Facial piercings are very popular and one of the most requested is the nose piercing. There are many kinds of jewelry that you can choose from but it is important that the right one is chosen not only for the benefit of the pierced part but also the environment where you will wear the jewelry.  There are two concerns involved namely internal factors (time to heal, your own lifestyle and personality) and external factors (what coworkers, clients and others might think). Here are some helpful tips to consider when selecting jewelry for your facial piercing.

Since piercing is fast becoming mainstream, fewer and fewer employers completely ban nose piercings in the workplace. Although some may inquire that workers choose only flesh-colored jewelry, or require studs of a specific size and shape. If you happen to work outside of your home, do make sure that you know the policies of your workplace when looking for starter jewelry. Last thing you want is an ultimatum whether to remove the piercing or lose your job if you do not comply.  It is quite important to choose jewelry that suits your body and lifestyle. If you are an active person, you may want to choose something that does not get in the way of that activity. If you happen to be sensitive to certain metals, it is quite important to keep that in mind as well.  For your starter nose jewelry, you may want to choose something that is conducive, simple and fast to heal as possible. This is not the best time to select that Hello Kitty nose ring you’ve had your eye on for some time now or that bone jewelry or some outlandish style that can not only cause healing issues but may also cause trouble for you either at work or at school or both.

What To Keep In Mind Prior To Getting Your Nose Pierced

  • Right jewelry appropriate for your kind of nose piercing
  • Consider healing time, your tolerance to pain as well as pain reduction measures
  • Styles and metal types are the smartest choices for new piercings
  • If you will need to have an option to hide the piercing as necessary
  • How to care for it after the procedure is done

The Process

Knowing what is going to happen during the piercing process can help you understand why the right kind of jewelry choice is very important

  • The piercer will first clean and sanitize the area getting pierced
  • The piercer will then mark the area with a pen and they will ask you to look in the mirror to ensure that the right spot is highlighted
  • They will then clamp the area to be pierced with an instrument that will hold it steadily in place
  • They will then push a hollow needle through with one quick movement. This is the part you will feel the most pain. It will however, be sharp and quick.
  • Lastly, they will insert the jewelry, which at times can be a bit painful depending on the location. You will leave this jewelry in place until such time it has completely healed.
  • The area is re-sanitized

Consider Pain Tolerance

While everyone experiences pain differently, it is worthwhile to tell your piercer if you are relatively sensitive to pain so they can make proper adjustments for your convenience in order to make the experience as quick and pain-free as they can.

How Much It Will Hurt?

It really depends on your pain tolerance. For the sake of comparison, it will likely hurt more having your ears pierced while a septum piercing will have an added degree of pain to it. However, by getting your nostril pierced it is significantly less painful compared to a cartilage piercing. If this is your first time to undergo the piercing process, the pain can be described as sharp, quick and bearable. You may also feel a dull ach for a few days after the procedure.

Pain Avoidance

  • Keep calm and relaxed, the less anxious you are, the better the experience will be. Be sure to get a good night’s rest and avoid alcohol the night before the procedure. You can also practice some anxiety reduction methods if necessary
  • For people that have the lowest pain tolerance, your piercer might recommend the thinnest jewelry available – gauge 20. The lower the number on the gauge, the bigger the hole needed for the piercing
  • Have your piercing done by an experienced and professional piercer who will use the right tools. Never have it performed by someone who is not a certified professional piercer
  • Follow religiously the aftercare instructions, keep the area clean until the site is completely healed
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