Nostril Piercing FAQs

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If you are considering a nostril piercing, you might have some questions about healing time, as well as what’s normal and what’s not. We will answer these questions and more about nostril piercings so you can know what to expect when receiving one.

Nostril Piercings: Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does it Take for a Nose Piercing to Heal?

Everyone’s body heals at a different rate. However, on average, a standard nostril piercing takes about 4 to 6 months to heal. Among the various types of nose piercings, this is about the middle of the road on healing time.

We recommend that you leave your initial jewelry in for a minimum of two months. During that time, you can expect to see some clear to white-ish drainage, minor swelling and even more redness. These are normal signs of healing. As long as you utilize a vigilant aftercare routine, these symptoms can go away fairly quickly.

When Can I Change the Initial Jewelry?

At Tattoo Consortium, we recommend waiting at least two to six months before changing the initial nostril jewelry. This is why it is essential to get a piece that you really love.

Don’t remove your jewelry in the initial hearing period. This can damage fragile granulation tissue and significantly delay healing time.

Is there a Risk of Infection with a Nostril Piercing?

With any body piercing, there’s always a risk of infection. All of your body systems will treat this wound you created as they would any other healing injury.

Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your new nostril piercing for any reason. While your piercing is healing, it’s imperative that you avoid touching the area unless you are cleaning it. In addition, you will want to avoid products that can irritate your nose piercing. These products include such as alcohol, antibacterial soaps, ointment and creams.

Some individuals experience a healing bump at some point during the healing process. Healing bumps are commonly due to not performing your aftercare regularly. If you get a healing bump (looks like a pimple), start doing your aftercare again right away. This will assist with releasing the trapped drainage inside the bump. Avoiding touching the bump, as it takes it several weeks to months to go away completely.

What Do I Do If I’m in Contact Sports?

If you are in contact sports, make sure to tape your nostril piercing. Use some gauze over the jewelry to protect it form tape residue.

Once the area has healed, you can replace the jewelry with a clear plastic retainer during you activities. These retainers make it almost impossible to see the nose piercing, and it is comfortable to wear.


For more information about nostril piercings, or to schedule your nostril piercing appointment with Tattoo Consortium today contact us with the link below!

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