Nipple Piercings on Large-Breasted Women (With Photos)

I received a message from a woman who was large breasted and had some questions and concerns about getting nipple piercings:

I was wondering if you could give me some advice on nipple piercings. I am a lady of a larger build, and as such I have quite large breasts. My nipples aren't probably as perky as they should be and sit quite low on my breast. Would it be okay for me to get nipple piercings?

I currently have several other piercings and a few retired ones too, so I'm of age and not concerned about aftercare and such. Would it be better to go and ask a piercer face to face if they think my anatomy is suited to it? Also, does it make a difference what angle the nipple is pierced at? I've seen a few pictures of people with diagonal or vertical nipple piercings and I really like the look of them. Are they more difficult to heal or anything like that?

Thanks in advance for your help, people like you make me want to find an apprenticeship myself!

My reply:

Large-breasted woman with diagonal nipple piercings
There are many large breasted women who successfully heal nipple piercings. One consideration is how much pressure is on the area of the piercing in your bra on a daily basis.

Excessive pressure can make them harder to heal. One potential option is to start the piercings with PTFE or bioplast, which is an inert flexible material. These flexible materials could make it more comfortable to heal and easier for your body, since the part of the jewelry that is inside the body during healing is malleable.

I do suggest barbell style jewelry (whether inert plastic or metal), and probably in 12 gauge, if you have sufficient tissue.

The angle shouldn't cause any additional issue with healing. If you have elliptical areola (rather than round) there is often an alternate angle suggested by the anatomy. See photos above and below. Large-breasted woman with diagonal nipple piercings

Another consideration is the way the tissue rests inside your bra. If there is a lot of pressure, you may wish to add nursing pads, or pieces of panty liner (you can cut them to fit and stick them to the inside of your bra). They help to provide a little extra padding, and they are absorbent as well.

I also suggest saline soaks to help with healing. I have detailed information about that on my website here.

If you need a referral to a qualified piercer, you can check my referrals page here.

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Nipple piercings on large breasted woman--traditional placement

I am not sure if you are still answering questions of this nature, but this post in particular is helpful for me to read. I have an additional question. I have large breasts and have had my nipples peirced for a little over a year now. Just recently, for no apparent reason, my right nipple has become extremely painful to the touch and sensitive. It feels worse without the bra so of course I have been trying to keep it supported by keeping a bra on. At first it felt like there was chards of salt or sand in there somehow. So...I cleaned it, soaked it and put a bandaid on it. Something was definitely going on because there was a discharge that came out and then it crusted almost entirely over the left side of the bar. At the moment, I am concerned about migration and am also thinking maybe I bumped or pulled it in the night some how which is causing all of this. At the moment it is red, sensitive, and now it appears to have some flaking or minor scabbing on the top of the nipple itself. What are the signs of migration? Is there a way to prevent this?

Anything suggestions you have regarding potenial migration for large breasted ladies, would be fab. It may not be migration, but of course that is my worst fear at the moment.

Thanks in advance if you ARE still answering these questions!


Hi Danielle,

It is best to contact me for a consultation as I can't really help you without seeing you:

But it definitely sounds like you are having some fairly serious problems. Migration and rejection can also result from using a harsh aftercare product, following poor health habits, or experiencing excessive physical trauma or emotional stress during the healing period. And, unfortunately, sometimes even when everything is done properly, a piercing will migrate or reject for no known reason. This is simply a risk of placing a foreign object through your skin: it may not stay in the desired position.

Dealing with Rejection and Migration
When your jewelry moves closer to the surface or your tissue gets narrower between the openings of a piercing, you are experiencing migration. The piercing may move only a little and then settle and stay in a different position. For safety and longevity, a piercing should have at least 5/16 inch (almost 8 mm) of tissue between the entrance and exit holes. If your piercing is narrower than that, there is a strong possibility you will lose it.

Don’t allow jewelry to come all the way through to the surface or an unsightly split scar will often remain (unless you undergo plastic surgery). Also, future repiercing could be more difficult if you permit the jewelry to be completely expelled from your body.
A body piercing should be abandoned if the tissue between the entry and exit pro- gressively gets smaller or thinner over time and any of the following happen:

•    The skin between the openings is flaking and peeling, red and inflamed, or hard and calloused-looking.
•    You have less than 1/4 inch of tissue between the openings.
•    Just a thin filament of nearly transparent tissue is left, and you can virtually see the jewelry right through your skin.

These issues can arise long after you are healed. I know of piercings that were stable for ten to twenty years, and then migration or rejection occurred without any indication as to why. This is especially distressing when it happens to a piercing you’ve had for a long time because it feels like you are losing a part of yourself. Whether your piercing is old or new, if you catch the problem before the point of no return, there are some measures that might help.

Check the fit, quality, and condition of your jewelry. Wearing inferior metal or a piece with a scratched finish can cause serious trouble. Even if the jewelry seems okay, swapping it out is sometimes all you need to stop the movement of your piercing. Wearing inert plastic may calm a piercing that has started to migrate, whether jewelry was the apparent cause or not.