Nose Piercings

Location:Nostril, Bridge or Septum
Jewellery:Stud, Circular Barbell, BCR, Straight Barbell
Healing:Varies, dependent upon location
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Want to get the lowdown on the different types of nose piercings on the market? Read on to discover everything you need to know about these versatile piercings!
Above: Nostril piercings with a plasma gold ring and jewelled stud

Nose Piercing 101

Nose piercings take many forms, including:
  • Nostril piercing - This is the most common form of nose piercing and one of the most popular forms of body modification. Normally performed to sit in the centre of the nostril, this piercing is typically performed as a single piercing, though double and triple nostril piercings are growing in popularity. Another alternative is the high nostril piercing, located at the very top of the nostril cartilage. 
  • Septum piercing - This piercing has exponentially grown in popularity over the past few years and has become an incredibly fashionable and desirable piercing. This piercing passes through what's termed 'the sweet spot', the thin tissue between the cartilage wall of the nose. 
  • Bridge piercing - This surface piercing is situated at the very top of the nose, in between the eyes and can be positioned either vertically or horizontally. 
  • Rhino piercing - An unusual body modification, this piercing runs through the tip of the nose and emerges in the cartilage running between the nostrils. 
  • Nasallang piercing - This rare piercing travels horizontally from nostril to nostril, passing through the septum in the process. 
  • Septril piercing - A complicated and unusual piercing, this is a combination of the septum and the rhino piercing. 


As there are several places you can have a nose piercing, the level of pain involved varies from location to location. 
  • Most people report that a nostril piercing is around a 5/10 on the pain scale, comparable with an ear lobe piercing. 
  • Septum piercings have been described by some as 'virtually painless', though other recipients of this piercing claim that was extremely painful. On average, this piercing is reported to be around a 6/10 on the pain scale. 
  • The bridge piercing has been likened to a lip piercing in terms of pain, ranked at around a 6/10 by many of our customers. 
  • The rhino piercing is billed as one of the most painful body modifications on the market, so this certainly isn't a piercing for the faint of heart!
  • The nasallang piercing is reported to be a pretty painful experience, with most stating it was around an 8/10 on the pain scale. 
  • The septril piercing is reportedly a very uncomfortable experience and has been ranked at a 9/10 by most recipients.
It's worth bearing in mind that everyone experiences pain differently, so this 'pain rating' is purely anecdotal! Also remember that some throbbing, swelling and bleeding is to be expected following any piercing. If you experience any abnormal levels of pain or discomfort, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. 


Healing times vary in accordance to the location of the piercing. 
  • Nostril piercings typically take 4-6 weeks to fully heal.
  • Septum piercings take 3-6 months on average to heal.
  • Bridge piercings heal in around 3-4 months.
  • Rhino piercings can take 6-9 months to heal. 
  • Nasallang piercings typically heal in 4-6 months
  • Septril piercings take 4-6 months to fully heal. 
As with any piercing, it's important to maintain good standards of hygiene and to have a strict aftercare routine to avoid infection. When caring for your nose piercing, make sure that you:
  • Protect your piercing from exposure to make up, skincare products or sunscreen, as these products can cause irritation and inflammation to the piercing. 
  • Change your bedding regularly. 
  • Take care when blowing your nose, as excessive or vigorous nose blowing can irritate your piercing or dislodge the jewellery. 
  • Ensure you don't rub at your face with a towel, as this can cause irritation or catch on your jewellery. Instead, gently dab your face and wherever possible, allow the area to dry on its own.
  • Avoid playing with the jewellery, as this can spread bacteria. 


You can wear a variety of different jewellery in your nose piercings, dependent upon their location. As there are so many options available, here's a run down of what type of jewellery is the most suitable for each piercing: 
  • Circular Barbells - Perfect for septum piercings, these horseshoe shaped rings are easy to flip inside the nose to conceal your piercing. 
  • Clickers - Decorative rings that are specially designed for septum piercings.
  • Curved Barbells - Typically used in bridge, septril or rhino piercings, 
  • Straight Barbells - This type of jewellery is best suited for use in the nasallang piercing, though it can be used in septum piercings. 
  • Nose bones, screws, hoops or studs - These items are best suited for nostril piercings, due to their gauge and size. Nose bones are also a great fit for septril piercings. 
  • BCR - This jewellery can be worn in healed nostril or septum piercings and or in bridge piercings for an unusual look. 
Other jewellery such as plugs, retainers, pinchers or tusks can be worn in these piercings, though it's recommended that you seek advice from a professional piercer before attempting to insert any of these items. 

Remember, nostril piercings in particular can heal over very quickly, so ensure that you wear jewellery that fits correctly to avoid accidentally losing your piercing!

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.

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