Nipple piercing FAQ

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Nipples usually take 6-10 weeks to heal; they usually heal without any problems.

The nipple will be slightly tender for several days after the piercing, and a little swollen, this gradually goes away, I prefer to use a ring rather than a bar when the nipple is pierced so that if swelling occurs the jewellery is not tight. Nipples tend to get a lot of clear crusting at the entrance to the piercing so the ring is easier for cleaning.

However, your nipples will always be more sensitive so don't be too rough with them during sex.

It is normal for the piercing to throb a little the first day. Panadol tablets or the like (a gentle form of pain relief) may be taken 6 hourly if needed. May sure you take something that is safe for you or consult your Doctor.

In my experience the first 2 to 3 days the nipple is a little tender and then settles and gives no problem.

Until the tissue heals fully, the piercing can easily be torn, the ring will never be actually torn out, just a very small tear usually occurs on the side of the wound. If this happens after the piercing is healed, you will have to treat the piercing as a new wound again, or you could develop an infection.

The signs of infection will be any excessive pain, swelling, a large lump in the breast, thick yellow/green pus coming from the wound, or any excessive redness around the wound. If you think there may be an infection, return and see me or see a physician immediately

The Piercing is really sore what should you do?

The most common cause of this is a tight bar. Put in a longer one 

If you have changed your jewellery in the last 48 hours, it can be that when you have changed you grazed the inside of the piercing a little bit of water based lubricant can help here.

A little bubble or blister appears beside one of the holes. This happens when fluff or a foreign body like sand goes down your piercing. The lump usually turns into pimple which pops expelling the foreign matter. 

If there is redness or red lines spreading up your breast, swelling, pain and pus it is time to seek medical advice





  • Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching the piercing.


  • DO use a mild antibacterial soap (like Protex ), in the shower (once a day only!). Cup your hand under the piercing and soak it for 1-2 minutes.


  • Make sure all your shampoos, soaps, moisturisers and tanning oils are washed thoroughly from your piercing.
  • DO dissolve 1/4 of a teaspoon of sea-salt or table salt in  a cup of boiling water. Let this cool a little, then place in a clean glass or medicine cup and lie down with it upturned on your nipple for 10-15 minutes, once or twice a day.
  • You can also use Saline solution (available at any chemist). Rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a clean tissue afterwards. This process is the best way to promote healing, and the more you do it, the quicker your piercing will heal.


  • We recommend cleaning your piercing with studex solution morning and night for the first 2 weeks


  • DO make sure, when washing, you remove all the crusting, if it's not cleaned off properly it can concrete around the ring and tear the inside of the wound when the ring moves, this is painful and can lead to infection. Secondly, if its not removed bacteria can feed on it and infect the wound.


  • DO make sure that you dry your nipple thoroughly after cleaning; this should be done with a paper tissue; as towels can harbour bacteria.


  • DO use the cleaning solution after going swimming in the ocean or public pools, but remember no swimming in a public pool or spa pool for at least 2 weeks after your piercing.
  • do not let anyone suck on your piercing for a least a month, saliva has lots of bacteria.


  • Baths are not recommended for a 2 weeks following a piercing.


  • DO make sure that you wash the piercing carefully after exercising or sweating, as sweat can sting and can cause the wound to become aggravated.


  • DO give the piercing some sunshine as it helps the body produce Vitamin D which helps promote healing. It also helps dry the wound and minimise infections.


  • DON'T pull your nipple up to look at the piercing, as this will aggravate the wound. It's there for other people to see. If you want to see it look in the mirror.


  • DON'T turn the ring in the piercing for the first 3-4 weeks, move it very gently and only enough to remove the crusting, after that you can turn it enough for cleaning. Moving the ring constantly aggravates the wound and delays healing.


  • DON'T use Methylated Spirits, or alcohol on the piercing as they are very astringent and can damage the wound, don't use Hydrogen peroxide because it will destroy the cells that form scar tissue, don’t use creams or ointments as they keep the wound moist and hamper the healing process.


  • DON'T wear very tight bras, because they can cause the piercing to grow out, which means that the piece of flesh taken by the piercing gradually diminishes until the ring finally comes out; after the piercing is healed you may wear anything you like.
  • Avoid synthetic fabrics that don't let the wound breath, try to wear clothes that give the piercing as much fresh air as possible. A bra worn at night can be more comfortable.


  • DON'T remove the ring during the healing phase because you will lose the piercing. I recommend you leave it in at least 6 weeks before changing the jewellery


  • DON'T hang chains or charms off your nipple ring until the piercing is fully healed, they can get caught and tear the wound and hamper the healing process. Wait at least a 6 weeks.

Be fussy with your jewellery choices, a lot of cheaper body jewellery has lots of nickel and lead it which can leach into your body causing nasty reactions that are often mistaken for infections


  • A handy hint when changing your jewellery is to lubricate it with some water based lubricant , this enables the jewellery to slide through easily.
  • If you are worried or need reassurance go and see your piercer rather than asking your friends



In my experience most women prefer to remove the jewellery to breast feed successfully, they get a little milk leaking out from their piercing site at times but this is normal and doesn’t affect breastfeeding.

My advice is when you first become pregnant take your nipple piercing out, your breasts and nipples can become quite tender. Leave the piercing to heal during your pregnancy. Lots of my clients have successfully breast fed after taking their piercings out  

Removing piercings for Surgery, scans/x-rays 

You are often requested to do this and depending on the age of your piercing this can lead to the piercing closing up.
Use bioflex or PTFE with plastic balls, they not only keep your piercing open but the are safe to scan etc