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Nose Rings and Piercings


Nose piercing has been a part of various world cultures for hundreds of years

It's only been in the last two decades that nose piercing has gained a mainstream popularity in Western culture. Presently, it is the second most-popular body piercing desired by teens and young adults, after ear piercings. Due to the piercing being through cartilage and not soft tissue, nose piercings take a bit more care to heal properly than ears, and they can be more likely to develop scar tissue or have other healing issues. Unfortunately the explosion in popularity of this piercing has led to too many mall piercing huts doing noses without knowing just how tricky these piercings can be, and a lot of people aren't getting the sort of in-depth information that would help them have a more successful healing experience.

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Information About Piercing Your Nose

Nose piercings don't always heal as easily as people assume. They do not heal as easily as pierced ears. The tissue of the nose is "cartilage" which is a hard-but-flexible material in our bodies. The blood flow isn't as plentiful as "soft tissue" which is the type of material that forms the lower ear lobes.

Friction from a too-tight or too-large nose stud or ring, an accidental yank or snag, or even some people's genetic predispositions can cause a type of scar tissue, called a keloid, to form on healing nose piercings. This is that "bump" that everyone always talks about. Reading up on piercing care and knowing how to take care of your healing nose can really help avoid things like infections and keloids (aka "the bump).

Remember to ask your body piercer how to take care of your new nose piercing BEFORE you get your nose pierced. This is important because some people get sort of dizzy or feel a head rush from piercing, and it can make it harder to remember the aftercare info if you talk afterwards. (really!)

Also, many states have rules and regulations about ages and nose piercings. Be prepared to have legal ID, a legal guardian and their legal ID on hand to get your nose pierced in some states.


Nostril Piercing

the common nose ring

The most commonly pierced place on the nose is somewhere along the rim of the nostril. Placement is most often at the peak of the curved edge.

Jewelry is most often a small stud or ring. For healing a nose piercing, wearing a ring allows the piercing to be cleaned more easily. Whatever is worn, it's best to wear gold or steel during the 3 month healing period. Do NOT wear sterling silver as it has the unfortunate side effect of leave a permanent black mark on your nose.

The most common complaint about nose piercings is that, like many other cartilage piercings, these can form a keloid, a bump-like type of scar tissue. This is most often due to friction or continuous irritation of the piercing.

As common as this piercing has become, they aren't as easy to heal as most young people assume. Many people do not truly anticipate what it's going to be like to have what is really a healing wound on their face for two to three months.

It often helps to try not to sleep facedown and to change your pillowcase more often while healing a nose piercing. Do not put rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on a healing nose piercing as both can burn the raw tissues inside the piercing and increase irritation.

See what getting your nose pierced is like

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Septum Piercing

Sometimes nicknamed the "bull ring" piercing, the nose is also sometimes pierced through the cartilage that separates the chambers of the nose, the septum. This piercing is more common in tribal peoples. Reasons for this peircing were to imitate totem animals, to bring luck and to keep evil spirits from entering the body by coming in through the nose.

This piercing can be made invisible by wearing a U-shaped piece of jewelry with the ends flipped up into the nose.

See a Septum being pierced

Nostril Screws - body jewelry - a type of jewelry that was tradionally worn in India for pierced noses

For nose piercings, you want the starter jewelry to be surgical-grade steel, or 14k gold or better.

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You want to avoid sterling silver for any fresh or still-healing nose piercings because the silver tarnishing not only can cause or increase irritation in the healing piercing, it can also trigger a condition where the healing skin is permanently stained with a dark color.

You should not start out with anything nylon or plastic in a fresh piercing, as those surfaces tend to cause adverse skin reactions and interfere with healing. They are fine for piercings that have fully-healed. So, don't think about getting a new nose piercing and then hiding it on the job. It really doesn't work well.

