the hole story: part one

28 Nov

(Not my nose because I don’t want my nose posted all over google images like this one. Source )

This summer I did something relatively spontaneous and anybody who knows me, knows that being spontaneous isn’t my thing. I make calculated decisions on pretty much everything. I can’t even buy conditioner for my hair without looking at reviews  online. I shop at stores that have a good return policy and the words “final sale” make me cringe.

So why I decided to get a nose piercing after thinking about it for just a few days is beyond me. Even though I despise needles, I somehow convinced myself that getting a piercing wouldn’t be that bad and it would hurt for just a few seconds and would have something pretty for years to come. I looked for a reputable piercing shop online (of course) and chose one in Downtown Vancouver. I talked to my friend about it and convinced her to come with me. She decided she might as well get something pierced too, so she decided to get her rook done.

As we made our way to the piercing shop, I was beginning to have second thoughts. What if I don’t like it? I’m scared that I’m going to get the dreaded bump (more on that later). It’s gonna hurt. Once we got there, I looked around at the nose studs and the shop guy showed me the ones I would be pierced with. I held it up to my nose and decided “Mmm, it looks kinda cute. It’s sparkly. Okay, I’ll do it.”

Now I don’t remember who got their piercing first but I have a feeling it was me cause I wanted to get it over with first. The piercer used a pen to mark my nose to determine where to place it. She asked my opinion and it looked good to me. I figured she knew better than me. So she had me lie down on the medical chair (like the one’s in doctors offices) and rubbed some antibacterial lotion on my nose. She did some other things that I couldn’t see and then came towards me with a needle that looked about 3-4 inches long. Pretty sure my eyes bulged a bit and I definitely thought to myself “ohh myyyy goddd.” I shut my eyes while she was about to pierce. She counted down to 3 and I felt this sharp pain go from the outside of my nostril and out of my nose. The needle was in my nose while she took the stud and inserted it into the top of the hollow needle to bring it into my nose. There was a slight pain when she inserted the stud in and then it was all done. It took about 10 seconds from start to finish. I sat up and felt a bit woozy. I looked in the mirror and it looked good. She gave me one of those gross chalky lollipops in case I was about to faint and needed sugar.

My friend got her rook done and it looked painful but she said it wasn’t that bad. The piercer told us how to clean our piercings and we paid at the front desk.

Fifteen minutes later, we both walked out of the store with fresh piercings and feelin’ just a bit spontaneous.


My thoughts on pre-piercing and the actual piercing:

  • Do your research before getting anything pierced. Know what you are getting yourself into! Piercings can get infected if you don’t clean it properly so if you are not willing to do the cleaning, I would re-think the piercing. There is quite a bit of cleaning that goes along with getting your nose pierced and I was afraid of getting “the bump” so I cleaned pretty religiously (but I got it anyways because I accidentally rubbed my piercing…). My whole cleaning routine would take about 15 minutes a day.
  • Be aware of the side effects of the piercing. Nose piercings get “the bump” quite easily and some people get it worse than others. Most people cited their problems to accidentally rubbing or snagging it on a towel. Some people said they never cleaned theirs and that’s why they got the bump. When I refer to other people, I mean people on online forums, haha.
  • It’s rather expensive. My nose piercing cost about $75. Also factor in the cost of cleaning ingredients ( you will need sea salt (~$4) and may need tea tree oil (~$10), vitamin E oil (~$10), polysporin (~$6) and new future jewelry ($5+).
  • Talk to your employer or consider your career if it is a facial piercing (if appropriate, I don’t know where you work so maybe it’s ok). I think ear piercings are fine for the workplace, but depending on where you work, your piercing might be an issue. I spoke to my employer before getting mine and she was fine with it. My actress cousin told me about a co-star who got her nose pierced before shooting a movie and she had to take it out before it was fully healed because of her role. Needless to say, it grew in and she probably wasted $75 on it.
  • Plan ahead for healing time. My nose piercing was projected to take about 3 months to heal. During this time, I couldn’t change the jewelry and had to clean everyday. Someone else told me it should really be 6 months. I didn’t think it would take this long to heal and got my piercing a month before I went to Europe for 2.5 weeks. Cleaning your nose piercing in a hostel bathroom is not the most ideal situation…
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the piercing pain as a 5. Try taking an aspirin or other pain reliever an hour before you get your piercing. I took one so maybe that’s why it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined.
  • Prepare for friends to not notice or notice and not say anything. I imagined everyone I saw would say “Oh my god! You got your nose pierced! [Insert nice or fake nice comment].” A surprising number of people didn’t say anything. Maybe they abide by Thumper’s rule of “If you can’t say anything nice – don’t say anything at all.” Or perhaps they noticed but didn’t remember if you’ve always had it and didn’t want to say anything and admit they didn’t remember what you looked like before. I had a friend tell me this is what he though when he first saw me. So if you’re reading this and you have a friend who got something pierced, but don’t remember if it’s new – comment on it anyways. We like it.

I wrote this post to help others thinking of getting their nose (or anything really) pierced. I’ll be writing about other aspects of my piercing (cleaning), dealing with the bump, finding jewelry, etc. as I did a lot of googling after I got my nose pierced so figured I could be one the posts that gets googled now that I’ve gone through the process.

5 Responses to “the hole story: part one”

  1. Elaine November 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    When I went with my friend to get her nose and rook pierced (she already had 3 other piercings), she said that the nose piercing with the long needle was the most painful piercing she’d ever had. We also talked to the lovely tattooed piercing lady and she went on and on about how the earring guns that are used at Claire’s and such are extremely unhygienic. She described in too much detail how the blood from one person’s ear piercing goes straight through to the back of the gun, where it comes into contact with the needle…and then INTO THE NEXT PERSON’S EAR!


    Anyway, not sure how true that is but I laugh and cringe every time I see someone getting ear piercings done at Claire’s now.

    • shannon November 30, 2011 at 12:35 am #

      Hm! It must have been the pain killer I took beforehand that really helped with the pain then. Good to know.

      Yeah, I’ve heard about the gun thing before. They don’t use the gun anymore because of that reason. I went with my parent’s homestay to get her ears pierced at Claire’s and I watched them do it with a single use gun. It kinda looked like a hole puncher…Or one of those mini stampers where you get shapes like butterflys and hearts lol

  2. kiran December 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    i genuinely think your piecing suits you 😛


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