Nipple Piercing


Nipples can be pierced with a ball closure ring (BCR) or barbell, horizontal, vertical or on an angle.

Men's nipples are usually small and flat and therefore pierced slightly deeper through the areola. Women's nipples tend to be pierced at the base.

If a woman has recently given birth, it is highly recommended to wait until the baby is four months old before having her nipple pierced. Breast feeding mothers should wait four months after finishing feeding before having their nipples pierced.

There is no need for women to worry that nipple piercing will affect their ability to breast feed. Milk is produced in lactiferous / milk glands deep behind the piercing site. Many ducts lead to the nipple but very few are damaged by the piercing. According to many midwives, secure nipple jewellery can even be kept in during feeding! Women's nipple piercings sometimes take longer to heal than men's, due to fluctuating hormonal changes every month.

On the surface of the areola there are numerous sebaceous glands which lubricate the nipple. These will help to remove bacteria from the surface, thus aiding healing.


Aftercare Information for Nipple Piercings

Aftercare for body piercings is vitally important. Please read the following information carefully to ensure that the risk of infection is minimised.

* If appropriate, remove the dressing after 4-6 hours.

* Do not touch the piercing on the first day. 

* The entrance holes will need cleaning with a saline solution twice a day for at least four months. You can make your own saline solution using one litre of boiled water and one teaspoon of unbleached sea salt. 

* Do not pick at scabs as this will cause unnecessary bleeding. Scabs prevent entry of bacteria which could cause infection; scabs will fall away when ready. 

* During the healing process, do not take the jewellery out to clean. If prolonged or major irritation occurs, consult your GP. 

* Punktured recommends waiting at least four months before changing the jewellery.

* Do not swim, use hot tubs or jacuzzis for at least 6 weeks.

* Do not sunbathe or use sunbeds for at least 6 months.

Healing times vary from person to person depending on many factors such as diet, lifestyle and stress. If you are concerned at all, contact us and we will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.