Types of Nose Piercings

Nose piercing has been a part of Indian culture for many centuries now, and has slowly gained popularity over the last two decades in western countries too. It has now become a part of mainstream culture now and is now the second most popular piercing in the world after ear piercing especially among teens and young adults.

The nose is cartilage, so this tissue is tougher to pierce and can be more problematic to heal compared to ear lobes, which are soft tissue. Noses allow for a few different variations in piercing.

Nostril piercing


It is the most common form of nose piercing. The piercing is usually done near the rim of the nostril and could either be on the left side or the side of the nose. The side of the nose that is pierced depends on the cultural significance of the person getting the piercing or could also be just a preference based on which side looks better. A ring or stud is best for starting but make sure the jewelry is not too tight to the nose if it is a stud. That can lead to healing problems.

Septum piercing


This piercing is placed on the cartilage that separates the chambers of the nose also known as the septum. This piercing is also nicknamed the “bull ring” piercing as you sometimes see cattle with this style of nostril piercing. This piercing is more common in tribal peoples. Reasons for this piercing were to imitate totem animals, to bring luck and to keep evil spirits from entering the body by coming in through the nose. It can be a bit sensitive to pierce, or if the ring gets snagged. This is the only type of nose piercing that can be made completely and truly invisible.

Bridge piercing


It is a piercing placed horizontally through the fleshy part lining up between the eyes above or at nose level on the surface of the bridge of the nose,. The placement of this piercing is not always easy, because it should be such that it should not appear crooked or bent and must not restrict the field of vision of the wearer. It is also called an ‘Erl’ piercing named after the first man to get it done. This piercing can be very hard to heal and carries a high potential for rejection or healing out.

There are a few questions you can to ask the piercer before getting the piercing to ensure a safe experience. Check how the nose jewellery you have chosen works and how it goes n and out of your nose. This will be very helpful when you want to change it in the future. Ask about piercing aftercare products and procedure especially that which must be followed during rigorous activities and medical conditions like cold and allergies.


Piercings for Men

Traditionally, piercing has always been the woman’s domain. Most women have been getting their ears (and noses) pierced across countries and cultures for centuries now. However, today, in a more liberal world, men are catching up with women in terms of piercing although the common areas pierced are not the same in men and women. Men tend to be more adventurous and have piercings in more unconventional places than women. They also are more likely to get their face pierced than women are. The best piercing spots for men are

Eyebrow Piercings

Eyebrow piercing is done anywhere on the eyebrow or around it either vertically or horizontally. It is best to get them done by a professional piercer with the help of a piercing needle only and not a piercing gun. Always try and wear lightweight eyebrow jewellery, the most common ones being eyebrow rings or barbells.


Tongue Piercing

Most tongue piercings belong to guys with very few women getting them pierced. It is done on the tip or the lower part of the tongue. Special care has to be taken during tongue piercing and after care also must be maintained very strictly.

Lip Piercing

There are various types of lip piercings. Labret piercing is the piercing done below the lip also known as goatee piercing when done on guys.  It is in the centre, below the lower lip line where the goatee is usually grown, so only a part of the piercing is visible. When the piercing is above the lip in the centre then it is known as medusa piercing. The labret piercing looks better on most guys hence is more common on them than the medusa piercing.


Septum Piercing

Another facial piercing is the septum piercing. Also known as bull rings, septum piercing is done in the middle of the nose. Here, the septum that separates the two nostrils is pierced. Septum piercing can be painful and is common among both men and women. It can take a long time to heal and must be performed by a professional only

Ear Piercing

It is probably the most common piercing among both men and women. It is one of the easiest methods of body modifications and is the safest one too. It is not frowned upon like a few other piercings, and is widely accepted be it in schools and colleges or at workplace. It has been in practise for many years and is considered a part of many cultures and their rituals. It was probably man’s first attempt at body piercing as it is the easiest and most obvious part to pierce. There are many ways to get your ears pierced. There are simple ones like ear lobe piercings which are more common and ones like stretching and gauging which are rarer because of the risks associated with it.


No matter which part of the body you choose to get pierced always make sure to use jewellery and piercing equipment from a trusted brand. Go to only a reputed piercing salon or artist and use the right aftercare products till the piercing has completely healed.