Nostril Piercing? You're probably wondering what it's like to live with a nostril piercing. The look you go for can range from exotic to charming to outrageous! While you're considering your options, take some time to mull over the reality of this body enhancement.
First, there should be no question of having it done by some inexperienced salesperson who's waving a piercing gun at a kiosk in the center of a mall! Your nose piercing should be done by a piercing professional at a studio or boutique that specializes in this technique-preferably with a 16-18 gauge needle.
Next, choose the jewelry that you're going to display in your piercing carefully, before the piercing is done: You won't be able to change it for quite a while. A nostril piercing can take four to six months to heal completely. Leaving your jewelry in place is the only way to guarantee that your piercing will heal cleanly and completely!
Your next concern should be finding a quality jeweler to provide your first piece of jewelry. Because you'll be displaying this one item for so long, consider buying a nostril piercing made from 22k gold. It is gold in its purest form-almost 92% pure-and nothing less than 22k or possibly 18k gold should be used in a healing piercing. A piece of jewelry made from 22k gold not only protects your piercing as it heals, it is also the most comfortable type of metal to wear in your tender skin.
Surgical-grade stainless steel is also very good for piercings. However, jewelry designs do not offer the same beauty as pure gold, and if you aren't totally happy with your selection, then you will not manage to leave it in without fiddling with it for six months!
Gold-plated jewelry should not be used. During the healing process, the gold will gradually wear thin, and your body fluids will interact with the metal underneath.
Silver should never be used for the same basic reason-your body fluids will cause the silver to oxidize, and you can end up with a permanent dark stain in your skin.
Metal alloys are also poor choices, because your body is more likely to be allergic to them. The skin sensitivity that you develop will drive you to remove your jewelry before complete healing.
If you remove your nose jewelry too soon, nostril piercings can close up very quickly. In extreme cases, they have been known to close up in less than a quarter hour! Your nostrils are lined with a protective moist tissue called the mucus membrane. If the mucus membrane has been pierced by a sharp object, the body's natural defense mechanism is to shut down that hole. You might not be able to pierce the same area again for as long as a year.
Last, you must learn proper aftercare and cleansing techniques. Always clean your nostril piercing site carefully, and never touch it unless you've washed your hands first! Use cotton swabs or balls and warm soaks made from water and sea salt (one-fourth teaspoon of salt per six ounces of water). Pat it dry with paper towels or napkins, because they carry fewer germs than towels.
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