Feb 27, 2012
Nipple piercings are common on both males and females. The most common way to pierce your nipple is horizontally. However, there are several variations you can do including pierce it vertically, slant it a little bit, get double piercings on one nipple and either cross it or even put it in an X pattern. These ideas are just a start, but there are endless possibilities on how you could pierce your nipples. Most people get both nipples pierced, but that doesn’t mean you can’t just rock one. If your heart desires, you can even stretch your nipples.
The most common jewelry used for nipple piercing in the pass were captive bead rings and still common today, however I would recommend people to get pierced with straight barbells for the healing. you can also use a circular barbell as well. Some people even like the feeling of having a curved barbell inserted into their nipples. All jewelry inserted in a healing piercing should be made out of either 316-LVM ASTM f-138 implant grade Surgical Stainless Steel or ASTM F-136 6AI-4V ELI Titanium.
Jewelry should be “internally threaded”. This means the end ball threads into the post. Never be pierced with “externally threaded” jewelry. This type of jewelry is cheap. It is not made of surgical stainless steel and can cause micro tears in the tissue that can harbor bacteria and may lead to an infection.
Curious as to where the trend for nipple piercings came from? It actually dates back farther than you may think. We may think we’re on the cutting edge now, but we’re not the ones who started it all.
Let’s go back to the time of the Roman Centurions. This is when nipple piercings are rumored to have begun. That is, however, just an urban legend. The only evidence of Romans having nipple piercings is from a photograph of a baroque statue in Versailles. The statue in the photo is wearing a breastplate with rings for attaching a cape. That’s probably where it all got started. Although they were just breastplate piercings, Romans actually did pierce the foreskin. So, there are some skeptics who think it’s fair to assume that a certain number of Roman fetishists also applied these piercings to actual nipples, not just breastplate ones.
If we jump over to the 14th century, you’ll discover nipple piercing becoming very popular among women. Many women during that time wore necklines that were so low you could nearly see half their breasts. Some upper class garments, introduced by Queen Isabella of Bavaria, were actually open to the navel. Of course, such little coverage led to freely displaying nipples and dressing them up with rouge. Eventually, the rouge to make them “little apples of paradise” wasn’t quite enough decoration and diamond-studded rings or small caps were used to give them more flare. Those, of course, were non-piercing body jewelry, but piercing them eventually followed. When pierced, they were adorned with gold nipple chains that were decorated with diamonds.
A piercing heals in stages, so diligence is required during the first few stages.
To take care of your piercing you can do saline soaks or even a saline spray a couple times a day.
There is one drawback to having your nipples pierced – the possibility of scaring. When it comes down to it, everyone is different and heals differently, however, when your heart isn’t in the piercing anymore and you want to take them out, you could be left with some deformation to the nipple due to scar tissue. If you are a female that has their nipples pierced or wants them pierced, you should know that if you decide to have a child you may need to remove them and there is the possibility of having some problems with breast feeding .
For complete aftercare instructions feel free to stop by one of the Blue Boutiques and ask one of our highly trained, knowledgeable piercers.
The nipple piercing is a very easy and beautiful piercing that has transcended the entire body piercing world. Whether it is your first piercing or 50th, the Blue Boutique has the largest selection of high quality body jewelry and highly skilled and experienced body piercers always on staff! Let us help you in making the right decision for your new piercing.