How far would you go for that perfect piece of jewelry on your face or body? Here are the top 5 most painful piercings.

If you love body art, you probably know that in this case, the saying “Beauty is a pain” is true. The experience will depend on a few factors. How you prepare for your piercing is important, also if you’re scared or not. Fear makes everything look and feel much worse!

Also, not everybody has the same pain threshold.

Here is a rating list of painful piercings, from the least to the most painful one.

1. Nose

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A lot of people say that getting their nose done hurt a lot! Now, this is not my personal experience, but I guess it depends on your pain threshold. Depending on the precise location, the needle goes through the skin or cartilage, and it’s done pretty quickly.

The most uncomfortable part is when the needle’s full length has to be dragged through the hole, because the stud is on the end of the needle. There are a bunch of nerves in your nose, which all end at the tip, so it’s believable that it hurts, and can also cause tiny nerve damage. If a nerve is hit, you will experience some numbness, and occasional “shooting” pains, but these pass in a few hours.


2. Lip

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Again, it depends on the location of the jewelry (labret, Monroe, side), but lip piercings sometimes hurt a lot too. You will feel an initial sting, and after that, you should be fine.

A nerve can also be hit during this piercing, which may cause the numbness and sharp pains, but there are no nerves in your lips that can cause serious or long-lasting problems.

3. Cartilage

A needle going through a harder surface will be more painful than a skin piercing. These do take an instant longer to perform, and a lot longer to heal. The initial “hit” with the needle doesn’t hurt that much, but a healing cartilage will give you trouble! If it’s your ear, you should be super careful while brushing your hair and sleeping on that side.

4. Nipple

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Both guys and girls say that getting their nipple done hurt like hell. Just try to imagine the sensitivity – if it can achieve arousal pleasure, it means there are a lot of nerves there working their little butts off. While they heal, it’s tricky because, unlike with facial piercings, you can’t leave them alone in the open air. You have to wear clothes, and even the most simple cotton shirt, with no bra, will chafe against the piercing. Haven’t really had the courage to get that one yet, and I probably never will.

5. Genital

Do you really need an explanation? The most sensitive part of our body which reacts to the lightest touch will NOT like getting pierced with a needle! Both sexes say that this is by far the most painful piercing, both while being done and while healing.

Now, I’ve only had my nose, belly button and cartilage done, so I can say that none of them really hurt much while being put in. It was just an initial sting, and then it was done.

The piercing which gave me the most trouble was the cartilage, while it was healing it hurt a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, and made sleeping on that side really difficult!

Then again, there are people who have breezed through getting their nipples done and cried while getting their nose pierced, so it’s really an individual thing.

Let us know what’s your most painful piercing experience!

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