Nipple Piercing Problems: Placed too Deep & Jewelry too Short
April 17th, 2013
I performed a consultation for a woman whose new nipple piercings were placed very deeply:
I recently got both of my nipples pierced. I worry that they were pierced too deep. I have puffy nipples that aren't hard very often so I suppose they need to be pierced deeper than normal. My left one has been giving me a lot of trouble but the right is fine. I feel like the top of the left one tries to bury into my piercing. I'm not sure if it's too deep, the bar is too short, or if the balls are irritating me. I plan on changing to PFTE once it has healed.
I've provided some photos for you to look. I'd like to not remove them as I paid nearly $80 for the piercings but if they appear detrimental to my nipples I would take them out.
The piercings do appear to be deeper than they had to be. I have marked one of the photos with arrows showing where the entry and exit should have been located on that side.
I don't know that price should be your key deciding factor on whether to keep the piercings and make the effort required to heal them since they are not optimally placed. There's a chance the piercer may be willing to redo them (if you trust him or her to do so) in the more traditional placement (in the natural crease that defines the tip of the nipple from the base--where I marked the image).
If you're happy with the placement then I do think you could heal them, though they are apt to take longer to heal than piercings in the correct position.
And very importantly, your jewelry is too short! If you wish to keep these piercings, please see your piercer right away to get in bars that are long enough to allow a small amount of the post to be exposed on each side (a millimeter or so) when your nipples are relaxed to their widest measurement.
Meanwhile, are you following the care instructions as explained here: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
To minimize flare-ups and/or facilitate healing, you may want to do saline soaks: http://piercingbible.com/saline-soaks
And also you can use emu oil to soothe and help healing (if you don't object to using an animal product): http://piercingbible.com/emu-oil