelry. I would suggest a longer barbell as you guessed as well as upgrading to a titanium piece of jewelry. As far as the scabbing goes you might want to think about wearing a non stick Tefla bandage over your piercing so your bra doesn’t irritate the piercing.

As far as aftercare I recommend a sea salt/saline soak twice a day for 5 minutes at a time. The shot glass method works great for nipples.

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Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 7:30 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I’ve had my nipples pierced for almost a year now & I’m noticed the left one shifted down :( they seem to always be giving me problems as well. They get crusty a lot & get boils & discharge. I love them so I don’t want to move or get them done again. I could have totally gone to a better shop. I regret it now but its too late to get upset over it. I do sleep on my side & stomach & I never wear a shirt or bra to sleep I am quite the nudist but I am extremely bummed PLEASE help :(

I don’t think that it is migration, as that normally presents in the jewellery moving ‘outwards’ rather than changing direction.

Often ladies find that nipples change angels when their nipples are hard or soft, sometimes they can change direction from constant irritation like sleeping on them.

Crusties and discharge are quite common with ladies nipple piercings as the very inside of the pieircing can take up to 24months before they fully settle in and become 100% healed.

You could also try swapping whatever jewellery you have in there to g23 internal thread titanium barbells. There is also a very small chance that you could have a metal allergy, but I think the best thing to do is not sleep on them.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

nipple ring indentation

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 6:43 AM

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Ok, I got my nipples pierced about a month and a half ago. I have had them done 3 times in total - the first time way too shallow, the second time still a bit shallow but I had to actually take them out because my breasts got so engorged when I was pregnant that I could not stand the pain, and I figured the third time would be the charm. I am a larger woman, with VERY large breasts, just as some background. About 3 days ago I noticed that the piercing (which, if you look in the pictures, I actually had special barbells made by my piercer because the standard length would not have been suitable for my larger nipples) one of the balls had begun to “settle” into my skin, if you will. It was not painful, not bleeding or pussing, I just had a small “dent” in my skin that looked almost like a popped blister where the ball on the end of the barbell had made a divet for itself in my skin. I am concerned about this because it looks like an open wound, I do not want an infection, and would like some tips on how to get rid of this and keep it from happening again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


Indentations are very common with PTFE (plastic) barbells. I would suggest to get it changed to an internally threaded titanium barbell. Most good studios will have them, or can make/order them in for you.

Metal is always better in nipples as it puts even pressure on the entrance and exit of the piercing reduce indentations from the balls. They also reduce the chance of ends coming off or the bar bending in a funny shape.

You could also try to loosen up your bra, some bustier women often wear their bras too tight which causes the barbell to have no option but to press against the aerola. Another option would be to try 5mm balls (it appears you have 4mm ones on now) as they will give more of a surface area and should actually create less of an indent.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 1 Comment

did they pierce it right?

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 6:30 AM

Filed under: Nipple

i got my piercing today May 22 2012 and i think they pierced it too deep can you tell me?

The ‘correct’ placement can really depend on your anatomy more often than not. The ideal spot is right where the nipple begins and the aerola end, however it appears that the piercer has done it slightly deeper into your areola perhaps as your actual nipple is not very large.

Personally I would have done it slightly shallower, however if you are at all concerned I would suggest to go back to your piercer and express your concerns to them.

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Nipple piercing issue?

Wednesday May 16th, 2012 @ 1:49 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I got both of my nipples pierced about two months ago and they keep giving me issues. I don’t wanna remove them because aside from the trouble i’m having, i really like them. My right nipple keeps having disgusting discharge on both ends. I’ll clean them in the shower and they’ll look okay but when i wake up the next morning it’s full of crust and dried blood and nasty white liquid and it’s just.. gross. My left one seemed to be doing okay until last night when i went to clean it. I noticed that the hole on one end looked kind of…big? It wasn’t like that before. I’m not sure if i need to switch the size of the ring to a smaller size for both nipples to stop acting up so bad (especially the right one) or… idk. i really don’t wanna remove them.

The ‘extra skin’ can be caused from a number of different things. Its generally called the ‘hammerhead effect’ where the nipple (during normal healing) will grow in size in the direction of the piercing. Often this stays for ever, but it can also go down over time as the piercing settles in.

It appears that the piercing may be too deep, passing through the aerola rather than just the nipple itself. I would suggest to go back to your piercer and let them check it out.

The discharge is totally normal during the healing of a peircing, its a build up of dead skin cells and lymphatic fluid. You should clean the discharge off with warm saline solution soaks, make sure not to pick them or turn/move the jewellery at all during healing.

You should also make sure that you aren’t sleeping on them or bumping them on a day-to-day basis, both of these will greatly slow the healing and cause more hypertropic scar tissue.

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Tuesday May 15th, 2012 @ 3:16 PM

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I just got my nipple piercing done on may 12th 2012. I was concerned from the start. As soon as she pierced it my friend said “she didn’t pierce the nipple she pierced behind it”. Not knowing that was in the wrong spot. The my bar is also super long. So I believe she pierced it WAY TO FAR BACK and she was a professional. When she pierced it also it bleed A LOT and later in the evening when the bandages came off it did a lot as well. I been seeing other post pictures and I feel like mine is further back then theirs. I haven’t had any problems that aren’t outside the norm. I just feel I may need to take them out I don’t know. If they do come out I will not get them done again. But I was wondering if their is a way to email my pictures to you since I can’t URL them from my iPhone it won’t let me. PLEASE HELP ME I’m super paranoid here.

Without a picture it is hard to tell you if it is ok. What you have described does not sound correct though. I would find yourself another professional piercer and get a second opinion.

Don’t let one bad experience put you off getting them done again if you do need to take them out. If you have them done correctly you will love them for many years to come.

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