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Rhino Piercing Pros & Cons & Everything Else by a Piercer S02 EP40

In Season 2 Episode 40, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of Rhino Piercing. This video covers just about everything you would need to know before getting the piercings and include Pros & Cons, risks, what you should consider beforehand the piercing experience, healing, jewelry, living with the piercing, care, and abandoning the piercing. 

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:

  • Vertically pierced through the tip or apex of the nose and passes through the Major Alar Cartilages.


  • Origin is unknown and is a modern piercing. Though there have been claims that it has been done in South American and African cultures.


  1. Rare

  2. Heals

  3. Lots of different ends

  4. Draws attention

  5. Not inside the nostrils


  1. Hard to find a piercer

  2. Long Healing time 6-12 months

  3. Scarring

  4. Can be painful

  5. Hard to isolate

Things to look for:

  • Piercer is experienced in this piercing, professional, informative and make you feel comfortable and offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc… The piercer should evaluate your anatomy.

  • Due to the rarity of this piercing, it may be hard to find someone with experience with this piercing.

  • Does the piercer provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instructions?

The Piercing Experience:

  • Consultation & Jewelry Selection

  • Waiver, Set Up, and Disinfection

  • Marking will be two dots or a line and cross.

  • Marking should appear to be straight at arm's length.

  • The placement of the bottom should be in front of the nostril entrance.

  • The piercing should be measured to ensure that it matches the jewelry

  • Piercing is usually done freehand but can be done with forceps.

  • The needle is inserted in and through.

  • Jewelry follows the needle, usually aided with an insertion or guide pen.

  • Jewelry closure may take some time depending on if it is threaded or threadless.

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding.

  • Usually, you will have throbbing, aching, and warmth in the area for a few minutes afterward

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.

  • Jewelry will be slightly loose fitting to allow for swelling.


  • The average healing time is 6-12 months

  • Clean twice daily with sterile saline spray

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

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact

    • Keep your environment clean

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

  • Avoid playing with the piercing or excessive movement

  • Swelling can continue for a 3-5 days

    • Swelling will often happen the next morning after the piercing.

    • Reduce swelling including sleeping with your head elevated.

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

  • Avoid trauma and contact with the piercing.


  • should leave jewelry in at all times

  • Once healed or if the jewelry is causing issues, the jewelry should be downsized if it is not tight fitting.

  • check the tightness of the end.

  • Jewelry is usually a curved or straight barbell.

  • Threaded or Threadless

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • check the tightness of the ball regularly

  • Avoid trauma

Abandoning the piercing:

  • If the piercing is still healing and there are signs of infection, see your piercer or doctor before removing the jewelry

  • If the piercing is healthy and still healing, treat it like any other wound or cut.

  • Will close but may appear open for a long period of time.

  • Often there are large indention scars, these may not go away completely but should fade over time.

  • The holes may produce a cream cheese-like discharge, this is sebum.

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All photos are used in the spirit of Fair Uses. If you own the copyright of the photos, did the piercing, or are the person in the photo, please contact me and I will add the information to the description. 

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 Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

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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