Struggles of having a nipple piercing: Everything you need to know before taking the plunge

Everything you need to know about nipple piercings  [Instagram]

Kylie Jenner, Rihanna and Bella Hadid are among the celebrities jumping on the biggest celeb trend – the nipple piercing. 

Kylie Jenner and her model sister Kendall Jenner both took the plunge in 2015, with Kendall explaining that she thought the body jewellery was ‘sexy and understated.’

While some people will be repulsed by the idea of having a bar or hoop through one of the most delicate parts of their body, others like the look of the exciting piercing. 

However, like any piercing, it’s important to know the pros and cons before booking your appointment. 

Do nipple piercings hurt? 

At the end of the day, a nipple piercing will never be the same as a simple earlobe piercing. 

The nipple is one of the most sensitive parts of the body and so, in all honesty, it’s not going to be the best feeling in the world. 

Kendall Jenner speaks freely about her exciting piercing  [Instagram]

However, like anything, it’s all personal and dependent on your pain tolerance. 

After her piercing, Kendall Jenner revealed that the process ‘wasn’t that bad – I guess I have a super high pain tolerance!’ 

Painful or not, the process is over in seconds!

How much does a nipple piercing cost? 

Depending on the studio you go to, the piercing can cost between £25-£40. 

However, you’ll also need to pay for the hoop or bar which can cost between £8- £40. 

If you’re going for a Kylie Jenner look (both nipples) – you’ll be doubling the cost. 

Bella Hadid reveals her body jewellery [Instagram ] How old do you have to be to get a nipple piercing? 

In the UK, you need to be 18 to get a nipple piercing. 

Good news is that, because you’re over 18, you’ll be able to numb the pain with a couple drinks before and afterwards.

Do I get a hoop or a bar? 

Like any body jewellery, it’s all about personal preference. 

You can choose a bar like Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner, or opt for a ring like Rihanna. 

Rihanna likes to show off her body jewellery with see-through tops  [Wenn]

However, it is important to know that if you have large nipples, you will have to have a bar. 

How long does it take for a nipple piercing to heal? 

If you do choose to take the plunge, it’s important to look after the piercing. 

Nipple piercings can take up to six months to heal.

Before it’s healed, it’s important to keep the piercing clean by using salt water twice a day, avoid soaking it in water and avoid clothing it could catch on – ouch! 

Kylie Jenner has a bar piercing through both her nipples [Instagram] Can I breast feed with a nipple piercing? 

Yes, you can breast feed with a nipple piercing – but take it out first. 

When the time comes to breast feed, lots of women opt to a bar which they can simply take out and put back in with ease. 

Top tips for a nipple piercing: 

Avoid using a puff ball in the shower around your breasts 

Take care when wearing lace bras (seriously!)

Do not allow your other half near that are as it heals – sorry! 

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