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Nose Piercing in Nairobi, Kenya

(Pain Threshold, Healing Time, Aftercare Tips, Jewelry Guide, Cost, and Possible Side Effects)

A nose piercing is a popular form of body modification that involves the perforation of the nose cartilage or the soft tissue on the side of the nostril. 

Do you intend to have a nose piercing?  There are several places on your nose that can be pierced:

  • the fleshy skin covering your nostrils, or the nares
  • The septum, the tougher cartilage between your nostrils
  • The soft flesh at the bottom of your septum below the cartilage

It’s important to ensure your nose piercing is performed safely, and that you are aware of how to take care of the piercing once you get it.

Nose Piercings

Whether you choose a simple septum ring or a big one, a nose piercing may completely change the way you look. Your ability to be creative with the placement of a nose piercing is one of the most enjoyable elements of getting one. In terms of pain and recovery time, a nose piercing is also among the easiest to handle.

The nose can be pierced in several ways. The cartilaginous structure that covers the nostril, known as the nasal ala, is the most common place for nose piercings. Some are through the columella, the skin that covers the nasal septum, another cartilaginous structure that divides the nose’s right and left sides “known also as your septum. Additionally, there are piercings along the nose’s bridge and Third Eye.

When choosing the design of your nose piercing, have fun and express your creativity. The nose will be marked with a tiny dot by your piercer to indicate the location of the needle insertion. Use this chance to check that the location’s aesthetic appeals to you. If you want to wear a ring, you can test the position with a fake hoop nose ring before getting your genuine piercing.

Types of Nose Piercings:
  • Nostril Piercing: This is the most common type of nose piercing. It involves piercing the tissue of the nostril, typically on one side, and inserting a small stud or hoop.
  • Septum Piercing: A septum piercing goes through the soft cartilage that separates the nostrils. Jewelry options for septum piercings include horseshoe-shaped rings and septum clickers.
  • Bridge Piercing: This piercing is placed horizontally through the bridge of the nose, between the eyes. It’s less common than nostril or septum piercings.

Nose Piercing Process

Choosing a Reputable Piercing Studio
  • Start by researching and selecting a reputable piercing studio with experienced piercers who follow strict hygiene and safety standards. Look for recommendations and read reviews to ensure you choose a trustworthy establishment.
  • When you arrive at Rebel Inks Tattoo Removal and Piercings Parlour studio, you’ll typically have a consultation with  one of our piercer. During this discussion, you can express your preferences for jewelry and the type of nose piercing you want.
  • Your piercer will examine your nose to ensure it’s suitable for piercing and discuss any potential risks and complications.
  • Before the piercing, your piercer will thoroughly clean the area around your nose using an antiseptic solution.
  • They may use a sterile marker or pen to mark the precise spot where the piercing will go. The placement will be centered and aligned with your preferences.
  • With the markings in place, your piercer will use a sterilized needle to create a hole through the tissue of your nose. The needle is typically hollow and cleanly removes a small section of tissue to create a hole.
  • Immediately after creating the hole, the chosen jewelry (usually a small stud or hoop) will be inserted into the newly created piercing.
Final Adjustments
  • Your piercer will ensure that the jewelry is securely in place and properly positioned.
  • They will provide you with instructions on how to care for your new piercing, including aftercare guidelines.
Aftercare Instructions
  • After the piercing, your piercer will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. Following these instructions diligently is crucial for a successful healing process.
  • Aftercare typically involves cleaning the piercing with a saline solution and avoiding certain products, such as alcohol-based cleansers, which can irritate the piercing.

Pain and Healing Time

When it comes to body alteration, everyone has a varied threshold for pain, although nose piercings are associated with minor discomfort. After the piercing, you should anticipate feeling a slight bruise. Your eyes will briefly start to water since your nose and eye bones are connected. Otherwise, it will feel like a bit of a pinch. Be extra careful around your face because the pain should go away in a day unless you snag it on something like your T-shirt or washcloth. Try your best not to not to sleep on it

