How to Deal With Nose Piercing Sinking In

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Nose Piercing Sinking In




Although it’s normal for people not to have any significant problems with the healing process of a new nose piercing, one of the most common issues we hear about from those who do is that the nose stud is “sinking in” and/or skin is growing over the stud of the jewelry. If you’ve noticed this starting to happen with your nose piercing, DON’T PANIC! There are many tricks and tips that can help you get through it smoothly and have your nose piercing in tip top shape in no time. Read on!

For the initial piercing, a piercer will usually use nose jewelry with a longer post and have you choose a large jewel or ball for the top so that it won’t “sink” into your piercing hole during the post piercing swelling. This will allow extra room for the swelling that occurs after being pierced (so that the jewelry won’t be too tight) until the swelling has gone down and you’ve healed enough to trade the jewelry out for something smaller. Sometimes, however, the piercing can become displaced or other factors can cause the jewelry to “sink” or have skin grow over it.

If you have skin growing over your piercing stud you’ll want to be sure not to leave it that way for long. The longer the skin is allowed to grow over the jewelry, the more painful and complicated it’ll be to fix. If it’s not too painful and doesn’t look infected, try to push the stud through the layer of skin as soon as you notice it trying to grow over.

Next, you’ll want to change the jewelry to either a hoop or a piece with a longer post or at least a bigger stud, depending on your particular situation. (Usually, I’d recommend switching both but if you already have a long post in with a small stud on the end switching the stud may be enough or vice versa.) If you’re not sure which option is best for you, I recommend speaking with your piercer – or possibly another piercer – about your situation.

It’s advisable to have your jewelry changed by a professional piercer when possible anyway and if it’s the one who pierced you to begin with he or she may even switch your jewelry for you at no extra charge! Of course, the most surefire way to make sure your piercing doesn’t sink in again is to switch your stud for a hoop. If you like or don’t mind the look of a hoop, at least temporarily ’til your piercing heals again or you find jewelry with a big enough stud to stay out of your piercing hole, try switching to a hoop. (Added bonus: hoops are easier to keep clean!)

If the piercing IS infected, it’s highly recommended that you see a physician ASAP. Here are signs you can check to determine whether you have an infection. If you notice any of the following, please consider a visit to your physician:

  • An increase in pain, redness, swelling, burning, or tenderness around the piercing site.
  • Swelling or tenderness in lymph glands above or below the piercing
  • Greenish yellow discharge. (A bit of oozing or bleeding is normal but pus, especially when combined with other infection symptoms, can be a red flag.)
  • A fever

If you do NOT have an infection, you can use the following techniques at home (or wherever you choose!) to decrease the swelling around your piercing and keep it as clean and healthy as possible so that it’ll heal as quickly as possible:

If you’re currently using sea salt soaks but are experiencing dryness or irritation around the socket/piercing hole, try exchanging your soaks for bacitracin, an ointment which you can typically pick up at your local pharmacy for a few dollars. You can apply bacitracin by putting a dot of the ointment on a q-tip and rubbing that onto the outside piercing area, especially where the post of the jewelry enters the hole. This will help to prevent infection and keep the socket mosturized. You can also rinse the socket out to remove any debris, oil, etc by running it under water (ie: in the shower) while slowly and carefully pushing the jewelry back and forth in the socket. Follow up after the rinse with a bacitracin application to keep the piercing site moist.




22 thoughts on “How to Deal With Nose Piercing Sinking In”

  1. Hi, I have had my nose pierced for about 9 months now, maybe about 3 weeks ago I changed my nose ring to a different stud the piercing was perfectly fine until about last night it randomly started to puss then dramatically sink into my nose to where if I ran my finger over piercing I couldn’t feel it. I woke up this morning a little bloody around the ring so I cleaned it off and it’s still sinking in. If I push the ring out a little I see that the piercing hole in my nose looks a lot bigger then before! Please help any advice on what should I do? I’m thinking I need to take it out?

  2. I got my nose pierced almost 2 weeks ago using a gun…nevertheless after about a week it just started sliding up and out. So I went out and purchased a nose stud but when I inserted it I noticed the other end was barely noticeable and the inside was swollen…put original back in. Now I’m afraid and nervous

    1. Hi Tia,

      Sometimes it’s actually better not to take it out!

      You see, if there’s any pus or anything inside that needs to be drained, by taking the piercing out you’ll actually block it inside which may have worse complications.

      So I’d say if you’ve any concerns, please visit a professional to see what exactly is going on there.

      Robert
      http://www.bodyfrenzy.com/nose-rings/ – Hottest Selling Nose Rings!

  3. Hi I got my nose pierced 4 days ago n I’ve noticed it’s sinking in quite a bit wid a bit of pain but Is it k if I leave the stud in or do I have to take it out and change it

    1. Hi Sumiara,

      It’s probably due to the swelling that it seems to you it’s sinking in! Just do the proper aftercare as per the recommendations above, monitor it on a daily basis making sure no skin starts growing over it and if it doesn’t get better in 10 days or so – go back to the piercing to get a longer stud.

