Nose piercings are so trendy, and some of the most popular kinds of piercings right now aside from the ears.
It’s starting to be common to see a dainty diamond stud on a nostril even in the workplace, and septums are one of the most common non-ear piercings at any piercing shop because of the cool look and ease of hiding.
If you’re thinking about a nose piercing for yourself it’s important to do a bit of research before you get started. Remember, this is a body modification!
Keep reading for a guide on your future nose piercing experience.
Check Portfolios First
A good piercer will have a portfolio full of their work. If your piercer is just someone who pierces on the side while they tattoo and they don’t display their piercing work, skip them and go elsewhere.
Most piercers have their portfolios on Instagram. Make sure that you like what you see before committing to someone.
Septum Placement: High and Tight
There are more bad septum piercings out in the world than good ones.
If you’ve checked portfolios, you probably have an idea of what a good septum looks like. If you’re unaware, though, the septum should be high and tight in the top of the nose, nearly hugging the frontmost part of your nostrils. You shouldn’t be able to see where the metal goes into your septum from a side view.
If you can, it’s too low.
It should not go through the cartilage.
Many poorly-trained piercers will pierce down near the bottom of your nose, or too far back. These piercings are unlikely to heal correctly, and they won’t ever look right with standard septum rings.
Find a good piercer. Septums are tricky and it’s better to pay more money to get it done right than to get it done wrong and have to pay twice.
It’s Easiest to Start With a Stud for Nostril Piercings
For nostril piercings, many people want nose rings. They look dainty and cool and they’re very on-trend.
Unless you know how you heal, though, you are better off starting with a stud (and preferably a flat-back labret). These studs can range from plain to beautiful. You can have gems and diamonds so you can really make that nose sparkle!
Many good piercers won’t start you with a ring at all. If a piercer allows you to get a ring without warning you of the complications that can come with it, you need to see a different piercer.
Rings can be used for initial nostril jewelry, but the healing time will be longer and you have higher chances of getting the dreaded irritation bump.
Initial Piercings Need Implant-Grade Jewelry
After your piercing is healed you can most likely get any kind of fashion septum jewelry that you like for short-term wear. Those cute and affordable pieces that you see online should wait until you’re healed!
The initial piercing, though, should be done with jewelry that is mostly free of allergens and nonreactive with the body.
Surgical steel contains nickel, which many people can not handle in fresh wounds. Nickel allergies are super common! If you’ve experienced irritation, redness, or bumps, this could be the reason. For initial jewelry, opt for implant grade titanium, implant grade steel, niobium, or gold.
These are body-safe unless you have a specific allergy. Titanium allergies are incredibly rare, so they are the safest choice.
Don’t feel like this limits you. Some of the coolest jewelry options are implant-grade!
If you need hidden jewelry, for septums, you don’t have to worry. A properly done septum can flip right into your nose and stay there while it heals (though don’t flip it too often).
A nostril that needs to be hidden can be done with glass but is more commonly done with a freckle-shaped stud.
Healing Times: Don’t Take it Out Too Soon
If your piercer has told you that your nose piercing will be healed in a few weeks, they were lying (or just wrong!).
Nostril piercings take an average of 6 months to heal, meaning that the only person changing your jewelry during that period should be your piercer (with gloves and sterilized jewelry).
Septum piercers have a shorter healing period that can range from 4 months to 6 months. A septum piercing that was done incorrectly can take over a year to heal.
Removing your jewelry during the healing period will result in the hole closing. Switching jewelry can lead to irritation and longer healing time.
Be patient and let your body heal. Remember, this is a wound in your nose! It needs time.
Aftercare: Leave it Alone
There’s a ton of misinformation on the internet about piercing aftercare. Some poor-quality piercers even offer misinformation.
When your piercing is healing, avoid peroxide and alcohol. These can kill healthy cells and dry out your skin, complicating the healing process. Instead, use sterile saline from the pharmacy, and warm water.
Any ointments or creams should be kept far away from your piercing. Keep makeup and hair products from touching it.
If you’re worried that your piercing isn’t healing correctly, see a piercer first. We recommend the piercers that are part of the Association of Professional Piercers who offer the highest quality jewelry and aftercare and have the most piercing education.
Many people think that they have a piercing infection or a keloid when what they really have is an irritation bump. Some doctors even get this wrong as a bump and an infection look similar, but they’re not the same and they require different treatment.
Keloids are also rare, and are more common in people with more melanin. If you don’t get keloids from scrapes, cuts, or other piercings, you likely don’t have one now.
Are You Ready For Your Nose Piercing?
Whether you’re going for the super cool septum ring or the dainty nostril stud, a nose piercing is a fun and trendy way to add more sparkle to your face.
Get yourself to a piercer that you can trust and find some stellar jewelry!
A little bit of pain is worth the new addition to your style. Be safe, do your research, and go make yourself sparkly!
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