June 14, 2024

Nipple Piercing: Cost, Aftercare, Scarring, Pain, Cleaning

Ready to book your nipple piercing? GLAMOUR did a bit of extra research on the practicalities of nipple piercings, just because we’re diligent like that – read on.

How painful is getting a nipple piercing?

You’ll feel a sharp scratch followed by some pressure. It’s different for everyone, most people say it doesn’t hurt as much as they thought it would. Taking a deep breath in and out really helps!

How long does a nipple piercing take to properly heal?

A nipple piercing can take up to and over a year to heal properly, but most settle down within 6 months.

Are nipple piercings supposed to scab?

It’s normal for all piercings to experience a small amount of crust building up around each exit point for the first few months, and nipple piercings are no different – it’s all part of the healing process.

Should the piercing start to produce a lot of fluid that’s dark yellow or green in colour however, you should make an appointment to see your piercer [or contact your GP].

How can you stop nipple piercings getting infected?

  • Do salt water compresses and cleaning on your new piercing morning and evening for at least 12-16 weeks.
  • Avoid swimming for the first six weeks and have showers rather than baths – it’s best to avoid soaking your new piercing in water with chlorine or bacteria in it.
  • Wear breathable cotton as synthetic materials can cause sweat to build up if the garment is tight-fitting against the new piercing.
  • Be careful when exercising so the piercing doesn’t get knocked or torn.

What aftercare is needed after getting a nipple piercing?

Saline solution, applied morning and evening for at least 12-16 weeks. Let the saline compress soak on your piercing then dry the skin with some clean gauze afterwards, being sure to clean away any build up on the piercing and jewellery.

Keep the same initial piercing jewellery in until the piercing is settled and healed, and, once you change your jewellery, stick to hypoallergenic metals.

Do nipple piercings make your nipples hard forever?

Nipple piercings will usually cause the nipple to protrude slightly, and this tends to be permanent. It won’t necessarily make them constantly hard, but it will make them more prominent, which is one of reasons people with inverted nipples choose to get them pierced.

How old do you have to be to get a nipple piercing?

In the UK, you’ll need to wait until you’re 18 to have a genital or intimate piercing, including a nipple piercing and a studio may be breaking the law if they offer piercings to anyone younger and do not check for suitable ID.

Do nipple piercings improve sexual sensitivity?

Sometimes! Usually sensitivity stays the same, but some people say that the piercing makes their nipples more sensitive.

How much does getting a nipple piercing cost?

Nipple piercings tend to cost between £30-£50 but obviously, it depends on how expensive the jewellery you choose is.

Will I get a hoop or a barbell?

Ultimately this something you can discuss with your piercer. However, you’re likely to start off with a barbell as they are way less fiddly than hoops, meaning your piercing has less chance of getting an infection.

Can you wear a bra after getting a nipple piercing?

Although not wearing a bra is a great opportunity to show off your newly embellished nips, you can still wear them if you choose. While your piercing is still healing, it’s best to avoid sports bras and fancy lingerie, opting for soft cotton material instead.

Do nipple piercings go off in airports?

While metal jewellery can set off metal detectors in airport security, most quality body jewellery is non-ferromagnetic, which basically means non-magnetic, meaning it shouldn’t set off the walk-through metal detectors.

Are nipple piercings visible through clothes?

If you’re not wearing a bra then the answer is usually yes.

Can you still breastfeed with a nipple piercing?

As breastmilk is located in the mammary glands behind the nipple, having a nipple piercing shouldn’t affect your ability to breastfeed. However, make sure your nipple piercing has fully healed before you start breastfeeding, enabling you to remove it – since it could be a choking hazard to your baby.

A nipple piercing can occasionally be a catalyst for mastitis, too, according to the NHS – so make sure you look out for any signs, such as pain, inflammation or flu-like symptoms.

Are nipple piercings easy to remove?

If you remove the piercing after it is fully healed then, providing there is no infection, it should be easy to remove.

Are nipple piercings safe?

As with all piercings, nipple piercings can be safe as long as you choose a reputable and licensed studio and make sure you follow the aftercare procedures. The biggest risk associated with a nipple piercing is most notably an infection. While they are rare, infections can lead to the risk of blood poisoning if you don’t seek medical attention. You might also be left with scar tissue around your nipple if you choose to remove the ring. All the risks should be outlined to you by the studio before the procedure takes place.

The only question left to answer is, have you made up your mind yet?

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