7 Mar 2012

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


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