What is a nipple piercing?

Nipple piercing is exactly what it sounds like, and has always been one of the most popular types of intimate piercings on the body. Simple, effective, and sexy, nipple piercings for men and women have come a long way into the forefront of culture and the body art appreciation demographic.

Most of these piercings are done at the base of the nipple in an angular position, but can also be done horizontally or vertically with various pieces of nipple jewelry, from barbells to captive bead rings. Finding a professional piercer is going to be your biggest hurdle in getting a nipple piercing of any type, so be sure to do your research beforehand in order to find the best of the best.

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Nipple Piercing in History

As with many other forms of body jewelry and piercing, nipple piercing throughout the ages has been seen as a rite of passage for both men and women in various cultures from around the world. In western society, 14th-century Bavarian culture has shown a penchant for nipple piercing in the royal court as a fashion statement, freely displaying the jewelry after application.

In the more recent modern world, nipple piercings were even trending during Victorian times, circa 1890, where it was featured in long-standing magazines like Vogue as being a painful but fashionable process that women could attempt to stay current on intimate trends.

Later, the 1970s created a new boon for nipple piercings in the adult community as well as those interested in more intimate forms of body art. The self-expression present in such a painful yet individualistic way.

Contemporary Nipple Piercing

Modern professionals like Brian Keith Thompson have shone a light on the advantages of getting a nipple piercing, as well as help to move the world of body art to the forefront of popular culture and fashion. As well as this, celebrities such as Kendall Jenner have made the “art” aspect of body art more normal as an expression of individualism and free-spiritedness. Instead of being reserved for the dregs of society, piercing and tattooing are now a normal part of contemporary pop culture and life. We see it everywhere, and it makes it all the more important to be a positive ambassador for someone who chooses to place jewelry on their bodies.

Finding the Proper Piercing Studio

When you first start looking for a professional piercing artist, it can seem daunting to find one on your own when you have so many options. Many tattoo shops offer piercing applications, but you shouldn’t always just go to a place because you’ve been there before. Check out other options first, and you might be surprised that you find something better with a little more research.

When it comes to getting good care during the piercing process, you’re going to want someone who has a lot of experience with the piercing that you want. For such a painful process, nipple piercing should only be done by someone who is an expert.

Social media allows us to view the portfolios of past work from artists we like from the comfort of our own home. You should also check out the business page for testimonials and reviews from people who have had work done there also, and schedule a consultation or visit with your artist so that you can ask questions. The most important thing, in the end, is that you feel comfortable with the person who is going to apply your body art.

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How long does it take for a nipple piercing to heal?

Most nipple piercings will take around a year or longer to fully heal, and your artist will give you tips on how to best take care of your new piercing during this time. It is important that you don’t stretch or otherwise manipulate the tissue around the nipple area so that it can fully heal. If you are looking to stretch the tissue eventually, talk with your artist about doing this in the future, so that they can give you an idea of when your body has healed up enough.

Do nipple piercings hurt?

Nipple piercings are very painful for both men and women, naturally due to the fact that the nipple is an erogenous zone and full of stimulating nerve endings sensitive to all kinds of touch. The initial penetration of the piercing will probably be as painful as any piercing will get due to this, so prepare yourself for this when you are researching into getting one.

In spite of this, there can be some stimulating advantages to getting a nipple piercing for some individuals. If your nipples are sensitive, this can be enhanced after the application of the piercing once healed. As well as this, for individuals with inverted nipples, piercing them can be an effective way to protract them.

Can you breastfeed with nipple piercings?

Most people will tell you that there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that nipple piercings affect breastfeeding at all. However, there is some evidence to show that improper application of the jewelry can cause scarring and block lactation ducts. As well as this, mothers should always ensure that the area around the breastfeeding area is clean and free of any debris before breastfeeding and remove the jewelry before feeding the baby. A little preparation goes a long way, and you won’t have to worry about the jewelry getting in the way of anything.

How to clean nipple piercings?

Most nipple rings and jewelry are made from stainless steel, which makes them resistant to bacteria as well as having the least chances of allergic reaction for most people. In spite of this, we still need to do our part and clean our piercings each day in order to prevent infection and bacterial buildup, which can become serious.

Remove the jewelry to clean and disinfect it, with either a chemical solution or in saltwater. As well as this, clean the area around the nipple itself. Both of these strategies will be your biggest defence against infection and any other complications that can arise. If you do notice or have excessive pain, swelling, or redness, talk with your artist and personal doctor about options you may have for curtailing it before it gets worse.


How long will my nipples be sore after piercing?

Due to the sensitivity of the nipple area, your nipples will be sore for a few days after the initial application and during the healing process. A sea salt soak can be helpful for removing most of the pain from inflammation as well as effective cleaning the area. Be mindful to watch for signs of your body rejecting the piercing, which can include soreness that lasts longer as well as the piercing hole becoming larger than was initially made.

Women can help themselves be more comfortable during these sore days by wear soft clothing and sports bras over traditional bras. If you feel comfortable, your piercing will be comfortable also, so experiment with different clothing applications so that you both feel and look good. By doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy your piercing comfortably for a long while yet.

Ready to Explore Nipple Piercings?

At Chronic Ink Tattoo, our talented piercers are ready to help you explore any ear piercing, facial piercing, or body piercing. Stop by one of our studios today.

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