Nipple Piercing Pricing

Nipple Piercing
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Nipple piercing pricing varies based on the cost of the piercer and the body jewelry purchased to initiate the piercing. Because of variances, this is a brief overview ‚Äčof what you can expect your nipple piercing to cost and provides merely a ballpark on the general fees associated with the procedure.

The Cost of Body Piercing

Professional body piercers have to maintain sterile equipment and protect your safety.

It's their job to have the right instruments to perform body piercings and an autoclave machine to sterilize them. What may seem like a quick prick still takes both the body piercer's time and knowledge. Like any service professional or tattoo artist, they'll charge fees based on the piercing location. In addition to the service fee, you'll encounter another cost, and that's your body jewelry.

Why You Have to Buy New Body Jewelry

To ensure your safety and prevent infection, most body piercers will only use body jewelry for your piercing that you purchase directly from their studio so they can ensure it is sanitary. Initially, you will be wearing either a 16-14 gauge barbell or circular barbell. Later after your piercing is healed, many piercers are happy to switch out or assist in replacing your jewelry if the task is too difficult or if it makes you uncomfortable. Simply ask.

Average Cost of Nipple Piercing

On average, the typical piercing procedure may cost anywhere from $30-$50, with body jewelry running $10-$50, so expect to spend anywhere from $40-$100 for a single nipple piercing based on both the studio and the body jewelry.

Nipple Piercing Aftercare

Most studios also sell a variety of piercing and tattoo aftercare products developed to prevent infection while promoting the healing process of your new body piercing. It's up to you if you choose to purchase a nipple piercing aftercare product, if you do you can add that to your cost as well.

At-home piercing cleansing aftercare instructions as per the Association of Professional Piercers are as follows:

  • Wash hands thoroughly prior to cleaning your piercing.
  • Soak in saline for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings, it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.
  • Soap no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.
  • Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

Benefits of a Nipple Piercing

One of the most popular reasons people get their nipples pierced is because it's sexy and increases arousal upon stimulation. You can wear your nipple piercing for a lifetime and change out your jewelry for a different look. Considering the average investment is less than $100 and it's a modification that can be worn for many years for both style and personal pleasure, the overall cost of a nipple piercing is actually quite affordable.