Nose Piercing: Everything You Need To Know

The questions to consider before taking the plunge...

Paris Jackson with a nose piercing

by Stevie Martin |

If you've ever thought about getting your nose pierced, at least one, if not all of the questions below will have crossed your mind. And as with all body piercings, it's important to do your due diligence before taking the plunge. Without further ado, here's everything you need to know about nose piercings.

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Do Nose Piercings Hurt?

Yes it does, although how much depends entirely upon your pain threshold, of course. The plus is that, like most body piercings, the process is over fairly quickly. But still, a bar of metal is being pressed through your nose so a sharp pain (and maybe some eye watering) is to be expected.

What Are The Best Tips For Nose Piercing Aftercare?

You will need to clean your nose piercing until it has completely healed, which could take as long as four months. A saline solution is the only way to clean it properly and, in order to prevent it getting infected, you will need to do this regularly. You can make your own saltwater solution using warm water and sea salt. According to the aftercare guide from jewellery brand Astrid & Miyu, you should not use, 'ointments, peroxide, contact lens solution, Savlon, alcohol or pierced ears solutions on your piercing. These are not intended for long-term use and may irritate.'

One obvious thing that it's still worth mentioning is try not to touch your nose stud (pay particular care when you're getting dressed to avoid snagging the stud on clothing). Avoid all contact with your hands and fingertips, and only touch it with a clean cotton pad (or Q-Tip) when you're cleaning it as much as possible.

What Do I Do About A Bump On My Nose Piercing?

Nose piercing bumps are non-permanent scar tissues that occur, often when you catch the nose piercing on things by mistake. The tissue is disrupted and a lump appears. As soon as it does, start cleaning the piercing with saltwater solution until it disappears. It shouldn't leave a scar once it's healed, but if it's there for longer than a month, it's worth visiting a doctor in case it's infected.

How Much Is A Nose Piercing?

It totally depends on where you have it done. For example, Maria Tash charges £35 for a nostril piercing, but it's worth remembering that this doesn't include the price of the jewellery. It's important to go to a highly skilled piercing specialist to avoid any risk of infection.

Do Nose Piercings Get Infected Easily?

First off, the signs of infection are redness, swelling, pain, discharge from the piercing site and bumps. If you have these symptoms, bathe your piercing in a saltwater solution several times a day and, if they don't improve or get worse, book an appointment with your GP. Also, avoid wearing make-up on your nose as this may further irritate the piercing.

What Do I Do If My Nose Piercing Gets Lost?

Unlike some other body piercings, nose piercings heal incredibly fast, so much so that you might have to get it repierced if you don't act quickly enough.

Can You Get Your Nose Pierced With A Ring?

It's best to wait until the nose piercing is fully healed before you can swap a stud for a ring. Some people might be able to do this after a few months, while others will try and, after a few failed attempts, have to put the stud back in. If you're worried the skin is still too tender or are nervous about doing it yourself, it might be best to get a professional to make the swap for you.

Is A Nose Piercing Worth It?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a lot of people have nose piercings so there must be something to them, right? Having said that, if you've reached the end of this article and have made up your mind to never get a nose piercing, you can always 'cheat' with faux septum piercings.

SHOP: The Best Nose Rings And Studs

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SHOP: The Best Nose Rings And Studs

Pinch & Fold, Essence Nose Stud, £38
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TinyBox Jewelry, Double Nose Ring For Single Piercing, £15.29
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Maria Tash, 1.5mm Invisible Set Diamond Threaded Stud, £155.50
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Bodifine, 9ct Yellow Gold Cubic Zirconia Nose Studs Set Of 3, £14.99
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