Piercing Inverted Nipples

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Monday January 5th, 2009 @ 4:22 PM

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I want to have my nipples pierced but they’re inverted. I read on your encyclopedia that it can be done, but mine don’t simply ‘pop out’ like the article mentions. They are really ‘in there’, if you understand me. A friend recommended apllying ice, but it has the opposite effect to normal; they shrink in further. Applying heat doesn’t get them out very far either.

Assuming I can convince them to come out far enough to get pierced, my idea was to wear Bioplast bars as the initial jewelry, so that the inward-pull caused by my nipples doesn’t result in too much pressure on the piercing (the bars will bend under the pull), then, once healing is done, switch to metal bars. My eventual goal is to be able to wear nipple shields.

My piercer has done inverted nipples before, but not like mine that pull in so hard, hence the reason we’d like a second opinion.

Would my plan be viable or would you suggest something else?

Many thanks

For the most part, most inverted nipples can be worked out enough to be pierced with a thicker gauge (12g+) barbell (I tend to use curves for inverted nipples.)
That said, some people just don’t have the correct anatomy for nipple piercings and I have to suggest they consider piercing something else.
In my opinion, if your nipples cannot be gently worked out to be pierced, I wouldn’t do them. The pressure against the piercing as your nipples are trying to sit back in their intended, natural position will cause enough irritation for them to reject entirely.


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44 Responses to “Piercing Inverted Nipples”

  1. The whole reason I got my nipples pierced in the first place was because they were inverted. They are not inverted now….even without jewelry in.

    Melody on January 6th, 2009 at 12:32 am
  2. See personally, I would try ‘deep’ nipple piercings; through the aerola (sp, sorry?)…that way, you’ll have a bar going through your inside out nips if you see what I mean :) good luck with whichever you choose though!

    AmiiMetalFace on January 6th, 2009 at 8:24 pm
  3. I know surgery exists to “correct” inverted nipples; I wonder if it’d be possible to pierce them once un-inverted or whether the mass would be forever covered in scar tissue? It’s something I’m curious about as I also have extremely inverted nips. If I’m unable to pierce them, I’m thinking of having them removed altogether…

    ara on January 6th, 2009 at 8:39 pm
  4. My partner has inverted nipples that do not come out. i was given permission to pierce them as a expierament sortof as i was unsure if such inverted nipples could be coaxed to become uninverted with a piercing.

    I found this highly unsucessful. The piercing did work, the nipples were forced out after the piercing without going into the areola. Unfortunently my partner was also in extreme pain as well, and we decided to take them out after a couple of hours of this sensation not subsiding any.

    I found no other examples of this piercing being done to suggest this will happen everytime. Maybe bio bars, maybe banana bars to relieve the pressure. Im not sure, has anyone else done this piercing on extremely inverted nipples and had success?

    Kash on January 8th, 2009 at 6:32 am
  5. AmiiMetalFace: Perhaps you should do some reading and figure out WHY what you’re saying is a very not ok thing to do.

    Warren Hiller on January 9th, 2009 at 1:06 am
  6. I had seriously inverted nipples and after about two years of dedicated attention from my partner, they slowly stopped being inverted. Now I’m pregnant, they’re totally not inverted at all. Just a thought.

    Ananke on January 10th, 2009 at 2:10 am
  7. Speaking of piercing the areola, I’ve seen a tiny handful of “nipple surface piercings” in the BME gallery…I’ve always wondered how those healed up for those women.

    ara on January 13th, 2009 at 8:56 pm
  8. I also have inverted nipples. I have had them pierced for about a month. I had them pierced so eventually they would come out. They look great but they havent come out entirly yet. The piercer had to do a “deep” piercing to get underneath the nipple so it could eventually come out. They have become very sensitive, in a good way and do come out but they do not stay out all the time. Then again everyone is different. even tho they are not out all the time i do have a higher self esteem knowing that in time they could be.
    go for it! you have nothing to lose!

