In ancient times, a piercing and a nose ring were a sign of courage and a signal to the enemy that the owner of such jewelry was not afraid of anything.
In the East and in India, it is most often said that a ring in a girl’s nose means that she is married. In some cultures, that she is ready to get married.
Piercing the nose — on the septum, on the tip, on one of the wings — the indigenous peoples of many regions of America and Africa emphasized their belonging to a particular tribe. Sometimes only those who deserved it by heroic deeds or performed certain roles were entitled to such awards: leaders, warriors, priests.
To this day, members of some tribes cultivate this custom, and it happens that they wear a nose ring as proudly as a fashionable suit. However, it is not known where the fashion for piercing came from in Europe. Cultural researchers suggest that this came to us with slaves, and is now associated with a desire to attract attention. Today it is a way of self-expression, passion and often even addiction. The value of jewelry is determined by the types of nose piercing, which we will discuss in detail in this article.
The main types and names of earrings for nose piercing
The most popular names for piercings depend on the location on the nose.
- The nose is pierced on the nostrils. This type of nose piercing is the least painful, sometimes one or two nostrils are pierced.
- The puncture of the cartilage between the two nostrils or the skin under the septum is one of the most painful procedures, so it is performed under anesthesia.
- Bridge — piercing the skin of the nose at eye level. Due to the high blood supply to this part of the face, the puncture site can bleed heavily. The disadvantage of such a piercing is that the body can reject the earring.
- Nose piercing names:
- labretka, or nostril, — this earring is best suited for nostril piercings. On the one hand, it ends with a paw, on the other, it is movable, usually threaded, with a screw-in ball. Ideal for the first piercing and healing of the nostrils;
- horseshoe — a U‑shaped earring ending in balls twisted on both sides. Most suitable for septum piercing. Jewelry of this type in other piercings can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of problems;
- barbell and banana (septum) — both types of earrings have removable balls on both sides. They differ in the shape of the rod: the rod is straight, the banana is slightly curved. Ideal for septum piercings, bridge and nose bridge piercings;
- A bridge is one of the most common types of nose piercings. One of its round parts is raised, which allows you to insert the earring into the channel. Ideal for piercing the nostrils and septum at eye level;
- Nasallang is a very rare barbell piercing that goes through a pair of nostrils and the nasal septum at the widest part of the nose.
What is the name of the earring in the nose, the material from which it is made is also important. Products made of titanium, surgical steel and bioplastics are best suited for this purpose. Jewelry made of silver and gold is not used for nose piercings because then the skin may not heal well. In professional salons, where earrings are included in the price of the procedure, earrings are made of G23 titanium, bioplastic or a nickel-free material called PTFE, which can cause sensitization or other allergic reactions.
How different types of nose piercings are performed
Getting pierced on your own or at a random salon puts a person at risk of contracting one of the blood-borne viruses: HIV, hepatitis B, or C.
People who suffer from allergies, bleeding disorders, chronically ill people and need medication should not be pierced.
The safest procedure will be performed in a professional salon by an experienced specialist. It can pierce the skin without damaging the tissue.
In the beauty salon, a specialist will select the right earring, provide information on caring for a fresh piercing, perform a piercing and ensure that the procedure is completely safe for health.
The piercer should have professional equipment to sterilize the forceps used to hold the skin, i.e. an autoclave, not the usual antibacterial spray. He must perform the piercing procedure in disposable gloves. To pierce the skin, use only disposable needles, which he takes out of the new package with the client.
The nose piercing procedure differs from ear piercing in that the skin is pierced not with a gun, but with a cannula or injection needle.
injection or inflatable needle. The master first disinfects the skin, then pierces it with a needle and inserts an earring.
Initially, the puncture site must be disinfected. Then the master marks the puncture site and sticks the needle into the skin. The procedure itself is very fast and takes several tens of seconds.
Painful sensations depend on the type of nose piercing, the puncture site and the name of the earring. Lidocaine ointment is usually used as anesthesia.
After the procedure, the injection site and the skin in the immediate vicinity of the earring may be swollen and painful, and blood or lymph may leak. It’s worth being patient, because this is how the skin may look for the next two weeks (although it usually heals within a few days).
Do not forget that any nose piercing (you already know the names) is a serious wound. In order for it to heal as quickly as possible and to be able to change different earrings, it is necessary to properly care for it. To avoid complications, proper wound hygiene: 2–3 times a day washing with saline or antibacterial soap (it is not recommended to use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, which can dry the wound and prolong the healing process) with a clean cotton swab.
Swelling after a nose piercing will disappear in no more than two weeks, but this does not mean that the skin will also recover during this time. Much depends on the type of puncture. Make-up, peeling, or alcohol-based cosmetics should not be applied to the pierced area during this time. The earring needs to be gently moved from time to time, otherwise it will grow into the skin — ask the master how to do this.
Bathing is prohibited until the skin is completely healed, and strong coffee or alcohol should not be drunk, as they thin the blood, and the puncture site may begin to bleed.
A greenish liquid oozing from under the earring is a sign of an infection and a signal to seek urgent medical attention.
On average, the final healing of a nasal piercing, depending on its type, takes 4–6 months:
septum — the healing of this earring is not very long, from 4 to 8 weeks;
nostrils — this piercing heals from 2 to 4 months, usually without problems;
nasallang — healing takes about 3 months, preferably with an elastic bioplastic earring;
bridge — from 1 to 3 months.
After this time, you can safely change your nose piercing earrings for new accessories, which the Silvers online store offers to order with delivery to any city in Ukraine.