Will my nipple piercings change the shape of my nipple?

Tuesday May 15th, 2012 @ 9:57 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I’m a 19 year old with only pierced ears I found a reputable piercer who recommended a 12 gauge nipple piercing does that sound normal I thought 14 gauge was the norm?

Also will the piercing change the look of my nipples? I know I wont keep these piercings for more than a 2 to 3 years most likely.

Many males find that they get what’s 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.

Females rarely have the same thing during healing, although its not unheard of.

Nipples should be done thicker to improve healing and reduce the risk of developing scar tissue. I pierce nearly all ladies at 12g barbell and sometimes at 10g (if their nipple can accommodate it comfortably).

I’m not sure why you are only planning on having them for quite short period of time, however once they are fully healed you will permanently have a hole (technically a fistula). The hole will shrink, but it will never actually go back to ‘normal’ again.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 3 Comments

Being paranoid about placement

Monday May 14th, 2012 @ 1:50 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Okay, well, I got my nipple pierced last week, and I’ve been a bit paranoid about how well it was placed since then. No fault of my piercers, I was just very unsure about where the markings were meant to be exactly - he pierced exactly where we marked it, but yeah.

I dunno, I get very anxious and OCD and all that, so I was just wondering - advice on the placement, yay or nay, or what?

P.S. What ever the world is, my nipples are sorta ‘flat regularly’ which I guess makes it harder to find the ‘perfect’ placement or whatever.

Its quite difficult to tell from the picture (as its a bit blury), however it does look quite deep in your aerola.

A correct nipple piercing should only go through the actual nipple (the tip), anything deeper will result in a whole world of problems healing it.

I would suggest to go back to your piercer and ask them to check it out, I think your best option would be to get it re-pierced at the correct depth to ensure you don’t have problems with scar tissue or deformity later.

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Some questions…

Monday May 14th, 2012 @ 1:10 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi there.

Sorry for my non-native English.

I got my nipples pierced the past year, done by my cousin. She was newie about nipple piercing so I have some troubles with the piercings. I got checked for a professional piercer and he told me to take them out because they were done so superficial and there were done too bad. Well, I take them out and repierced them with him after 2 weeks (he told me it was enough time). It was about almost 6 month and they are healing good. They were made with Titanium Jewelry Curved Barbells.

My questions: Every day I make the cleaning with Salt Sok, I remove the crusties around the holes and ALWAYS some white fluid comes out … Should I force the fluid out Maybe doing some presure? Should I only take the crusties out and let the fluid there? … in many sites I have read “rotate the jewelry to clean” mmm Does It help? Maybe in the shower when the Jewelry is Loose?

I am taking Zinc and Vitamin-C to improve healing … Does it really help?

Maybe other question but those I have in mind now.

Thanks for the Asking space.


It sounds like you are doing every thing, the only thing I would suggest to do is to get some straight titanium barbells in there - curved ones often put pressure on the piercing and can slow your healing down.

Leave the white goo, it is more than often dead skin cells and moist lymphatic fluid - both natural parts of your healing. If you try and remove them (or the crusties) it can be like picking off a scab on a wound before its ready and cause the healing cycle to have to start over again.

You can also do warm (not hot!) saline soaks to try and break down the crusites and goo and make them fall off on their own, but never pick at them.

Rotating or turning jewellery is a really bad thing - it will drag these crusties through the incredibly fragile layer of skin forming inside the piercing and slow your healing drastically.

Vitiman C will improve your blood circulation, letting your piercing get the extra blood it needs to heal. Zinc will also speed up the regeneration of your skin cells and make the inside skin (fistula) generate and heal much faster also. Keep taking em!

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 1 Comment

Infected or Just Healing?

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 7:41 PM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi, I had both of my nipples pierced near the end of January this year, so it’s been about 3 and a 1/2 months now.

Both are still crusting, and sometimes the fluid is slightly yellow. I’ve looked on the internet and some people say yellow or green is bad, and others say only green is bad :/ There’s not an excessive amount, I’m just worried in case it’s infection pus. I’ve started doing SSS on them twice a day.

I just really don’t know if anything is wrong or not, just need some advice.

They’re not painful, just tender/sensitive.

Your piercings are still healing. Nipple piercings can heal in as little as 3 months but some can take up to 9 months to heal. Yellow discharge and crust is nothing to worry about while a piercing is healing. If you had pain, redness and heat associated with the yellow discharge then I would be worried about an infection. But you have indicated that they are not painful so you have nothing to worry about.

Keep doing you SSS (I love using that abbreviation) and you should be fine in no time.

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Was it done properly?? Is it done too deep?

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 7:25 PM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi so I recently had my nipple pierced at a local shop and I was wondering if the piercer actually pierced my nipple correctly. The piercing is slightly angled but my intentions were for it to be horizontal (I now like the angle) but aside from that… Will it heal properly?? the holes are 1-2mm away from my actual nipple(they have swollen up . Should this be of any concern?? thankyou

Yes your piercing was done too deep. Like you suspected the piercing should enter the nipple, not the areola. Chances are the depth of the piercing will keep it from healing. I would remove the piercing and have it done correctly.

Since you like the angle of the piercing make sure you request it when you get repierced, you could go with an even more dramatic angle around 90°.

