nipple piercing problem
November 2nd, 2012
I got a message from a man who had both his nipples pierced, and he suspected something was not right with one of them:
Hello! I recently got both nipples pierced. My right one looks very good, but my left one doesn't look like it has pierced enough tissue, and as such, is making me very nervous. They have been in for a little over a week at this point, there is no pain, and minor crusting. Does it appear to be ok? Or should I remove it, let it heal, and then have it redone?
Unfortunately, that piercing is far too close to the surface to be viable. If you don't remove it, I am sure that it will reject completely, which can leave you with a split scar.
I think you should get your money back--that was NOT properly pierced. I would suggest you wait at least 4 weeks before repiercing, and make sure the tissue feels pliable. If it feels dense or tight, I would continue to wait. You may want to try a scar reduction product to facilitate the healing after the wound seals over.
I would strongly advise you visit a more competent professional to redo it; I would not trust the individual who performed the original piercing.
If you would like to have me evaluate the other side, feel free to send another photo.
September 4th, 2010
Here's a message I received recently from a piercer who works in the studio of an old friend:
I have been piercing for four years and came across something today I was wondering if you could help me with. A girl came into the shop today with her medusa pierced (about 2 months old), after having it previously pierced before, complaining that her old piercing site, a little big higher than the current piercing, would swell up with fluid (I assume to be lymph?) and drain a significant amount when she put pressure on it.
She also added her nipples were repierced about 2 years ago, and occasionally her old piercing sites would do the same thing.
I guess I've never really encountered this before. I suggested sea salt soaks and hot compressions to help. Is this sound advice? Do you know why something like that would happen? Could the fluid buildup be independent of the new piercing? Any advice would be awesome :)
Thank you so very much,
September 4th, 2008
The Question: Hi, I hope you don't mind my asking a question I'm very concerned with as I've heard you are the best and would trust your advice. I just got my nipples pierced on Saturday. I have flat nipples to begin with, they aren't inverted - just not erect without stimulation or being cold. I did some online research beforehand and from what I read found that it should cause them to stay a little more "perky." The piercer marked saw them flat, in fact she marked them flat and I'm not sure she ever saw them erect. I was so nervous, I didn't even realize that I hadn't gotten to check the markings myself before they were pierced. Now that it's been a few days, I'm noticing something that's irking me. On the right side, one side the CBR seems to come out of the nipple itself, almost at the edge of it at an angle, but on the other side it's further back and seems to be out of the areola or behind the nipple instead. If I look front on in my bathroom mirror they're even and everything, but up close something just doesn't seem... lined up. Aesthetically it's a bit annoying, but what I'm really worried about is if this is going to cause me a bigger problem. More prone to reject, damage to the nipple etc. What should I do? Learn to live with it, or take them out? Could I get it redone later and perhaps get them pierced erect so it lines up better? Or is nipple piercing just not for me? Is this not even an issue? I'm so confused.