Nose Piercing Information: Options, Procedure, and Aftercare

Nose Piercing Information
It is essential to have complete information about nose piercings before deciding to get one. There are different types of nose piercings and individuals keen on getting any of these piercings should be informed about the jewelry options, procedure, and aftercare instructions...
ThoughtfulTattoos Staff
Last Updated: Mar 2, 2018
Piercing Needle or Gun?
While getting your nose pierced, regardless of its location, choose the needle over the gun. The needle causes less damage and can be sterilized properly, as compared to the piercing gun.
Apart from ear piercings, nose piercings are the second most popular type of body piercing in the world. Even though it is one of the basic piercings, it should be performed by experienced hands. There are fatty tissue, blood vessels, thin cartilage, and nerves in the nose, which means, if proper care isn't adopted, the risk of infection increases. Places like India, Africa, Middle Eastern and Arab countries, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Native American, Alaskan tribes, and South Pacific cultures all practice this ritual of piercing the nose. Now, you can find this body modification literally everywhere.

Although nose piercing may not seem like a big deal, it is very important that individuals who are keen on getting one, should be completely informed about what they're getting into. So keep reading the rest of the article and find out crucial nose piercing information.
Nose Piercing Types
Right Nostril Piercing
Right Nostril Piercing
Healing Time - 1 to 2 months
Jewelry Options
~ Nose stud
~ Nose retainer
~ Nose ring
~ Ball closure ring
Left Nostril Piercing
Left Nostril Piercing
Healing Time - 1 to 2 months
Jewelry Options
~ Nose stud
~ Nose retainer
~ Nose ring
~ Ball closure ring
Nasallang Piercing
Nasallang Piercing
Healing Time - 2 to 4 months
Jewelry Options
~ Industrial barbell
~ Ball closure ring
~ Nose hoop
~ Horseshoe barbell
Septum Piercing
Septum Piercing
Healing Time - 1 to 3 months
Jewelry Options
~ Horseshoe ring
~ Septum retainer
~ Curved barbell
~ Ball closure ring
Bridge Piercing
Bridge Piercing
Healing Time - 1 to 3 months
Jewelry Options
~ Industrial barbell
~ Seamless ring
~ Curved barbell
~ Horseshoe barbell
Rhino Piercing
Rhino Piercing
Healing Time - 1 to 2 months
Jewelry Options
~ Curved barbell
~ Seamless ring
~ Industrial barbell
~ Ball closure ring
Austin Bar Piercing
Austin Bar Piercing
Healing Time - 2 to 4 months
Jewelry Options
~ Horseshoe ring
~ Septum retainer
~ Curved barbell
~ Ball closure ring
Double Nostril Piercing
Double Nostril Piercing
Healing Time - 1 to 2 months
Jewelry Options
~ Nose stud
~ Nose retainer
~ Nose ring
~ Ball closure ring
Septril Piercing
Septril Piercing
Healing Time - 1 to 2 months
Jewelry Options
~ Low gauge stud
** The healing times provided for different piercings may vary from one individual to another.
Before the Procedure
Since each piercing is unique, the procedure will vary considerably. Which is why, it is always a good idea to consult with the professional piercer before you make the decision. You need to have complete information about how the procedure is going to take place and what tools/equipment is the piercer using. While you're at the piercing salon, make sure to inspect the shop to see if the place is hygienic and sterile, and your piercer has some qualifications or certificates to show that he/she is a professional. If the results are positive, you can think about choosing the piercer for the procedure.
Aftercare Instructions
After the procedure is complete, your piercer will provide you with a list of "dos and don'ts" for the specific piercing you've done. Do make it a point to follow the instructions as mentioned. Some of the more general aftercare rules of nose piercings are:

~ Clean the area of piercing at least twice a day. Don't overdo it and don't apply pressure over the jewelry.
~ Remove any crusting that forms on the ring by using a swab of clean cotton dipped in saline solution. However, do not rub or wipe the area with excess force.
~ Then pat it dry using a clean tissue, as a towel increases your chances of infection or get stuck on the jewelry.
~ Don't touch or pick on the jewelry. Leave it alone and let your body heal it on its own pace.
~ Don't apply makeup near or on the piercing for some time. This can increase the chances of getting the piercing infected.
~ Your piercing may begin to feel itchy while it's healing. Don't use dirty, sanitized fingers over the piercing. Instead, take a Q-tip dipped in saline solution.
~ Let your piercer change the jewelry once the piercing is completely healed.

The information provided in the article are for informational purposes only. We recommend that you consult a professional, experienced, and certified piercer for any and all body piercings. If you are underage, you will require a consent form for a parent/guardian before getting the piercing.
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