A nose piercing is usually placed in the curve of the nostril; however, it can also be done through the septum; the piece of cartilage that divides the nostrils.
- The nose piercing site is cleaned and marked with a surgical marker or Gentian Violet.
- A small piece of cork is placed inside the nostril.
- Round forceps are placed over the mark on the nostril and the needle placed inside them.
- The needle is pushed through the nostril into the cork.
- The jewelry is inserted into the hollow end of the needle and is pulled through with the rest of the needle. The needle is removed leaving the jewelry behind.
A piercing gun is not the tool of choice for this particular procedure since it is too cumbersome to get an exact placement for the hole and cannot be properly sterilized.
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Since nose piercing is done through cartilage, not flesh, it takes six to 12 weeks to heal. During this period, it is important to keep the site scrupulously clean.
Always wash your hands before you touch your piercing or jewelry.
Clean the nose piercing at least three times a day by drenching the area with a fresh cotton ball soaked with sterile saline solution. Slightly rotate your jewelry to make sure the saline gets into the hole as well.
Use a fresh cotton swab drenched in saline to gently clean the clasp or screw inside of your nostril.
Never scrub any part of your piercing or jewelry. This can damage the tissue, spark an infection and possibly pull out your jewelry.
Only use a fresh paper towel to gently pat the area dry after cleaning. Better yet, just hold the paper towel there and let it “wick up” the moisture.
Avoid sleeping on your face at night.
Replace your pillowcase every few days to cut down on germ exposure.
Support your immune system with a good vitamin supplement containing vitamins C, B-12 and zinc. This will help head off respiratory illnesses that can cause mucus build up and interfere with your healing.
Avoid fingering your jewelry and making frequent changes during the first six months. If you don’t follow this tip, the cartilage can be damaged, causing an unattractive lump, called a granuloma, to form. Once you get one of these, they can be nearly impossible to get rid of.