You are justifiably proud of the look and feel that your nipple jewelry has given you. Maybe only you know about your piercing or just you and a significant other have shared the delight of your body decoration but inevitably you will start looking at changing or upgrading your nipple piercing to something like nipple rings, nipple studs, or silver nipple rings. Style, ego, competition, and just the need for the new are the driving force behind your desire for new nipple jewelry.
There are several considerations involving your health and the looks of your nipple and any new nipple jewelry that you may choose. Time, treatment of your nipple, and the selection of new nipple rings, nipple studs, or silver nipple rings are all an individual matter. You may do the upgrade yourself or you may seek the advice of your piercer and even let them do the change for you.
These are the things that you need to think about when you get ready for a nipple piercing change or upgrade.
The rule of thumb is to wait at least one year after your first piercing before you do an upgrade. This waiting period let’s all of the tissue around your piercing heal completely. The musculature and skin will resume their former elasticity. The entry points of the piercing called fistula will look natural and be tight in a year.
You need to be observant. If you feel any tenderness or pain in your nipple or around the piercing, see any milky fluid or crusty growth around the piercing, or see any development of rash or pustules then you need to wait for a new piercing.
Most pros say that nine months without any problem is long enough to wait before upgrading or changing a piercing.
You can help the healing process along with diet, exercise, the use of antibacterial soap to wash the area around your nipples and using lubricating oil that restores the elasticity of the nipple and the skin.
Your best tool is your piercer. Pros do know best.
If you plan to do the job by yourself then you will need sterile gloves, sea salt, Emu oil, and a taper. A taper is a tool that eases the process of disconnecting the two parts of the nipple piercing and connecting the halves of the new ring or stud. Again, the idea is that you want to prevent infection and any damage to the looks of your jewelry or nipple.
Titanium is the metal of choice because it is totally inert and helps prevent the development of bacteria. You need to know if you are allergic to any metal or plastic before you decide on a new piece.
Size and weight are your next consideration. You do not want to go very heavy if this is your first change from your first piercing. Heavy will put too much downward force on your nipple and damage the fistula.
If your aim is large then start with a size that is just a bit larger and work your way up to as big as you want. This prevents stretching that harms the look you are after.
The hardest part of the choice is the style. Nipple rings can be as sedate or decorative as you want. Nipple studs can be an ornate original declaration of who you are. The eventual idea is to have a range of Nipple Piercing that you can pick and choose from as the mood hits you.
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