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Everything you need to know before you get your nose pierced

Piercing Updated March 22, 2021

After ear piercings, nose (nostril) piercings are our most popular piercings. There are a number of things you might want to know and consider before you get a nose piercing.

How much does a nose piercing hurt?

Piercings can hurt, depending on the area you’re having pierced. Fortunately, the piercing itself is over very quickly, and 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 Piercing Specialists are always refining their techniques to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the 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.

What is the healing process of a nose piercing?

Healing times vary from person to person, and sometimes the interior tunnel of your piercing takes much longer to heal than the exterior. Your nose piercing can take 2 – 4 months to heal enough for you to be able to change your jewellery, please keep in mind that at this time your piercing has healed enough for you to change your jewellery, your piercing can still close.

Be aware, that just because it looks healed, you won’t be able to remove your jewellery for long periods of time as the piercing will shrink and may even close very quickly. The nose is one of the fastest places on the body for piercings to close once jewellery is removed. If your piercing is fresh, it can close up in a matter of minutes. Even if you’ve had your nose piercing for a year you can expect it to 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.

What is the price of a nose piercing?

The cost of a nose piercing is approximately $60 – $80 dollars, our prices include hypoallergenic surgical steel jewellery and are always performed with a single use needle, many of our customers choose to upgrade their nose piercing to include titanium jewellery or a hinged ring (hoop) so they can get the look they want right away.

Nostril piercing variations – placement 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 place, 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 pierced. Click here to read more here about nose piercing positioning.

People commonly get their nose pierced 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!

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. Click here to read more about getting your nose pierced with a ring. We normally pierce noses with 20 gauge jewellery, but 18 gauge is also quite common.

Aftercare for a nose piercing

Our 2 Step Sterilear Piercing Spray system is effective for aiding in the healing process of nose piercings. It is important that you do not touch or rotate the jewellery in your piercing as this will remove the protective healing scab – which can allow bacteria to enter the piercing.  Avoid unnecessary trauma to your nose piercing such as friction from clothing, towels, loofahs, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewellery, knocking the piercing, sleeping on your piercing and over cleaning. Be very, 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 piercing. This trauma may cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable piercing bumps, increased swelling, prolonged healing and other problems. Read our detailed aftercare information here.

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, 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 inside of the hole can close up rather quickly, even if you’ve had the piercing for years. The inside of your nostrils are lined with mucous membranes that seal up quickly once the jewellery has been removed. You should never force jewellery through a shrunk or closed piercing, call your local Essential Beauty salon instead.

Can you get your nose pierced with a gun

The only part of the body that can ever be pierced with a gun is the ear lobes. If somebody tries to piece your nose with anything other than a sterile needle… run. At Essential Beauty, we only ever use single use catheter needles and autoclave sterilised equipment and jewellery for body piercing.

How old 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.

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