High Nostril Piercing

What is high nostril piercing?

High nostril piercing or double nose piercing refers to a perforation that is usually higher than the normal piercing on the nostril. It is a piercing that is located on the nose bridge on one side of the nose or on both sides of the nose.

High Nostril Piercing
High Nostril Piercing

method of high nostril piercing

High nostril piercing is a bit different from the usual nose piercing. The area is wiped. A surgical pen is used to mark the spot at which the customer wants the piercing.

A sterilized needle is used along with a receiving tube to make the perforation and the jewelry of the customer’s choice is inserted. The size of the needle may vary but usually, it is an 18 gauge needle.

Most often a caliper is also used to bend the jewelry while making a high nostril piercing because the area where the piercing is to be made is thicker than the other regions.


Pain is expected in case of a high nostril piercing. Since the area for the piercing is thick, the perforation will have to be made through the thick layer.

In such a case pain is obvious and the degree of pain is a higher degree than in the case of other piercings because of the same reason.

Again pain is an experience that is different for different people because the amount of pain one can bear is different from others.

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While high nostril piercing can be a great addition to your look, they also come with some pros and cons. Let’s take a closer look.


Unique Look

High nostril piercing can offer a unique and edgy look that sets you apart from others. This type of piercing can be a great way to showcase your personal style and add a bold touch to your overall look.


High nostril piercing can be a versatile choice when it comes to jewelry options. You can choose from a variety of studs, hoops, and rings that can add a touch of elegance or a punk rock vibe to your style.

Healing Time

High nostril piercing generally healing more quickly than other types of nose piercing. This is because the area being pierced is less prone to irritation and movement, making the healing process faster and less painful.



like regular nostril piercings, this piercing can be more painful than other nose piercing. The area being pierced is thicker and has more cartilage, which can make the piercing process more uncomfortable and painful.

Risk of Infection

Any type of piercing comes with a risk of infection. However, this type of nostril piercing may be more prone to infection due to the area being pierced. The nostrils are part of the respiratory system and are constantly exposed to bacteria and viruses.


High nostril piercing can be more prone to migration than other types of regular nose piercings. This is because the area being pierced has less flesh and cartilage to hold the jewelry in place, making it more prone to shifting or moving.


High nostril piercing can leave more noticeable scarring than other types of regular nostril piercing. The area being pierced is thicker and more prone to scarring, which can be more noticeable and harder to conceal.


The most common danger related to any kind of piercing is an infection. The bacteria known as staphylococcus is very commonly found in the nasal mucosa, hence making the area extremely susceptible to infections. In order to avoid such a condition, people have to undergo vigorous treatments with antibiotics.

Bleeding from the septum

The area of skin and cartilage that separates the two nostrils is called the septum. Bleeding and bleeding from the septum are called a septal hematoma.

It is usually caused in cases of high nasal piercing. Nasal congestion, pain, swelling, and difficulty in breathing are signs of a septal hematoma.

Jewelry aspiration and migration

Another common danger associated with nasal piercing is the chance of the nasal jewelry being swallowed or aspirated through the nasal cavity. The jewelry may also move further away from the original position. Also, chances are that the jewelry may be pulled out, resulting in the jewel getting embedded in the nasal wall. In such a case the jewel has to be removed through surgery.

Affects the perichondritis of the nasal wall 

 Perichondritis is the thick membrane of connective tissues that form wrapping around most of the cartilage in the body. Nasal piercings often come with the risk of inflammation of the perichondritis.

Necrosis of the nasal wall

Necrosis is the death of living cells. Both the lateral walls of the nasal wall may be affected by necrosis in case of a high nasal piercing.


Healing time

A high nostril piercing is made at a region that is thicker than the other areas for nose piercing. Hence, it takes comparatively more time to heal.

Unlike other nose piercing, the usual time taken for a high nostril piercing to heal is about 4-6 months.

Healing also depends on how fast a person’s body repairs its wounds internally. Also, proper care should be taken to ensure faster healing.