How to Wear a Nostril Screw - This jewelry starts out by twisting into place. Rotate the nostril screw so that the curled part of the wire pokes through your nose. Once you get the curl turned through the piercing, rotate the jewelry so that the straight part pops into place inside your nose. The curl should now be parallel to your nostril, hidden on the inside of your nose and should hold the jewelry in place securely but without digging into your nose too tightly.

Aftercare and Piercing FAQs

  • All About Nose Piercings
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  • How To Remove A Nose Ring
    Remove a Nose Ring or Stud Whether you've outgrown your nose pierce, or simply feel the need for a change, the removal process is pretty straightforward. Expect the hole to leave its mark, though - a legacy to the period you're leaving behind.
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Nose Pins and L-Bars - body jewelry - more nose piercing jewelry

I really recommend NOT wearing a nose "bone" as it's a stud with a fat rounded end on the back end that has to be forced in and out of the nose piercing to change. Frequently the piercing canal shrinks down to the size of the bar part, and I get a lot of email from people who are stuck trying to yank the bone out of their nose. Sometimes they even have to be cut to be removed. Essentially, this type of jewelry can be a literal pain in the nose, and I suggest that people absolutely avoid wearing them.

L-bars however have a tiny bend, often smaller than a nostril screw and this holds the stud in place. Nose pins are a straight post with no form of backing, and those either stay in place for you, or they don't. I think both styles are much more viable for nose jewelry options. The best is a tiny ring or the nostril screws listed above.


The Earl or Bridge Piercing

A modern nose piercing that's been invented is sometimes called the "earl" or bridge piercing and involves a barbell being pierced through the skin over the bridge of the nose. The only part of the body jewelry visible are the two balls on the ends of the bar, which rest on either side of the nose.

Facial movement and surface tension makes this a difficult piercing to heal for some people. Others abandon the piercing as having the balls just inside their field of vision becomes annoying.

This piercing got the name "earl" from one of the first people who ever got this piercing. Earl played the tattooed and pierced elder on the vampire high council in the first Blade movie, wearing his own body art, not makeup, for the role.

Watch A Bridge Piercing As It's Done

Nose Piercing Prejudice

The one thing you have to remember if you're going to get your nose pierced is that in Western culture, it's still frowned upon in a lot of places. There are plenty of people who will dismiss you as weird, kinky, masochistic, self-damaging and just not "right" when they see you have a nose piercing. It's pretty common for people to be told to take any facial piercings out at their place of work, or to not get hired for a job if you have a facial piercing, regardless of your actual resume and qualifications.

If you aren't up to withstanding any of these prejudgments, don't get your nose pierced.

Some people switch out metal jewelry for retainers when they have to deal with certain work or family situations. This type of jewelry is made out of clear acrylic, so as to be of a lower visual profile than metal. These are only appropriate for piercings that are completely finished healing, as the plastics sometimes interact badly with still-healing skin surfaces.

Got a nose piercing question? If it's a brief one, you can ask it here. Questions that are addressed by something written in the lens already will get deleted to cut down on repetition.

It's also a good idea to read through past questions to see if someone has already asked what you wish to ask about, as that might get you your answer right away!

Please note, I can NOT answer the following questions:

- how much will it hurt? (no clue, that all depends on your own perceptions and physical tolerance)

- how much do piercings cost? (go ask a piercer)

- how will something heal? (your own body's healing process and how diligent you are taking care of your nose can't be predicted)

- is this infected? (go see a doctor for a medical diagnosis)

Ask About Nose Piercings

Valeka on November 08, 2016:

i got my nose pierced about 5-6 months ago and it seems healed fine, do you think i would be able to change the jewelery now?