    Maddy on January 20th, 2009 at 5:48 pm
  9. Warren; it was a joke, love. You clearly cannot do that. :)

    AmiiMetalFace on February 2nd, 2009 at 2:21 pm
  10. I have looked into corrective surgery, for extremely inverted nipples they can get them out but in some cases (not all) they have to severe something which would mean you would not be able to breastfeed at all. Cost is about NZD$2000. I have a flat nipple, can be manipulated out and hard but usually retreats and hides after a while, if it was both i wouldn’t be so embarrassed, but am seriously thinking of getting it pierced now so it can stay out, has anyone been in my situation and had a successful piercing?

    Mandy on April 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm
  11. I would like to know an experianced piercer in Sheffield who is confidant piercing inveted nipples. Well I say inverted it has a more flat apperance. Any help would be very welcome.

    Sarah on April 8th, 2009 at 3:41 pm
  12. I have inverted nipples as well and am considering a piercing. If it is just the fact that your nipples are inward that bothers you, look up something called the “Niplette”, a device created by an MD in Britain. It uses suction to evert the nipple and is recommend for women with inverted nipples who want to nurse. I used it for 3 months when I wasn’t pregnant and it drew out both nipples very well. They stayed everted for nearly a year, but I got lazy with the maintenance. It costs around $50 and may either take care of your nipples, or make it easier for them to be pierced. HTH.

    Tonya on May 27th, 2009 at 7:34 pm
  13. I used the Avent Nipplettes for 10-14 hours a day - easy if you get a pair of nipple shells to contain them. Wore them for 2 months and my nipples were sufficiently everted to get them pierced at 1.6mm. Have stretched to 2.0mm with 6mm balls and am intending to eventually stretch to 3.2mm. Then I will get a pair of eyelets and some shields or trainers to pull them forwards. My theory is that 3.2mm will not migrate out even if the trainers are in all the time. The trainers are for 1.6mm but will fit inside the 3.2mm eyelets. I am taking photos at each stage - if it works out I will put it all in an article for BME…

    ChrisD on August 10th, 2009 at 9:37 am
  14. well kids, I’m a little late on this posting, but I wanted to share my experience with this type of piercing. I have inverted nipples and as a guy, have always been an embarrassment for me. I decided to have them pierced on my 22nd birthday 17 years ago and haven’t had any problems with them. I started with a 14g and stretched them to a 12 about 5 years after I got them done. They look good and I’m glad I did it. Now I take my shirt off when I go to the beach and after they healed I started sleeping shirtless, which was something I would never do before, even in the privacy of my own dark bedroom. The only thing I wish would have happened was to gain some sensitivity, but alas, that didn’t happen…but then again, I never really had much sensitivity before either.
    As always, if you go this route, make sure to go to a reputable piercer, not some booth at a mall.

    Raul. on September 21st, 2009 at 3:49 am
  15. You can buy a device online for inverted nipples that will suck them out. It is like a big syringe. It hurts at first, but if you decide to do this, use the device several times to get used to your nipples being out. Then, take the device to a professional piercer and have them use it before they pierce. I did, and my nipples were extremely inverted. They have been pierced for over 3 years now.

    Carmen Baker on October 5th, 2009 at 1:16 pm
  16. I also have severely inverted nipples. I have long wanted pierced nipples but was always afraid the piercer would reject me. But the he*L with it! I’m going to try and get them pierced this week. I hope they can do it. I will post back on my experience! I also have the nipplette but it is so noticeable and I couldn’t wear it that often so i gave up on it.

    Joanne on January 6th, 2010 at 10:10 pm
  17. I have one inverted and one that is just…not very prominent. After reading this, and ten plus years of coming to grips with the issues I’ve had regarding this, I’ve ordered the Niplette mentioned earlier in the comments, hoping to ‘deal’ with my nipples and then to possibly get them pierced. I’ve long come to terms with my body and I had never considered altering my natural nipples as an option before. I’m interested to see how effective this will end up being.

