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An Introduction To: Nose Piercings

Nose piercings are incredibly popular amongst all ages, all genders, all walks of life. They can be part of self expression, cultural tradition, or self-discovery. We absolutely adore a nose piercing. Here you’ll find an overview of nose piercings, their aftercare, and what to expect in terms of healing and jewellery options!

Placement

There are many places on the nose that can be pierced. Not all are easy, not all are to everyone’s taste, but we love how much of a blank canvas the nose is.

Traditional nose piercings are exactly what most people imagine when thinking about a nose piercing. They sit about 8mm from the edge of the nose, below the nasal crease. Some people will want their nose piercings directly on the nasal crease, but we do not recommend this as it is the thickest part of the cartilage, where two cartilage plates meet. This means that ‘nasal crease’ piercings can be very tricky to heal. Traditional nose piercings are the most common type, and have the largest range of jewellery choices once healed.

Here are my nostrils! All BVLA, all the time.

High Nostril piercings are their own subset of nose piercings, and are easily the most tricky to heal. High nostril piercings are defined as any nose piercing placed above the nasal crease. Some piercers will split them into two secondary categories depending on their height. For example, we would define my (Kat) nostrils as ‘mid-nostrils’ even though technically by our own definition they are high nostrils. High nostrils, when done correctly by a skilled piercer, can be practically against the bone of the nose bridge. High nostrils are not to be taken on lightly and can take upwards of 9-12 months to fully heal. Aiden is incredibly experienced with high nostrils, and has done many sets for other piercers too!

This set of high nostrils was done on the lovely Gemma of Pierce of Art! You can see them in comparison to a set of traditional nostrils below with the black jewellery.

Mantis piercings are a relatively new trend in nose piercings. Otherwise known as ‘forward facing nostrils,’ these are nose piercings that pass through the front or tip of the nose. Mantis piercings can be a trickier heal and are complex to mark and pierce. It is so easy for a tiny discrepancy in angle or placement to throw the whole thing. We would love to do more forward facing nostril piercings if the right client chose them!

Jewellery Choices

Nose piercings have a few options in terms of jewellery. Some are good for fresh piercings, some are good for healed piercings, and some are not great for piercings in general!

Studs

Studs, or flat-back labrets, are the perfect style of jewellery to start nose piercings with. The straight bar means than any excess length for swelling is neatly tucked away, and the healing piercing can drain easily and without issue. Flat-back labrets are very comfortable to wear and look unobtrusive even with extra room for swelling!

Labrets are incredibly secure, and do not carry the same risk of loss that a nostril screw or nose bone do. We will talk about those guys in a minute! Labrets are comfortable, and do not give you that big ‘metal bogey’ sensation. You also can’t see them sticking out of your nose. Winner!

All of our threadless ends are compatible with these labrets, which means you have a huge amount of jewellery to choose from for your initial piercing. You can see our full range of jewellery in-studio, or on our webstore.

You can read more about labrets, the different styles of connection, and the argument of rings vs studs here.

Rings

Rings are a really classic look for nose piercings. It’s usually the end-goal style, and are incredibly popular! However, they are only really suitable for healed piercings. Healed nose piercings do not need extra room for swelling and drainage, and do not need a stopper ‘design’ to avoid irritating your fresh piercing with a seam or hinge. We highly recommend waiting a minimum of three months before swapping to a ring, so your piercing has a chance to heal and settle before changing to this slightly more irritating style of jewellery.

If you chose to start with a ring, it would usually not be the style of ring you imagine! This ring would have to be much thicker in gauge, and larger in diameter, to allow for your initial swelling and drainage of fluids (yummy!). This ring would also mean you are much more likely to snag your piercing, knock it, or rotate and twist it to introduce bacteria. All of these can irritate your piercing and extend your healing time. If you are set on a ring, it’s important to know what you are getting yourself into!

Left: Dainty ring for healed piercings. Right: The style of ring suitable for a fresh nose piercing!

Nostril Screws and Nose Bones

Nostril screws, nose bones and other styles of jewellery are easily lost and made of poor quality materials.

The other options for nostril piercings are nostril screws and nose bones. Nostril screws are those classic ‘corkscrew’ type pieces which you spiral into the piercing and are held in place via the curvature of the post. Nose bones are straight posts with a sharp point or small ball on the inside, so when inserted the ball is pushed through and holds the jewellery in place. We do not recommend either style of jewellery for long term wear, especially nose bones as they can damage your piercing! The main reason these types of jewellery are used is because they are incredibly cheap to manufacture in comparison to high quality threaded or threadless jewellery. There is no real benefit to you as the final customer.

These styles of jewellery lack security, and are the most common cause of lost piercings! They are often made from mystery metals and are cheaply manufactured. We only recommend nostrils screws for well-healed piercings, and only for temporary wear. If your nose piercing is irritated, it is best to swap to a high-quality flat-back labret as a first port of call.

The Piercing Process

Nose piercings are incredibly easy to get, and are not that uncomfortable to get! They do make your eyes water, but this is simply because your eyes don’t need an excuse to water.

The most uncomfortable part of the piercing is usually any clamps and tools that are used. Luckily, we do not use any clamps or tools for nose piercings so they are much more comfortable process for you. For each piercing, we use a single sterile tri-bevel needle, our hands, and your jewellery. Nothing else! This freehand technique is both easier for you, and produces less waste to go to landfill or be incinerated.

Once your nose has been cleaned, marked, disinfected and you are happy with the position, we ask you to lie down. We find that being pierced lying down is much less intimidating for you! Once you are ready, you are asked to take a nice calm breath in. On your exhale is when we pierce you. Once you have been pierced, we pause to insert the jewellery and then you are done! The whole process takes about 5-10 seconds.