Theresa on August 09, 2016:

I just had my nose pierced and the stud came out just hours later it took my a minute to get it back in but it didn't go thru my nose it's just sitting in the surface of my nose

Is this correct

Maggie on June 30, 2016:

I just had my nose pierced last month and this morning my corkscrew nose stud fell out while showering. I literally have a cleaned earstud in my nose to prevent closing. I can't seem to put back in the piercing. How do you put it in?

mookuthi on June 11, 2014:

@anonymous: i had my both nostrils pierced

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on March 05, 2014:

@jena-brilhante: If you touch your nose a lot due to allergies, you might actually be a person who will be happier NOT getting a nose piercing.

jena-brilhante on February 26, 2014:

which piercing is better to get first ? I really want a nose ring but all the videos I watch people get the stud ...I also touch my nose a lot due to my allergies so does it matter which piercing I get first I don't want my nose to be infected

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on June 18, 2013:

@anonymous: Switching to a hoop allows for more thorough cleaning (especially rinsing) but if the ring gets snagged or rubs, you could have the same problem. I had success with tea tree oil on an ear keloid, but applied it for a couple months to ensure the keloid was fully gone and healed.

anonymous on June 17, 2013:

Hey, so I've had my nose pierced twice. The first time I started with a hoop and ended up with a keloid for several months. The second time I went with a titanium corkscrew...but after a few weeks it snagged on my shirt and yanked itself right out. Ever since putting back it back in (which has been about two months ago) it's had a small little bump right above the stud. And on the inside of my nose too. It went away for almost a week when I tried tea tree oil. But it came back with a vengeance when I blew my nose one day. Would switching to a hoop possibly help? It's a gauge size 22 right now. I'd be down to switch it to anything at all. I'm just so sick of this bump! -- Thank you!!!!

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on June 08, 2013:

@anonymous: I can't say that is a deal breaker but you might find it makes healing a bit more challenging. You'd want to make sure to clean the piercing well but gently to not make your nose react and get even more oily (more frequent cleansing stimulates oil glands even more)

anonymous on June 07, 2013:

I have a sweaty nose and really oily skin. Would that be a deal breaker issue for getting a nose ring?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on March 29, 2013:

@anonymous: Healing times and what metals to wear or not is all talked about in my lens. You just have to go back and read this section,

anonymous on March 29, 2013:

Hello. Got my nose pierced like a week ago. My piercer told me to wait about 2 to 3 weeks to change my jewelry, maybe I'll wait like a month. My question is, when is it a good time to wear sterling silver jewelry? Or should I never ever use it, even though my piercing would be fully healed in like 6 months? Also, are gold filled piercings ok after like a month? Or should I just stick with pure gold?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on February 08, 2013:

@anonymous: if you change to sterling silver while still healing, you will wind up with a permanent black stain around your piercing that will never go away.

anonymous on January 25, 2013:

Hello your advice would be greatly appreciated! I got my nose pierced today 1-25-13 and I know its bad to do but I got it pierced by a gun (mainly because it was cheaper). It didn't hurt and as far as I can tell it's doing fine no major pain, swelling or bumps. There is a back on the piercing though and I wanted to know should I take it out? I bought 3 sterling silver nose earrings that's much smaller. Is it too early to change it to that? How long should I wait for it to heal? Thank You!!!!!

Rose Jones on January 07, 2013:

I appreciate your attempt to provide information on this even if it is not my cup of tea. I have several Indian friends who wears nose piercings and somehow it looks alright on them - not so much on others. Pinned to my "this I want you to know board" sent out by digg and blessed.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on January 04, 2013:

@anonymous: There are several reasons why having a pierced nose might not be the best for you. If your current school or future high school doesn't allow piercings, that could be bad. If you like to play sports at school, most often facial piercings aren't allowed. If your skin gives you a lot of problems, healing could be more of an issue. If you aren't up to changing your routine and lifestyle to help heal the piercing (issues for any body art), then it might be better to just skip it. Many people do find rings are easier to clean and allow more air-flow and space for swelling, and prefer them initially. Some people find their noses take more than 3 months to heal, and have problems with changing jewelry, unfortunately there's now way to predict any of that.

