Placement of Nipple Piercing

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Wednesday August 27th, 2008 @ 3:52 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I had my right nipple pierced about ten years ago. It did not heal well, became infected and after about a month I took it out and let it close up, which it did quite nicely. There were two tiny little marks where the openings had been that were almost non-discernible. As I have little points for nipples the original piercing was placed wider, further out as opposed to tightly spaced toward the tip nipple itself. About three weeks ago I had a spur of the moment brainstorm to get my nipple re-pierced, so I ran out and did it. I showed the piercer my prior spot and asked if we should use or avoid it, as perhaps scar tissue from the old piercing, should there be any, could cause a problem. She thought it better safe than sorry and went further out as opposed to closer in onto the actual nipple. I have uploaded a photo of the piercing so that you can see. She had trouble getting the needle out the other side once she began and she also pierced freehand, without a clamp to guide the needle. This resulted in a slightly lopsided piercing. I am not too happy about this. With that said… my questions are:

Was this done correctly or is there no right vs. wrong for placement? Ideally I want my piercing to enhance my already sensitive nipple as well as look good and heal properly. I have the sense that because it is placed wider and not right into the tip, it may not have maximized the sensitivity and might take longer to heal as well. Is that wrong? I am now considering having my left nipple pierced and want the two to match symmetrically. One is already not perfectly horizontal. I would also prefer that my piercings be closer in, on or near the actual nipple itself. Can you please speak to the situation and my concerns and suggest what to do? Thank you very much!

Based on what I read and with that picture, in my eyes it appears that the piercer was not quite experienced/knowledgeable as she should be.

You do not want to be piercing deeper into the areola as many complications can occur. One of them is what I am seeing in that picture where through scar tissue, deep placement,etc your nipple is rather distorted from what it ideally should be. Also this can be a result as well from the type of jewelry you have in your nipple, ie: small diameter circular barbell. As it will pull down and apply stress on a straight pathway thus increasing scar tissue and irritation. Not only that but she didn’t even pierce it in line with your nipple.

So realistically when it comes to piercing your other nipple, I implore you to actually get it done properly and with a straight barbell, at least for the initial healing time. Symmetry with these piercings is going to be very hard now. Even with normal paired nipple piercings its hard to keep symmetry due to different developments/angles of the nipple/pectoral muscles,etc.

But like I said if you came to see me with this nipple piercing, with great frustration and concern with what happened to you. I would explain specifically why what you had done is not the ideal situation and that realistically I would not want to compromise your well-being as well as the quality of the piercing, in order to make it symmetrical with a botched piercing job. If anything I would encourage you to remove the jewelry, provided it was problem free and could be removed. And then from there I would advise you on how to care for it and see how it heals, and if it was suitable re-pierce it properly the next time around.

*sighs* I’m still looking at that picture you posted and it makes me cringe and want to cry. We really gotta find a way to get all piercers on the same page of knowledge so that things like this, never happen again.


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6 Responses to “Placement of Nipple Piercing”

  1. i’m gonna cry too…

    fuck_life on August 27th, 2008 at 4:59 am
  2. Yeah that doesn’t look too good… I did my own and they turned out fine, this piercer really needs to get back to basics :/

    almaxaquotal on August 27th, 2008 at 9:20 am
  3. Thanks Very Much for the response(s). No one should cry! After reading your thoughts about my bad piercing I immediately took out the jewelry. Now what? Is there anything in particular that I should do to help it heal? Can I have it re-pierced properly and if so, how soon? Please and Thank you for your help!

    Michael on August 27th, 2008 at 10:25 am
  4. Michael: No one should cry, especially me, I’m a horrible looking person when I cry lmao Picture JP from Grandma’s Boy *shudders*

    The most you can do is very warm sea salt water solutions for roughly 10 minutes once or twice a day until the pathway seals up.

    Find a reputable artist who is willing to spend enough time analyzing and looking at your nipple, as well as asking questions about your previous attempts,etc. A reputable piercer will want to fully understand about your past attempts,etc before even having you sign the consent form.

    Personally I’d suggest waiting a few months before attempting to have it looked at again…potentially 6 months to a year, but depending on your body it might be sooner then that. So if anything give it 3 months and locate a reputable artist who can have a look at it and take it from there.

    Warren Hiller on August 28th, 2008 at 1:22 am
  5. Thank u for sharing this story.

    Micah Guy on September 6th, 2008 at 7:13 am
  6. I have the same exact problem with both nipples. I also have an abscess below my nipple. Do I go back and complain? I’ve been in a lot of pain, but I don’t want to forfeit them before I spent 120 hard earned dollars. Can I sue? Do I get my money back? Have someone re-pierce me? Please help!

    Turiya on October 26th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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