Nose piercings are adorable and super stylish, the ideal piercing for the gal or guy who wants something petite and cute without going overboard. But before making your decision to have a nose ring- whether you opt for a tiny stud on one side of the nose or a larger hoop in the septum- it is important that you know all the right facts and tips to make sure you’re one hundred percent ready.
First things First: The Procedure
There is two ways in which a nose piercing can be done: either one the nostril or through the septum. We are going to describe the basic nose piercing procedure, which must use a needle as a piercing gun is much too large for a small piercing such as this- and make sure you only get this done from a sterilized, hygienic, and reputable piercer in a piercing shop.
- Piercing site will be thoroughly cleaned. Piercer will mark the spot using a surgical marker or Gentian Violet in which the needle will go through.
- Piercer will unwrap all necessary piercing equipment, ensuring everything is sterile.
- A cork is placed inside of the nostril to ensure the needle stops without hitting another part of the nose.
- Forceps will be placed over the specific piercing mark with the needle placed inside.
- Needle is pushed through the specific piercing mark, stopping at the cork.
- Jewelry is instantly inserted through the new hole.
Styles of Nose Rings
There are a few different types of nose rings you can choose from.
Nose Rings: A nose ring is simply a small sized hoop ring that can come in a variety of sizes, however they are mostly on the small scale seeing as how the area is not that large. Nose Rings are self-clasping, making them a quick and easy option that is also more noticeable than a small stud.
Nose Stud: Similar to an earring stud, a nose ring stud is a tiny piece of jewelry that will need to be held on using a small clasp.
Nose Screw: Nose screws are simply ‘screwed into the nose and require no clasp. They are incredibly easy to insert and offer a comfortable feel.
Common Materials Found in Nose Rings
Surgical Steel: Surgical steel is your best option when it comes to any type of piercing, especially when the piercing is brand new. This is because surgical steel pieces are completely hypo-allergenic and not prone to causing any type of irritation.
Gold: The next best option in the lineup is 14 or 18 karat gold. This type of gold is less likely to cause irritation and will work well with your body. However, don’t use gold plate as it will wear quickly.
Titanium: Titanium is used very commonly in jewelry, however it should not be used on a new piercing as it can cause irritation. You need to wait until your piercing is completely healed before purchasing a titanium piece of jewelry.
Sterling Silver: Sterling silver is incredibly popular because it’s sparkly and downright beautiful; but you must not used it on a fresh piercing as the oxidation that occurs from body fluids causes the ring to turn black- and may even leave a permanent black spot on the nose. If you want sterling silver nose rings, wait at least a year and always check the jewelry for any signs of oxidation.
Nose Ring Piercing Aftercare
It is imperative to follow the proper aftercare instructions after getting your nose piercing to ensure no infections or other complications occur. It takes anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks for a nose ring to heal, and during this time you MUST ensure you’re keeping the area squeaky clean. Some of the most important nose ring aftercare tips include:
Wash Your Hands: Before cleaning your piercing or simply touching it, you need to wash your hands first- wash them thoroughly!
Clean the Piercing Regularly: You need to clean your piercing often, at least three times a day. To clean the piercing: soak a cotton ball in some sterile saline solution. Then, place the cotton ball on top of the nose ring and let the saline solution saturate the area. Gently rotate the jewelry to ensure the saline solution seeps into the hole. To clean the inside of the new piercing, use a fresh cotton swab and drench it in saline solution. Clean the clasp of screw located on the inside of your nostril.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Your Nose Ring: When cleaning, make sure you are being incredibly gentle. Being too hard or rough on your new piercing may cause irritation, not to mention it will hurt you.
Pat Dry After Cleaning: Using a clean paper towel or tissue, simply pat the area dry after cleaning. Remember, do this GENTLY!
Don’t Sleep on Your Jewelry: When sleeping, try to make sure you stay on your back and not lay on your jewelry. This could irritate the new piercing and also might make your ring fall out. If you have to sleep on your side, choose the side in which your nose ring is not located.
Replace or Wash Your Pillowcase Often: To cut down on the germ exposure to your new piercing, replace or wash your pillowcase every couple of days.
Load Up on Vitamins: With a vitamin supplement containing Vitamin C, Vitamin B-12, and Zinc, you will be able to fend off potential infections from your piercing and also fight off any illnesses that would cause a runny nose.
Don’t Touch Your Jewelry: Keep your hands off your jewelry as much as possible. I know it may be hard, but messing with your new piercing can cause irritation and even cause damage to the piercing itself.
Solutions to Potential Problems
If you have pain during the piercing: Some may find the procedure extremely painful, while others will handle it just fine. If you know you have a low pain tolerance, your best bet is to mentally prepare yourself before the procedure is done. Bring a friend for moral support while getting your nose pierced. You can take a Tylenol or Ibuprofen afterwards to reduce the pain.
If you get a cold with a lot of mucus buildup: If you end up with a cold after getting your nose pierced, it’s even more important to keep the area incredibly clean. Mucus getting into the hole can cause infection, so clean the area often and remove any mucus or crust the moment it occurs.
Removing the jewelry: During the healing period you have a 24 hour period before the hole will close up. After the first year of having your nose ring you are given a few days, but some may find it closes up quickly still.
Signs of infections and what to do: See your piercer immediately if you experience any extra swelling that doesn’t seem normal or if there is an extensive amount of pain. This could be signs of irritation that occurs either from the wrong piece of jewelry or not caring for your new piercing after the procedure. However, if you have a fever and your piercing is releasing red or green fluids while being very hot to the touch, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible as this is a sign of a potentially serious infection. Either way, always remember NOT to remove your jewelry as this could trap the infection inside of the nose and make it much worse.
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