In ancient times, a piercing and a ring in the nose were a sign of courage and a signal to the enemy that the owner of such jewelry is not afraid of anything.
In the East and in India, it is often said that a girl’s nose ring 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 — indigenous peoples of many regions of America and Africa emphasized their belonging to a certain 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 piercings came from in Europe. Researchers of cultural phenomena suggest that it came to us with slaves, and is now connected with the desire to attract attention. Today it is a way of self-expression, passion and often even addiction. The meaning of the decoration determines the types of nose piercing, which we will talk about in detail in this article.
The main types and names of earrings for nose piercing
The most popular names of piercings depend on the place on the nose.
- Nasal lobe piercing is done on the nostrils. This type of nose piercing is the least painful, sometimes one or two nostrils are pierced.
- Puncture of the cartilage between 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. Because of the high blood supply to this part of the face, the puncture site may bleed profusely. The disadvantage of such a piercing is that the body can reject the earring.
- Names of earrings for nose piercing:
- labret, or Nostra — this earring is best suited for nostril piercing. On one side, it ends with a foot, on the other — mobile, usually threaded, with a screw-in ball. Ideal for the first piercing and healing of the nostrils;
- Horseshoe — a U‑shaped earring that ends with balls twisted on both sides. Most suitable for piercing the septum. 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: it is straight in the barbell, and slightly bent in the banana. Ideal for piercing the septum, piercing the bridge and bridge of the nose;
- Bridge is one of the most common types of nose piercing. One of its round parts is raised, which allows you to insert an earring into the channel. Ideal for piercing the nostrils and septum at eye level;
- nasallang — a very rare piercing earring in the form of a bar, which passes through a pair of nostrils and the nasal septum at the widest part of the nose.
No less than 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 piercing, because then the skin can heal badly. In professional salons, where earrings are included in the price of the procedure, they use earrings made of titanium G23, bioplastic or a material called PTFE, which does not contain nickel, which can cause an allergic reaction or other allergic reactions.
How different types of nose piercings are performed
Self-piercing or in a random salon exposes a person to the risk of infection with one of the blood-borne viruses: HIV, hepatitis B or C.
People suffering from allergies, blood coagulation disorders, chronic patients and people who need to take 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 a suitable earring, provide information on the care of 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 should perform the piercing procedure in disposable gloves. For piercing the skin, use only disposable needles, which he takes out of the new packaging from 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.
injectable or inflatable needle. The master first disinfects the skin, then pierces it with a needle and inserts an earring.
First, the puncture site must be disinfected. Then the master marks the puncture site and inserts 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 location of the piercing 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 is 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 piercing in the nose (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 physiological solution 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 piercing in the nose will pass 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 piercing. At this time, it is not possible to apply make-up, peeling or alcohol-based cosmetics in the area of the piercing. Serhiyka needs to be carefully moved from time to time, otherwise it will grow into the skin — ask the masters how to do it.
Before the skin is completely healed, swimming is prohibited, and you can’t drink strong coffee or alcohol, as they thin the blood, and the puncture site may begin to bleed.
A greenish liquid oozing from under an earring is a sign of infection and a signal to urgently consult a doctor.
On average, the final healing of a nose piercing, depending on its type, takes 4–6 months:
septum — the healing of this earring is not too 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.
At the end of this time, you can safely change your nose piercing earrings to new accessories that can be ordered from the Silvers online store with delivery to any city in Ukraine.