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Vertical Nipple Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer - S02 EP47

In Season 2 Episode 47, DaVo covers the Pros & Cons of Vertical Nipple Piercings. In addition, he covers what you should know before, the piercing experience, healing the piercing, Jewelry, and abandoning the piercing.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:

  • Pierced vertically through the nipple at the base. Some males are pierced slightly into the areola of the nipple.


  • Nipple piercing is represented in many of the native cultures of North America and Africa.

  • In Western culture, it dates back to the 14th century

  • In modern times the piercing developed and became popular with the rise of body piercing gaining popularity in the Gay, Leather, and Alternative Subcultures of the late 1970s

  • The vertical nipple piercing is a more modern alternative. Often done as a second nipple piercing, usually behind an already existing piercing.


  1. Increases the sensitivity

  2. well cause the nipple to develop more

  3. better success with re-piercing

  4. easy to hide

  5. A long history of healing


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  1. Long Healing time

  2. Pain

  3. can be grumpy

  4. Limited jewelry options

  5. Can migrate out of alignment



Preparing & What you Should Know:

  • Piercer is experienced in this piercing, professional, informative and make you feel comfortable, and offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc… A piercer should evaluate your anatomy.

  • Your piercer should have experience with this piercing

  • The jewelry will be longer than needed and will need to be downsized

  • This needs to be done with a straight barbell

  • Cross-Contamination Prevention

  • Does the piercer provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instructions?

  • If re-piercing a damaged nipple piercing, time should be given to allow the tissue to heal as much as possible.


The Piercing Experience:

  • Consultation & Jewelry Selection

  • Waiver, Set Up, and Disinfection

  • Marking needs to appear centered and straight up and down when standing.

  • The area is clamped with forceps

  • The needle is inserted in and through

  • Forceps are removed and the needles is pushed out with a guide pin with the jewelry threaded on.

  • The jewelry is inserted

  • The end is screwed on

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding.

  • Usually, you will have throbbing, aching, and warmth in the area for a few minutes afterward

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.

  • Jewelry will be slightly loose fitting to allow for swelling.


  • The average healing time is 6-12 months

  • Clean twice daily with sterile saline spray

  • Swelling will last 3-5 days

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact.

    • Keep your environment clean

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

  • Avoid playing with the piercing or excessive movement

  • First 3-5 days you can experience slight bleeding off and on, redness/discolor, heat and tenderness to the touch.

  • Avoid trauma and contact with the piercing.

  • Downsize the piercing in 21-28 days.


  • should leave jewelry in at all times

  • Can only wear standard barbells

  • Should be internally threaded or Threadless and made of implant grade materials

  • Plastics and man-made materials are often not safer and may be harmful.

  • When choosing ends consider contact with clothing and bedding.

  • Ends should be checked regularly.

  • Glass can be worn temporarily

Living with the piercing:

  • Check the ends at least weekly

  • Nipple piercings can go through grumpy periods long after they are healed

  • Continue to avoid contact or stress on the jewelry and piercing.

  • Leave jewelry in at all times.

Abandoning the Piercing:

  • If the piercing is still healing and there are signs of infection or other issue, consult a doctor or your piercer before removing the jewelry.

  • If the piercing is healing but there is no signs of issues, just remove the jewelry and monitor the area like any other wound.

  • If the piercing is healed just remove the jewelry.

  • These piercings scar and the piercing will appear open long after it is abandoned. Over time the scarring may fade.

  • The holes may produce a cream cheese-like discharge, this is sebum.


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All photos are used in the spirit of Fair use. If you own the copyright of the photos, did the piercing, or are the person in the photo, please contact me and I will add the information to the description. 

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

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Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
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