Nose Piercing Sinking Into Hole

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: February 18, 2022

Nose piercings are a popular trend at the moment, and the trend is increasing. A shiny little stud looks cute and you want to make sure that it stays this way.

Before you have your nose pierced you should make sure that the piercer that you use is professionally trained and knows what they’re doing. Don’t just go to the first place that you find. This is important for lots of reasons, one of which is that you don’t want to wake up one morning and see that your nose ring has disappeared into the piercing hole. 

It’s quite common for this to happen and there are many reasons why it may happen to you. You shouldn’t worry, this can normally be fixed. It may even fix itself.

We’ll let you know why this may happen, what will cause it, and how it can be fixed.

What To Do When Your Nose Piercing Starts To Sink

If you notice that your nose piercing has started to sink into your skin you should contact your piercer. They will be able to advise what you can do to fix this.

After your piercing is completed your nose will swell slightly. This is normal and is part of the healing process. However, this could mean that your piercing will start to sink if the stud used hasn’t got a long enough post to be able to resist the swelling. There are other reasons why this may happen, most of which can be easily rectified.  

Why Is My Nose Piercing Sinking Into The Hole?

It can be a shocking sight when you look in the mirror following a nose piercing and your piercing looks to be sinking into your nose. 

It could’ve been caused by an inadequate piercing method if the piercer that you visited wasn’t properly qualified or the tools that they used weren’t sanitized correctly. It could also be that the piercer used a stud with a shorter post than needed and a smaller head. As your nose will swell following the piercing, it’s important that your piercer uses the correct sized stud. This should have a larger head and a longer post to be able to stay in place when your nose swells. The easy way to fix these issues would be to use a ring instead of a stud. 

Another reason for the sinking could be poor aftercare. The key element to a successful piercing is good aftercare. This will make sure that your piercing heals properly and the area doesn’t get infected. 

How To Prevent It

You should always make sure that your piercing is completed by a professional piercer. Piercing is an art and you should always check out the person who is doing your piercing. Do you know anyone who has used them before or can you take a look at their social media for reviews?

A good way to prevent the piercing from sinking would be to have a ring rather than a stud when you have your initial piercing done. This will allow for any swelling and is easy to look after.

Is Your Nose Just Swollen?

When it looks like your piercing is sinking it mostly is just down to your nose swelling. The swelling is normal but you need to make sure that you have the right kind of stud in your nose to be able to resist any swelling. 

If the stud has a long enough post and a larger head than normal there should be no problem when your nose swells. A cute little stud is no good with a swollen nose and will end up getting lost.

The Importance of Aftercare

As with all piercings, the aftercare process is important to allow your pierced skin to heal properly. The area should be kept clean at all times and you should be careful when sneezing or blowing your nose. 

If you’re finding it difficult to clean the area, use a cotton swab, this will get to the places that you can’t easily reach.

If you notice excessive swelling or discharge for longer than normal, you should contact your piercer. This area could be infected and you need to get it sorted quickly.


As you can see it’s nothing to worry about if you do suddenly realize that your piercing is sinking into the hole in your nose. This can be rectified easily. However, the best thing would be to make sure that this doesn’t happen in the first place. 

You can do this by using a professional piercer and keeping up the aftercare until the piercing has healed.

We hope that we answered your question and you now understand how to prevent this from happening.