If you already love accessorizing, you may be curious about getting some new jewelry in the form of a nose piercing. Being one of the most popular piercing places toronto residents have, a nose piercing is a stylish trend that anyone can embrace. Having one or both nostrils pierced can look sophisticated, trendy, pretty, or spiritual depending on what type of piercing you get and which jewelry you select. It’s a chic addition to your look no matter what your style is or how old you are. Though you might be excited about your new piercing and ready to get it done today, there are a few considerations to make to ensure the best, safest piercing experience.
Before you jump in the car to head to the best piercing studio Toronto has, take time to do the research necessary to ensure you get a safe piercing in a clean, professional studio. One of the biggest keys is finding a piercing studio you know and love, and this requires research. Get online and look for studios near you with great reviews from clients. Talk to pierced friends and check who pierced them. Check Facebook pages of studios to see what clients have posted.
Finally, go talk to a few piercers, such as our professional team at Chronic Ink Tattoo. Sometimes you just get a good feeling from a place or a piercer, and you can take a look around and see that the studio is clean, the piercer is using brand-new needles and wearing gloves, and he or she is practicing proper, sanitary techniques.
It’s also great to get along with your artist. Building a rapport with artists that understand your needs and preferences can go a long way towards you having a seamless piercing experience. And, you’ll always have an artist and piercer on call for future needs since piercing and tattooing can be addictive once you begin! If you are looking to put some jewelry in your nose, here are five tips to getting the best nose piercing in Toronto.
What Is the Best Jewelry for a Nostril Piercing?
The type of jewelry you can use for a nose piercing has no bounds. One of the most popular types of nose piercings is the titanium ring. Hypoallergenic and affordable, the ring is safe regardless of allergies and offers a sleek, modern aesthetic. Rings come in different sizes and some different colours, so you do have a variety to select from.
Many people opt for a pin, twist, or nose bone if they have a single nostril piercing. Each has an adornment on one end and fits flush into the hole. These are perfect for people who do not like the fit of the traditional barbell. A traditional stud is simple and stylish, and you can choose one with a sparkling gemstone to enhance your look.
That said, there are some types of nose jewelry to avoid. For instance, stay away from plastic and nylon studs, rings, or barbells. These brittle materials are prone to breaking, hard to clean, and have the terrible habit of falling out of their hole.
Furthermore, steer clear of plated metals and sterling silver. Plated metals discolour easily because of wear and tear and can irritate the skin. Sterling silver materials will stain your skin if they mix with fluids, such as sweat.
What Side Do You Pierce Your Nostril On?
Nose piercings are a matter of personal preference, including which nostril you decide to decorate. Occasionally, culture and customs will influence piercing locations. Some countries, like India, have storied histories about getting noses pierced.
For instance, in Ayurvedic beliefs, women get a nose piercing in their left nostril because they believe it connects to female reproductive organs. Furthermore, they think it also reduces pain during childbirth. Generally speaking, there is not a preferred side.
That said, there are some practical considerations to take into account before getting a nose piercing. You should consider the symmetry of your face and how your style creates balance or imbalance. Also, look at your other piercings to see how a nose piercing affects the visual weight. If you genuinely can’t decide, just get your septum pierced instead.
Can You Switch From a Nose Stud to a Ring?
You may love the way a ring looks, but with patience comes the reward of changing out your piercing. You have to care for it and allow it to heal before you can change out your jewelry. This can mean four to six months for a nostril piercing and six to eight weeks for septum piercings. If you were a little more adventurous and got a rhino or septril piercing, the healing time is approximately six to nine months.
Taking proper care of your nose piercing will ensure there are no delays for the switch. Make sure to keep the hole clean with saline, which is essentially salt water. You can create your own solution, or you can buy premade saline sprays that make nose piercing care simple. Just clean your piercing every day and make sure it looks good (no bumps, swelling, bleeding, or redness).
