Nipple piercing is a procedure that requires time to heal. This article provides information on the implications of nipple piercing on chest reconstruction top surgery, formerly referred to as FTM top surgery, and your ability to bind your chest. Our recommendations for timing of nipple piercing post top surgery in those with and without nipple grafts are also discussed in this content. If you have had nipple piercing prior to surgery, it is important let your surgeon know so they may align your scars accordingly.
For many people, facial and/or body piercings, along with other forms of body modifications can be important parts of embodied gender euphoria. This article provides information on the implications of nipple piercing for trans and nonbinary folks who bind their chest, are considering top surgery, or who have recently had surgery. Specifically, our recommendations for when to remove and/or get nipple piercing post top surgery for patients who will and will not be getting nipple grafts are discussed in this content. If you have had nipple piercing prior to surgery, it is important let your surgeon know so they can align your scars accordingly.
Chest binding is common amongst folks who experience gender euphoria who either don’t want or are waiting to access chest reconstruction top surgery for a variety of reasons. People who bind their chest can have their nipples pierced. That said, for up to six months after getting pierced, you may be advised not to wear tight clothes that would rub against your nipples. This means that people who regularly bind their chest will likely have to stop chest binding while their nipple piercing heals in order to reduce the risk of infection, pain, and other complications.
Having your nipple(s) pierced before top surgery is not a problem at all! Some patients have their nipple piercings up until surgery and some have had their nipples pierced long ago. Here are some considerations:
For folks who have had chest reconstruction top surgery and want to pierce their new nipples after surgery, here are our asks:
The virtual consultation will be billed to your insurance company. We will accept the insurance reimbursement as payment in full.