Nose Piercing: The Basics of Getting One (Part Two)
If you’ve read my first post, you’ll know that I’ve discussed whether getting a nose piercing hurts or not, and that I’ve talked about how the procedure is done (if you haven’t, then what are you doing here? Go and take a read! Once you’ve done that, I’ll hopefully see you back here.)
In this second post, I’ll be giving you my tips on how to maintain your nose piercing so that everything’s smooth sailing. I’ll also be giving you pointers on where to go to get it done. Towards the end, I’ll also be telling you about my horror story (not really a horror story, but not exactly one full of rainbows and unicorns, either) that I endured whilst having my two piercings.
But, first off, here are my tips on how to maintain a healthy piercing:
- If you have sensitive skin or if you’ve reacted badly to a piercing before, it’s best to get a stud that is only made of gold or silver. The reason I say this is because other types of metals might irritate the skin, which will make having a nose piercing potentially quite unpleasant. It will also do nothing to speed up the healing process if your skin is constantly being irritated by the metal. To prevent this, you could perhaps ask them beforehand if they have studs made for those whose skin is a bit more sensitive. This should reduce the risk of inflammation or irritation.
- As the nose is made of cartilage, it will take at least three to six months to heal – sometimes longer. To get it to heal faster, it’s important that you clean the piercing at least once a day to avoid getting an infection. Whatever you do, do not use soap. The chemicals in the soap could cause (surprise, surprise) irritation, which will slow down the process.
- To prevent anything from interfering with the healing process, it is important that you don’t twist or touch the piercing. Each time you do, you could risk getting bacteria into the tiny (but open) wound. This could result in a trip to the doctor’s if you get an infection. Hint: if there is pus coming from the wound, then it has not yet healed. You shouldn’t try to remove your piercing. Also, if the pus is persistent and stays after a period of time, you may have an infection and should see your GP.
- Don’t sleep on the side that your nose piercing is on. I completely disregarded this both times, but it’s honestly better to be safe than sorry. Doing so is one way to slow down healing.
- Avoid getting it done with a gun. This method is only meant for those who are having their earlobes pierced. The cartilage in your nose is much more delicate and can be scarred easier if it’s pierced with more force i.e with a gun. Don’t do it.
- Make sure that you do not change your piercing before the three-month mark (preferably, not before the four-month mark). Even if you think it has healed. This time period is there for a reason. I changed mine early the first time around and it made it play up again. Also, if you take it out before the three or four-month mark, it’s possible that the wound may close up again and you’ll have a time trying to get it back in. This happened to me and it all went downhill from there. Don’t do it, trust me.
- It’s better to start off with a stud and then change it to a hoop after it’s healed, as opposed to the other way around. I know that you can get your nose pierced with a hoop straight off (at least I think you can, seeing as I had a friend who came in one day with a hoop instead of a stud), but I wouldn’t recommend it. I say this because a stud is easier to get in and out, and is easier to clean. It was a little bit trickier cleaning the area with a hoop in the way, and if you want to make life easier, then just start off with a stud.
- As to where you should go, always do your research. You don’t want to go anywhere that looks a bit dodgy, so look at reviews and visit the place beforehand. In the UK, it’s illegal for any establishment that has not been registered to conduct piercings, so make sure that you have a look inside to see if they have a certificate of registration. This is something that they’re legally required to have on display, so that way you’ll know what you’re dealing with straight off.
Those are my tips. If you stick to them you should be fine. It didn’t go quite so well for me, but that was probably because I disregarded a few of the points mentioned above, just because.
If you’re half as curious as I am, you might be wondering what happened to me when I got it done. Seeing as I’m in a sharing mood, you’ll get to know all the gory details, (I’m always in a sharing mood, luckily for you), and laugh at my silly amateur mistakes. Ready? Awesomesauce.
My delightful story goes as follows:
The first red flag, during my experience, is most likely the fact that I had my nose pierced with a gun the first time round. This is a big no-no, as I’ve already mentioned. That, combined with the fact that the gun wasn’t completely sterile (it was only wiped down) didn’t give me the best start. I’m also not 100% sure that the stud was made of silver the first time, which just goes to show that you get what you pay for.
Despite this, I did clean the piercing (I think) and it seemed to be healing nicely. About a week or two in, however, it came loose and fell down the toilet. Yes, you heard me. My nose piercing fell down the damn toilet. I had to go to college without it in. as my mom first cleaned it; then left it in weak bleach for approximately seven hours to sterilise it. When I came home I thought it would be fine; I could just rinse it and that would be that. Wrong. The opening seemed to have almost closed up and, seeing as I couldn’t, my mom had to force it back in, which was not fun. From then on, it didn’t heal. I didn’t think to go to the doctor’s which seems foolish, looking back on it. Months passed and it still hurt to move it, it was still full of pus (yes, you need the visual, it’s necessary) and there was no way I could change it. Finally, after nine months I decided to take it out for good.
Skip ahead approximately eighteen months. I wanted to try again with the nose piercing and made sure to go to a place that pierced with a needle. I had a stud that was made from the right materials, and was meant for those who were more sensitive to piercings. They even angled it better, as the first time round the angle of the stud was a bit unusual. I cleaned it properly; daily, and avoided touching or twisting it. I waited at least three months before changing it, but it still hurt to move it and it bled every time. It just seemed as though my nose didn’t like the invasion and eventually I gave up and took it out for the second time.
Moral of the story: look after your piercings. If things still don’t go to plan, then maybe a piercing just isn’t meant for you (*sigh*).
That’s all for today. I’ve written part one and part two on the same night and it’s currently midnight as I type this. As you can guess, I’m unbelievably tired (*double sigh*).
Anyway, I hope that these posts have provided some sort of help! Let me know if they have, just so I can see.
Otherwise, I’ll see you next time!
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