Our Nose Piercing Aftercare Products
NeilMed Neilcleanse Piercing Aftercare
NeilMed Neilcleanse Piercing Aftercare saline spray helps in healing piercings. It is an isotonic, drug-free, preservative-free solution for cleaning your piercing during the healing period with no burning or stinging to irritate the pierced area. The sterile saline solution can be used as part of your healing process with any fresh piercing, including ear piercings, nostril piercings and belly button piercings. Neilcleanse sprays in any direction for easy use without touching your piercing.
PurSan Aftercare is a specially formulated Vegan skin cleanser used to clean and moisturize as part of an aftercare regimen for fresh tattoos and piercings. It revitalizes, refreshes and purifies skin without drying it out. Gentle yet effective, PurSan contains no parabens, fragrances, colourants or alcohol. Chloroxylenol (PCMX) is a proven antimicrobial ingredient shown to be effective against bacteria and viruses without burning or irritating the skin. Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Hypromellose) is an ultra-high grade lubricant ideal for sensitive skin.
Avoid fiddling with the piercing or sleeping on it to minimize rubbing or abrasions that may slow the healing process. If you don’t take the needed precautions, the site of the piercing will be vulnerable to infection. An infection can delay the healing process, meaning you won’t get to switch to a ring until it’s healed up. Signs of infection can be drainage, redness, bumps that don’t go away, or pain.
Once your piercing heals up within a few months, you can change out your piercing to a different type of jewelry. Always sanitize new jewelry with alcohol before inserting, and sanitize the area itself before insertion. It’s good to keep some alcohol pads on hand when you have a piercing to sterilize new jewelry. Keep your jewelry in a designated place, so the tiny hoops and studs don’t get lost.
What Is the Best Jewelry for a Septum Piercing?
Picking out the best piece of jewelry offers you a wide variety of options, depending on your personal style or mood. Septum jewelry is versatile and can be as ordinary or as audacious as you want. Most people end up going with circular barbells, captive bead rings, or straight barbells.
The circular barbell, or horseshoe barbell, provides depth to the user’s facial features. The distinguished prongs offer the versatility of the hoop with an edgier flair. The two beads on the end of each circular barbell are also an opportunity to accentuate your outfit.
Also known as the bullring, the captive bead ring forms a complete circle. The hoop design is a striking yet simple feature that is a worthwhile investment for any person with a pierced septum. The structure is practical and secure for the incision.
The straight barbell offers an aura of power, as the two adornments jut out of the septum. They are often sleek and stylish despite their simplicity. Furthermore, a straight barbell can serve as a complementary touch to industrial piercings or barbell nipple piercings. When you shop for new jewelry, make sure you know the gauge of your piercing in order to get pieces that fit your nose perfectly. Just ask your piercer when you get it done what the gauge is.
How Painful Is a Nose Piercing?
At most, a nose piercing is moderately painful. A little more pain than an ear piercing toronto residents feel little more than a pinch. Of course, how much pain you feel depends on your pain threshold and the location of the piercing.
One of the more painful styles is the spectrum piercing. There is a relatively dense collection of nerves compared to other parts of the nose. Therefore, the septum is more sensitive to sensation. As a result, you might feel a sharp, stabbing feeling followed by a dull ache after the needle passes through the tissue.
Nostril piercings come with minimal pain whether they are on the crease or above it. Part of that is the fewer nerve ends in that portion of the nose. It also helps that the width of the nasal cavity makes piercing the nostril straightforward and swift.
Bridge piercing can seem intense. When it comes to pain, though, it is one of the most comfortable body piercings to get. That is because the needle doesn’t pass through bone or cartilage, which are frequent sources of pain for clients. Try to stay relaxed when you get your piercing—it goes by fast, and before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful new accessory.
If you have any more questions about nose piercing, feel free to give us a call or stop in. Our friendly staff would be happy to help. We’re the only piercing parlour in Toronto with an Association of Professional Piercers (APP) membership.
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