Nose piercing has been a popular form of body modification for centuries, with its roots in ancient cultures such as Indian and Middle Eastern cultures. Nowadays, it is a fashion statement and a form of self-expression for many people, including celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, P!nk, Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, and even Jennifer Lawrence, who sported symmetrical nose piercings in the 2021 Movie "Don’t Look Up."
However, before getting your nose pierced, it's important to understand the process, the potential risks, and the proper aftercare to ensure a smooth piercing experience.
The Piercing Process
The first crucial step is to choose an experienced and knowledgeable piercer who has performed a variety of piercings, uses sterile equipment, follows proper safety protocols, and is willing to answer any questions you may have about the piercing.
Once you have found the right piercer, you can select the type of nose piercing(s) you want.
There are several options, including:
- nostril piercing,
- symmetrical nose piercings (placed on both sides of the nose symmetrically),
- double symmetrical nose piercings (two piercings on each side of the nose and four piercings in total),
- high nostril piercing (placed quite high up on the nostril),
- double high nostril piercings,
- double nose piercing (two piercings on one side of the nose parallelly),
- triple nose piercings (three piercings on one side of the nose),
- triple symmetrical nose piercings (six piercing in total),
- septum piercing,
- double septum piercings,
- bridge piercing,
- and double bridge piercings.
However, some of these nose piercings are anatomy-dependent. If you are interested in getting more than two piercings on your nose, it's a great idea to visit a piercer and see if you have the right anatomy to do such piercings.
After finding the right piercer and selecting the type of nose piercing you want, the next step is to choose the jewellery for your piercing(s). This may take some time, as there are many options to consider. You can choose from nose rings, nose studs, or nose screws in various colours such as silver, black, gold, rose gold, blue, and pink, among others.
Designs for nose piercing jewellery include gem-topped nose studs in different colours, nose rings with colourful opal patterns, and flower/spike/cross nose screws. Symmetrical nose piercings can be combined with a ring on one side and a stud on the other side, two rings or two studs on both sides, which are trendy options.
For those who cannot wear visible piercings at work or school, clear piercing jewellery is available.
Septum piercings can be concealed using a horseshoe/circular ring/barbell, which can be flipped up during the healing process and made invisible. We recommend leaving the jewellery in place for the first four weeks to ensure proper healing, and to avoid flipping it up and down too often.
Our range of horseshoe/circular ring/barbell options includes different colours and interchangeable ends such as opal, spikes, or balls with shiny gems. We also have Hinged rings/Clickers available for septum piercings. These Hinged rings/Clickers have a wide range of colours, designs and shapes, such as front-paved or outward-set opal and gems with different colours, gold/crystal bee/butterfly designs, triple-spike, dangly chain, and more.
Whether you want to look elegant like a movie star or sharp like a rock singer, you'll find what you love at Pheenix. Click Here to explore our Hinged rings/Clickers range!
In addition, you can select a Ball Closure/Captive bead ring for your septum piercing, which also comes in heaps of colours for both the rings and the beads. However, Ball Closure/Captive bead rings are not easy to change at home by yourself, but your piercer should be happy to help.
For bridge piercings, we use a banana/curved barbell for comfort and aesthetic appeal. The curved barbell can also be customised with interchangeable ends such as spikes, sparkle gems or opal balls.
After the jewellery is selected, the piercer will mark the spot where the piercing will be made using a marker. They will then use a sterilised piercing needle to pierce the skin through and insert the jewellery that you chose for your nose piercing. It's essential to ensure that the needle used is sterilised and single-use to prevent any risk of infection.
After the piercing is done, the piercer will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing. It's crucial to follow these instructions carefully to avoid any complications and allow the piercing to heal correctly.
Risks and Complications
While nose piercing is generally safe when done by a professional piercer, there are some risks involved, such as infection, allergic reactions, and scarring. It is crucial to be aware of these risks and take proper aftercare measures to minimise them. For instance, you must keep the piercing clean and avoid touching it with dirty hands to avoid infection.
Choosing jewellery made from hypoallergenic materials like surgical steel or titanium can help minimise the risk of an allergic reaction. Excessive scarring can be prevented by following proper aftercare measures and choosing an experienced piercer.
Aftercare Tips for Nose Piercing
Proper aftercare is crucial to ensure that your nose piercing heals properly without complications. Clean the piercing twice a day with salt water or saline solution or a gentle cleanser for open wounds and avoid touching it with dirty hands or playing with the jewellery.
Additionally, you should avoid swimming or soaking in water for the first few weeks after getting your nose pierced to prevent bacteria from entering the piercing site and slowing down the healing process. Be patient and allow your body to heal it naturally, which may take several weeks or even months. Click Here for our General Aftercare.
Before getting a piercing on your nose, you need to make sure to choose a reputable piercer, understand the risks involved, and follow proper aftercare measures to ensure a safe and successful nose piercing experience. By taking the time to research and prepare for your nose piercing, you can enjoy your new piercing with confidence and peace of mind.