    I’m more excited about the possibility of being able to have pierced nipples than I am about the nipples themselves, to be completely honest.

    nicky b fantastic on January 9th, 2010 at 3:20 am
  18. i have inverted nipples and i bought the nipplette thing online about a year ago. i use probably like once (or twice) a week. it really does help event though it kinda hurts. anyway no my nipples come out every now and then. When my boyfriend sucks on them they tend to come out. they also come out like on random occassions, like when they feel like it they’ll come out.
    i also want to get them pierced but i’m scared that they won’t come out right.

    Pinky218 on March 4th, 2010 at 8:14 pm
  19. I recently got both nipples pierced (they were inverted but would come out pretty decently with some stimulation). My intention was for them to come out with the piercings but my friend ended up going with me and then I was too shy to discuss it with the piercer and he went ahead with it (luckily he mentioned that they were inverted so I think he tried to draw them out a bit). Anyway now they are pierced sort of behind the nipple through the areola and is healinf fine, but my nipples didn’t come out. :(
    They are not as in as before but they are definitely still in, or flat with a slit I guess?
    Do you think that’s the best that’s going to happen… or do you think I should take them out and try it again? I am worried about scarring and it was painful but it would be so worth it if I could get them to stay out.
    Thanks if anyone has advice……

    XoXo on June 15th, 2010 at 1:29 am
  20. i had extremly inverted nipple, i was very embarrassed of them and had low self esteem due to them. i read online that getting them pierced could help so after long consideration, due to embarrassment and fear that the piercer may laugh i decided to do it. And they thought absolutly nothing of it, they said many ppl who get there nipples pierced have inverted ones, and they were very professional. it was actually not near as painful as my nose piercing. And almost emmediatly my nipples were errect wich was amazing to me becaise my left nippl never became errect and there it was sticking out lol. its been 2 weeks and they are healing nicely, i am so pleased that i decided to do this. my self esteem has just sky rocketed, i strongly reccomend this to anyone with iverted nipples.

    amanda on July 10th, 2010 at 2:20 am
  21. What you are describing is grade 3 inverted nipple. To pierce them your nipple needs to be grade 2 or grade 1. Purchase the nipplette. It will coax then out from a 3 to a 2. If you are super diligent you can then move from a 2 to 1 and then permanently evert them. I found the nipplette to be too much work so once I moved from grade 3 to grade 2 I pierced them. My piercing is simply to correct my nipples not for adornment. After 4-6 months of piercing plastic surgeons say the nipple will evert on it’s own permanently.

    If you plan to ever breastfeed I think it’s a god idea!

    Ao on August 22nd, 2010 at 10:25 am
  22. ive just been reading thru ur comment, as a suggestion if ur nipples r tht bad n wont pop out it may be advisable u go n visit ur gp as it isnt a good thing.. a friend of mine had a similar problem n she needed 2 be checked. it may be nothin but its worth askin why they are like it

    autumn on September 4th, 2010 at 4:52 pm
  23. Im 16 and have inverted nipples. They only pop out and look “normal” when im cold…. If i get them pierced will it help at all.?

    Meagan on November 5th, 2010 at 2:38 am
  24. I have one severely inverted nipple and one flat one that comes out easily. The severely inverted one has never came out, ive tried to push it but nothing. I went to the doctor about maybe getting surgery or something but she said it’s natural, thats it nothing I can do! I really want to just get them pierced but Im worried my severely inverted one cant be done bc it just doesnt come out. Then I thought about getting the nipplete? Any suggestions on what I should do?