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

I would really like to get my nose pierced, and I'm only 13. is there any reason 13 would be too young to get my nose pierced? Should I get a ring since it's easier to clean, even though I'd much rather have a stud (if it's much easier to get an infection with a stud, I'll get a ring and suck it up for 3 months)? If I get a ring, how long should I wait to take it out and put a stud in? (I know it takes about 3 months to heal, but since I'd be changing the style should I wait longer?) Or should I just get a stud? Sorry, my parents won't agree to this unless I do a bunch of research about it and know exactly what I want done.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on October 29, 2012:

@anonymous: Neither is better. The color choice is up to you, based on what you prefer.

anonymous on October 29, 2012:

is white gold nose stud better than yellow gold nose stud

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on September 26, 2012:

@anonymous: Both rings and nostril screws are secure, but rings allow for better and more thorough cleaning.

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

i haven't gotten a piercing yet..and im not sure which one to get because i hear nose bones are bad (the ones with the balls on the end) then i hear that the other piercing isn't held with anything (on inside of the nose)which one do i get? because i don't want it falling out every night..:P

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on September 26, 2012:

@anonymous: Maria, for most people there is no problem, but really the person you want to discuss this with is the person who will be doing your piercing. The body piercer will be the only one who can examine your nose, map out any prominent blood vessels, etc and then talk with you about placemen of the piercing.

anonymous on September 26, 2012:

will it affect your nose in any way, as in nerves?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on September 20, 2012:

@anonymous: Chelsea, at only a week old, your nose has barely begun to heal. You shouldn't be taking out the jewelry or soaking it in alcohol.

anonymous on September 19, 2012:

Hey guys so I just got my noes done and its healing super well all redness is gone and I can take it out with little to no pain. I was told to take my noes ring out and put it in a cap of alcohol to soak for 5-10 minutes but then Iâm reading that alcohol is bad for it so I was just wondering should I keep soaking it in alcohol seeing as how it hasnât bothered me yet or should I stop? Iâve had it done for probably a week now and it seems like the alcohol hasnât done anything to it yet.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on August 14, 2012:

@anonymous: You should either follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your piercer (what do you mean you didn't ask them?) or go back up this lens and read any of the many links which offer aftercare information and advice (that's what those links are there for).

anonymous on August 14, 2012:

hello i got my nose pierce with a gun what should i do and what should i clean my nose ring with

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on July 25, 2012:

@anonymous: If the metal is poor quality, you could be having a reaction, or the more prominent jewelry got snagged or bumped while you were sleeping. Take care of your nose like you did when it was new and see if it gets better. If not, chances are you should try something made of better metal.

anonymous on July 25, 2012:

I have had my nose pierced for 2 years. Yesterday I switched my stud to a hoop but when I woke up this morning it was sore & red. Is this normal ? & if not what should I do ?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on July 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Really you want to put in jewelry that fits properly or you're just leaving the door open for some other jewelry-related problem down the road.

anonymous on July 04, 2012:

I got my nose pierced a week ago, and ripped it out on accident today. I put an l shaped ring in but the ring barely fits. Is this okay?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on June 15, 2012:

@anonymous: A really bad smell is most often the sign of an infection.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on June 15, 2012:

@anonymous: Sometimes comparing to other piercings doesn't match up with nose experiences. But it doesn't seem like you have a genetic tendency to get them, but that doesn't mean you won't get one on your nose. Bad aftercare and a poor jewelry fit can lead to them too.

anonymous on June 13, 2012:

I have had my nose ring for 5 years and I was hit every day. For the past few weeks it has smelled awful, and never has before. What do I do?

anonymous on June 13, 2012:

Okay so I've had my cartilige on my ear peirced twice and I took one out it completly healed I never got a kelloid there. I'm getting my nose peirced tomorrow do you think ill have a high chance of getting a kelloid?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on June 10, 2012:

@ChrisHugh LM: The exact same way you'd blow your nose if you don't have a piercing. Although I do recommend to people with fresh piercings to be just a tad more gentle until healed.

