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.