Nostril Piercing Placement

Blog By M. Mitera

Besides lobes and the upper cartilage flat, the nostril is one of the most common piercings in the industry. There are so many clients who come in on the daily looking for nostril piercings. Some just get the traditional single stud, while others do double and even sometimes triple nostril piercings! However many nostril piercings you’re planning on getting, there’s a few things we want you to know before you head down to the shop for your new adornment! 

First and foremost, piercing with a hoop can cause extra complications during the healing process if the client is not extremely dedicated to caring for their new adornment. Since a hoop protrudes further from the piercing than stud, it is easier to get caught, bumped, snagged, or yanked on something. Not only that but there is only about 10% of the hoop inside the piercing at any given time. If the jewelry ten spins, you’ve introduced thousands of germs to the inside of your new piercing. Not something you want to be doing, especially early on in the healing process! 

Nostril piercings traditionally sat in the crease of the nostril. This is the placement that most people are familiar with. Since the crease of the nostril seems to be such fitting spot to place a tiny little gem, many clients over the years have asked for their piercing to be in the crease. However, with the recent trendiness of hoop jewelry in nostril piercings, the crease becomes somewhat of an issue. While some people can have a nostril piercing in the crease and wear a snug fitting hoop just fine, it’s important to remember that not everyone’s nose is the same. If a client has a higher crease, the hoop that they wear eventually will have to be taller to accommodate the space. A hoop is as tall as it is wide, so the higher the hole, the wider the hoop must be to fit. This ends up giving some clients a look that they weren’t expecting and definitely aren’t a fan of.

For some clients, it’s also important to note if the person plans to add more nostril piercings to the one that’s being installed that day. If a person wants to add multiple piercings, space must be allowed for the future piercings. It’s a good idea to think about this before placing a single nostril piercing. If you do want to add another piercing later on, it may be a good idea to move the first one forward or backward, depending on where you decide. It’s good to keep this in mind when you go to get your piercing! And if you don’t plan on adding another one, you can center it! 

If you have any questions about nostril piercing placement or anything else piercing related, please feel free to contact the shop (603)645-1449!

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

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