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What is a nose piercing?

A nose piercing is a type of body piercing that passes through the skin or cartilage in multiple places on, you guessed it, your nose (the one on your face!). Nose piercings have a long history and have been traditionally worn by people in various cultures around the world. In modern times, nose piercings have become increasingly popular as a form of body modification and self-expression.

Types of nose piercings

There are several different types of nose piercings that can be done. The most common type is the nostril piercing, which is a piercing through the skin on the side of the nostril. Other types of nose piercings include the septum piercing, which is a piercing through the cartilage that separates the nostrils, and the bridge piercing, which is a piercing through the skin on the bridge of the nose.

Ask anyone that’s ever had anything pierced before and you’ll quickly find out there are lots and pros and cons that come with the procedure itself, but even more commonly, during the healing period or sometimes even years down the line. Nose piercings are certainly no exception to that rule.

Here are the benefits, pros and cons of nose piercings you need to know before you get one.

Nose piercing pros and cons

  • Pro: They look AWESOME!
  • Pro: They’re not very painful to get pierced at all, even the cartilage ones like the septum piercing
  • Pro: More and more guys are getting them, so they’re much less of a taboo and are super cool.
  • Pro: You’ll get loads of likes from your friends on Insta!
  • Pro: You can mix and match the jewellery easily to suit your mood. Lots of people like to switch between tiny studs and hoops
  • Pro: If you have a septum piercing, you can easily flip it up to hide if you wear horseshoe-shaped jewellery (known as a circular barbell)
  • Pro: If you ever want to take it out, you can just remove the jewellery and it won’t leave a scar
  • Con: It’s not uncommon for a lot of employers to ask for them to be taken out in customer-facing jobs, so make sure you check with your boss first before getting one
  • Con: It’s sometimes easy to forget it’s there and easy to bump with your hand when you’re wiping or washing your face
  • Con: A standard nostril piercing takes the longest to heal out of all nose piercings (usually between 4-6 months to fully heal)
  • Con: It’s pretty common to get an infection during healing because they’re out in the open, boogers and nasties often get caught in it (that’s the job your nose hairs do), and you’ll often get makeup or shampoo running into it by accident
  • Con: If you do happen to get an infection, it’s pretty hard to hide it because it’s on your face, but in most cases, it’s just a bit of redness around the piercing
  • Con: You can’t swim or jump in a hot tub for a few weeks after getting one
  • Con: Can sometimes catch on your clothes when you’re getting changed

The full lowdown on nose piercings

Hear first-hand from DaVo, a professional body piercer from Axiom Body Piercing Studio, who explains loads more about getting your nose pierced and what to expect when you get one.

Do nose piercings hurt?
The pain level of a nose piercing can vary greatly from person to person. Some people may find the experience to be relatively painless, while others may find it to be quite uncomfortable. The level of pain that you experience will depend on factors such as your individual pain tolerance and the skill of the piercer. It is also worth noting that the healing process for a nose piercing can be somewhat painful, as the piercing site may become sore and tender as it heals.

Types of jewelry for nose piercings

There are many different types of jewelry that can be worn in a nose piercing. Some common choices include nose studs (which usually have a hook shape on the end instead of a clip like a regular ear stud), hoops, and nostril screws. The best type of jewelry for you will depend on your personal preferences and the size and shape of your nose piercing. It is important to choose jewelry that is made of high-quality materials and that fits comfortably in your piercing.

Nose piercing aftercare information

Proper aftercare is essential for ensuring the successful healing of a nose piercing. This includes cleaning the piercing regularly with a sterile saline solution, avoiding touching the piercing with dirty hands, and avoiding activities that may irritate the piercing, such as swimming or using headphones. It is also important to follow the specific aftercare instructions provided by your piercer, as every individual’s piercing may have unique needs.

Ready to get your nose pierced yet?

Check out our nose piercing photo galleries: Nostril piercing photo gallery / Septum piercing photo gallery

Want to learn more about nose piercings? Check out these links too:

  1. Nose piercing pictures
  2. Nose piercing aftercare (Healthline)
  3. Learn more about other types of face piercings


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