Are you considering getting a nose piercing? Whether this is your first piercing or the latest of several, it is not wise to jump into it without thinking. Before making any big decisions, you should do some research and talk to people who have had it done to find out what is involved and whether it is right for you. From the piercing process to cleaning, there are a few things you need to know about getting your nose pierced before you go under the needle.
What are your options?
There are so many different options to choose from when it comes to nose piercings, both in terms of the type of piercing you want and which part of your nose you have pierced. The nostril is the simplest and most common part of the nose to pierce, but if you prefer something more eccentric and unique, you could opt for the septum, the bridge, or the tip. The size and shape of your piercing is another choice you will have to make. Do you want a small, discreet stud, or do you prefer a more noticeable ring, hoop, or barbell? The choice is yours.
Does it hurt?
There are a lot of nerves in the nose, so there is no getting around the fact that it will hurt a bit. For some people, a little bit of pain is all part of the experience, but the anticipation is usually worse than the actual procedure. You will feel sore afterward, and your nose may swell, but it does not require a high pain tolerance. As long as the process is carried out correctly by a trained professional, there is nothing to worry about. With this in mind, always make sure you choose a respected piercing artist to do it for you. Do plenty of research and ask people for recommendations. If you arrive at the shop and you don’t feel it looks sufficiently sanitary, don’t be afraid to bow out.
How long will it take to heal?
How quickly a nose piercing heals depends on the individual, but usually, it will take somewhere between two and three months to completely get back to normal. It is during the healing process that you are most at risk of getting an infection, so make sure you do not change the piercing or play with it, as this will increase the likelihood. If it has not healed after three months, go back to your piercer who will help you figure out the best way for you to recover fully.
How do you clean it?
Any piercing requires cleaning and maintenance afterward to prevent infection, but a nose piercing is especially susceptible. Your piercer will go over the cleaning process with you on the day, but it usually requires a saltwater cleanse twice a day until it is fully healed. Avoid touching the piercing with your hands while cleaning, as this is likely to transmit bacteria onto the metal, so use cotton wool, Q-tips, or a clean cloth to handle it.
If you decide that your nose piercing is not right for you, don’t be afraid to take it out and try something new. Removing and replacing a nose ring can be tricky for first-timers, so find out how to put in a nose ring here.