      Regards,

      Robert
      http://www.bodyfrenzy.com/nose-rings/ – Hottest Selling Nose Rings!

  4. Got my nose pierced yesterday, and the clear stud keeps sinking in. I am cleaning it was sea salt solution, just not sure what is going on or what I should do. Please help.

    1. Hi Kim,

      It’s probably due to the swelling that it seems to you it’s sinking in! Just do the proper aftercare as per the recommendations above, monitor it on a daily basis making sure no skin starts growing over it and if it doesn’t get better in 10 days or so – go back to the piercing to get a longer stud.

      Regards,

      Robert
      http://www.bodyfrenzy.com/nose-rings/ – Hottest Selling Nose Rings!

  5. So I got a nose piercing redone last saturday. I’ve been using a salt water solution twice daily as recommended by my piercer. And I have been sleeping with a band-aid over it. I woke up yesterday realizing that I couldn’t see the piercing as prominently as I could have before. And by the end of the night I realized that it seemed to be sinking in and skin is healing over it. I pushed it up, just to see if I could get the skin under the stud and I did notice a sort of dome shape had taken under the stud. I guess had a concave shape as per a description above. I do know that when I showered yesterday a bit of water may have gotten in and under the band-aid. I’m not sure if that may have affected the healing process at all.

    Thankfully my initial major panic has subsided as I’ve realized that this is completely normal. I’m hesitant about interfering with the piercing any more as per removal for a ring option suggested above. Is there anything else that could be suggested?

    1. Hi Sky,

      If you don’t want to change jewelry to a longer stud or a hoop, I’d suggest you just keep making sure the skin doesn’t grow over the nose ring on a daily basis when you’re cleaning it.

      Another thing – there’s no need for you to keep the band-aid on – it’s best you keep the area well ventilated to facilitate the healing process. But in case you do it to avoid pulling the nose ring out while sleeping – make sure to put a dry band-aid over it just before bed and you can shower without any band-aids, it’s no problem! Just do your saline soak after that and you’ll be fine!

      Regards,

      Robert
      http://www.bodyfrenzy.com/nose-rings/ – Hottest Selling Nose Rings!

  6. Hi, I just got my nose pierced on Fri on the 24 of April and it was find until this morning when I woke up it was kind of sinken n and I used sea salt and water and dial soap to clean but it is kind of sore now what to do someone told me to keep tissue n my nose right now for a Lil while.

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Don’t put any tissue in your nose – just let your body do the healing!

      Don’t clean it too much and there’s no need to use dial soap – just soak it with saline solution twice daily.

      It’s not unusual for fresh piercings to be slightly tender and swollen, but obviously if it gets worse and the swelling becomes noticeably bigger, and it starts oozing stuff, you should definitely see someone because this might indicate an infection.

      But in case the sinking in is a real issue, you may consider changing your stud for a hoop http://www.bodyfrenzy.com/nose-hoops/ – but don’t do it yourself, go back to your piercer.

      Cheers,
      Robert
      http://www.bodyfrenzy.com/nose-rings/ – Hottest Selling Nose Rings!

  7. Hello.. Hopefully someone has some advice.. I got my nose pierced about two weeks before Thanksgiving. I cleaned it all the time, At first I used witch hazel for a while then I started to get a bump right next to the hole.. So I used saline solution then I heard tee tree oil so I tried that. I got the bump to finally go away.. Yippie so I thought I could change my stud so I did.. I wore it for about a month and yesterday It felt kinda swollen, I cleaned it and a little bit of liquid came out.. Eww I thought it should be held by now it’s beenabout 5 months since I got it done this morning I woke up and it had sank into my nose I had to push it from the inside out.. Im wondering if anyone knows why.. It’s not held yet.. Ive talked to my artist and he said the length of the bar is fine.. Ahh man someone help me..

      1. I have the same dilemma as Tabitha’s unfortunately. The area around my stud looks a little concave too. Is this something I should be worried about?

        1. Hi Samira,

          Here’s the thing – we need to figure out whether it’s due to swelling OR the skin is actually forming a hollow for some strange reason!

          So basically you have to push the nose ring out a little from the inside of the nostril and see how the skin reacts – and then let me know.

          Regards,

          Robert
          http://www.bodyfrenzy.com/nose-rings/ – Hottest Selling Nose Rings!

  8. I got my piercing done about 5 days ago and it was looking good until today it looked like my piercing was sinking in. Also it looks a little red. What should I do ? I have been cleaning it with peroxide alcohol.

  9. Hello i recently got my nose pierced- i think its an indian nose hook.I didnt have much swelling initially but now it looks like a part of it might be sinking in! i pierced it about 3 days ago, is it too soon to change the ring and also will it hurt more ? especially since the wound is still so fresh. What do it do?? thanks

    1. ^^Reply to comment above. You shouldn’t take it out. You need to leave it in for max ten weeks before changing it. Everyone’s different so it may hurt when taking it out. Just keep cleaning it with salt solution and go back to your pierced and see them. Unless you pierced it yourself, see a piercer either way.
      I also have my nose pierced and mine sunk in a while ago and I just cleaned it.

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