How To Pierce Your Nose With A Sewing Needle

Piercing your own nose at home can be risky if not done properly with the right technique and safety precautions.

As a professional body piercer, I do not recommend piercing yourself.

However, I understand that some people may want to try DIY piercing for various reasons. If you do attempt it yourself, here is a guide to help minimize risks and increase the chance of success.

Gather the Necessary Supplies

To get started, you will need:

  • A sterile sewing needle (size 14-20 gauge)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Tissue
  • Ice (optional, for numbing)
  • Pen/marker
  • Mirror
  • Aftercare solution (saline wound wash and mild unscented antibacterial soap)

Prepare the Area

First, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Next, use the pen/marker to mark the spot you want to pierce. Use a mirror to view your nose from the side and front to ensure the marks are even and symmetrical.

Apply the ice to your nose (if using) for a few minutes to numb the area. This can help minimize discomfort from the piercing. Clean the area around the piercing site with rubbing alcohol using cotton balls.

Piercing Your Nose

Take a deep breath and push the sterile needle through your nose in one smooth motion, going straight through while exhaling. Do not change the angle or direction of the needle once it’s started going through. Breathe steadily and try to remain still. The piercing should take only a second, though it may feel longer.

Use clean tissue to wipe away any blood. Do not remove the needle yet. Have your aftercare solution, cotton balls and tissues ready for the next step.

Initial Aftercare

Carefully remove the needle. Do not touch or rotate the new piercing. Use cotton balls soaked in saline wound wash to gently cleanse the piercing area. Apply a small amount of mild antibacterial ointment.

Continue cleaning 2-3 times a day with saline and ointment. You may experience swelling, soreness or bruising for a few days up to two weeks. Avoid any touching or activities that could irritate the piercing. Do not change jewelry for 6-8 weeks while healing.

Visit your piercer for a checkup and possible downsizing of jewelry once healed. With proper aftercare and patience, you will have a successfully self-pierced nose! However, see your piercer right away if you notice excessive bleeding, discharge, redness or other signs of infection.

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