The healing time of the nose piercing depends on how well you take care of it, but there is still a certain time frame that is correct for everyone. Proper aftercare is crucial of course.
To get a piercing is a fun thing, but it always has to be done by a professional, because health and safety always come first, and then the decoration factor second. Oftentimes, when these things are left to professionals the healing is much better and safer, as it should be.
And you certainly wonder about the healing process in general now. All factors to consider, precautions to pay attention to, or simply knowing the healing process to ensure that you are doing it right, without any complications. When you are aware of the time needed for healing, or some expected and unexpected risks, you can protect your piercing much better for a longer time. It is crucial to pay attention to proper healing, because if otherwise, you might need to take out the piercing soon.
The crucial question is, how long does it take for a nose piercing to heal?
How Long Does it Take for a Nose Piercing to Heal?
The healing time for this facial zone, the nose, is between 2 to 6 months. The nostril and the septum heal in 3-4 months, and the bridge piercing heals in 6 months (or rarely longer).
Nose piercings can be regular nostril piercing, septum piercing, and bridge piercing (the upper part of the nose between eyebrows).
How to take good care of the nostril, bridge, and septum piercing during healing?
It is a simple thing to care for your piercings well. So, you must remember to always, always wash the hands when you touch the piercing. There is the risk of germs contacting the piercing and causing inflammations!
Also, be careful when you apply cosmetics to the face. When you put on the foundation, or any kind of cosmetic, dab it gently, do not stretch the facial skin at all.
Avoid getting into pools, lakes, hot tubs and similar – if the water is dirty, it could hinder the healing.
Change the pillowcase often, every few days. Your piercing cannot touch dirty surfaces (the same goes for the skin and its health).
What are the risks of a nose piercing?
As with any bodily modification, nose piercings pose certain risks that are a possibility if something goes wrong during the piercing or the healing. This is because the nose is in the dangerous part of the face, as medical experts would call it ‘the death triangle of the face’.
The veins in this part have a direct connection to the sinus section, and if you already have sinus problems, leave this piercing to the best professional you could find (if you still want to take the risk).
Then, there is the risk of infections and allergic reactions. If the piercing is done with an impure or used needle, the risk of HIV and hepatitis is real, and a big one. If it’s not this serious, then the allergy risk is still there – so double-check the metal material and the equipment material as well.
In rare cases, if you choose a too large or too small piercing, there is a risk of it falling off, and sadly, going backward in the nasal cavity – this is a risk of swallowing it or it could even get stuck in your throat. Let your piercer advise you on the size, studs, and shapes.
Also, on rare occasions, there is a risk of nerve damage, but this does not happen that often. This only proves that you have to leave the piercing up to the experts, and never do it yourself! If an expert does it right, there will be no risk of scarring and a permanent tiny hole!
How to recognize if a piercing healing goes wrong, what are the symptoms?
Usually, these symptoms overlap with the first days after the piercing. It is normal to see some redness, or maybe a slight burning sensation, and just a bit of swelling.
But, when the healing goes wrong, there will be other things as well.
Consult a medical expert, and your piercer too, if you notice the following:
It is normal for a drop or two to show during the needle penetration, but after the piercing is done, it should not bleed at all.
One of the more alarming signs of some inflammation or infection is a pus-like content coming out of the piercing hole. Yellow, green, or white gunk is never a good sign, and you must not wait for it to pass on its own. You can clean it well in the meantime, but after that, you have to get checked out by the piercer, and/or a doctor
Severe pain and serious swelling
It is normal for the nose piercing spot to hurt just a bit in the first few days. After all, the skin tissue was traumatized with a needle, and it’s perfectly expected and normal for some tenderness at first.
But, if you feel very strange, almost unbearable pain, and there is a swelling that seems to ‘suffocate and trap the piercing’ it’s not so good! Consult a doctor; he might prescribe medicines to reduce the swelling so that you can take out the piercing when not swollen.
This is perhaps the most serious symptom one can get! Fever is a sign that the body suffers an infection, and you need to seek medical help as soon as possible. They will check to see if this is due to the piercing, and if so, the piercing has to be removed, and you will have to get proper medical care to resolve this serious health problem.
If I take out the nose piercing during healing will the hole close?
It is not recommended to take out any piercing in the first months of healing. This goes the same for the nose piercings.
Anything done freshly has to get the proper care and healing procedures. If you notice and feel the piercing is healed fast, let’s say within less than a year, then you can think about changing it.
But, removing the piercing for a while is still a risky thing, because the hole might close in just a few days.
The healing process of a nose piercing – explained!
The nose piercing is summed down to a few stages:
1. Initial inflammation stage
This first stage lasts around a few days, and up to weeks sometimes. It is normal for some tingling sensations or hypersensitivity because there is a small wound that your body tries to heal. Blood gathers around to form a healthy, small crust, and this happens when the tissue is restored with the white blood cells and the collagen of the body.
Even some minor swelling is normal until this stage passes. The pierced spot will feel warm, a bit swollen, and slightly tender.
2. Proliferative healing stage
In this second stage, the healing continues after the initial days/weeks. Here, expect a tissue to be formed, called ‘fistula’, and expect some healthy oozing of lymph liquid and blood plasma. It will gather around the piercing, but with proper cleaning and aftercare, it is gently removed each time. At this point, you should not feel severe pain, and you should be able to move the piercing around slightly.
3. Maturation stage
In this last stage, there is no tenderness, no oozing of blood plasma, and no pain. The itchiness will also disappear at this point, and the skin will look normal, and feel healed.
Nose piercing aftercare
The aftercare process is not a complex one, but as with any piercing, you need to do it properly, regularly, and not skip a step.
When you wash your face off of makeup or similar, be gentle around the nose, and also, dab any cosmetics gently. Avoid direct contact of the piercing with cotton – tangling the cotton threads there is not a good idea.
If you want to easily remove crusty tissue or oozing, rinse a bit with hydrogen peroxide. Then you can use a q-tip to dab a bit of iodine. If needed, once the iodine is dried, dab a bit of antibiotic ointment. Do the cleaning procedure 2 times per day.
No picking at the piercing, especially not with unwashed hands.
And, skip the piercing change in the first months.
You can get a nose piercing easily, it is not the highest risk body spot to go for, but you still have to keep in mind that as with any other piercing, or body modification, it needs proper aftercare to heal well.
Expect the healing to last up to a few months, 6 on average is the set number for most people. And, for the initial healing within the first weeks, remember, this is the most crucial healing phase, so do not skip on the good aftercare during this time.
And, always, always rely on good and renowned professionals for the piercing process and the tips afterward. All will be well if done with discipline and care!