Nipple Maintenance

At the end of the two weeks, you should not have to clean your nipple piercing any more. If it looks dry, moisturize your nipple with a regular moisturizer. Remember not to clean even in the shower.

Barbells should not be placed in your nipple until it is certain that your piercing is healthy and stable. Generally, this means at least six to eight weeks with the ring before the change. When a barbell is chosen, it should be properly fitted: too short will constrict the nipple and swelling will result, and to long will make the barbell catch on clothing and injury to your piercing will result. A typical female nipple requires an 8mm to 10mm straight shaft between the balls. Male nipples will sometimes need a 6mm shaft. The best way to fit a barbell is to measure the length and position of you piercing with an accurate pair of calipers. A fitted barbell for your nipple piercing should be straight, not bent, to prevent stress and stretching of the tissue.

Nipples accommodate upgauging well. If larger rings, pendants or nipple play are being considered, the nipples either should be pierced with a 12 gauge, or upgauged to 12 or 10 gauge.

Stainless steel spiral nipple stretcher, with single threaded ball.

Custom jewelry for nipple: Stainless steel spiral nipple stretcher, with single threaded ball. Stainless steel wire is threaded, then bent into a spiral shape to fit a nipple piercing. This jewelry is threaded through the piercing and turned until the straight portion sits in the nipple, and the jewelry is secured with a 5mm threaded ball.

Spirals are available in both left- and right-handed types, and can be made of niobium. When looking along the axis of a spiral, a right spiral will wind clockwise as you follow the path of the wire away from you.

Male nipple piercing; 14g 5/8-inch circular barbell with 5mm threaded balls and 4mm hematite bead

Established nipple piercing with 14g circular barbell. The 4mm hematite bead is held captive between the 5mm threaded balls.
Male nipple piercing; 14g 3/8-inch (fitted) barbell with 5mm threaded balls and chain nipple hanger

Established male nipple piercing with fitted 14g barbell. The hanger has split rings on the ends, so that if the chain is hooked on something, the rings will release without tearing tissue.
Male nipple piercing; 8g custom plugs

This client enlarged ('upgauged') his nipple piercings to accommodate 8g jewelry. The plus are about twice the standard length of plugs made for ear lobes, and the o-rings are held in place with a shallow groove at each end of the plug.
Male nipple piercing; 14g 5/8-inch circular Niobium barbell with 5mm threaded balls

Established male nipple piercing: 14g Niobium circular barbell with 5mm niobium threaded balls. Niobium may be colored to suit individual taste.
Male nipple piercing; 14g 3/8-inch (fitted) Niobium barbell with 5mm threaded balls

Established male nipple piercing. Fitted 14g stainless steel barbell has threaded niobium 5mm balls which may be colored to suit individual taste.

For a detailed explanation of the healing protocols for all piercings, download our Piercing Aftercare Manual.

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