July 11th, 2014
A woman wrote to me for a consultation about her failed nipple piercings. She'd been told that her problem was "rejection" but I disagree with that assessment.
Here's how they looked, and what she said:
June 16th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who had questions about nipple piercing placement on small anatomy:
I've read your blog for quite some time now, and I've found it to be very informative and interesting, and has given me enough knowledge to get some genital piercings, all of which have turned out great. I've wanted to have my nipples pierced for quite some time, but I'm concerned about the risks involved with doing so on less than ideal anatomy. As you can see in the pictures, my nipples are quite small and not well-defined. Even when they do become "hard", they hardly stick away from the rest of the areola. I know that piercing even inverted nipples is possible which gives me some confidence, but I'm still wary of having it done.
My main concerns are:
-Would this end up having the same risks as a surface piercing (namely in their tendency towards rejection)?
-Would the standard 14 gauge be appropriate in my case (not sure if it would be too large)?
Thanks for any help! Please feel free to use the pictures/message on your website if you feel it might be of assistance to others in the same situation.
I'm so glad to hear that my information has been helpful to you!
June 11th, 2013
I received a message from a man who had questions about the effects of nipple piercing on breasts with Gynecomastia:
Hey Elayne, my name is L.
I'm a piercer and tattoo apprentice. First I want you to know that you and your book are astoundingly impressive. Your resume alone is quite intimidating. I thought I was hot shit when I was one of the first people I knew to rock a gauged earing, but to work at the first piercing shop, and to see these piercings and jewelry to come to fruition.. Just wow.
I also understand that there must of been some Struggles being a pioneer. Just wanted you to know how much I respect you.
So I wanted to get in touch with you about a VERY important question to me. I have gynocomastia or however you spell it. Its not easy to talk about- I have puffy nipples, were talking half spheres. Its embarassing and humiliating with a shirt on, let alone no shirt. I've tried, believe me, to get over it. I'm not sure if my torso has ever been hit by direct sunlight. I have to be with a significant other an incredible amount of time to take my shirt off.
I was reading your section of the nipple piercings. first off I don't have mine done. I'm a little confused because on page 128 you say the piercing can cause the nipple to stay erect (which for me would KEEP THEM SHRUNK!!!!! :)) but on page 131 you speak of post nipple development and mention swelling. I've looked into plastic surgery and its almost forever out of my price range as well as a strong chance it will come back.
My question is, could it keep my nipples hard which would be shrunk for me, and is there a way to try and achieve that or is it a probability. I just wanna be comfortable in my own Skin. Thank you in advanced soo much for replying and even more for your contributions to the world.
May 6th, 2013
I received this message from a woman concerned about discharge and crusting from her nipple (areola) piercing:
Hi Elayne, I had contacted you a little while ago regarding my nipple piercings. Its taken me a bit to remember too get photos/get decent ones.
To remind you, I have had my nipples pierced since I was 18, so going on 4 years. They are in areola (as shown in the first picture) not nipple. they get crusty just about everyday if I'm lucky its only every couple days, and when moved/lightly pinched to clean the crust off and avoid it going back into the piercing in the process a whiteish creamy liquid comes out. (Shown as best as I could manage in the second picture)
Other possibly pertinent info, I have never had children or been pregnant so the chances of it being a breast milk like substance is very low, especially considering its not even in nipple. My jewelry is and has always been stainless surgical steel. I do not change it ever, I clean it every shower. Do not wear acrylic balls. My gynecologist had been consulted because she had areloa piercing, she said its normal that it happened to her for ten years. Only stopping when she took them out after having children.
I think that's it, I hope it helps...and I mean I have no pain or irritation. It only mildly smells like plugs do once in a blue moon if its really oozing so it makes me think its normal? Please help! End my 4 year span of thinking I'm crazy haha
And also thank you so very much for being willing to help.
April 30th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who was considering a nostril piercing:
Hi. I really like your site and you seem to be really good at what you do. I would really appreciate it if you could mark the location of a nostril piercing that would look the best on me. Thanks a lot.
I've marked a dot for the "traditional" spot in what I call the "pleasing triangle" placement. And I have also included a second image with the triangle sketched in for you, too.
This is from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:
Nostril Piercing: Placement
The traditional placement for a nostril piercing is at the crease line on the side of the nose. A big smile accentuates this feature to help pinpoint the spot. This area is often thinner than the rest of the nose, so it may heal faster and feel less tender when pierced. The jewelry will rest in a natural niche, where it nestles most gracefully. I find it aesthetically pleasing when the placement of the piercing forms a relatively equilateral triangular shape with the opening of your nostril, from end to end.
April 21st, 2013
I performed a consultation for a piercee whose initial jewelry in her nipple piercing was too short:
I got my nipple pierced last night and I think it maybe too small its 14g and 9/16". I am doing the sea salt soaks. Just concerned thats the bar is too small.
The bar is definitely too short for your build! You must visit your piercer ASAP to have it changed for a longer bar. Hopefully the jewelry is internally threaded or the piercer has an insertion taper that will screw onto the existing bar to avoid passing threads through your freshly pierced tissue. See below.
Throughout healing, there should be a millimeter or two of the post showing on each side when your nipple is relaxed out to its widest dimension.
Only after you are fully healed should you consider wearing a bar snug enough that the balls are right up against the tissue.
Here's the information I suggest for aftercare: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
Below is a section from The Piercing Bible about embedded jewelry:
April 19th, 2013
I received a message from a man who experienced healing problems after getting his ear cartilage pierced by a piercing gun:
I on a whim got my cartilage pierced at Clare's Saturday afternoon and it was doing really well up until today. I know the piercing gun is bad. i think I either irritated it or its showing signs of infection. Today when I woke up I cleaned it with theIr solution and I took a shower this afternoon and did the following:
1. After washing my scalp I used the Bronners Lavender to clean my ear (thinks its too harsh for me).
2. After I got out the shower I used their cleaning solution and spayed some h2ocean on it.
3. It felted irritated so I soaked it in chamomile but I put 1/8 tsp of sea salt in the water and let it soak.
Well since then its red, burning, and throbs off and on. I attached a pic and I would value your opinion.
Thanks for your message. You're OVERCLEANING with too many products. You only need one soap and some saline. Did you dilute the Dr. Bronner's? I suggest using their "baby mild unscented" formula.
These are the care instructions I suggest: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
Here is information on the saline soaks: http://piercingbible.com/saline-soaks
April 7th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who was experiencing unusual discharge from a healed nipple piercing:
I had my nipples pierced when I was 18, took them out when I was 22. I am now 32, my left nipple when pinched has a creamy white (normal) discharge like an ear, but my right nipple has a thin watery brown discharge. I had no infection when I removed the jewelry, but its been 10 years and I still get a little brownish discharge sometimes. There is no pain, no swelling, no extra sensitivity. I clean the area daily, have a very healthy lifestyle, and was curious if there is anything I can do to stop it without going on antibiotics?
Have you ever tried a regimen of 2-3 daily saline soaks for 2 weeks or so? Sometimes that will dry up/clear up discharge issues with abandoned piercings.
Feel free to send a clear, close up photo or two if you like. That isn't something I have heard about or seen in my career.
The coloration and consistency of the discharge don't seem consistent with infection, so you probably don't need antibiotics.
My "better safe than sorry" suggestion would be that you pay a visit to a piercing-friendly physician for input and advice.
Please keep me posted!
Thanks for your response. I have been using saline twice a day for the last week, and it has gone away almost completely. Thanks so much for your help, I have been trying to get this to go away for 10 years.