All about Nipple Piercing

Body piercing has become very popular among men and women and nipples are one of the top piercing site. People mainly go for nipple piercing because it is considered as quite sexual. Whatever be the reason, care should be taken to get pierced from a qualified person. Nipple piercing procedure might be different for men and women. The nipple piercing procedure has the following steps:

· The nipple area is first cleaned and anesthetized and two dots are marked on either side of nipple either horizontally or vertically.

· The nipple area is then loosened by gentle massage and forceps are placed around nipple in case you flinch during the procedure.

· A hollow needle is then inserted and pulled out and a piece of jewellery like ring or a dumbbell is drawn back through the nipple via the needle.

It is very important to take care of your piercings as infection might set in. The piercer would give you a set of instruction like keeping your piercings dry, not to touch, turn or play with the jewellery, not to use your fingernails and wash your hands with soap before touching the jewellery, using antibacterial soap on nipples while bathing, avoid swimming, clean the piercing daily with saline solution or Savlon and wear loose and clean clothes. It can take up to 3-4 months for the nipples to heal so it is very important to take care of the piercing to avoid complications.

Women should not get their areola pierced; only the base of nipple should be pierced. If you have got breast implants than you should not get your nipple pierced. Men have smaller nipples so they have to be pierced deeper into the areola. Women who are undergoing chemotherapy or taking immunosuppressive drugs should avoid nipple piercings as their body might not be able to fight any infection.

If you see any discharges or yellow pus coming from the nipple or experience any fever, pain, swelling, inflammation or vomiting, consult your doctor immediately. Always ensure that the equipment used to pierce is properly sterilized otherwise you might be inviting infections and even HIV infection. Wear only hypoallergenic jewellery made of titanium, gold or surgical steel to prevent any reaction.