We just have to admit there is something absolutely glamorous about having a nose piercing. Having a small piece of jewellery pierced around your nostrils can instantly amp up any outfit. Rooted deep in the Indian tradition, did you know that in the ancient times, it was very necessary for the bride to have a nose piercing?
Nose piercing is a process through which a nose piercing stud or ring is punctured through a person’s nose cartilage. The practice originated from the southern and eastern parts of Asia. In traditional times, it was the women who used to get their nose pierced but with modernization and popularity of nose piercing, nowadays, males also indulge in such activities.
People do get their nose pierced but sometimes, it is seen that without proper aftercare and negligence, infections and allergic reactions can be commonly observed in them. Sometimes it leads to such extreme conditions, that surgery is needed to cure it. If you are also someone who is going to get their nose pierced, then it is best to know about some aftercare tips that will help you to prevent microbial infection.
Continue reading the article then to know more.
All that you need to know about nose piercing!!
Our nose can be pierced in different regions and the most common areas are:
- Nares- fleshy skins around the nostrils
- Septum- tougher cartilage between the nostrils
- Soft flesh at the bottom of septum below the cartilage
Depending on the area where the jewellery is pierced, there are seven different types of nose piercings available which are:
- Septum piercing
- Nostril piercing
- High nostril piercing
- Vertical tip piercing
- Bridge or surface piercing
- Nasallang piercing
- Septril piercing
The procedure of nose piercing is also an interesting process. It involves sensitive, internal skin and therefore can sometimes hurt more than a tattoo.
The processes involved are:
This step involves sterilization for both the piercer and you. The piercer should wear sterilised gloves and he should sterilise the place on your nose where you want to be pierced. This step ensures the minimization of chances of infection.
Marking is essential to choose the correct and safe spot to be pierced. After choosing the desired spot, the piercer usually marks the area with a pen.
3.And finally is the piercing-
The piercing used to be done previously by a hollow needle and now it is done by a piercing gun. However, we have to admit though that the hollow needle is more beneficial.
The whole process takes approximately around 10 minutes.
Nose piercing care
There are certain tips that you should follow prior to get your nose pierced.
- Make up your mind completely. This is going to be something that you will carry for the rest of your life so make sure you are decided and you are not having any second thoughts regarding it. It is your nose after all and you should take the final call.
- Find the right person whom you can trust completely. Make sure to get someone who has the experience and a proper license.
- We generally prioritise cleanliness after the nose piercing but maintaining proper hygiene before the piercing is also an absolute necessity. Sanitation and cleanliness will reduce the chances of getting an infection.
- Stay hydrated and flush out all the toxins from your body.
- We have to admit that nose piercing is painful and so that it does not ruin your experience, pop a pain killer a half an hour before your appointment.
Now getting to the main part of the article, you may be wondering what your aftercare should look like but before going to that we should first know about the healing process of nose piercing.
1.Acceptance/ inflammatory stage-
This stage is for the first few days or weeks after the piercing. During this stage, you will feel warmth, tenderness, pain and bleeding.
2.Healing/ proliferative stage-
This stage is when you notice that the redness and swelling have become less visible. Our body starts making the scar tissue and a yellow-tinged fluid oozes out of it. After some time, it stops too.
3.Seasoning/ maturation stage-
This is the final stage and at this stage, you can even change the pierced jewellery. It generally takes 4-6 months for a nose piercing to get completely healed.
There are various tips that you should follow after the nose piercing is done.
How to clean a nose piercing?
- Avoid touching it frequently. It will be our natural tendency to touch our new accessory but refrain from doing so. Frequent touching will cause contamination and it will also slow down the healing process.
- You will observe pus oozing out of your wound. Make sure to wash the wound daily with the help of cotton bud and an antibacterial liquid. Saline water is also an effective solution to clean the wound.
- We know it is important to do skincare routine daily but be careful while applying certain skincare products on the affected area as it may lead to burning or itching of the area. Same goes for applying makeup products. Avoid using concealer or foundation on your nose for a few days.
- Home remedies can also provide great benefits when used to accelerate the healing process. One such example is lavender oil which not only expedites the process but also soothes the inflamed area and prevents the risk of microbial infections.
- It is very important while taking part in nose piercing aftercare, you do not forget to clean the nose jewellery. It is important to get rid of dirt and grime stuck to your jewellery. Be careful while cleaning them in the initial stages as the wound is new and strenuous tugging at the jewellery can make your wound sorer. You can use a saline solution to clean up the jewellery.
Now there you go, everything you need to know about nose piercing aftercare.
It has been seen that while nose piercing, due to certain faults on the piercer side, tissues can be fatally damaged during the procedure. If you notice unusual itchiness, redness, the formation of blisters or a continuous discharge of greenish or yellowish fluids, consult your piercer or a professional healthcare provider for guidelines, medications and treatments.