    Cecilia on December 13th, 2010 at 9:39 pm
  25. Omg!! So after about debating and debating of getting my nipples periced because they are inverted… I finally got it done.. Today in fact. .. And holy Shit it was worth it. Didn’t hurt just grosses me out when it stabs right thru… But other then that it just feels like constant pinch feeling… But girls. Guys.. With inverted nipples… If you can make your nipples come out no problem.. THen fuck the surgery and go get it periced. Best choice and 180$ i ever spent… So worth it!! Ugh can wait to show off my tits. .. I have never said those words before. Just do it. . You only live once. So you might as well do it and love your self. Ugh my life is changed :-)

    girl on January 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm
  26. i have 1 inverted nipple and 1 flat nipple. the flat one comes out sometimes and looks normal, and the inverted one comes out alittle bit but still has the dint in it. im 17 turning 18 soon and considering getting my nipples pierced but im worried because my nipples are really small even when i try push them out as much as possible, i guess ill just have to wait and see. only one person knows about them, they give me such low self-esteem, guys wonder why i never show them and they think im weird cause of it, its ruining my sex life and relationships. I cant wait to get it fixed.

    Rachel on April 8th, 2011 at 7:33 am
  27. Do it! I had inverted nipples, and I got mine pierced. It wasn’t as painful as I expected it to be. My tongue was way worse. And the healing period was amazingly short for me (only about 3 weeks, and the soreness went away after just 5 days or so). I wouldn’t say that they are completely “fixed,” but they have come out a lot more since the piercing. I’m not embarrassed by them anymore. I used to be really shy about letting guys see/feel them, but now I love to show them off. Go for it!! It was the best $80 I ever spent =] Just make sure you have a really experienced piercer do it. Trust me; you don’t want those piercings to be done incorrectly!

    Tiffany on April 18th, 2011 at 5:58 pm
  28. Does anyone no of a good piercer between Porirua and Levin? I so want mine done. I had the nipplette but got nasty infection in milk ducy which made the nipple invert more.

    Marie on April 24th, 2011 at 5:57 pm
  29. Seriously? Having inverted nipples is ruining your sex life and relationships? Something tells me your nipples having nothing to do with it, but rather your deeply-seated insecurity about yourself as a whole. I have inverted nipples too, and yes, I wouldn’t mind if they poked out a bit more, but I’ve never had any complaints or even comments about them, much less relationships ruined over them! It sounds silly to say, but you are not defined by your nipples!
    I didn’t realize that piercing them could correct the inversion, that’s whatever, but I want to do it for other reasons. My point is this: you should feel sexy and confident no matter how you compare to women in magazines or porn flicks or whatever is making you feel inadequate. There is no perfect, and anyone who dumps you for a condition that (obviously) many women (and men) experience doesn’t deserve you or the beautiful, natural, unique body that you were born into.
    Do it for you, not for him.

    Rachel on June 13th, 2011 at 2:49 am
  30. Hi!
    I have had inverted nipples all my life. Like, seriously inverted. There was NO way of making them ‘pop out.’ I felt so weird and different and if a boy wanted to feel me up he got pushed away. I hated it. I wanted to be able to sunbathe topless with my friends without feeling self-conscious and actually have my nipples stand up when I was cold!! SO, I ordered to nipplettes online. I started using them but they are so inconvenient, they don’t stay on at night, you have to wear a really loose bra during the day so it’s impossible to wear them out, or under a sports bra or tight top. I found that when i was reaaaaally diligent (wearing them all day every day for a week) my nipples would stick out for maybe an hour max, then sneak back in. I thought about surgery but it’s too costly and embarrassing. So I decided to go with the piercing option. I’d read about great results online so I wore the nipplette on my left nipple for a week, went to the piercer and took it off just before the needle went in. I got a big bar (not sure what size sorry, about 20mm) and my nipple is OUT!!!! FINALLY! Not to mention it is far more sensitive (my nipples were never sensitive before) and I love it. I’m getting my right nipple done the same way next week. I can’t wait for summer so I can show off my boobs!! Never thought i’d say that!

    Amelia on June 21st, 2011 at 11:13 pm
  31. make sure the piercer is experienced too. tell them, believe me they’ve seen it all before. I was embarrassed at first but they made me feel completely at ease and they will know what size bar to give you if they know you’re an ‘innie.’ Oh and it doesn’t hurt much and I’m a wuss with pain. Get them to spray the freezing spray on beforehand and easy peasy. A bit tender afterwards BUT SO WORTH IT. Now i just need a boyfriend to show them to!

