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Everything you need to know before you get your nose pierced

Piercing Updated March 22, 2023
Nose piercings are one of the most popular piercings in Australia, and for good reason!
If you’re thinking of getting your nose pierced, we’re here to answer questions you may have, or things you should know.

How much does a nose piercing hurt?

Piercings can hurt, depending on the area you’re having pierced. Fortunately, the piercing is over quickly! Most of our clients tell us there is little, to no pain and or that it feels like a little pinch or flick. Common piercing areas, like ear lobes, are low pain because there is no cartilage present. Areas with tougher cartilage like the nose can be a little more painful, but it’s over in seconds! Trust us, it’s nothing you can’t handle!
Our expert piercers are always refining their techniques to ensure the best possible experience. If you’re nervous about your piercing, try to relax and remain calm by focusing on your breathing – in through your nose and out through your mouth.

The double nose piercing trend

A single nose stud on one nostril is the most popular choice, but not the only one. A double nose piercing is any combination of two nose piercings, whether they be one on each nostril, on the same side, or stacked on top of each other. This has become a popular trend in recent years, and the best part is we offer a double nose piercing service so you can get two done on the same day!

How to get rid of a nose piercing bump?

Any trauma to your piercing can cause the formation of piercing bumps, increased swelling, prolonged healing and more. Sterilear Piercing Spray aftercare is effective for aiding in the healing process of nose piercings, and can treat bumps.

What is the healing process of a nose piercing?

Healing times vary from person to person, and sometimes the interior of your piercing takes much longer to heal than the exterior. Your nose piercing can take 2–4 months to heal enough to be able to change your jewellery. Please keep in mind your piercing has only healed enough for a quick jewellery change over. Your piercing can still close or shrink significantly if you leave jewellery out for a long time.
The nose is one of the fastest places on the body for piercings to close over without jewellery. If your piercing is fresh, it can close up in a matter of minutes. Even if you’ve had your nose piercing for a while it may close up within a few hours or days after removing your jewellery. This is largely due to the fast healing power of the nose’s mucus membrane!

How much does a nose piercing cost?

The cost of a nose piercing varies depending on your local salon, you can check your local salons pricing via our online booking system.
Essential Beauty piercing prices include hypoallergenic surgical steel jewellery and are always performed with a single use needle. You may choose to upgrade your nose piercing to include titanium jewellery or a ring. To help you get the look you want right away.

Nostril piercing placements and side

The placement of a nose piercing can be anywhere on the nostril depending on the shape of your nose and style preference. The most common placement is through the curve of one of the nostrils (the crease of the ‘wing’ of the nostril). Many people come in with a particular idea of how they would like their nose piercing to look and which side they want to be pierced.
It’s common to have the piercing on the left side, but you can have your nose pierced on the left, right or both sides! It’s entirely up to you. Our tip? Get pierced on your ‘selfie side’ or whichever side of your face you prefer to be photographed on! If you’re getting your nose pierced, you should show it off!

The nose piercing process & procedure

The nose piercing process is a simple one, and one we love to conduct on our beautiful clientele. We followed Thea when she visited our wonderful Marion salon to receive her nose piercing, check out her process below:

@essential_beauty Come along to get a nose piercing with us! Thea came in to get her nose pierced and we’re obsessed. 😍 Single, double, stud or ring, we’ve got you covered! ❤️ #nosepiercing #piercingcheck #piercing #piercingshop #essentialbeauty ♬ original sound – cesza

What are the jewellery options for a nose piercing?

Different types of nose jewellery include pigtail or curved studs, L-shape studs, labret flat back studs or hinged rings. We pierce noses with 20 gauge jewellery, but 18 gauge is also quite common if you prefer a thicker look. 20 gauge is the thinnest and most dainty nose jewellery. For females, the most popular nose jewellery is thin gold or surgical steel hoops, or bezel and claw set crystal nose studs. Most men prefer the look of surgical steel or black hinged rings in the nose.

What do I do if my jewellery falls out of my nose piercing?

If your jewellery falls out, ensure you replace it immediately to keep your piercing open. If your piercing is fresh (less than 2 – 4 months old), the hole can close up in a matter of minutes or even seconds. If you’ve had a nose piercing for less than a year, you can expect it to close up or the piercing to shrink significantly within a few hours or days. The inner nostril is lined with mucous membranes that seal up quickly once the jewellery has been removed even if you’ve had it for years. You should never force jewellery through a shrunk or closed piercing, call your local Essential Beauty salon instead for help!

Can you get your nose pierced with a gun?

If somebody tries to pierce your nose with anything other than a sterile needle… run!
Piercing guns are not for nose piercings or any other body piercing. A piercing gun should only pierce earlobe piercings, including firsts, second, or third earlobes. At Essential Beauty, we only ever use single-use catheter needles and autoclave sterilised equipment and jewellery for body piercing.

How old do you have to be to get a nose piercing?

In SA, VIC and NSW you can get your nose pierced when you are 16 years of age. If you are under 16 a parent will need to come with you to sign consent and present their identification. In WA, the minimum age is 18 if you don’t have parental consent. In QLD, there are no piercing age requirements. Click here to find out more about piercing age requirements in Australia.

Other Healing Tips & Tricks

  • Avoid friction from clothing, towels & loofahs
  • Avoid excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewellery, knocking the piercing, sleeping on your piercing and over cleaning. – Be very careful with towels and pulling your clothes off, as you can rip your jewellery out of your nose (ouch!)
  • If you toss and turn while sleeping we’d recommend sleeping with a Band-Aid over your jewellery to prevent it falling out

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