ChrisHugh LM on June 10, 2012:

How do you blow your nose when you have a nose ring?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on May 27, 2012:

@anonymous: To measure, take a ruler and measure the distance from the piercing to the edge of your nostril. That will be the minimum diameter you will want to wear, although make sure there is a little space so it doesn't pull on the piercing or chafe your nostril.

anonymous on May 27, 2012:

Switching to a nose hoop for the first time. I want to find something that will hug my nostril and not stick out, something subtle. Any suggestions for what to look for size wise and where to buy?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on May 24, 2012:

@anonymous: Infections tend to come from two things: improper piercing situations (the piercing isn't pierced under sterile conditions) or from poor aftercare. Talking with your piercer, getting clear instructions on how to care for it and then being responsible about really caring for the new piercing most often results in no problems.

As for pain, each person is different, and brand new piercings tend to be sore (even if you are just sitting there) especially if you have swelling. How long it takes to stop hurting varies from person to person.

anonymous on May 23, 2012:

I've had my piercing since yesterday. I'm really worried about infections because i got my tragus done and it had to be removed even tho i kept it clean. My nose is sore even while sitting down. How long does it take for it to stop hurt for people normally. and how do i prevent infections from happening

anonymous on May 15, 2012:

Thanks a very interesting lens.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on May 12, 2012:

@anonymous: Having a keloid is a sign that you are prone to them, and repiercing in the same place is even more likely to do it again.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on May 12, 2012:

@anonymous: Since cartilage does not stretch, you will want to stick with the gauge you got pierced.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on May 12, 2012:

@anonymous: You should never use piercing guns no matter what you are getting pierced. And they only use studs, so the answer to your question is no.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on May 12, 2012:

@anonymous: Unfortunately the black mark is a permanent skin stain and comes from wearing sterling silver in a healing piercing. You might want to see if a dermatologist has a surgical way of helping you.

anonymous on May 05, 2012:

My piercing is about 3 1/2 months old and for 2 months, I have been hating this pesty kelloid. I have tried everything people have told me and nothing has worked. I have decided to take it out. Is it okay to take it out with having a kelliod. And also, if i try to get it re -pierced the same place, do you think i will have a higher chance for problems with a kelloid again(since i already had one there).

anonymous on April 25, 2012:

i got a stud nose straight size of gauge 15g, what sizes can i use and what other kinds?

anonymous on April 03, 2012:

So If I get it pierced with the gun can they put a ring in it or does it have to be a stud

missroxa lm on March 21, 2012:

@schwarz: I have a nose bone and I can say that I have been wearing it for the past few years every day, without taking it out, because when I first put it, I wore it until the piercing was healed, and then I just couldn't take it out anymore, only if I broke it.

anonymous on March 21, 2012:

hey i have my nose pierced with three years now and I have outside nose scarring but my nose has turned black no body explained that tis would do i remove the black? its ugly and I love my piercing ....removing it isnt an option. and i agree nose bones are the worst invention ever!!!


Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on March 14, 2012:

@CraftaholicVete: You want what's called a nostril screw. It's a stud with a curled wire back that holds it in place.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on March 14, 2012:

@anonymous: If you go back and read the lens, you'll see a I recommend that people get their noses pierced with hoops, not studs.

anonymous on March 12, 2012:

I had my nose pierced 3 times & it would always come out while I was sleeping, usually within days of having it done & I couldn't figure out how to put the damn thing back in so I had to wait for it to "heal" before I did it again. I want to know if I can get pierced with an endless hoop kind of thing cuz it's way easier to put back in. Thanks!