    Amelia on June 21st, 2011 at 11:17 pm
  32. Reading this thread is one of the things that actually gave me the confidence to get my nipples pierced. I recommend using the Nipplette for AT LEAST a few months before you get them done. I put it on before I went to sleep at night, since it was too obvious to wear during the day under your clothes. The more you wear it, the less it hurts and the more the nipple will suck out. It didn’t give me permanent “outties”, but it meant my first nipple piercing was successful because my nipple was more used to being stretched out and it didn’t try and pull back in (no painfulness). Also, thanks to the freezing spray at the piercers, the piercing didn’t even freaking hurt! After watching all those You Tube clips that looked so painful, I was full of apprehension, but it was sweet! My belly button hurt more than my nipple! I am getting my other nipple done next month (gonna use the nipplette on it for a bit longer). I am SO GLAD I finally got this done, I was so out of love with my innie nipples but now I already feel way more confident about my body!

    Yessiree on July 19th, 2011 at 6:03 am
  33. And also, after 1 hour my nipple barely hurt at all (practically no swelling), and it was only $30 NZ dollars to get done (including freezing spray). All my apprehensions have gone and I hope anyone reading this just says eff it and feels inspired cos all the posts here inspired me so much. I have had major body confidence issues ALL because of my silly old nipples, even in long term relationships. I am FINALLY OVER IT! Honestly, get the nipplette or some sort of nipple device and suck those babies out! That, plus the piercing, has been money well spent for me and is basically changing my life! I think it’s only something other “inverts” can truely understand aye.

    Yessiree on July 19th, 2011 at 6:13 am
  34. Hi, I’ve just had both my inverted nipples pierced on the weekend & I’m wodnering how long is it meant to take before I see results? When I get cold the barbell stops them from going in but otherwise when I’m not cold they still look inverted.. How long did it take for your’s to come out like normal?

    Kez312 on August 8th, 2011 at 6:44 am
  35. I’m really glad i found this discussion. I don’t feel alone anymore. I know that about 20% of women have inverted nipples and girls i feel yuh. It’s emberrassing and i remember being in highschool the boys used to go around pinching all the girls nipples randomly (i know fuckin stupid) and one of them was like why don’t i feel yours. i never take my shirt off it took me soooo long to be comfortable topless i was with a boyfriend for 2 years and never took my top off!!!!! lol then i found one that basically forced me to take my top off and im glad i did cuz he accepts me for who i am. 4 years now. but we just broke up so i guess im on the prowl again. and i wanna get them pierced. I’m glad im seeing such happy results and for the girls that havent seen those results yet. honestly don’t let it get you down. YOU have to be sick and tired of being emberrassed it’s such stress it makes the sex and situation worse. If your confident and don’t give a fuck trust me it goes easier. I started doin that “i don’t care” thing and honestly i feel better. I’ve told alot of my girlfriends and they’re understanding you’ll be surprised to see how many people really don’t care themselves there like “ok so”. But yah when ur lil and made fun of and look differernt from “normal boobs” it sux i know the feeling. But i still want my nipps pierced. Anyone know a good place in LA????? ps loved the quote “Can’t wait to show off my tits!” same here if it works!!!!

    lina on August 29th, 2011 at 2:46 am
  36. hi, ive been interested in getting my nipple done for a while, mostly for sexual reasons as i am sensitive and like the feeling.. but i have inverted nipples… even after breastfeeding and pumping for 6 months… one is more out than the other.. but im wondering… how “out” do they have to be to get pierced? should i look into something to pull them out before.. or with just a little out should they manage?

    Claire on October 9th, 2011 at 10:53 pm
  37. Kez312, this is just my opinion, but your piercer may not have drawn out your nipples enough when you had them done. I have inverted/flat nipples and got them pierced probably six months ago or so. For the first couple of weeks, my nipples protruded almost normally, but they eventually started to work their way back into their flat position. Since then, I have noticed that they seem to be almost rejecting the jewelry, the bars working their way more and more toward the front of my nipples to the point that they are retracting again and my breasts are almost swallowing the jewelry. I think, had my nipples been pulled out more, and the bars placed completely behind my nipples, the piercings would have been much more successful.

