The placement for nipple piercings is the same on both men and women; the nipple should be pierced at its base, where the nipple meets the areola. If the piercing is done too deep, into the areola, healing times can be much longer (if the piercing heals at all) and often results in scarred and misshapen nipples. If the piercing is done too far forward, toward the tip of the nipple, there is a greater risk the piercing may migrate forward, sometimes resulting in the jewelry being removed and the piercing being abandoned. Placed properly, this piercing will usually give the wearer perky, slightly larger, and much more sensitive nipples.
The thinnest jewelry we use for male nipple piercings is 14 gauge. Anything thinner has a higher risk of migration, tearing, or excessive scarring, especially jewelry that is subjected to any abuse. A 12 gauge (or thicker) piece of jewelry is suitable if the nipple is large enough, and this is sometimes suggested for the wearer who plans on heavier nipple play after healing. Though rings are sometimes worn in this piercing, barbells tend to be much easier for initial piercing and healing.
Male nipple piercings will usually heal in about four to six months. As with other piercings, salt water soaks work wonders to soothe sore nipples and speed healing. (Our aftercare suggestions are here.) You will also want to avoid touching your piercings with dirty hands, and make sure your partner does the same. Most importantly, make sure you avoid any oral contact on your new piercings until they are healed. This is usually the fastest way to get them irritated and/or infected. As tempting (and tasty) as they look, it’s best to leave them alone until they’re healed!