The practice of nose piercings has been around for at least the last four thousand years. It may seem fairly simple; this is why many people purchase a piercing kit to complete the procedure at home, but you must make sure you learn the facts of proper piercing and aftercare before you pierce to ensure a successful procedure.
I have had my nose pierced three separate times now due to improper aftercare. With any facial piercing and especially a nose piercing, you must be cautious when washing your face and getting dressed. The first time my nose stud fell out was after I finished taking a shower. I dried my face with my towel and as I heard it drop on the bathroom counter, I panicked and tried to immediately put the stud back in, but the hole had already closed. With my second time, I needed to remove it for work-related purposes. They do say “third time’s a charm”, which is true for my case because I have managed to keep it in for quite some time now, with work no longer being an issue.
With all my piercings, especially my facial jewelry, my personal preference is that I maintain a feminine/girly appeal while creating some edge. I recently switched my nose stud to a nose hoop and now wear that paired with my Monroe piercing. By switching to a nose hoop, I no longer have the issue of my nose stud falling out and I can be less cautious while completing my daily routine.
I have come across several people who get their nose pierced but do not take care of their piercing properly, which generally results in an infection. The general healing time for a nose piercing is 6-12 weeks. During this time, it is vital to keep the site scrupulously clean. Upon the immediate aftercare of your piercing, you should not sleep on the side that you have been pierced on. Always, always, always wash your hands before touching your piercing. You must also clean your piercing three times a day. This can be done by using a fresh cotton ball soaked with sterile saline solution, then slightly rotate your jewelry to make sure the saline gets into the hole as well. Last but not least, avoid touching and/or playing with your new piercing as this can cause the cartilage to get damaged, resulting in an unattractive lump, granuloma, to form. Once you get one of these, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of.
The Monroe piercing, is taken from legendary beauty, Marilyn Monroe. Facial piercings in this area or on either side of the nose are also known as Madonnas, or even Crawfords, taken from the famous mole of supermodel Cindy Crawford. All three women bore such distinctive beauty marks. Monroe and Crawford on their left side, and Madonna on the right (though she eventually had hers removed). With all piercings, you must first decide if the piercing is for you. Marilyn Monroe has always been an icon for me. I remember even as a young girl, I would watch her movies, my favorite being (Some Like it Hot), and even dressing up as her for Halloween.
Interestingly enough, I got my Monroe piercing done on a whim. I was out to dinner with a good friend of mine and ran the idea by her, never thinking she would go for it. Next thing I knew, we were on our way to a nearby tattoo shop. Once we parked and walked inside, I immediately began second guessing my decision to get a piercing, especially on my face.
I began flipping through the piercer’s portfolio. I eventually built up the nerve to sign that waiver and walk back into the room to get my piercing. The few people that were in the shop at that late hour of 11 o’clock were even supportive of my decision and assured me that it would look good on me. I also did not choose just any random tattoo shop, as I have heard bad experiences from those who have not taken into consideration doing a little research first. I went to the tattoo shop where I actually got my first tattoo, about 4 years ago.
As far as pain goes, I would like to think that I have a particularly high tolerance. I was not worried about the pain that might go into getting this piercing done. I was more worried that it would look weird or out of my place. The procedure was complete from start to finish within three minutes. I did not feel any pain and when I got to look at my new piercing, I was both relieved and pleased with how it turned out.
There are a certain amount of health risks with oral piercings and should be taken into consideration before getting any facial piercings done. I have sensitive skin and feared that my lip would flare up because of being pierced. Luckily enough, I had minimal swelling that went away within two days of getting pierced. Whe n it came to the aftercare, for me, it was simple. I made sure to be very careful when getting dressed and washing my face, as with any facial piercing, it is common for it to get caught on clothes and towels. The piercer gave me a sheet with clear aftercare instructions and gave me a brief rundown as well. My aftercare instructions included: Dissolving 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of warm distilled or bottled water and soaking for 5-10 minutes two to three times per day, followed by gently patting with a clean paper product. This was to be completed for 4-6 weeks, until the piercing was completed healed.
Nearly two years later, I still have my Monroe piercing and still love it as much as I did the first day I got it.