When I'm about to do my own piercing I always come to BME to check out the war stories or success stories. I figured it's time to post my own experiences for other people to learn from.
My background in the world of body modification is 10 piercings in various places, but you're reading this to learn about piercing your own nose so I won't elaborate.
My nostril was my 10th piercing. Of my previous 9, 5 were self-done. Seeing as it is cheaper and more comfortable if you do it right and well, I once again opted to do my own piercing. I had been itching for another piercing for a couple months. So one day while at the mall, I bought myself a little nose stud.
The first thing I do in my piercing process, may you think it dorky, is to photoshop the piercing on my face to see how it looks. I also like to do so in person if I'm able to, but sometimes you can't really judge that. Either way, I decided it would look cute on me.
Following this, I washed my hands and put on gloves. I cleaned my nostril, inside and outside. If this weirds you out, I'm not sure why you're considering getting a nose piercing. I first used dial soap and water, then went back and used alcohol swabs.
After that, I cleaned my jewelry and set it aside on a sterile surface. I opened my 18g needle and located my stopper. It is essential that you have a stopper to put inside your nose when you do this piercing; otherwise, you run the risk of jabbing straight through your nose due to the pressure you must apply to get through the nostril all the way. Finally, I marked the point on my nostril I wanted the piercing to be.
Then I procrastinated for about half an hour. You will figure out why, it just happens. Finally however, I placed the stopper in my nose, placed the needle at the point I had marked earlier at an angle which made the needle horizontal to the surface being pierced, and pushed. It takes a bit of pushing to get through, but if you're really determined to do so, it'll get there. It really didn't hurt too much. I honestly think when people bitch about the pain associated with piercings, it's exaggerated for them because they thought about it the whole time they were getting the piercing done. This is one plus to doing your own piercings: you're in control of the piercing; you aren't nervously waiting for someone you don't know very well to do it for you.
Anyway. With a needle sticking out of my nose, I grabbed my jewelry and contemplated the next step. This is always something I approach carefully; if you aren't quick and precise with the insertion of the jewelry, you have needlessly punched a hole in your face with no positive outcome other than learning not to do it that way again. I pulled the needle out carefully but not very slowly and quickly pushed the stud in. This is going to hurt a little, seeing as a standard nose stud has a wider end than shaft as to keep the piercing in place. Once you get past getting it into your nose and through the skin on the inside (also tricky), you're in the clear.
Well there it is, a lovely cute little stud in my nose. It was bleeding a little bit seeing as I had to fish around with the stud a bit in my nose to locate the hole. That was definitely the worst part, so be prepared. As long as your determination to have this piercing exceeds your fear of pain, you're fine.
When it comes to aftercare, do NOT play with it a lot. Don't use a harsh astringent or alcohol. Alcohol is fine to use if you use it sparingly and no more than once a day or even every couple of days. I used Q-tips and Bactine as my main source of aftercare on my nose piercing and this worked well for me. A saline solution is also a good idea; you can make this by adding a good amount of salt to a squirt bottle of warm water. Spray the solution onto a cotton pad or Q-tip (I prefer Q-tips because the fibers are less likely to get wrapped around your stud and yank it) and swab away.
Try your best not to constantly remove the crusties because this further aggravates the wound. Let it be. If you take good care of it, it should heal up in 6-8 weeks.
I've had mine for about 6 months now. It's doing great, I still love it.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Sept. 2008
in Nose Piercing