This is the most common question I have been asked about my nose piercing. It actually requires two answers. The initial piercing was no sweat. It was so fast, all I felt was a slight pinch and it was done with. I have had shots that were more painful than that. (I also joked with the nose piercing professional that nothing hurts in comparison to childbirth, which I have experienced twice now.) That being said, the recovery from the piercing was no walk in the park. But, in my opinion, the discomfort from the nose piercing was much less than the discomfort I felt when I got the cartilage in my ear pierced.