    Again, this is just my opinion, but I hope it helps. =)

    redhead45 on November 2nd, 2011 at 4:46 am
  38. just a little suggestion from personal experience, i had inverted nipples before my first child and with wanting to breastfeed my doctor recomended breast shields to extract them out a bit so i could with more ease and needless to say it worked wonders ! i no longer have inverted nipples they dont go out much but they do enough to get pierced which is my plan this up comming month(:

    christina on December 31st, 2011 at 1:39 am
  39. Yep it works for flat nipples, I was unhappy with mine for many years. Tried nipplette for years on and off, and only seemed to work temporarily. Wore Nipplelette as much as I could for about 2 months(evenings mostly, they fall off easily) to draw nipple right out. Then got them pierced with barbell when they were big from wearing nipplette so piercing went in deep enough; didn’t exactly love the look (short term pain and nothing compared to labour). However, over the last few months I’ve had real problems disguising my errect nipples which seem hard all the time. Luckily the winter has meant I can layer clothes to hide my nipples, but they seem to have got much bigger. So this AM one fell out in the shower, which is fine as I wasn’t planning on keeping the peircings in as I would have had to start buying clothes and bras to disguise the errect nipples. So after 5 months scar tissue seems to have developed at the base to make the nipple stay out. I will keep the other one in as it was always smaller, but will probably remove in spring. I’m kind of hoping they will settle down a bit and become less prominent! If they go flatter again I will report back, otherwise I would say if you can take care of them, daily salt water baths etc, then peircing can work to correct flat nipples. So give it a go.

    LilyV on January 20th, 2012 at 5:41 pm
  40. I have flat nipples and just had them pierced 2 days ago. The only problem I have is that the 10g rings stick straight out instead of laying flat. I know the reason it does this is because they are being pulled in by my nipples. Another problem that occurs ,since they are sticking straight out, is when I put on my bra it pushes the piercing in pretty far. Kinda sucks but hopefully when healed they will learn to lay flat. Guess I see in a few weeks.

    Jessica on February 20th, 2012 at 1:43 pm
  41. i have inverted nipples and the same thing with ice happens to me too all you have to do is pull the skin back on your breast till the nipple is at the level of your skin and play with it a bit then apply the ice it will rise enough to pierce it and kez312 who ever did yours probably didnt do it far enough down tattoo shops will usually know what to do with inverted nipples so dont worry much about it

    evie on May 8th, 2012 at 11:08 pm
  42. I had inverted nipples got them pierced and now they stick out all the time:)

    Kris on May 16th, 2012 at 8:18 pm
  43. I have inverted nipples but my breast are big and they sag badly. I am so embarrassed and I wear a bra 24/7. I thought about nipple piercing but who wants sagging piercings?! Soooo I think im just gonna get a breast lift and have the doctor pull my nipples out.

    Misses on June 3rd, 2012 at 10:02 pm
  44. Hi! For everyone with inverted nipples wanting nipple piercings.. I had one nipple that was inverted a “shy” nipple it would be in I could pull it out but it would slowly retract and I had piercings done on both the inverted nipple and the normal one and it worked great it really evened them out and the inverted one came out all the way of coarse with the Jewlery in.So I got prego and after the baby I took them out and in it went finally a year after taking out the Jewlery and it retracting I got tired of living with this issue and took I action.I just had a inverted nipple surgery 3 days ago I am very excited for it to finish healing because its a bit bruised but do far my nipple is looking great and outwards :) so I actually recommend inverted nipple surgery to u nip the the problem in the bud but if you don’t have that kind of money available go with the piercing first until you do… It’s what I did! Also inverted nipple surgery is not always starting at 2 grand that’s bullshit!!! Call around for different surgeons a lot of them are scheduling free consultations I only paid 750 dollars to have my problem fixed and I feel much better now!

    Natalie on May 17th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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