You just got your nose pierced and now you cannot wait for your piercing to heal up and become a natural part of you..
Normally, a nose piercing’s healing time depends on multiple various factors – such as your body’s healing metabolism, complications from improper hygiene and even the location of the piercing. For example, If you got the piercing in your nostrils, it takes typically 2-4 months for it to heal completely. On the other hand, if the piercing is in your nasal septum you will need to wait approximately 6-8 months to see complete healing.
So, just like each nose piercing is completely different from another, so is the healing time too.
Thus, in such a tricky situation, how to tell if your nose piercing is healed or not? What are the signs you must keenly look out for? And finally, what are the tests that determine your nose piercing has healed completely?
So, How to tell if your Nose piercing is healed? Here are the 9 Signs
1) No More Redness:
Redness is the most common sign that 100% of people who get a nose piercing will experience. Thus if your piercing has healed completed, then this redness should have faded completely.
Contrary, if you could still see some redness, then it indicates that your nose piercing has not healed yet, and you just need to be patient for some more time.
On an average, the redness will take at least about a month to completely fade away.
2) Bleeding Stops:
If you get a cut, random bleeding near the wound is very much common. However, this bleeding will eventually stop, when the wound starts healing. The same with nose piercings too.
Although initially there will be a little or profuse bleeding (depending upon your body’s clotting abilities), this must stop once your piercing start to heal. So, if you think that your nose piercing has healed completely, then there should be no bleeding from the piercing at any case (even if you touch it).
3) Swelling will go down:
Another sure sign of a healed nose piercing is the complete reduction of the swelling.
In general, the swelling that began within the first few hours of a nose piercing will go down gradually (at about a month) indicating that your nose piercing is starting to heal. Nevertheless, if you still have mild swelling then you can use ice twice a day to accelerate the swelling to subside.
4) Pus Dries out:
Pus or exudates which are quite common after a nose piercing should be dried along with the formation of the wound’s crust. So a dried pus directly indicates one’s healed piercing.
Just clean the surrounding area and rinse off any exudates or pus by soaking the wound in salt water for 7-10 minutes.
5) No Tenderness:
Just like any wound, your piercing too will be tender to touch during the initial days. Thus, later when the piercing has fully healed, this must completely go away. In fact, you should not experience any tenderness even with touch or rotation of the piercing.
Contrary, if you still have tenderness, it indicates unhealed piercing which must not be touched or rotated, as this will impede the wound healing process.
6) Scars tell a lot:
Another important sign of a healed nose piercing is the formation of scars. Yes, when your nose piercing is healed, you might see small bumps around the piercing (which could be a keloid scar or a hypertrophic scar).
Opposingly, if you are seeing reddish bumps or greenish discolorations around the piercing, you should visit a dermatologist (who might prescribe corticosteroids or other topical medications).
7) No Pain:
Any discomfort or pain indicates a wound is still in its healing process. Thus if your nose piercing is completely healed, you should not experience any pain near or around the piercing site. In early wounds, the pain will be felt as a throbbing sensation due to the increased capillary circulation in the newly created wound. However, it will subside by the completion of the wound healing process.
Even if you experience pain, remember not to apply any topical analgesics, antibiotics, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to the wound. This is because it might just cause an allergic or irritant reaction and slow the healing further.
8) Crusts Falloff:
The crust that formed around the nose piercing will eventually fall off with healing. You should not pick them as it might lead to scar formation.
9) Normal skin:
When the piercing has healed completely, (typically at 2-4 months) there should be no swelling or any exudates or visible pus. Remember, all you must see is clear fresh skin. If you are seeing this new smooth skin, it is clear-cut proof that your nose piercing has already healed.
Quick and easy Test to confirm a healed Nose piercing skin:
This is one of the most accurate tests that tell whether your nose piercing has healed or not. All you need to do is remove the current nose piercing and replace it with other jewelry in its place.
So, If your wound is healed, then there will no signs of swelling or allergy or skin discoloration in reaction to the different metal. Contrary if you see any of those mentioned above, it could indicate an unhealed nose piercing.
Make sure you use stainless steel, titanium or gold while doing this test.
What to expect after a Nose piercing: 4 Healing Stages
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See, you may have already seen many websites which bombard you with some absolute non sense, which are no way practical. But I at crazyJackz only give you practical conclusions that are true to real life.
1) The immediate hours after you got the piercing:
Things you will experience:
- Tender to touch.
- Heavy Pain.
- Pus or exudates (sometimes).
2) Day One – Day Fifteen
- A crust will be seen around the nose piercing (as the bleeding stops and blood clots along with the pus and serum).
- Redness will persist and will change to a pinkish color.
- Swelling will go down but will be present mildly
During this stage, regularly check for signs of infection or allergic reaction (to the jewelry metal). If you see symptoms like persisting severe tenderness, redness, excessive swelling or abnormal foul-smelling discharge, it could be an indication of infection and you should visit a dermatologist as soon as possible.
3) One month later
- Redness will be completely gone.
- By this time the outer wound will be almost completely healed but the inner part of your piercing will still be healing. This is because a wound generally heals in a stepwise manner from outside to inwards.
- As said keloid scar or a hypertrophic scar may start appearing.
There should be no swelling and if the piercing feels loose after the swelling goes down, you can go back to have it tightened. Do not remove the piercing and keep the wound open as it may still close up even after one month.
4) 2- 4 months later
There should be no visible wounds, redness, swelling, or crusts. In fact, a healthy normal skin should surround the fistula formed by the piercing.
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