Whether flared pants, spaghetti tops or piercings, the 2000s are back in terms of fashion! Piercings of all kinds are at the forefront: navel, nipples, tongue, ears or nose, the main thing is piercing! Nose piercings are right at the forefront. Find out below what is important when it comes to nose piercings, how a nose piercing is pierced and when you can change your nose piercing.

What is a nose piercing and which nose piercings are available?

Nose piercing is one of the most popular piercings and it can be divided into three different categories: septum, nostril and bridge. The septum type is pierced through the nasal septum and is probably the most popular form of nose piercing. Because the connective tissue of the nasal septum is particularly soft, piercing this area does not hurt as much as in other parts of the nose.

The nostril type is a classic among nose piercings. It is located on the left or right wing of the nose, being a very popular piece of jewelry both with men and women. The origin of this piercing is believed to lie in the Middle East, where this piercing was first done around 4000 years ago! The third form of nose piercing is the bridge. This nose piercing is located on the upper bridge of the nose between the eyes. This is a very sensitive area, with many nerve tracts running through it. That is why you should really go to a professional to have it done.

Who pierces a nose?

If you are dreaming of a nose piercing, you should definitely visit a professional piercer to have it done. It is particularly important that the nose piercing is pierced and not shot. Ear piercings are often shot, but this method should not be used in the case of a nose piercing, since the pressure of the machine when shooting can fray the stitch channel, which would favour inflammation.

How is a nose piercing done?

There is a precise procedure for piercing the nose, and this is important. First of all, the area in concerned is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by a professional piercer. The piercing site is then coordinated with the piercer. The final step is to pierce the area with a cannula. Finally, a plug or ring is inserted – and the nose piercing is finished.

Are there any risks involving a nose piercing?

As with many other cosmetic procedures, nose piercings are also associated with risks. As a wound is inevitably created during piercing, it can also be related to inflammation. Before you decide on a nose piercing, the piercer will inform you about its possible risks. If you do not receive any information about that, we strongly advise against this studio for nose piercings!

It is certainly important to choose a piercing studio that works professionally and sterilely. This minimizes the risk of your nose piercing becoming infected from the outset. If you are looking for a nose piercing that is particularly low-risk, then the nostril type is recommended. On the other hand, the bridge type is the riskiest because a lot of nerve tracts run through this part of your face and if they are damaged during piercing, it can lead to facial paralysis in the worst case scenario.

How do you clean a nose piercing?

Correct and regular cleaning of a nose piercing is essential to avoid inflammation. Equally, a professional piercer will tell you how to do it and give you tips. In general, you should clean the puncture site of the nose piercing twice a day with a disinfectant spray. It is important that your hands are clean. Besides, you should avoid touching your nose piercing as little as possible to prevent hand contamination.

When is a nasal piercing wound healed?

The healing of a nose piercing depends on the type of piercing and on its location. If it is a sensitive area, healing time can take up to three months. However, in the case of a nostril nose piercing, healing time is only around four weeks. As every body reacts differently to a nose piercing, the amount of time the body needs to heal is obviously also individual.

What can you do to prevent inflammation?

In general, it is normal for the piercing site to swell a little. However, if your nose piercing causes severe pain, the wound oozes or is very swollen, you should contact your piercer and ask for advice. If in doubt, they will refer you to a doctor or they will know what to do.

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When can a nose piercing be changed?

It is not possible to know exactly when a nose piercing can be changed for the first time after being done. This depends on healing time. In general, a period lasting berween approximately eight and twelve weeks is to be expected before a nose piercing can be changed.

However, you should be careful. When changing your piercing, choose a sufficiently large ring or a sufficiently long plug so that the puncture site cannot be pressed out. Your piercer will be happy to help you change your nose piercing.


A nose piercing is a popular piece of jewelry available in a large number of variations to be worn on different nose areas. While a septum nose piercing is less painful, the bridge type is the riskiest piercing, since numerous nerve tracts run through this area. A nose piercing should always be carried out by a professional piercer, who can explain the risks of piercing and work under sterile conditions.