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on March 08, 2012:

@anonymous: From what you've said, you went from an 18g to an 18g, which is the same size. The tightness could be from a size change or from injuring the inside of the piercing, which would cause swelling.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on March 08, 2012:

@anonymous: No, that's NOT normal at all. You need to go back and see your piercer or see a doctor.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on March 08, 2012:

@anonymous: New piercings tend to swell up a bit and the jewelry moves around as the skin inside heals. It should settle down with time.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on March 08, 2012:

@anonymous: As long as it's not a nose bone (where both ends are balls) you should be fine.

anonymous on March 05, 2012:

I've had my nose done for almost a year now. It was originally pierced with a 18g but I went lower. To a 18g. Well the 18g hoop broke so I bought another one. I put it in my nose and it is very tight. I can't move the hoop, its sore, and its tight. So I must of accidentally stretched it. Is this tightness normal? Will the piercing eventually get used to the size in a few days?

CraftaholicVete on March 05, 2012:

I like my piercing but I found that my pups, or dogs tend to reach out to the ring, but I somehow need to have to back on my mine because I move so much when I sleep and plus, I'll admit it when I was married to my 1st husband, every time I kissed him it came out. I wish I could find one that wasn't too small or too big but that didn't need a back to stay in. I've had mine in since '98 and am glad I did it. I have had many compliments on it. LOL and I'm in my 40's.

anonymous on February 28, 2012:

Hi, I've had my nose piercing for a few weeks not but lately I've noticed I can't breathe of the side of my nose that has it done? Is this normal for newish piercings?

anonymous on February 15, 2012:

i got my nose pierced 5 days ago with a straight post but its sticking out of my nose for some reason. Basically its not resting on my nose. Is that normal?

anonymous on February 12, 2012:

I've just got my nose pierced and i think the piercer put a straight nose pin in, is this okay?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2012:

@anonymous: The smell is from the skin reacting to the jewelry, and not quite being able to breathe. It's quite common for a lot of piercings. Cleaning simply every day is the best you can do, but not overstripping the skin with alcohol might actually help lessen the problem. Try wearing non-reactive metals: surgical stainless steel, titanium or gold.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2012:

@anonymous: You might want to see a dermatologist and find out if you have a genetic/biological predisposition to keloids. That's the only way to know for sure.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2012:

@anonymous: How do you really know the ring is true gold? It could be a poor quality mix of materials. However, in the end, the choice is yours.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2012:

@anonymous: It can. However, once fully healed, I've never had a piercing where you couldn't swap between the two shapes.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on January 30, 2012:

@anonymous: Noses take several months to heal and taking the jewelry out too soon often results in the fresh piercing collapsing shut, sometimes as soon as nothing is inside it. So part of of your problem is probably coming from the piecing closing down. The other thing is that fresh piercings take on the shape of the jewelry in them, being slightly curved for hoops and being straight for studs. It's not until they are healed that it's easier to swap between the two shapes. Put your hoop back in until it heals (about 3 months) and then try a stud then.

anonymous on January 27, 2012:

I've had my nose pierced for over 4 years now, but i notice it has this odor sometimes even though i clean it everyday with soap, water and alcohol. Is there any way to get rid of this gross smell? and, what type of material of a nose ring you recommend? gold, steel, sterling silver? thanks..any suggestions is much appreciated.

anonymous on January 27, 2012:

Hi, I was planning on getting a nose piercing but after reading this page I am worried about getting a Keloid. The cartilage in my ear was peirced a few years back and I ended up getting a keloid that was then surgically removed. I've also had a belly button peircing that healed too well, and once the jewlery came out, it was out for good. My question to you is whether it is worth me getting this peircing? I do really want it, but at the same time am I at higher risk of another keloid? Thanks

anonymous on January 22, 2012:

i found a gold nose ring can i wear it if i clean it

anonymous on January 12, 2012:

Wont getting a hoop in the beginning cause the hole to shape roundish like so in the end a stud wouldn't be possible to put it?

anonymous on January 12, 2012:

I currently got my nose pierced 2 weeks ago. I had the stud and the lady said I could change it a week later so i did. Now i wanted to put the stud back on and its not going through. But it goes through perfectly with the hoop but not the stud. DId the hoop make the inside shape differently or something? HELP! HOW CAN I GET THE STUD BACK IN?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on January 10, 2012:

@anonymous: No one can predict just how you are going to heal, Sam. How quickly a piercing might close after being healed actually varies from person to person based on how long they had the piercing and how their body heals. Same goes for if you see a dimple where the piercing used to be or not.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on January 10, 2012:

@anonymous: The problem with nose bones is that the post is smaller than the balled ends, and the piercings do tend to shrink down to the size of the post and then you wind up ripping the jewelry out as the only way to remove it. Choice of what to do is yours.

anonymous on January 06, 2012:

After the peircing has healed, if you don't wear anything n the hole how long will it take to close up, and will it leave a mark?

anonymous on January 03, 2012:

Hi, I got my nose pierced 3 months ago, finally changed from the hook into a gold nose bone...realized something felt wierd...i could move the shaft up and down, but found that I couldn't get the nose bone completely out, and a bump formed in my nose (hadn't completely engulfed the ball of the nose bone). I finally got it out, the top bled a little, and the bump popped. I cleaned everything again, and put it back in, and everything felt okay. I also noticed the hole seemed to conformed to the smaller gauge (smh wasnt my intention at all). I went back to my piercer, he didn't even look at it once he heard I had a nose bone in. He asked if I could get the original 16 gauge hooked ring he placed initially back in my nose, but I told him no. (I could never get that thing back in, hence why I bought the nose bone because it was easier to get in and out. Also, the reason I left the nosebone in for 5 days because I tried to get that hook back in literally 2 mins after I put the nose bone in, but I couldn't get the hang of it). Anyway, he wants me to take the nose bone out for about a month, and get the piercing re-done. Is this really necessary or can I just try a different ring and call it a day?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on December 26, 2011:

@anonymous: Emily, that is so totally NOT true. Once your piercing is well-healed, you can wear hoops/rings or post-style jewelry.

anonymous on December 17, 2011:

I've had a nose stud in for almost two years now, I wanted to switch to a fitted nose ring but I was told that I couldn't because noses that were pierced for studs can't be switched for a fitted nose ring. Is that true?

jimmyworldstar on December 12, 2011:

I don't think nose piercings look too bad, but they take longer to heal and get infected easier. I imagine it'd be an issue too if you get into a fight and it gets pulled off.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on October 27, 2011:

@anonymous: If you go back and re-read this lens, you'll find that I recommend getting pierced with a ring instead of a stud for several reasons.

anonymous on October 24, 2011:

can you get your nose pierced with a nose ring instead of a nose stud?

Shivani09 LM on October 13, 2011:

Great information! Thanks for sharing

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on October 13, 2011:

@anonymous: emily, you'll have an easier time of it if you go see a professional piercer about getting that jewelry back in place. They'll be able to tell you if the piercing has closed up or not.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on October 13, 2011:

@anonymous: Actually, giving the new jewelry a gentle turn once per day while cleaning is not only a great way to make sure you washed and rinsed out all the soap, but it makes sure the jewelry isn't sticking to the healing skin. I'd say go back and ask about the jewelry, it's worth knowing. Yes, clean inside your nose and a Q-tip is the best way to do that. Anyway the corkscrew curl is comfortable to you should be fine.

anonymous on October 11, 2011:

i have had my nose pierced about 2 months. I now have the hard ball inside that everyone talks about. My stud fell out while sleeping and it now seems as if the very inside of the piercing is it okay to push it through??? It hurts like Hell when i try....advice?

anonymous on October 10, 2011:

I just got my nose done 2 days ago and had some questions. In the information sheet I got, it said not to rotate the piercing for 2 weeks. (this time period having nothing to do with the total time they told me it would take to heal) Why would twisting or rotating the piercing harm it? I would think that it would stop your tissue from forming onto the nose ring. Also, the ring they put in was a cork screw, it appears silver but I am not sure if it's sterling silver or not. Do I just have to wait and see if it starts to stain my skin? They told me not to clean the inside of my nose because my body's natural mucous will keep infection away. I looked inside today and there is dried crusted blood on the inside. I cleaned this out with boiled water and salt on a Q-Tip, it kind of twisted my ring a bit and I put it back (the bottom was sort of showing through my nose) Should I keep cleaning the inside? And is there a wrong way for my cork screw ring to be "set or positioned" in my nose while healing? It now feels different inside my nose then when I first got it. Thank you!