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How to avoid infections?

It is important to clean the area twice daily. Before cleaning the area one must make sure to sanitize his/her hands properly. This is done to avoid the spread of bacteria.

Lathering an antibacterial soap around the pierced area and rinsing it with lukewarm water is the first step while cleaning the piercing.

Make a saline solution consisting of sea salt and warm water. The solution should be dabbed using a cotton bud inside and outside the area. Then the area should be rinsed properly and dried with the help of a tissue or towel.


  • Avoid using makeup and beauty products
  • Ensure that the punctured area is healed completely before changing the jewelry
  • Store saline water, which is used for cleaning the wound in the fridge
  • Use aftercare swabs and sprays to help the wound heal.


  • Touch the pierced area with dirty hands to avoid the spread of bacteria and further infestation of the infection
  • Over-clean the area
  • Use any medication or ointment without consulting a doctor as the wrong medication can cause the healing process to slow down and may also leave back scars
  • Go swimming as bacteria may come into contact with the wound.

How to treat infections?

Normally a high nostril piercing may cause swelling, redness, and pain for about 10- 15 days. But in case the condition worsens one must take the necessary steps to cure the infection. Sometimes, the pierced area develops a bump that usually contains pus.

Consulting a doctor is necessary. One must also apply a warm compress to the area. Also, a bag of chamomile green tea can be used as a compress which helps to soothe the pain and improves blood circulation.


High Nostril Piercing Pictures
High Nostril Piercing Jewelry

Here are some jewelry options that are suitable for a fresh high-nostril piercing:

Straight Barbell

A straight barbell is a popular jewelry option for fresh high-nostril piercings. It provides enough room for swelling and is less likely to move or shift around, which can irritate the piercing. Make sure to choose a barbell that’s the right length for your piercing, so it’s not too short or too long.

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Labret Stud

A labret stud is another suitable jewelry option for a fresh high-nostril piercing. It’s a flat-backed stud with a small disc on the inside of the nose that sits comfortably against the piercing site. Like a straight barbell, a labret stud provides enough room for swelling and minimizes the risk of irritation.

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L-Shaped nostril screw

An L-shaped nostril screw is a curved piece of jewelry that sits flush against the inside of the nostril and follows the curve of the nose on the outside. Nostril screws are a comfortable option that minimizes movement and is less likely to get caught on clothing or hair. However, make sure to choose high-quality nostril screws with a rounded, smooth end to avoid irritation.

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It is important to choose high quality jewelry

It’s important to choose high-quality jewelry made from materials like surgical steel, titanium, or gold to minimize the risk of infection and allergic reactions. Always follow the aftercare instructions provided by your reputable piercer and avoid touching or changing the jewelry until the piercing has fully healed.

The most common size for jewelry is about 20 gauge

Convenient and beautiful nostril screw decoration. For this piercing extra care must be taken while choosing the jewelry. What would screw up the nostrils does not interfere with your wear glasses.

Since the most common size of the needle used for the piercing is 18 gauge, the most common size for the jewelry suggested by the piercer will be about 20 gauge.

But this decision might change when the piercer makes decisions based on the nose of the person, the spot where the customer wants the piercing, etc.


Usually, the cost of getting high nostril piercings ranges between $50-80. But the cost of nose piercing is subject to change with regard to the charges of the body piercing parlor and the piercing artist hired for the purpose.

The cost also depends on the kind of jewelry one chooses as well as the aftercare products that are purchased to help in the healing process of the piercing.

It’s important to choose professional piercers and ensure that they use sterile equipment and follow proper safety procedures to minimize the risk of infection or other complications.

Thank you for reading until the end. Hopefully, this article helped you with your decision rather or not to go ahead with a high nostril piercing. Good luck!

2 thoughts on “High Nostril Piercing”

  1. bridge piercings are not the same as high nostril piercings. bridge piercings are not pierced with an 18g needle.

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