Nose Piercing Aftercare

For our full aftercare instructions, click here.

For nose piercings, you want to clean the outside only. The inside of your nose is a self-cleaning location, so you really don’t need to do too much to it at all! The outside of your nose needs to be cleaned just twice a day in the morning and evening, using a sterile saline spray. You want to spritz a little bit onto your piercing, let it soak into any crusties for about thirty seconds, then gently remove any buildup using a piece of folded kitchen roll or nonwoven gauze. Then just pat dry to wick away any excess moisture.

All piercings should be kept dry, which means no bathtubs, hot tubs or swimming for 4-6 weeks. Showers are totally fine though – Just ensure you have some kitchen roll or nonwoven gauze to hand to dry with afterwards!

The final and most important rule is to leave your new piercing alone! You should not be twisting or turning your jewellery, touching your piercing, fiddling with the jewellery or any other action that can disturb your piercing or introduce bacteria.

The Healing Process

Noses are relatively straightforward to heal! We strongly recommend booking a check-up after roughly 4-6 weeks in order for us to downsize the length of your jewellery and check your healing is going well!

You can change the jewellery yourself at home after about 12 weeks if you have been healing well, and you can expect a full heal in about 6 months!

The main cause of issues on nose piercings is overcleaning your piercing and snagging your jewellery, so do just be careful with it and let your body do it’s thing! Getting your downsize at 4-6 weeks is super important to the health of your piercing.

So there you go, an easy overview of nose piercings! There are so many ways to wear them so you can really make them your own. If you have any issues with your nose piercings, please do book a checkup or get in contact so we can help you troubleshoot.

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kat@roguepiercing.co.uk

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Reopening Under-The-Mask Procedures

Hi folks! The day has finally come, and it’s an exciting one. We are reopening all under the mask procedures from Tuesday, the 18th of May! You can book for these piercings through our online booking system from Saturday, 15th of May. We are so excited to be able to offer nose piercings again alongside all of our other orofacial options.

This means we will be offering:

  • Nose piercings
  • Septum piercings
  • Lip and cheek piercings
  • Inner oral piercings such as tongue, smiley, and frenulum piercings.

Why Offer Nose Piercings etc. Now?

We are a data-led studio, so we chose not to reopen these procedures as soon as we reopened. We simply didn’t feel it was the right decision to blindly reopen these procedures when we didn’t have enough data to make an informed decision. When we reopened, the infection rate 7-day average was 29,290.3 cases.The most recent 7-day average was 14,000. This is a percentage decrease of 210%! 

This nostril piercing was upgraded to this Industrial Strength ‘Caeli’ captive. What a stunner!

Not only this, but our ability to access the correct level of PPE for under-the-mask services has vastly increased and we now have access to high-level HEPA filters which remove contaminants from the air. We now have three HEPA filters running at a rate that completely filters the atmosphere in the studio 15 times an hour.

We will constantly be reviewing this policy in response to updated infection rates and local governmental guidelines. If we feel it is no longer the responsible choice to offer these services, we will close these options again until the data says that it is safe. 

Why are we offering inner oral piercings as well as nose piercings?

This diagram shows the connection of the nasal and oral cavities. If you touch one, you are by extent touching the other. The differentiation of the two is completely arbitrary.

We have noticed some studios are offering nasal piercings but not oral piercings. There is no scientific basis for this- It is the same as wearing your mask not covering your nose. The contamination risk is the same. The oral cavity and nasal pathway are a single tract that connect at the larynx to meet the lungs. This means that air expelled from the nose is the same that would be exhaled through the mouth. When choosing to offer under-the-mask piercing, we are already accepting the chance of contamination whether we enter the nostrils or mouth for nose piercings or lip piercings. 

In order to accept this risk, we have increased our handwashing procedures to include the upper forearm right to the elbow in the same way that surgeons scrub for surgical procedures. Our PPE is robust and whether we touch the nose or oral cavity we carry the same level of protection. We are confident in our protocols and policies, and are therefore happy to offer all nasal and oral options.

What are our Protocols?

Rogue is known for our stringent hygiene protocols and strong cross-contamination procedures. As a studio, we have always worked to the highest standards. In order to prepare for under-the-mask services, we haven’t needed to change our protocols that much! For all piercings we already use a single-use medical mask, eye protection, visors and disposable aprons to prevent cross-contamination in regards to bloodborne pathogens. These protocols are fully extended to the coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses. The main change that has allowed us to reopen these under-the-mask procedures is the rising rate of vaccination, reduced infection rates and the installation of HEPA certified air filtration. 

A Jestrum piercing performed with a simple Anatometal curved barbell. The disc on the bottom is super comfortable!

What is Expected from our Clients

Although we are offering under-the-mask work like nose piercings, masks are still mandatory in store for all other piercings. This means you must bring and wear a mask from the moment you enter the studio, and only remove it once you have entered the piercing room and been asked to remove it for a facial or oral piercing. 

We recommend bringing a spare medical mask with you as they can be more comfortable than a tight fabric mask. Once you have had your piercing we recommend using disposable masks for the first 4 weeks as fabric ones can become contaminated. 

We are so excited to be able to safely offer these piercings again- We adore facial piercings because they are such a simple way to either revolutionise your look or to add a dainty extra to your style. We would love to perform more lip piercings including philtrums, jestrums and paired lip piercings. You can book for these options online through our website, and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces again. In the meantime, keep an eye on our social media for gorgeous inspiration!