How to Change Nose Ring: A Step-by-Step Guide. Nose ring is a type of nose piercing jewelry that can be worn on the nostril, the septum, the bridge or the high nostril. Nose rings can come in various shapes, sizes, designs and materials, such as studs, hoops, rings or screws. Nose rings can be a great way to express your style and personality, but they also require proper care and maintenance.
One of the things you need to know about nose rings is how to change them safely and hygienically. Changing your nose ring too soon or too often can cause irritation, infection or rejection of your piercing. Changing your nose ring incorrectly or with dirty hands or tools can also lead to complications. Therefore, it is important to follow some guidelines and precautions when changing your nose ring.
In this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to change nose ring for different types of piercings. We will also give you some tips on how to choose the right jewelry and how to take care of your piercing after changing your nose ring.
The first thing you need to consider before changing your nose ring is whether your piercing is fully healed or not. Changing your nose ring before your piercing is healed can cause pain, bleeding, swelling and infection. It can also delay the healing process and increase the risk of scarring or rejection.
The healing time of a nose piercing depends on several factors, such as the type and location of the piercing, the type and quality of the jewelry, the aftercare practices and precautions, and your personal healing rate. However, here are some general estimates for different types of nose piercings:
Nostril Piercing: This is the most common and simple type of nose piercing, which involves piercing one or both nostrils with a stud or a hoop. The healing time of a nostril piercing is usually 2 to 4 months, but it can take up to 6 months or longer for some people.
Septum Piercing: This is a more bold and statement-making type of nose piercing, which involves piercing the cartilage that separates the nostrils with a ring or a barbell. The healing time of a septum piercing is usually 6 to 8 weeks, but it can take up to 3 months or longer for some people.
Bridge Piercing: This is a more edgy and unique type of nose piercing, which involves piercing the skin on the bridge of the nose between the eyes with a barbell or a curved barbell. The healing time of a bridge piercing is usually 8 to 12 weeks, but it can take up to 6 months or longer for some people.
High Nostril Piercing: This is a more daring and creative type of nose piercing, which involves piercing the upper part of the nostril near the bridge with a stud or a hoop. The healing time of a high nostril piercing is usually 4 to 6 months, but it can take up to 9 months or longer for some people.
To check if your piercing is healed or not, you can look for some signs and symptoms, such as:
- No pain, swelling, redness or tenderness around the piercing site
- No discharge, crust or odor from the piercing site
- No movement or rotation of the jewelry in the piercing hole
- No bleeding or irritation when cleaning or touching the piercing site
If you are not sure whether your piercing is healed or not, you can always consult your piercer for advice. They can examine your piercing and tell you if it is ready for changing or not.
Once you are sure that your piercing is healed and ready for changing, you can follow these steps to change your nose ring safely and hygienically:
Step 1: Wash Your Hands or Put on Sterile Gloves
Clean hands are crucial when changing your nose ring. Human hands can potentially carry millions of bacteria, especially if they have just come into contact with a bacteria-rich object like a doorknob or a piece of uncooked food. To protect your piercing from infection, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or sanitizer before touching your nose ring. Another good option is to put on a fresh pair of sterile latex gloves (unless you have a latex allergy, in which case, you should steer clear.) Gloves can have the added benefit of making it easier to grasp the slippery ends of jewelry pieces that rest inside your nose.
Step 2: Remove the Bead or Fastener
The next step is to remove or undo the mechanism holding your nose ring in place. Depending on the type of nose ring you have, the exact mechanism can differ. Most should be fairly self-explanatory, but here are some general guidelines for a few common types of nose jewelry:
Seamless Hoops: This is a metal hoop or ring with a break in the middle. To prep the hoop for removal, just bend the two ends of the ring in opposite directions to widen the opening.
Captive Bead Hoops: Similar to seamless hoops (see above), but with a bead in the middle to cover the break in the ring. To prep for removal, use your fingers or a pair of pliers to gently squeeze the ring and pop out the bead.
Hinged Hoops: Similar to seamless hoops (see above), but with a hinge mechanism that allows the ring to open and close. To prep for removal, simply open the hinge and slide out the ring.
Studs: This is a metal post with a decorative end that rests on the outside of your nostril and a flat or ball end that rests on the inside. To prep for removal, press a finger or thumb against the end of the jewelry on the inside of your nose and push so that the jewelry sticks out slightly on the outside.
Screws: This is a metal post with a decorative end that rests on the outside of your nostril and a curved end that rests on the inside. To prep for removal, twist the jewelry gently until it aligns with your piercing hole and slide it out.
Step 3: Carefully Slide the Piercing Out
Once you have prepped your nose ring for removal, taking it out is usually easy. Just slide it out gently from your nostril or septum and place it on a clean paper towel or tissue. You should not feel any pain or resistance when removing your nose ring. If you do, stop and wait for more healing time or consult your piercer.
Step 4: Clean Your Piercing Site and Jewelry
After removing your old nose ring, you should clean both your piercing site and your jewelry to prevent any infection or irritation. You can use saline solution, antibacterial soap, or piercing aftercare spray to clean your piercing site. Use a cotton swab or pad to gently wipe away any dirt, crust or discharge from your piercing hole. You can also dip your nose in a cup of warm saline solution for a few minutes to soak and soften any stubborn crust.
To clean your jewelry, you can use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or jewelry cleaner to disinfect and sanitize it. Use a cotton swab or pad to gently wipe away any dirt, crust or residue from your jewelry. You can also soak your jewelry in a small bowl of warm water and mild soap for a few minutes to loosen any dirt.
Step 5: Choose Your New Nose Ring
Now comes the fun part: choosing your new nose ring! You can pick any type, size, design and material of jewelry that suits your style and preference. However, there are some things you need to consider when choosing your new nose ring:
Type: You can choose any type of nose ring that fits your piercing hole and that you are comfortable with. However, some types may be easier to insert and remove than others. For example, studs and screws may be more difficult to align with your piercing hole than hoops and rings.
Size: You should choose a size of nose ring that matches your piercing hole and that does not cause any discomfort or pressure. If you choose a size that is too small, it may cause irritation or infection by rubbing against your skin. If you choose a size that is too large, it may cause migration or rejection by stretching your piercing hole.
Design: You can choose any design of nose ring that expresses your personality and taste. However, some designs
Watch the video below on how to change your nose ring;
Another video on how to change your nose ring
(1) How to Change a Nose Piercing: 15 Steps (with Pictures) - WikiHow. https://www.wikihow.com/Change-a-Nose-Piercing.
(2) HOW TO CHANGE A HOOP NOSE RING FOR THE FIRST TIME - YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RrJz63CP2I.
(3) When Can I Change my Nose Stud to a Ring - Piercinghome. https://piercinghome.com/when-can-i-change-my-nose-stud-to-a-ring/.
(4) When Can I Change My Nose Ring? (See the Exact Time) - Something Borrowed. https://somethingborrowedpdx.com/when-can-i-change-my-nose-stud/.
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