The Ultimate Nose Piercing Guide
Nose piercings are beautiful, but how ready are you to take care of an actual piercing? We bring you closer to the process and what to expect afterward.
How is Nose Piercing Done?
After exhausting different spots around the ear, people usually move on to their noses. The nose is a beautiful area for piercings because of its central location on the face. Many cultures have rich traditions of facial piercing, too.
Nose piercing is done in a professional piercer’s studio. The process is similar to getting an earlobe piercing. If you have never had a piercing before, we recommend the following initial steps:
Search for a professional piercer
Ask for a recommendation for a professional piercer. If this is not possible because you don’t know anyone who has a piercing (which is next to impossible, but it does happen), search for a studio in your town or city.
Check the reviews of the studio if people are happy with their services. Reading five-star reviews from past customers can mean that you have hit the jackpot with a quality studio. Contact the studio and schedule a visit to discuss your plans of getting a nose piercing with the professional piercer.
Visit the studio and consult with the piercer
Visit the studio so you can check out their equipment, jewelry, and the piercer too. If you have never had a piercing done before in a studio, you must visit first just to check out their equipment.
Ask the professional piercer how they do things in the studio.
What equipment do they have?
How do they sterilize needles and forceps?
How long has the piercer been doing nose piercings?
Remember that not all professional piercers are alike in skill. Some specialize with just earlobe piercings. Others are more advanced, and they can handle facial piercings, body piercings, and even more advanced body modifications. The experience set is unique for each piercer.
Ready to Get Piercing
If you are satisfied that the studio is clean and well-maintained, and the professional piercer follows the guidelines for the safe application of piercings, you can set a schedule.
On the appointed day of the piercing, your piercer is going to mark the spot that you said you wanted to be pierced. You have an opportunity to review the spot and see if your heart is still in it. In case you have changed your mind, simply inform the piercer. Piercers don’t say yes to all requests, though. It all depends on your nose’s anatomy and your request.
A professional piercer may say no to a change in the position of the piercing if anatomically, it is not feasible or if there are possible risks. Be wary of piercers who say yes to everything as that is not the behavior of someone who has undergone the proper training.
High nostril piercings and septum piercings are relatively common in the world of facial and body piercings. It would be a good idea first to visualize yourself.
What kind of jewelry would you like to wear in the long term?
Should you get one or more nose piercings at a time?
How much pain can you handle when getting pierced?
Decide nose piercing jewelry
Then there is also the fact that you need to pick what type of jewelry you want the piercer to insert. Many people are now enamored with hook-type jewelry that come in three variants: cone, ball, and dome. Still, some people want to wear nose screws and nose pins. Nose pins are the most lightweight and most comfortable to insert. However, the final choice remains in your hands because not all jewelry is suitable for physical activities like sports.
Decide the metal type of nose jewelry
In addition to picking the jewelry’s shape, you must also choose the type of metal that you’d like to be inserted into your nose. There are iron-nose rings, gold nose rings, silver ones, and bronze too. If you want to go by the best industry practices, we recommend three metals: titanium, niobium, and stainless steel. These three must be surgical-grade to be even more hypoallergenic than before.
If you have metal allergies before, then we do not recommend silver or bronze. Go for titanium even if it will cost more. This metal is the most hypoallergenic of them all and is the least likely of the available metals to trigger an allergic reaction in the body.
Get the nose piercing
On the day of the piercing, the professional piercer will first sanitize the area with a solution. A hollow needle will be inserted and threaded through the nose layers until it emerges on the other side. The moment it emerges, there is now a perfect spot for jewelry, and the procedure is complete.
How Painful is Nose Piercing?
The feedback on nose piercings varies from person to person. If the piercing is located high up on the nostril, the pain may not be too severe, and anyone can tolerate it. If you are interested in having your septum pierced, then that’s a different matter altogether. People have said that septum piercings are far more painful than regular high-nostril piercings. However, septum piercings are more attractive, and you will have more freedom in what to wear around this area.
Who Should Not Take a Nose Piercing?
Some people are more at risk of infections than others. Do not get a nose piercing if you have severe diabetes, or if you have a condition like hemophilia.
Hemophiliacs, in general, are advised against any activity where there is a risk of bleeding, for apparent reason.
Severe diabetics are advised against piercings because the healing may take too long. When the healing period is too long, the risk of infection goes up, too.
How Long Does It Take for a Nose Piercing to Heal?
The healing period for nose piercings depends on the exact type of piercing involved. The most common nose piercing, nostril piercing, already requires four to six months of healing time. If you have had your septum pierced, allot just two to three months for full healing. If you got a rhino piercing instead, you need six to nine months.
Nose piercings require aftercare and thought, and may not be suitable for people who don’t have time to tend to an open wound. Think twice about getting it if you have never tried getting pierced before.
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