How Long Does It Take for a Nose Piercing to Close?
Nostril piercings are among the most popular piercings and are perhaps the most popular site for body jewelry after ear piercings. Generally, there are two types of nostril piercings: the nostril on the side and the nasal septum in the middle. There is a growing trend of nose piercing in India and the subcontinent, as piercings are often an integral part of Indian wedding jewelry. Given its popularity across centuries and cultures, it's not uncommon for people to consider a nose piercing at some point in their lives. If you or someone you know is considering such a piercing, it is important to know how long it takes to close and how long it takes to heal.
In this oneHOWTO article, we explain how long it takes for the nose piercing to close and give you tips on how to best heal a freshly pierced piercing.
How long does it take for a new nose piercing to heal?
If you just got a nose piercing, you may be wondering how long you'll have to wait before you can replace the original piercing or if you can even take it out. If you have ever had your ears pierced, then you know how important it is that your earrings stay in for quite a while. But why do new piercings want to close so quickly? Whenever you create a hole in your body, your immune system kicks in and tries to repair that hole as quickly as possible.
Usually, the piercing's closure time depends on your age, how long ago you had the piercing, and even its shape or location. For newly pierced piercings, this time is usually very short. The body only needs a few hours to start healing. This means that if you remove the piercing immediately after you had it done, the hole can close overnight.
To ensure that the healing process is successful, it is recommended to wait at least two months before you take it out or try to replace it. You can also speed up the healing process by wearing earrings made of implant-grade metal so that your body forms a protective layer around the metal.
If you wish to know more about different types and styles of nose piercing, then do not miss our article on nose piercings.
How long does it take for an old nose piercing to close?
If you have had the piercing for a long time, you may think that you are safe because it is completely healed, but you should also remember that there is a difference between healed and permanent.
In most cases, healed piercings are no longer swollen, the tissue around the piercing feels normal, and there is no discharge from the piercing.
Permanent piercings, on the other hand, means that the jewelry can be removed for hours or days without the hole closing. However, keep in mind that it is always possible for your piercing to close if you remove the jewelry for a long period of time. Although it is not easy to predict how quickly your body will allow a piercing to heal, it is more likely that a newer piercing will heal sooner than and old one.
Normally, our body starts regenerating as soon as we remove the earring, and it may be as soon as 24-48 hours later that the inner part of the skin starts closing. However, it may take years for the outer part to disappear, which is due to external factors, such as thick layers of skin.
How to take care of your nose piercing
The nose piercing, like any other piercing, is an open wound for the first few weeks, so it must be taken care of very well to heal properly. At oneHOWTO we explain the best tips so you know how to heal a nose piercing:
- Do not touch the nose ring or any other piercing with your hands, and if you are forced to, always do it with clean hands.
- Use serums or neutral soaps to wash it and avoid irritation.
- Be careful with hair and clothing to avoid entrapment.
- Make sure your bedding is clean.
- Take care of your skin regularly, at least twice a day for the first 3 to 4 weeks.
- Pay attention to your diet and lifestyle, as this will also help your body to develop better and speed up healing.
- Avoid wearing makeup or applying scented masks or creams for the first few weeks to prevent them from getting into the wound and possibly causing infection.
- Once the estimated healing time of the nose piercing has passed, do not try to change the earring on your own. Rather, go to the center so they can see it and put it in the right way for you.
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