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Nose piercing positioning: Things to think about before getting your nose pierced

Piercing Updated October 26, 2020

Nose piercing is the most common of all facial piercings. The positioning of your nose piercing is a personal choice, there are many different piercing placements to choose from depending on your anatomy and personal preference.

The placement of a nose stud, ring or hoop can be anywhere along the nostril. The most common positioning 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. There is no right or wrong side of the nose to get a piercing, it is up to you. A good idea is to pick your best ‘selfie side’ of your face whether that be the left or right side!

nose piercings diagram

If you are unsure about which nostril to get pierced or the position of the nostril, think about the below questions before going to your appointment. Your Piercing Specialist will also give you a few different options and mark the spot where the piercing will go so you can agree on the placement before anything happens.

  1. Will you be getting pierced with a ring or a stud? Or will you want to change between the two in the future?
  2. Do you ever see yourself getting a stacked or double nose piercing, or a symmetrical nose piercing on both sides of your nose?
  3. Is the crease and wing of your nostril more prominent on one side?
  4. Do you want your piercing sitting closer to the front of your nostril or further back? On the crease or up high?

Your Piercer will mark up a few different positions after consulting with you to help you decide the best option for your individual style and nose shape.

We always take our time with marking the piercing placement, so you get all the possible options for your piercing.

If you prefer to wear a ring or hoop, your piercing may need to be lower or you may need to wear a larger ring in the future. If you are sure that you will always wear a nose stud and would prefer a higher piercing that is totally fine as well. Keep in mind that the higher the position, the harder it will be for you to change your jewellery on your own and convert to a ring.

You may need to position your nose piercing differently to accommodate space for a second piercing in the future as well. You can have a stacked or double nose piercing performed on the same day which means you will be able to get the positioning exactly right.

Remember, your face is not completely symmetrical. Lining up a double piercing for the nostrils takes care and planning. We have various ways to create the best possible piercing symmetry for you, including using measuring tools like callipers.

One side of your nose may protrude more than the other. It is better to choose the thinnest part of your nostril where it dips in more. This means there is less chance of swelling. However, if you have your heart set on piercing the side that is thicker or bulges out more, that is ok as well. We would recommend choosing a ring or hoop in this case as they allow more room for swelling.

The positions of a nose piercing really depends on the type of jewellery you choose. If your piercing is close to the front of your nose a ring or hoop can sit better. A stud or a ring can be worn midway on the nasal crease/ wing.

A stud may look better than a ring if your piercing is further back or up high on the nasal crease or wing. A ring in this area will need to be quite large, whereas if it is further down the nose it will give you the option to choose a smaller, snug looking ring.

If you change your mind after you get a nose piercing, don’t worry, nose piercings heal up fast after you take your jewellery out and you can always try another position or the opposite side in future.

You can also get pierced with a clear Bioplast nose retainer during school or work and have it ready to show off in your holidays.

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