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Five Things You Should Know Before Getting Your Nose Pierced

Are You Considering Getting Your Nose Pierced?

Although deciding to get your nose pierced can be very exciting, it is also a big decision. It is recommended that you gather all the possible information about your piercing in order to avoid having your piercing done while you still have lingering questions in the back of your mind about the procedure, the aftercare and the possible complications. 

There is a lot of information out there about nose piercings. Some of it is true, but a lot of it is questionable. 

Gathering reliable information from a dependable source will ensure that you know all you need to know about piercing your nose. This will make the decision process a lot easier and ensure your peace of mind should you decide to undergo the procedure.

You Want a Nose Piercing? Here Are Five Things You Should Know Before Piercing Your Nose.

1. Nose Piercings Are Not as Painful As Expected

Although you may feel minor discomfort during the procedure and some soreness in the following days, in actuality, a nostril piercing looks far more painful than what it is. Of course, everyone is different and some patients may feel more discomfort than others. However, the majority of patients who undergo medical nose piercings say that the procedure was not as painful as expected. 

At our three Ontario medical piercings clinics, nose piercings are done with your selected Blomdahl skin-friendly nose piercing studs, placed directly into the piercing tool while remaining completely sterile. The topical anesthetic applied before the nose piercing minimizes immediate discomfort. 

2. Nose Piercings Require Thorough Aftercare

A new nose piercing is the same as a small wound. It is therefore important to take care of it correctly during the healing period, so it does not get infected. It is important to understand that you need to care for the pierced area to keep it healthy and beautiful. 

Medical nose piercings are carried out by a doctor or nurse using medical, sterile equipment designed to virtually eliminate the chance of initial infection. 

However, poor aftercare, such as touching the pierced area with dirty hands, may still cause you to develop an infection. Since nose piercings are particularly susceptible to infection, it is essential to adopt a thorough aftercare routine to keep your piercing healthy. 

At our medical piercing clinics, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions after the piercing procedure. Our doctor or nurse will also review the necessary precautions and daily cleaning procedures with you to ensure you know what to do and what to look out for. 

For an added sense of security, you will also be given our doctor’s phone number should you have any questions or concerns during the healing period.

3. After You Had Your Nose Pierced, You Will Temporarily Have to Pause Some Regular Activities

Most people don’t realize that getting your nose pierced may temporarily prevent them from doing some of their favourite activities. This is because some activities may increase the chances of developing an infection or even cause an injury when the wound is not yet healed.

Activities You Should Temporarily Pause After You’ve Had Your Nose Pierced

Swimming: Although it’s perfectly okay to shower after having your nose pierced, you should avoid going swimming in sea waters, pools or lakes for at least two weeks. 

Applying makeup: To reduce the risk of infection, it is highly recommended that you do not apply makeup for at least one to two months after you’ve had your nose pierced. If you absolutely need to apply makeup, make sure you apply it away from your piercing. 

Playing contact sports: After you get your nose pierced, you will want to avoid doing any sports that may cause someone or something to snag your piercing. Although you will always have to be careful not to pull on your piercing or damage your nose (you do have a sharp point inside your nose), avoiding contact sports for at least a month is strongly recommended. 

Blowing or scratching your nose: Although it’s virtually impossible to completely stop scratching or blowing your nose, we recommend being extra careful in the weeks following your piercing. A moment of distraction may cause you to accidentally pull the piercing out. 

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4. Some Nose Piercing Metals Can Cause Piercing Rejection

Piercing rejection occurs when the body does not welcome the foreign object that has been pierced into your body tissue. Although many factors may contribute to piercing rejection, a large majority of cases are due to the metals used to do the nose piercing. 

Some metals cause your body to want to push the piercing out of your skin, or, worse, wanting to absorb the piercing into your skin. 

The right nose piercing jewellery will significantly reduce the risk of piercing rejection. 

Our medical nose piercing jewellery is developed in consultation with skin specialists and is made of skin-safe medical grade titanium or medical plastic. Our nose piercing jewellery is suitable for anyone, including patients with sensitive skin or patients who are more prone to allergies or piercing rejection.

5. Nose Piercings Could Cause Permanent Damage

Unless the nose piercing is administered by a professional, it is extremely easy to cause permanent damage during a nose piercing procedure.

Complications include: 

Nerve damage: The piercer can inappropriately puncture the nose and hit a nerve in the process, causing permanent nerve damage. 

Necrosis of the nasal wall: A piercing technique that causes trauma to the nose tissues, can cause death of the cells surrounding the jewellery in the nasal wall. This may cause severe deformity that may require surgical removal of the dead nasal tissue.  

Opting for a nose piercing administered by a medical practitioner is a safer way to avoid risks of permanent nerve or tissue damage.

You Still Have Questions About Our Nose Piercing Process and Aftercare?

Contact one of our three medical piercing clinics. Our medical staff is available to answer all your questions.

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