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Posted by Ryan Mills | Permalink | 1 Comment

Extra skin developed

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 1:49 AM

Filed under: Nipple

How common is the this extra skin i’ve developed on either side of my nipple piercings? Furthermore, is there a method of reducing their size, or removing said extra skin permanently? I love the piercings, but I don’t think this extra skin is aesthetically pleasing. Thank you for any help.

(i have 12g titanium bars)

The ‘extra skin’ can be caused from a number of different things. Most males find that they get what’s 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 can also be a sign (especially in female nipples) of the piercing being done a little bit deep and coming out of the areola (the outside of the actual protruding nipple).

Lastly it could be from bumping it or sleeping on it, and its forming some hypertropic scar tissue, which can be reduce by first stopping whats pissing it off and then doing warm chamomile tea bag soaks to allow the tissue to ‘absorb’ back in like normal.

Without a picture, its nearly impossible to tell whats going on. All I know is that from having titanium bars in, it won’t be from an allergy to the metal or ‘pulling’ from the rings. I would suggest to drop into your piercer and let them check it out or submit a picture to ASK so we can check it out further for you.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 1 Comment

rings, barbells instead?

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 1:15 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I made sure to read the majority of your articles about nipple piercings before posting. I have no photo but, I got my nipples pierced a week ago today with rings instead of barbells. I am now seeing that barbells are definitely a lot more recommended. I am having more irritation in my left nipple than the right due to the fact (i think) of the ball slightly sinking into my nipple. my main thought, is it too early to go get them changed to barbells? I really want to get it situated as quickly as possible, my left nipple is definitely a lot more sore and just plain irritated. so, too soon?

thanks so much!

I would suggest to go into a reputable piercer and get some straight internally threaded (preferably titanium) barbells in there. If they are causing issues and digging in, its going to be in your best interest to get them swapped sooner than later.

Just make sure that the jewellery is fully autoclaved (sterilized) before you get them put in, as they are still going to be quite ‘open’.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Getting my nipple pierced, I have a few questions first

Saturday May 12th, 2012 @ 8:13 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I have my ears pierced I’ve had them pierced since I was 6 months old and they have never closed, will my nipple piercings most likely do this as well?

I’ve never had keloid scarring so are the chances of me getting keloid scarring minimal?

My mom had her navel pierced about 12 years ago and she did all she could to keep it clean and it became infected and the skin grew around her navel and it had to be cut out of her skin, since this happened to her will this likely happen to me? I remember having stitches in my lip and my skin started to grow tightly around the stitches do you think this will happen with my nipple?

Sorry for all the questions, I just want to get them all of my chest and answered before I go though with this!

When a piercing is fully healed, you form a little tunnel called a fistula. It keeps the piercing ‘open’ and allows it to be fully healed.

It sounds like your mother’s navel was perhaps a little bit short and that’s why it swelled up and became embedded, although obviously without being able to see it its hard to tell what happened. As long as you see an experienced piercer, they can ensure that this wont happen for you.

Stitches are often done (especially in vascualr areas, like the lip) quite tightly to stop it from bleeding - this is why it felt like it was digging in while it swelled up. That’s a totally different ball game than a piercing, which isn’t holding any tissue together and is rather passing through the tissue.

As always, make sure that you ask to see your piercers HEALED portfolio of nipple piercings before you decide on one person or shop. If you are looking for places near your area, check out 411.bmezine.com (our local artist directory) or APP’s member listing to ensure you get an experienced and trained piercer.

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Want to keep inverted nipples

Saturday May 12th, 2012 @ 4:07 AM

Filed under: Extreme, Nipple, Nose

I’ve got inverted nipples and I’ve been thinking about getting a nipple pierced. I’ve heard that women who have inverted nipples will have this done so that the nipple will become “normal.” However, I love my inverted nipples! Is it possible for me to (safely) get a piercing and keep my nipple inverted? I’ve heard of some of these piercings failing because the nipple either wasn’t coached out or the aureola was pierced instead. My nips aren’t super inverted, they do poke out when I’m goosebumpy or otherwise stimulated. Thanks!

I think it could be nearly impossible to do, to be honest with you. When an inverted nipple is pierced correctly it should as erect as possible, to ensure it doesn’t shallow out in the center. If you were to attempt to intentionally pierce it shallower in the middle, you will find that over time you could begin to see the barbell through the middle and it would most likely eventually reject from the center out.

Alternatively you could do some cute decoration around your areola (outside of your nipple) that doesn’t pass through the actual nipple, like dermal anchors. They will give you a vaguely similar aesthetic and keep your beloved inverted nipples intact and unchanged.

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Is it infected??

Wednesday May 9th, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I’ve had my nipples pierced since October 2011. About 4 days ago my nipples became really sore and started crusting up more than usual. They are kind of swollen and it hurts to touch them. About two days before they began hurting I was with a guy and he had been playing with. If they are infected what do I do??

Sounds like its just been aggrivated by the person playing with it, infection would be VERY rare in a healed peircing that old.

I would strongly suggest you treat it as if it was brand new, start doing warm saline solution soaks in a half filled shot-glass and make sure that you don’t irritate them further by using any chemical cleaning solutions.

You most likely will get some crusties coming out of the piercing (like when it was new), so be careful not to pick them off.

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