All types of nose piercings, from the bridge of the nose to the septum

In terms of facial piercings, nose piercings still reign supreme ahead of lip piercings, eyebrow piercings and the like in popularity. On TikTok, #nosepiercing has over 1.6 billion views, far more than any of its other face piercing counterparts. Due to style trends, social acceptability, or simply the natural size of the web of the human nose, nose rings and studs seem like the next step for those who want to venture outside of the ear for body jewelry. And that’s why it’s good to know about all the types of nose piercings you can get.

Nose piercings offer a range of looks to suit almost anyone’s personal aesthetic – they range from edgy and bold to subtle and delicate – and nostril piercings, in particular, are easy enough to change for different styles of jewelry once you are past the initial healing phase. However, nostril piercings are not the full measure of nose piercings. Septum piercings, for example, worn by celebrities such as FKA Twigs, Zoe Kravitz and Willow Smith, have been the envy of aspiring cool girls and Taurus everywhere. And more unique pieces like rhino piercings, bridge piercings, and Austin bars are also options.

If you’re considering sticking a needle in your nose for a piercing, NYLON spoke with Pablo Perelmuter, a medical liaison for the Association of Professional Piercers and owner of Lemonade Piercing in the Bay Area of ​​California, to compile all the information you need to know before making one. Read on to learn about the different types of nose piercings, how much they cost, how much they hurt, how to take care of them, and more.

Different types of nose piercings

“Nostril piercings can be done all around the wall of the nostril, on the high area (high nostril), in the center of the septum, and other fun and more ‘experimental’ areas like ‘rhino piercings'” , explains Perelmuter, but nostrils are definitely not the ultimate solution for body art on the nose. Some of the most popular nose piercings are listed and explained below.

Nostril piercing

This is the style most people think of when they hear “nose piercing”. It goes through the center of your nostril on either side and gives you plenty of jewelry choices to wear.

Septum piercing

Sometimes called a bull piercing, a septum piercing punctures the wall of cartilage that divides the two nostrils.

Rhino piercing

Rhino piercings go through the tip of your nose and through the skin above your septum.

nose bridge piercing

Bridge piercings cross the bridge of your nose, right between your eyes.

septrille piercing

A septril piercing is a combination of a rhinoceros piercing and a septum piercing: it attaches through the top of your nose and above your septum.

austin bar

An Austin barbell is drilled horizontally through the tip of your nose, avoiding the septum of the nasal cavity.

double piercing

A double nose piercing is two nostril piercings usually done on the same side, whether it is a combination of two nose rings, two studs, or one of each.

Before deciding to do anything, Perelmuter recommends consulting professionals about your piercing placement, as everyone’s physiology is unique and some piercings might suit you better than others. The septril piercing, for example, requires you to have a stretched septum to achieve the look, and a double nose piercing may not be feasible given the size of your nostril.

How much do nose piercings cost?

Although studios all operate at different prices, Perelmuter says you can anticipate nose piercing fees at a base price of $30 to $60. On top of that, you will have to pay for the jewelry. For nose piercings, Perelmuter recommends choosing implant-grade titanium, as it is the best material to facilitate the healing process. So, with the added cost of jewelry (which can be at least $40), the total cost of a nose piercing can be $70 or more from a reputable studio.

Do nose piercings hurt?

Like any piercing, there will be pain. Nose piercings in general are very tolerable, but the level of pain also depends on the type of piercing you choose to have. “Depending on the region, most of our clients feel traditional nostril piercings feel a bit stronger than septum piercings, as long as the septum is done right,” says Perelmuter. Since the septum tissue is so thin, it will hurt briefly during the piercing but will heal faster, resulting in less pain overall.

The pain also depends on your body. For example, if you have a deviated septum, a septum piercing may hurt you more than others because your nerves to the septum may be overactive.

The Healing Process

The healing process for nose piercings also depends on where the piercing was placed. “Septum piercings have a fairly gentle, gentle healing process, between three and four months,” says Perelmuter. “On the other hand, nostril piercings are a little more difficult and can take four to six, and more in some cases, to fully heal.”

Also, everyone heals differently. The most important thing is that you listen to both your piercer and your body when it comes to nose piercing aftercare.

How to take care of a nose piercing

Perelmuer recommends using a saline rinse regularly while your piercing heals. “For some locations, it may be easier to apply clean gauze saturated with saline solution,” he says. “A brief rinse afterwards will remove any residue.” And always be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning or touching your piercing.

Once you’re done with the saline solution (which you should use as often as your piercer tells you to), rinse the area thoroughly with plain water and pat dry gently with a clean paper towel. Perelmuer says to avoid using cloth towels because they can carry bacteria and cling to jewelry, causing injury and pain. He also notes that during the rinsing process, there is no need to rotate the jewelry through the piercing at all. In fact, it’s best to leave it as it is and avoid touching the area as much as possible to prevent infection. If you can help it, avoid applying makeup to the piercing area while it heals.

Nose piercings, although they can have a healing process that requires a lot of care and patience over a few months, offer a cool and effortless way to step up your look. As long as you heed the instructions your professional piercer gives you, you’ll be walking around with low maintenance and enviable nose jewelry in no time.

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