The prices for nose piercings vary from expert to expert, and between salons. But, other factors influence the price list. See our advice, tips, and frequently asked questions below to clarify all about the nose piercing prices.
If you want to get a nose piercing, one of the things that concern you is certainly the prices, among other things. Preparing the finances is a crucial matter, and it should be done before entering the salon, for example through research.
Also, you need to be prepared for various prices, if you enter more than one salon. After all, even visiting just one piercing salon can take you by surprise – perhaps you have a limited budget, and the price in real life is a bit higher than your savings for this procedure.
We can help you find out all there is to know cost-wise for a nose piercing. And, we can answer your question: how much does it cost to get a nose piercing?
How Much Does a Nose Piercing Cost?
We can cover the following nose spots: nostril/nose, septum piercing, and a bridge piercing. The general price list for a nose piercing varies between $25 and $95. The regular nostril piercing is around $25 to $70. This type of piercing is among the cheaper ones in this category.
The bridge piercing varies from $40 to $95. This type of piercing is a mid-range pricing category.
The septum piercing ranges from $45 to $90. This piercing is the most expensive in this category.
What influences the price of a nose piercing?
There are a lot of factors that affect the pricing list when it comes to the nose (or any) piercing. Read also our guide on the best nose rings for sensitive skin.
The technique itself
The technique of the piercing process plays a huge role! Not every body part and body spot is the same when it comes to a needle penetrating for a piercing. Certain body parts are riskier than others; some are easier to pierce than others.
First of all, address a piercer that does this with needles and suitable equipment, not a gun or other means! This affects the price. With a piercing gun, the expert doesn’t have to pay attention to risks, or to the pressure he applies, or potential risks. This is why needle-piercing costs more than any other piercing method. Also, the piercing gun is used on everyone, whereas the needle is used only once, on one person.
The expertise of the piercer
It is crucial to think of the experience of the piercer. This goes without saying even! Would it be the same if someone learns their skill with you, as a first or new customer? It is a known fact that anyone with a rich work history has the right to price his services more.
And, also people tend to be more drawn to experts with a good work history. Nobody would so easily trust a new person who has opened a salon recently – after all, here we talk about giving your body and health to someone who has to handle needles and equipment perfectly.
The location of the studio
Someone can be a perfect expert, maybe the best one in this business, but still, the location of the studio will affect the traffic of customers. It is easier to go to an expert nearby than an expert far away. The one further from an urban area will have to adjust somehow and probably lower his prices (but this is not always the case, so strictly at least).
Also, a salon in a small town has to have lower prices than a salon in a capital city – even if they have the same expertise.
The marketing, i.e., the popularity of both the piercer and his/her salon
This is similar to the point we made above this one. Small town salons would not even compare to big cities and salons there. The artists can be both very skilled and the same in expertise, but the location matters a lot!
Also, those experts with more experience behind them will get more good words and a better reputation. Words spread like wildfire; any compliment for the piercer’s work goes a long way, and usually, these compliments are better with more (satisfied) customers. And, the more customers an artist has, the more he can increase any prices he finds fit to increase.
The material of the piercing
Imagine you purchase a piece of clothing. Let’s say real fur versus fake fur. One would cost more. Or organic foods versus artificial unhealthy foods – it is the same.
Well, it is the same with piercings. We tend to pay more attention to genuine materials than fake ones. The genuine materials are better quality, more durable, not stained or damaged easily, and foremost – good materials do not cause skin reactions or health problems.
You can always choose cheaper materials, but they would be a potential risk for your health or the quality of healing. The more luxury you want, the more you need to be ready to splurge a bit. You can always choose from plastic to faux materials, silver, gold, stainless or surgical steel, titanium, or even those with gemstones and similar.
If you opt for budget-friendly stainless steel, for example, expect to have some nickel in it – and this could be a skin reaction risk. A special sterling silver type can also contain some nickel, so it’s better not to risk it with these, and go for quality – quality goes a long way, and justifies the price.
Some extra costs
You have to be ready for some additional costs, even though this is rarely the case. With proper research, you can save yourself some money. Often, salons for tattoos and piercings offer aftercare products that seem to be imported or one of a kind. And, to a certain extent, this is true – often, pro experts do order such products. But, this doesn’t mean that regular and approved pharmacy aftercare products are bad, on the contrary.
