Everyone would want to know the intensity of a nose piercing, wait! any piercing for that matter before actually getting it.
Truth is whether you are the exaggeratedly whiny or “normal” kind when it comes to pain, nose piercings hurt! Okay, unless you have some supernatural threshold for pain, then you are okay.
Unquestionably, facial piercings are bold statements! The nose one is very popular and to some extent all sorts of cool.
Getting it is a major decision -so is any facial piercing. Considering, it’s very difficult to hide facial piercings and they take longer to heal compared to ear piercings.
Okay, so as much as getting it may be excruciatingly painful, there are a couple of factors you can implement after getting it to ease the pain.
How to ease the pain level
Go to a professional piercer
Go for a professionally trained person to get the job done. This is because a professional will at least make the experience as painless as possible. Ensure you go to a clean, perfectly lit salon or tattoo parlor that only uses sanitized or disposable tools: you can know if the material is sanitized or disposable if it is removed from a sealed plastic pouch. And he or she should wash his/her hands and wear gloves before the procedure.
Get the right type of jewelry
Titanium, steel or gold (14 or 18 karats) are the right jewelry to use instead of plated ones since they contain nickel which causes nasty allergic reactions. Preferably, go for a ring to allow for sufficient room and movement during the cleaning process instead of a stud.
Additionally, avoid causing trauma to the area by ensuring the diameter of the ring is not too large.
The actual piercing procedure
Normally, it are made using a needle, and the process isn’t as fast or as painless as you would want.
The procedure includes cleaning the area to be pierced, marking the spot using a pen, clamping (smooth edged, so it doesn’t hurt) your nose to hold it in place to prevent movement during the procedure.
A hollow, thin and sharp needle is carefully inserted into the nose, followed by the ring. Most likely the process will become excruciatingly painful when the piercing needle passes through the nose which only lasts for a short while. Also, depending on your threshold for pain, you might feel some pain when the piercer is inserting the jewelry for some people while others don’t feel pain at all.
Since this procedure causes the nose to become tender, it may swell, produce pus and bleed from time to time which may form a crust.
How to take care it
It’s very important to prevent swelling, redness or pain caused by infections.
So, clean it as directed by a professional piercer: usually, 1-2 times in a day for at least 4-6 weeks using saline solutions or antibacterial soap.
Additionally, it’s important to ensure you wash your hands before cleaning the area. Also, try to minimize the potential for trauma or injury (especially through sports, swimming, tanning beds and carefully remove or put on cloth).
How much does a nose piercing hurt?
Yes, the pain is enough to make your eyes water. This is because the nose tissue is connected to the sinuses, hence when the nose is irritated; it sends nerve signals causing the eyes to water. Basically, the eyes water as a normal reaction to the stimulation of nose tissues.
But, the good news is nose piercing is less hurtful compared to cartilage piercings since the needle used is thicker and the tissue is much firmer. But if you compare cartilage piercing pain to nose piercing pain- people just claim they just feel a pinch and twinge- you know, like you need to sneeze.
Types of nose piercings
There are numerous kinds of nose piercings, all with different intensity of pain. Yes, it’s possible to have more than one kind depending on your personal style and the statement you want to make.
Nostril piercing: It is inserted on either side of the nostril.
High nostril: this type is up above the traditional nostril – which is usually close to the crease. Because it is high, it becomes hard to reach hence has a limited choice of jewelry (studs and L-shaped pins)
Nasallang piercing: this type looks like you have two nostrils piercing placed symmetrically on either side. Yes, it far more complicated than this: it involves piercing three spots at the same time; that is the two nostrils on both sides and the septum usually at the same time.
Bridge or earl: it seems pretty painful because of all that cartilage located at the bridge of your nose. But, it actually isn’t because it goes through the skin. Also, this type is prone to migrating since it is done shallowly on your skin.
Migration is basically your body rejecting the jewelry and pushing out the jewelry like it would any foreign object. And if the migration is successful, then you can consider your piercing history-and will probably have to be taken out. However, using a curved barbell instead of a straight one gives it a fighting chance.
Vertical tip or rhino piercing: Not a very common one. It goes from right above the tip of your nose to right under the very bottom of the nose. Usually, a curved barbell is used to work with the natural formation of your nose.
Septril: Also known as jungle, nose tip piercing or septum tunnel piercing; this type that usually takes years to heal and it’s very painful.
Basically, it’s not something you can just wake up in the morning and decide to get it. It goes through a gauged septum ring and exits below the tip of the nose; typically it’s a combination of the gauged septum and half of a vertical tip piercing.
Septum: It go between your nostrils before the cartilage begins in the skin at the bottom of your nose. However, people with deviated septum are fortunate when it comes to getting kind.
But the best thing about this type is the fact that it can be hidden by simply flipping the jewelry inside your nose.
How long does a nose piercing hurt?
The original pain of a nose piercing lasts for a few seconds. However, expect your nose to be sore and tender for a couple more days after the process and during the healing process.
Piercings tend to swell, become red and tender which usually clears up within a week after the procedure unless you get an infection.
However, if the it hurts for longer than a week, develops bumps, becomes severely red or starts scarring immediately get it checked out.