:: NOSTRIL FAQ ::
How long until I can change my jewelry?
We would not recommend you change the jewelry for at least the first 6 months. Your piercing will take at least this long to be fully healed, and changing the jewelry before this time can result in irritating or tearing the piercing channel, increased risk of infection, scarring and/or difficulty reinserting jewelry. You may have that one friend who did it, but trust us; we see lots of screwed up piercings from people who tried. In the majority of cases it's bad news.
How long until I can leave the piercing empty?
Nostril piercings tend to close down very quickly. The inside of the piercing is a mucus membrane, which usually will not stay open without jewelry in it. We have seen fully healed (1+ years) nostril piercings shrink down within 10 minutes. For this reason, we suggest you always keep jewelry in your nostril piercing. If you need to hide it, try a clear acrylic retainer or small piece of clear thick fishing line (burn and flatten one end to melt into a disk). These are nearly impossible to see, and work great for sports and surgery too.
How do I get the nostril screw out?
The first time you try to change your nostril screw will be weird and probably frustrating. Until you've done it once, you can't tell which way to turn the screw to get it out. Once you get a feel for it, taking it in and out will be as easy as your earrings, but the first time is a pain.
Can I get the piercing wherever I want?
Traditional placement is in the crease of the nostril, which is the thinnest part of the cartilage and heals the fastest. To find the crease, look in the mirror and flare your nostrils. Almost anywhere in that bend will work, and most people have one spot in there that looks most flattering on them. You can pierce a little below the crease, although we would caution you not to pierce lower just to wear a smaller ring. If you put the piercing in an awkward spot to wear smaller jewelry, it will just look awkward, not discreet. Far better to get the piercing in a place that flatters your face, and adjust the jewelry accordingly. You can always get a ring that "just hugs" once the piercing is healed.
Why can't I get a really tight-fitting ring?
Even if you never see it, the nostril tissue is going to swell slightly after the piercing, and during healing. You need enough room on the jewelry to allow for this swelling, and to allow you to move the jewelry through the piercing during cleaning. If the jewelry is too tight, it will irritate the tissue, often resulting in pitting and scarring (which can be permanent). To have a perfectly healed piercing, allow your piercer to fit initial jewelry to you, and switch to something that "just fits" only once your piercing is fully healed. Never wear jewelry that is too tight.
Why does my nostril screw stick out?
Your first nostril screw will be bent to fit your healing piercing. This means that it is custom fit to your nostril, allowing a little extra room for swelling and cleaning. In the first day or so it may stick out a little on the outside. This usually solves itself with a couple days. Once the piercing is healed, you can have the jewelry rebent to fit you more closely.
Why shouldn't I get my nose pierced with a gun? It's cheap!
It may be cheaper, but it can be more painful, and it tends to result in some nasty scarring and, very often, an infection.