What Are the Pros and Cons of a Nose Piercing?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: October 10, 2021

Nose piercings are fashionable at the moment and are increasing in popularity with many girls and even guys getting these done. 

They have a long cultural history, dating back to 44,000 B.C in Australia, where the Aboriginals had hand-carved ornaments inserted through their septum. In India in the 1500’s it became the norm for women to get their nose pierced as part of their wedding ceremony.

In much more recent history nose piercings were used to symbolize independence and rebellion. They were worn by punks and goths during the 1970s and 1980s.

Nowadays, a nose piercing can be a cute or cool accessory and is no longer looked at as rebellious or tough.

We’ll let you know the pros and cons of a nose piercing to help you decide if it’s something you think you’d like to jump into.

Should You Get a Nose Piercing?

As with all piercings, you need to be sure that it’s what you want before going through with a nose piercing. The nose isn’t the most painful area to get pierced. However, the process involves a needle piercing your skin and cartilage so there will be some pain.

As your nose is in the middle of your face, any nose piercing will be highly visible. With this in mind, you should make sure that your parents, school or workplace are happy for you to have this done. You don’t want to go through the procedure to then have to remove the piercing.

Aftercare of the pierced area is important for the piercing to heal and to avoid infection. This should be cleaned properly every day until it’s healed. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of a Nose Piercing?


Fashion Statement

A nose piercing used to be looked at as a sign of rebellion and toughness. This is no longer the case, a nose piercing can look cute and pretty and is fashionable. You can still punk the look up, if that’s the style you’re looking for.

The popularity of nose piercings is increasing and they have become very stylish. You can choose the look to suit you and there are different styles for everyone.

Different Areas to Pierce

You can have your nose pierced in different areas to give a totally different look. The most popular area is the side of the nostril, either left or right. You can have a shiny stud or a ring in this piercing. You can also have your nostril pierced higher up which gives a different look to the standard nose piercing.

A nose piercing that is becoming more popular is the septum piercing. This is where the skin between your nostrils is pierced and a ring is placed there.

Different Types of Jewelry

Depending on your style, you can choose different types of jewelry for your nose piercing. You can have tiny studs, hoops, horseshoe rings, captive bead rings, and curved or straight barbells.

The choice is yours to suit your own style. Each one of these will add an element of beauty to your look and will stack up the likes on your Insta account.

Heals Quickly

A nose piercing generally heals quickly as long as the procedure is done correctly and the aftercare is good. You need to look after your piercing for it to heal properly, this means keeping it clean but avoiding touching it.

You should also be careful when blowing your nose or sneezing with a new nose piercing.

Less Pain Than Other Piercings

All piercings will be painful but the nose is reported as one of the least painful areas to get pierced. People rate it only as painful as getting your eyebrows waxed or getting a shot.

This will depend on your pain threshold and the piercer getting the placement correct.


Risk of Infection

There is a high risk of infections with a nose piercing as there are more bacteria in the nasal cavity, specifically staphylococcus bacteria

If you think you have an infection, you should contact your piercer for advice. This can generally be cleared up with antibiotics.

Not the Easiest Area To Clean

Cleaning your nose piercing is not the easiest or most comfortable feeling. You should use a cotton swab with a saline solution to get to the areas that you can’t reach. Be careful not to sneeze!


A nose piercing can be a beautiful thing to see, however, you should think about all scenarios before taking the plunge. It’s a highly visible area so if it’s not allowed at school or work it could cause problems. 

We hope that we have given you some good advice with regards to getting a nose piercing and have helped with your decision. It’ll look great!