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Nose Piercings: Choose Some Unique Places To Get It Pierced

The nose, with its central location and diverse features, offers a unique canvas for self-expression through piercings. Whether you’re a seasoned piercing enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this guide explores the most popular nose piercings, from classic placements to bolder options.

The Most Common Nose Piercings

  • Nostril Piercing: The most common and versatile option, the nostril piercing adorns one or both sides of the nostril. It’s a great starting point due to its relatively painless experience and shorter healing time. Placement can vary slightly, with some opting for the high nostril piercing closer to the bridge or the low nostril piercing situated lower on the fleshy part of the nostril.
A woman with a captive bead ring in her nostril piercing.
  • Septum Piercing: A popular choice, the septum piercing goes through the fleshy area at the tip of the septum, the wall dividing your nostrils. Offering a range of jewelry options like curved barbells or circular rings, septum piercings can be flipped up discreetly when desired.
A septum piercing on a female with red lipstick.
  • Bridge Piercing: Striking and bold, the bridge piercing sits horizontally across the bridge of the nose, between your eyes. Due to its location in a sensitive area with minimal blood flow, healing can take longer and require extra care.
A woman with a lot of makeup and purple hair with a bridge piercing.

Less Common Piercings

  • Austin Bar Piercing: This unique piercing goes through the bridge of the nose. It is similar to the bridge piercing but with a barbell angled upwards towards the tip of the nose.
  • Rhino Piercing (Vertical Tip Piercing): For a daring look, the rhino piercing perforates the skin at the tip of the nose, pointing upwards. Healing can be lengthy due to the location and movement of the tip during facial expressions.
  • Septril Piercing: This advanced piercing combines a septum piercing and a vertical tip piercing. The jewelry goes through a stretched septum piercing and exits through the tip of the nose.
  • Nasallang Piercing: This piercing isn’t quite diagonal – it’s a single barbell that goes through all three major sections of your nose. It ends up going through the right nostril, the septum, and the left nostril.
  • Third-Eye Piercing: Located between the eyebrows, the third-eye piercing is a rare. It is a somewhat controversial placement due to its proximity to sensitive areas. It’s important to find a highly experienced piercer for this type of modification.

Considering a Nose Piercing?

Indeed, these piercings offer a beautiful and expressive way to adorn your face. Remember, thorough research and choosing a reputable piercer are crucial. Consider factors like healing time, aftercare requirements, and your personal style when making your decision. So, with the right knowledge and a touch of self-expression, you can transform your nose into a stunning focal point.

Need to find a piercer? Check out the Association of Professional Piercers.

Author: Scott S.

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