When Can I Change My Nipple Piercing? (ANSWERED)

Last Updated on December 29, 2023

A nipple piercing is a body piercing that is often located at the base of the nipple.

It can be pierced from any direction, although it is most commonly done horizontally or, less frequently, vertically. Nipple piercing has been increasingly fashionable in recent years, with many celebrities and models embracing the piercing.

The commonly asked question among people who just had their nipple pierced is “when can I change my nipple piercing?”

Read on to get answers to the following questions:

  • When can I change my nipple piercing?
  • How do I care for my nipple piercing?
  • How will I change my nipple piercing?

When Can I Change My Nipple Piercing?

The perfect time to change a nipple piercing is when it is totally healed. Changing the piercing before time helps slow down the healing process. Depending on the individual, a nipple piercing can take anywhere from 3 to 12 months to recover.

Your nipple piercing is completely healed when there is no discharge, the nipple is not uncomfortable, and you don’t feel anything when you touch the nipple ring. The piercing ring should also be able to move or spin without causing any discomfort.

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How Do I Care For My Nipple Piercing?

Caring for your nipple piercing is simple and easy.

Once a day, in the shower, massage the piercing with gentle soap and warm water, then let it air dry. Don’t get your hands on it. That means you can’t turn or touch the barbell in any way.

Also, don’t allow anyone else to touch it. Wear a cotton bra that is soft. Get a shot glass and a bottle of sterile saline. Fill the shot glass halfway with sterile saline, place the cup over the nipple, and immerse for as long as you want. Avoid using alcohol, ointment, hydrogen peroxide, or any other type of wound treatment.

How Will I Change My Nipple Piercing?

Follow this procedure to change your nipple piercing:

  • Your hands must be completely washed and dried. Rub your hands together for about 20 seconds after lathering them with antibacterial soap. As you wash, make sure the soap gets in between your fingers. Rinse your hands with warm water once you’ve washed them properly. Let them air dry or wipe them with a paper towel.
  • Remove the metal balls from the bar jewelry’s end. Pinch one side of the nipple bar with the metal ball’s end. Rotate this ball in a counter-clockwise direction until it is free from the jewelry.
  • Remove the metal bar from your nipple by sliding it out. Pinch the metal bar’s end, which still has the ball attached. With care and precision, pull the bar out of the piercing with care.
  • To avoid losing the bar, place it back into the metal ball. Reattach the loose metal ball to the end of the bar. Continue rotating the ball clockwise until it’s firmly connected to the rest of the jewelry.
  • Sanitize your hands with soap and water. Coat your hands with soap and lather it across your fingers and palms until they’re sudsy. To get your hands as clean as possible, try using antibacterial soap. After that, dry your hands with a towel or let them air dry.
  • Take a pair of scissors and put them through the nipple ring’s open loop. When doing this, take extra caution and make sure the pair of scissors are closed before putting them anywhere near your nipple. Only go approximately 1 inch through the ring with the scissors.
  • Slowly pry open the handle of the scissors to separate the ring’s edges. Because you don’t want to destroy the jewelry, make calm, systematic motions while doing this. Continue to open the scissors a few millimeters at a time until the hoop opens up completely.
  • Remove the metal ring from the piercing with gentle, cautious motions. Slide the ring out through the non-bead side if the bead is linked or affixed to one part of the hoop.
  • To keep your jewelry clean, wash it with warm water and salt. In a small glass of warm water, make a cleaning solution using antibacterial soap. For 5 minutes, soak your ring in the solution.
  • To keep the bar in place, slide it through the piercing. Pinch the metal bar’s end with two fingers and put it through the piercing. If the bar does not glide through the piercing immediately, work gently and methodically. If the jewelry won’t fit, try inserting it slowly and carefully.
  • Screw the remaining metal ball to the end of the bar to hold the piercing in place. Slowly move the ball clockwise, keeping the metal piece in place with your pinched fingers. Hold onto the metal ball until you’re certain it’s securely attached to the rest of the jewelry.
  • If you are wearing a shield, place the bar in the center slot. Set the metal bar in the middle and place the nipple protector on top of it. Before putting the nipple shield on your nipple’s surface, make sure the metal is centered in the shield. To fasten the jewelry, put the metal bar through both the shield aperture and the piercing as usual.
  • When using a nipple ring, fasten the jewelry with a bead. Take the nipple ring’s bead-free end and slip it through the piercing’s opening. Instead of trying to shove it in or push it through fast, ease the ring in with calm, cautious strokes. Secure both ends of the ring with the metal bead once it’s in place.

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