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How long does it take for a nose piercing hole to close?

The healing time for the nose piercing is crucial for the hole closing. It is crucial to pay attention to several factors for the optimal aftercare and prevention of hole closing, provided below.

Going to piercing salons is a fun and leisure activity because the outcome is a gorgeous new body decoration – a nose piercing! And the best part about a nose piercing is that after a while you forget you have it if properly healed of course.

But, sometimes you need to think about certain precautionary measures and steps. For example, there is always the aftercare, but not only that, the hole of the nose piercing itself. You had to have wondered at some point how long does it take for a nose piercing hole to close? And, we believe we can answer that for you.

How long does it take for a nose piercing hole to close?

We will cover the main nose piercing spots; nostril, septum, and bridge. Foremost, you need to remember that any piercing that is freshly pierced, will and could close in a matter of minutes or hours.

Otherwise, after the initial stages of healing, they close as such: A nostril piercing that is pierced within 6 months, will close extremely fast in a matter of days. For a fully healed nostril piercing, once you take it out, the hole will close in a month or more (in several weeks).

A septum piercing, if empty, will close in around half a year, or within 8 months. A bridge piercing will close in around 10 weeks maximum.

Is it possible for a nose piercing hole to remain forever open?

nose piercing hole to remain forever open

It is possible to keep your nose piercing forever, but there is one catch – you have to wear the piercing once in a while after it is healed of course. This will hinder the speeding of the hole closing. In the months of healing, the jewelry has to stay inside at all times, preferably. After that, ensure ‘maintenance’ whenever you can by inserting the piercing occasionally.

What can cause the hole to close fast?

Several things can affect the speed of closing time of the nose piercing hole.

For example, taking out the jewelry and forgetting to put it back in. if you leave the hole without the piercing for quite some time, expect it to shrink rapidly. And by rapidly, we mean the fresher the piercing, the faster it will close.

Also, if you don’t pay good attention to the aftercare, you could get an infection or irritation of some kind. This is something you don’t want to happen. When a tissue on our body is inflamed or irritated, or wound-like, our body starts to form cells to aid the recovery and healing. There could be a pain, oozing, crusts or scabs forming – and with all this in mind, of course, it would be hard for the piercing to stay in place unobstructedly, and it would get ‘pushed’ or ‘pressed’ out easily.

Read also: How Long Does it Take for a Nose Piercing to Heal?

How to re-open a nose piercing hole?

There are two possibilities here, once you got a nose piercing, and you noticed the hole is too shrunk, almost closed;

You can move it around

More often than not, we tend to remove nose piercings due to many reasons; it is not allowed in the working or professional dress code, or we simply want to change the jewelry very often, and we forget to put them back in.

This is not a scary thing, and if you keep the skin clean during the period when you don’t wear a piercing, it will be reopened just fine. The main thing to do is clean the hole well with a cleanser of some sort (mild facial gel, or antibacterial soap, and if needed, a bit of hydrogen to remove any residues or impurities through foaming). Then gently try to insert the jewelry, not by force though! Gently, a few times, until the hole receives the piercing normally. Expect a bit of warm skin sensation or even a bit of tenderness – this will be gone in a few hours or a day or two if you leave the piercing inside to let the tissue adjust to it.

You can get it pierced all over again

If you notice the hole is there, and you can see it, but the jewelry just won’t get in – sadly, it is time to go to the piercing salon all over again. This is not such a bad thing after all; instead of forcing the metal inside a hole that is way too ‘closed’ for it, will just end in irritation and pain, and even worse, an irritating tissue that will have problematic healing.

Going through the piercing process all over will be a smarter choice; and this time, make sure you pay good attention to the aftercare. And to not go through this process again, do not remove the piercing for many months!

When the nose piercing hole is closed, will there be a scar?

The scars and their forming depend on many factors.

If in the healing period, you have witnessed bad healing and irritations, this is a possible factor. Good and healthy healing will not leave a scar at all, and the ‘worst’ there could be is a tiny hole like a dot, like a big skin pore, nothing more serious.

But, improper and unhealthy healing with constant skin reactions and piercing rejections from the skin, could leave a circle-hole that is more visible than it should be. So, even if you decide to remove the piercing for good, it is better to do it when it’s not inflamed or irritated – healthy skin leaves ‘healthy-looking’ marks, and vice versa. In other words, avoid complete piercing removal if the skin is inflamed or forms a healing tissue.

Will regular or intense aftercare close the nose piercing hole faster?

There has never been such a case when you pay great attention to the piercing, but the hole gets too clogged from it and closes!

All that could happen here is simply more ‘gunk’ or ‘residue’ in and around the hole, but this is easily removed when you cleanse and wash your face, and also when you touch and slightly move the piercing occasionally.

Tips and tricks for preventing nose piercing to close

  • Do not remove the piercing within the first 6 months, and even if you do, put it back in once in a while, but do not let it be empty for days!
  • Move it around! Moving around piercings helps in constantly ‘keeping the hole open’.
  • Pay good attention to aftercare! Inflamed skin will make you remove the piercing fully, and maybe even getting scar tissue which is not good!
  • Avoid piercings that are too large, or too small. The hole should be a normal one, without forcing thick metals, or too thin ones that would prevent the same size jewelry to get inside in the future.


The nose piercing can remain intact and the hole will not close only if you take good care of the piercing, and this goes without saying. You need to remember that the first months within the piercing are crucial, so whatever you do, just don’t take the piercing out earlier than 6 months. Even then, expect it to speedily shrink in just days.

After a year of the piercing, you can think about removing it or changing it more often, and good aftercare, plus jewelry put inside, go a long way.

Be safe, be healthy, and don’t forget to put the jewelry back in!