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Nostril Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer 2020 S02 Ep02

In Season 2 Episode 02, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of Nostril Piercings.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:

  • Pierced traditionally through the ridge of the nostril on the left or right side.


  1. Dates back to 4000-5000 years ago when it was first recorded in the middle east

  2. It's mentioned in the bible through the translation was changed to earring, the original text refers to a nose-ring. Genesis 24:22

  3. Has a history within the Indian Culture dating back to the 16th century

  4. The Indian tradition is that the piercing on the right side makes childbirth easier

  5. The piercing is also represented in the native tribes of Africa and North America

  6. In modern time the piercing was heavily associated with subcultures including the counter culture of the 1960 but is more associated with the Punk Rock Movement.



  1. Socially accepted

  2. A long history of healing easily

  3. Not prone to rejection or migration

  4. A large variety of jewelry styles

  5. Enhances and draws attention


  1. Effects employment or playing organized sports

  2. Can not sleep on it

  3. Can not wear makeup during the healing

  4. Piercing can be prone to scarring

  5. Jewelry will need to be oversize while healing


Things to look for:

  • The piercer should have experience with the piercing

  • The piercer should offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc…

  • The piercer should evaluate your anatomy

  • If you are planning on wearing a ring, they should discuss placement

  • If they pierce with a ring, the jewelry must be oversized

The Piercing Experience:

  • Pierced usually freehand with a small cork or Needle Receiving Tube supporting the tissue but can also be done with forceps

  • The piercing is usually very quick

  • pain may be throbbing or aching for a few minutes afterward

  • can bleed

  • will usually make your eyes water


  • Average healing time is 8-12 weeks or longer

  • Saline twice daily

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

  • First 3-5 you can experience slight bleeding off and on, redness/discolor, heat, and tenderness to the touch.

  • The piercing should be monitored for abscesses and bumps or signs of issues

  • makeup should be kept away from the piercing.

  • masks should be limited contact and changed often

  • Do not sleep on the piercing

  • Especially with Nostril Screws and L Bends, limit contact especially

  • * when washing your face, drying off, or changing clothing

Jewelry Options:

  • Can change after the piercing is healed

  • Nostril Screws

  • Labret Studs

  • L Bend

  • Rings(Wait until well seasoned)

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • Avoid pressure or trauma to the piercing

  • Adjust or change loose jewelry

Abandoning the piercing:

  • Well begin to close quickly but may look open for some time.

  • There will be a small indented circular scar on each side. This may fade in time.

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Suggested Aftercare Products:

  • For Premixed Saline DaVo suggests. NeilMed Neil Cleanse Wound Wash First-Aid Sterile Saline Solution 6 fl oz Each -
  • For Oral Piercings -     
    Biotene Fresh Mint Moisturizing Oral Rinse Mouthwash, Alcohol-Free, for Dry Mouth -

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Audio-Technica AT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone - and Tascam DR-40x -

For more information on DaVo and the Axiom Body Piercing Studio go to

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Contact DaVo at or by phone at 515-966-4814
If you would like to set up a Piercing Appointment go to

Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm

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