Getting a nipple piercing can be a daunting body modification, particularly to newcomers to piercing. For some people, nipple jewelry is all about style, while others get a nipple ring with the hope of boosting the sensitivity in an already erogenous zone. With nipple piercings becoming more popular, many people just want to know what the deal is and what they will get out of this piercing.

The Style of Nipple Piercing

Nipple piercings are a versatile piece of body modification. Nipple jewelry can be for men and women and one nipple or both. Some believe that a nipple piercing makes the nipple more sensitive and can increase pleasure when Netflix and chillin’ or spending time with someone special. For others, a nipple piercing can help make a flat or even inverted nipple appear more prominent. For many, it’s just about the style. 

There’s plenty of different variations on nipple piercing, but the most important two are the barbell and the hoop. A hoop, or nipple ring, is an earring, but for your nipple. A barbell style is a rod pushed through the nipple, with larger ends to keep it in place – you can even add on jewelry to the barbell later. It’s up to you, but the barbell style is popular because they don’t move around as much, meaning they can heal faster, are more subtle under the skin, and are less likely to catch on other objects. 

Material and Pricing

So, what type of body jewellery should you opt for when piercing the nipple? At Sage, we believe that using quality jewelry is the best way to go, such as 14K gold or titanium that is ASTM F-136 compliant, ISO 5832-3 compliant, or commercially pure titanium that is ASTM F-67 compliant.

To ensure you are receiving one of the following, chat with your reputable piercer about 

seeing their Certified Material Test Reports (CMT).

Some places also offer stainless steel, but getting this puts you at risk of cheap options mixed with nickel, an excellent way to get an allergic reaction. A right titanium nipple piercing will cost less than gold. Gold will easily cost more, with platinum costing the most.

How Do You Get Pierced?

The most crucial part of getting your nipple pierced is to find a reputable studio that’s clean and has good reviews – do your homework. 

For maximum sterility, nipple piercing places use single-use needles. The piercer should sterilize both the needle and the nipple jewelry beforehand. After you’re ready and feel comfortable, your nipple will be swabbed with alcohol and clamped. Take a deep breath. The sterilized needle makes the piercing, and then your jewelry is added in – it’s as simple as that. 

What are the Risks?

If you use a professional studio and take proper care of the piercing (see below), the risks should be fairly minimal. The piercing will generally leave only a small mark, but some people may have previous genetics or complications that lead to scar tissue. If you’re not going for titanium, you should also be wary of any allergies to metals you might have. 

If you don’t take proper care of the piercing, an infection might be a risk – in this case, always head to a doctor.

There’s no real proof that piercings cause permanent increases in insensitivity or change in shape, but piercings do make you more mindful of your nipples and draw the attention of others to them. 

How About the Pain?

Nipple piercings have a reputation as painful, but as with most piercings, it depends on the person. Regardless of how much it hurts, that initial pain will generally go away in a few seconds. Your nipples may be tender for a few days, but they’ll start healing quickly, healing up in half a year with a typical healing process.

Nipples heal so fast that you have to watch out for them healing up completely, such as taking out your jewelry at all. 

Guide to Aftercare

The most important part of aftercare for nipple piercings is, as mentioned above, keeping it clean and free of infection. You should avoid pools, spas, hot tubs, and other public bodies of water. You should also gently wash the piercing daily with warm water and soap, and try to wear loose cotton or a sports bra. While you might be excited about your new sensitivity, it’s better than no one touches the piercing for at least a month after you’ve had it done, so the body piercing can fully heal.

You should also remember that if the swelling is more than expected, you can always go back to your piercing studio and have the jewelry swapped for a better fit. 

Learn More Today

If you’re interested in learning even more about nipple piercing and nipple jewelry, don’t hesitate to contact us at Sage. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have!