Nose Piercing Healing Process

Immediate Post-Piercing (Days 1-2):
  • After getting a nose piercing, it’s normal to experience some initial swelling, redness, tenderness, and mild bleeding. These symptoms should subside within a few days.
  • Your nose may feel warm or sore to the touch.
  • Your piercer will provide aftercare instructions, which you should follow diligently.
Week 1-2:
  • Swelling and tenderness should start to decrease during this time.
  • You may continue to experience some redness around the piercing site.
  • Continue to clean the piercing with a saline solution as instructed by your piercer.
  • Avoid touching the jewelry or piercing with dirty hands.
Week 3-6:
  • By this point, the initial healing phase is usually well underway.
  • Swelling should have subsided significantly.
  • The redness should continue to fade, and the area should look less irritated.
  • You may still experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity.
  • Continue cleaning the piercing, but the frequency may decrease.
Week 6-12:
  • Most nose piercings will be fully healed within this time frame. However, individual healing times can vary.
  • Swelling and tenderness should be completely gone.
  • The piercing may still be somewhat sensitive to pressure, so be gentle when changing jewelry or handling the area.
  • Continue cleaning the piercing regularly until it is fully healed.
After 3-6 Months:
  • After the initial healing period, you can consider changing your nose jewelry if desired.
  • It’s crucial to wait until the piercing is fully healed before switching to different jewelry. Consult with your piercer if you have any doubts.
Full Healing (6 Months to a Year):
  • Nose piercings may take anywhere from six months to a year to heal fully, depending on individual factors and aftercare practices.
  • Once fully healed, the piercing should feel comfortable, and you should be able to wear a wide variety of nose jewelry styles without issues.
  • Even after complete healing, continue to practice good hygiene and clean your nose jewelry regularly.

How to Care for Your Nose Piercing

Gold and yellow colored ‘crust’ may form around the piercing, this is a possibility with any piercing. To care for any yellow discharge you might encounter, try not to pick at it. Instead, spray the area with saline solution.

To prevent a thick scab from forming, Try using saline for up to several weeks after your piercing. Any skin piercing procedure or injury carries the risk of infection because the skin’s barrier is broken, because the inside of the nose is a mucous membrane, it can be prone to infection. The inside of the nose is a damp, warm place where bacteria grows. Try using a solution of white vinegar, known for its antibacterial properties, diluted with water to calm the odor.

In general:
  • Before you touch the jewelry on your nose or the piercing, wash your hands.
  • Use a gauze pad that has been soaked in saline solution to gently clean your nose. With a brand-new paper towel, pat the area dry.
  • Don’t swim in any potentially unclean water until your nose has healed. Avoid hot tubs, lakes, rivers, and swimming pools.
  • Avoid applying antimicrobial ointments to the area.
  • Move your nose jewelry only when it has healed.
  • Use clean bedding to sleep.
  • Showers are preferable to baths.

What Kind of Jewelry Is Used to Pierce a Nose?

Your best option is to get a stud for your first piercing. For people who might be inclined to rotate a ring, this often results in less instant stress and is a little more challenging to play with. A gemstone with a thickness of 1.5 mm (sparkle) to 3 mm should be found in studs (bling).

L-Shape: A nose ring with a post bent at a 90-degree angle.

A two-piece jewelry design known as “Press Fit” involves inserting a hollow post from the inside of the nostril and pressing a gem or “top” into the post from above. This design is frequently the most adaptable because the tops may be readily replaced, allowing one to change their appearance without removing the part that extends through the hole.

Nostril Screws: Resembling an L-shape, nostril screws are pieces of jewelry that are curved or twisted to fit the interior of your nose’s natural curve. Compared to a typical L-Shape design, the jewelry is more comfortable and secure thanks to this particular bend.

Pin: A straight post that is bent explicitly into an L shape by your piercer to fit your nose. Ideal for people who find other options too large.

Hoop Nose Rings or Captive Bead Rings: A ball closure hoop, or captive bead ring (CBR), that stays in place with a captive ball.

Continuous Ring Hoop Nose rings are rings that completely encircle the nostril. To open and close, twist in opposing directions up and down.

What Jewelry Material Is Used for a Nose Piercing?

Metals that are less likely to trigger a reaction are best suited for piercing, these include titanium and implant-grade steel. Try avoiding nickel, which is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis presents as a red, itchy, scaly, swollen rash. At Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya, we favor solid 14K gold or titanium.

Cost of a Nose Piercing

Your nose piercing price will be dependant on your piercer’s rates and type nose piercing you’ll be getting, though the jewelry is a separate cost. Read reviews to choose a reputable piercer in a studio that is “hygienic and clean,” When you visit Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya we have some protocols to follow when it comes to body modification procedures, which can be found on our websites Terms of Service, otherwise you can Contact Us for any inquiries.

Nose-piercing side effects

During the consultation phase of your session, those with reactive or sensitive skin should discuss their concerns with their body modification artist. It is vital to avoid softer metals because they might rub off on skin and deposit minute particles that color it, increasing the chance of an allergic reaction. Choosing a piercing made from more inert materials can lessen the likelihood of a reaction. A good idea is to pick body jewelry that can be removed with ease if necessary.

Potential Risks and Complications:
  • Infection is a common risk with any piercing. Look out for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, pain, or discharge, and consult with a healthcare professional if you suspect an infection.
  • Allergic reactions to jewelry materials can occur. If you experience persistent itching, redness, or discomfort, consult with your piercer and consider hypoallergenic jewelry options.
  • Nose piercings can migrate or reject, where the body pushes the jewelry out of the piercing hole. This is more common with certain jewelry types and materials.


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