It is always advisable to seek a professional piercer in a salon when you choose to get a piercing, especially when it is a facial piercing. There are a lot of things to take into consideration from infection to pain, swelling, the right equipment, jewelry and more.
If you have decided that you want to give it a shot yourself at home, there is a way you can do it. You need to have a few things to hand and you’ll need to bear a few things in mind first… Let’s take a closer look:
How to Pierce Your Nose
Step one: Getting all your equipment together.
You’ll need more than a few things to hand if you want to pierce your own nose. You should wear sterile gloves to ensure that there is no risk of infection and you’ll also want to make sure all equipment is sterile and you have washed your hands thoroughly. You might also want to consider using an antibacterial gel.
You will need a sterilized, fresh, piercing needle, preferably one that has been designed with this piercing in mind. You will also need fresh, sterile jewelry to put in the piercing, long enough to allow for swelling and inflammation.
You will need a pen to hand as well as some kitchen roll and a wet, clean cloth to mop up any blood or spills. Rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes will also be necessary as will a piercing clamp.
Step two: Clean your skin.
Using an alcohol wipe or rubbing alcohol, clean the area you want to pierce. If you have broken skin, acne, blackheads, whiteheads or more, it is not advisable to pierce the area as this will increase the risk of infection.
Step three: Mark your location.
Using a pen (and a ruler if necessary), mark out where the piercing will go. You’ll need to ensure that it looks right once the jewelry has been placed in the hole plus you need to make sure you’re not causing damage to any part of the nose structure itself. Use a mirror and a friend to work out the position until you have found the right spot. This pen-mark will be the mark you later pierce so make sure it’s easy to recognize.
Step four: Get the equipment ready.
You will need a clean, fresh, sterilized needle. You should take it out of the packaging just as you are about to use it, and make sure it’s a hollow needle as these work best. You should never use a piercing gun to pierce your nose or any other areas of cartilage (such as the tops of your ears) because this can shatter the cartilage, cause problems with healing, and prove to be quite painful.
DO NOT USE anything other than a specialist piercing needle. Any other needle (sewing needle, etc.) will cause problems, may not penetrate through the skin or flesh properly, and are not safe to use.
Step five: Put the piercing clamp in place.
For many, this is the most painful part especially on the sensitive area of the nose. You will need to be careful here to ensure you’re not catching any of those little nose hairs in the clamp. This can be more painful than the actual piercing itself!
The clamp needs to be in a place that you can easily hold it, and easily get to the pen-dot you made before.
Step six: Pierce
With a steady, calm hand, breathing deeply, you should pop the needle through the clamp and skin in one swift movement. If you stop and start, you’ll rip and tear the skin and this will make the healing take longer. It can also lead to infections.
The skin and cartilage isn’t too thick in this area but you can still expect it to hurt. Many people experience eye-watering and even sneezing after the piercing.
Step seven: Put the jewelry in right away.
You should not wait between making the hole and putting the jewelry in as this can increase your risk of infection. The hole may even start to heal itself, giving you problems when you do try to the put the jewelry in.
Step eight: Aftercare.
Making sure you take care of your new piercing is important. If you don’t, it won’t heal correctly, may heal off-center, and could even be pushed out or rejected by the body.
Your new nose piercing will take about eight to twelve weeks to heal and throughout this time, you should only ever touch it with clean, freshly-washed hands, or with sterile gloves.
Daily, clean your piercing with a salt-water solution. This will help to heal the wound quicker and will also help to fight infection. You can also use lukewarm water. The salt can sting a little at first.
Crusting, pus and dry skin can all be expected with a fresh piercing as can blood, pain and swelling. You will generally find these symptoms go down after a few days but if they don’t, you should seek medical advice. It could be the case that your piercing has become infected.
Be gentle when you touch your jewelry to avoid damaging the surrounding skin and tissue and do not remove your jewelry until the piercing has healed – at least three months.
Now for the things you’ll need to take into consideration:
1 – The jewelry is important. If you go for jewelry that is too small, it won’t allow for the swelling and it can cause infection, and in some extreme cases, might even need to be cut away from your body. You will also need to consider what the jewelry will look like on your face after it has healed. Will it be too big? Or too discreet? Stainless steel or titanium materials to use in a freshly pierced hole to minimize the risks.
2 – If you experience swelling, pus, blood or crusting that goes on repeatedly, on or off, or for more than a few days, it might be worth taking the jewelry out. You could have an allergic reaction to the material which can cause an infection. If you don’t remove the jewelry, the problem will remain and in many cases, will just get worse. If your body is rejecting the piercing, there’s not a lot you can do about it and you definitely can’t force it to stay in position.