A nostril piercing can be a flattering, fun way to accentuate your face. To get the most comfortable experience and the least amount of healing problems, it's important to prepare with some research before you decide to get pierced.
Research the piercing to make sure it's right for you. Reading about other people's experiences and problems will make you aware of what to expect from the piercing, and you'll have an idea about what to do and what to avoid once you're pierced. One thing to keep in mind is that a nose piercing closes up very quickly once the jewelry is removed, so it might not be the best choice for people who need to take facial jewelry out for work or other reasons.
Visit several body piercing shops in your area to find a place where you feel most comfortable. Read reviews of each place online to determine which one is most reputable. This will make a huge difference in the quality of your piercing. Ideally, the shop should be a member of the Association of Professional Piercers.
Ask how the piercing will be done. Using a needle is the only safe, sterile way to pierce a nostril. A piercing gun causes trauma to the area and can damage the cartilage, which could lead to the formation of scar tissue and keloids.
Select jewelry made from a high-quality, hypo-allergenic material. Surgical steel is one of the best choices for a new piercing because it does not irritate the skin. Your piercer can recommend the best option for you, depending on what the shop has in stock. Avoid jewelry made of sterling silver. It can oxidize and leave a permanent black mark on your nose.
Bring a friend with you if you're nervous and make sure you have extra cash. Usually, the piercing and the jewelry have separate prices. You will also need to purchase an aftercare solution. Don't forget to tip your piercer! If you have selected a reputable shop and listened carefully to the cleaning and care instructions, it's likely that your nose piercing will go smoothly and heal properly.
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Diane Szulecki is a college student from New Jersey, majoring in journalism and art history. She is currently interning at a local magazine publishing company.