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on September 20, 2011:

@anonymous: Once healed, you should have no problem switching between a hoop and a stud. I do want to say that some people report it feels funny the first time they change styles as their nose is has become used to the first style they ever wore.

anonymous on September 20, 2011:

I recently just got my nose pierced with a curved ring, and I was wondering if later on after my piercing healed, if it would be okay to wear straight studs, or if that would irritate it too much?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on September 19, 2011:

@anonymous: The jewelry you are describing sounds like the type that is used for a lip piercing. Flat circular plates are not appropriate backings for nose jewelry. You may have to go see a professional piercer for help if you can't manage to untwist it yourself.

anonymous on September 19, 2011:

great post avout nose piercing, very informative.thanks!

miaponzo on September 16, 2011:

I actually had my nose pierced the first time with a needle.. (horrible.. difficult, painful, and it ended up infected and I had to take it out)... years later in Kuwait.. got it done again at a professional jeweler (Indian) and they used a machine.. never had any trouble.. and that was more than 20 years ago! :)

anonymous on September 13, 2011:

Hello, basically i've got my nose peirced, but i've never actually seen a stud like it.. it's a ball, with a straight bar, with a flat circular plate on the bottom.. sort of like this ..-->(this being the circular plate) |----o <-- ( the stud ) how do i change this?! it seems too tight to twist it off ! :( but it's getting really annoying, the inside bit keeps rubbing on the inside of my nose. Any help would be MUCH appreciated!!

anonymous on August 26, 2011:

@schwarz: Thank you (:

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on August 26, 2011:

@anonymous: My best estimate is that your nose piercing should be established enough to be okay with you taking out the jewelry for work, but that's not a guarantee. Some people find that newer (less than a few years old) piercings have a tendency to tighten up when the jewelry is out for extended periods. There's no way to know what's going to happen until you do it and find out. I have no idea if it will heal up in that time. To the best of my knowledge, piercings leave a very small dimple behind when they heal.

anonymous on August 26, 2011:

I have had my nose pierced for well over a year now, but my new job requires ALL jewlery be removed. I work nine hour days. Any idea if it will heal up in that time? And if so, will it leave a mark where it was?

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on August 22, 2011:

@anonymous: You aren't going to be able to sterilize them once you are home, as contact with open air renders anything sterile non-sterile. (they control the air in operating rooms) But washing any new jewelry off with an anti-bacterial liquid or rubbing alcohol before wearing is a good idea.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on August 22, 2011:

@anonymous: A complete lack of adverse effects like being red or swollen, weeping or crusty, etc. Nose piercings can often be sensitive while healing and no longer hurt or twinge once healed.

Rae Schwarz (author) from Seattle, WA on August 22, 2011:

@xxlovexdiesxslowlyxx: The answer to your question about healing time is found in the paragraph titled "Nostril Piercing: the common nose ring." It's in bold too. As for cleaning, you're just rinsing it off and removing any surface material. If you want to clean it, use soap and water and be sure to not only work the soapy water into the piercing but to fully rinse it out afterwards or it can cause irritation.

xxlovexdiesxslowlyxx on August 20, 2011:

So, two weeks ago I got my nose pierced at a really reliable piercing shop, and they told me just to take a cotton swab, run it under warm water, and the clean the piercing, twice a day. I have no problem with it,but I was wondering if there is another way I should be cleaning my nose. And I know the healing time is different for every person, but I would really like to know the average healing time for a nose stud. (I got an L shaped one, if it makes a difference

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