My experience in getting a 4.5 mm tunnel with captive ball and ring nipple piercing.
I have been wanting to get this done for a long time, but feared being too "trendy". Also, I was out of shape and didn't think keeping a piercing "undercover" was cool. I wanted to show it off if I got it done. I joined my friend's gym, and spent about 8 months changing my lifestyle, eating habits and routines. It was a ton of work, but I persevered and not only watched my body change, but my mind and attitude as well. I developed a confidence that I never had. I know this sounds funny when I'm just talking about a piercing, but it was a huge deal for me to do this. Mainly because I was so self conscious with my body.
After all of the work with my body, getting this done became not just a want anymore, it became a reward. I started to look at many pics on websites of various piercing. Most of them seemed so typical. So I had a friend drill out a 3.5 mm stainless steel tunnel for me and I decided to go with this concept after getting an idea from seeing the way that chains were hooked into a sort of tunnel, in dungeons. (I'm a huge castle freak).
As far as choosing the place to get it done at, I knew of the place in Kewaskum. It's very popular and reputable, but I had never gone in. I had a friend accompany me when I went. When I showed up for my appointment, I sat and waited a few minutes before she called me to come back. When I entered the room, I instantly felt lightheaded and a sudden panic came over me. I became terrified of the needle and whatever the rest of the procedure may entail. I guess my feelings were noticeable, because she asked me to sit down and relax, and got me something to drink. She said I could take as long as I wanted to relax and really think about if this was my final decision or not. I took about 10 minutes and she talked to me for a bit, which was really helpful. So I relaxed and just told her to go ahead and get it done as quickly as possible. And she did. She got everything together very fast. When she inserted the needle, it felt as if I was getting a shot. A big shot, but through my nipple. I know this has been said before, but I don't know any other way to describe it. I'll be honest, it did hurt like hell. And especially while the tunnel was introduced. She had to use some sort of spacer to stretch the hole. But, I wanted this done after seeing a pic of standard rings and this one. I really liked the more industrial look it gave.
The healing was a huge bitch. It hurt for a week. It was difficult to shower, since the warm water and the stream of water made it hurt more. Then after a week, it started to itch like crazy. I spent some moments itching it like mad with whatever I could find. It was like a mosquito bite, there was never any relief. The feeling of something always being there was annoying as hell, too. Like there was something on the nipple, a clamp, or someone pinching it, or something. Beyond annoying.
It took a good month before I started to feel used to it. Picking out shirts to wear has been a bit of a chore. I work in an office environment, and don't exactly want to share my nipple piercing with fellow coworkers. What I found really helped was using a fabric type of a round band aid. It does wonders to smooth the area and wear a shirt without the detection of your little secret. Make sure to get the band aids that stretch, and make sure they aren't plastic.
It's all healed up very well. I was so surprised at how fast it healed. I had no problems other than the itching and stretching sensation. I have seen many pics with nasty, disgusting and pretty vile infections. I knew that it wasn't a guarantee to not get an infection, but I just followed the salon's cleaning and maintenance to a T and the healing went smoothly. I know this isn't the case for everyone. I guess it depends on how your body accepts the foreign object. Since it has healed and started to look nice, minus redness and that "new" look, I have taken lot's of pics and I am not embarrassed to take my shirt off at the beach or wherever being shirtless is allowed.
My advice is, if you're just one of those who gets piercings for the rush from the inflicted pain, then that's a whole other ballgame of piercing. But if your more along the lines of common folk, and aren't sure of getting a piercing because of your negative feelings about your body, then introduce a lifestyle change and make the piercing something you look forward to getting. As a goal, as a reward. Then you can look back at hard work and see results. Not just physically, but mentally. It will all fit together once you make it a plan and stick to it. Good luck.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 05 Aug. 2007
in Nipple Piercing