How do you think all pierced people ‘heal’ their new piercings? We can only assume that most, if not all people, want to save time and buy aftercare products immediately once they leave the salon. This depends only on what you want and how much time you have.
Do I have to tip the piercer?
Usually, tipping the piercer is a nice thing, even though not obligatory. It depends on your culture, and where you live, but as a rule of thumb, a tip is a great gesture. With a tip, you will subtly tell thank you to your piercer for his dedication, care, and time as well.
The general tipping rules are between 10% and 30%, but in this case, you can tip circa $10 to $20, and it would still be ok.
Why tip the piercer? Well, he makes sure you get a good service, and that everything is safe and up to standards, and he probably made you laugh through this ‘stressful’ moment!
Can I buy a piercing and bring it to the salon, instead of purchasing the salon piercings?
The answer here is yes and no.
If you are on great terms with the piercer, he can guide you when it comes to choosing good materials and quality metals and shapes. Maybe you want a piercing that doesn’t look like anything offered in the shop, and you had your eye on a piercing in another jewelry shop, randomly.
Otherwise, if you can’t research or pick out yourself, the safe and fast option is to choose from the piercings in the salon. Simple as that!
Do I have to put money aside for aftercare? And how much?
Usually, aftercare doesn’t cost much, whether for tattoos or piercings. When it comes to piercings, all it takes is a cleansing product (soap, or else), some iodine (if recommended), perhaps hydrogen for topical use, and then some antibiotic or other healing creams/ointment (also not obligatory all the time). Each of these can cost from a few dollars, up to $10 or circa $20 per piece. The good thing is that these products will last you a long time, so it’s a great investment.
Read also: The Best Aftercare Products
What happens if I find a place that offers cheaper prices and services?
Cheaper doesn’t have to mean worse, but it also doesn’t mean better. If an offer is so good, how come the quality is the same, but the price is lower from one of them? We don’t say that cheaper services are worse, this is not written in stone, but you need to be very careful when it comes to your body.
What if the expert is not so much an expert? What if the price is cheaper due to less sterilization of equipment? What if it’s cheaper due to less expertise of the piercer?
Better be safe than sorry. Examine well, ask around, research, and see the piercer’s experience or resume. And if possible, find out why someone offers cheaper piercing than others.
Is there an additional cost for repeating the piercing session (repairing faulty procedures)?
This is a tricky question, and it has to be consulted with the piercer foremost. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen, no matter how minor; bad placement, piercing rejection, and more similar. More often than not, it is not the piercer or your fault, sometimes the body just rejects the piercing and manifests other similar issues. But, other times, the piercer doesn’t do a great job, or maybe you didn’t take good aftercare of the piercing, so the skin around it complicated the healing.
What if I choose the mid-range price piercing with a gun?
We emphasized this earlier in the sections above, we will again, now. Under no circumstances should you ever resort to a piercing gun. This is unsafe, unclean, and the pain is just the same. Would you save some money if you knew your skin tissue would be swollen? Would you risk it by knowing you might get infected? Or get bad inflammation?
Always go to an expert, who works with needles, professionally.
How can I save money if I want to get a nose piercing?
Sadly or not, there is no major way of saving money if you want to get a piercing. Let us precise this, if you want to get a SAFE piercing.
If you want to risk infections, lots of pain, complications with aftercare, nose bumps, oozing and similar problems, even nerve damages or similar – yes, then saving is an option by going to unverified experts, or even worse, doing this at home! Never, ever do this these ways!
Can I do a nose piercing at home?
Let’s continue the previous message – no, you do not want or need to ever do a nose piercing at home.
Unless you are the piercer/expert, you should never do this at home.
You would lack the needed equipment, foremost. How would you hold tight the nostril or septum or bridge? Your fingers could get sweaty and slippery, and the skin you ‘pinch’ and hold could ‘slip away’ and the needle would go inside the wrong way! This would mean you are not pierced, instead, it would be an injury.
Also, if you don’t know the human anatomy, how can you risk it by poking needles without any knowledge of this whatsoever?
In conclusion, we hope we have helped you by presenting the normal and average price ranges for a nose piercing. This, of course, includes the nostril, septum, and bridge piercings, and overall, the prices vary between $25 and $95.
What you have to remember is that pricier salons most often offer better service and better working history. Of course, you can give other salons a chance, but only if you found out about them from previously satisfied customers who guarantee professionalism and quality.
Whatever you choose, try to adjust your budget to receive the quality you seek. And remember, always be safe above all!