Nose piercings have been around for centuries. In some cultures, nose piercings have deep cultural roots, although the majority of nose piercings today are done for purely aesthetic reason.
When you think of a nose piercing, a stud in the nostril or ring at the bottom of the nose are what most likely come to mind. However, there are actually quite a few different types of nose piercings these days. The aforementioned nose piercings are still quite popular, but other types of nose piercings are quickly gaining momentum.
Curious about the different types of nose piercings available? Check out these ten common nose piercings, which range from subtle to extraordinarily unique!
1. Studded Nostril Piercing
One of the most popular types of nose piercings today is still the basic nostril piercings. Jewelry passes through the lower part of the nostril, and in this case, a nose piercing stud is used.
An Austin bar piercing is one of the more unusual types of nose piercings today. This type of piercing involves a piece of bar jewelry passing through the flesh on the tip of the nose. Note that this nose piercing does not actually pass through the septum.
The septum piercing is another one of the most common types of nose piercings today. This piercing involves a piece of jewelry passing through the septum, or thin piece of cartilage in the nose that separates the nostrils. Although bar and horseshoe shaped jewelry can be worn in a septum piercing, nose rings are more common. Some individuals also opt to stretch their septum piercings, making the hole through their septum larger.
When the piercing hole in a stretched septum piercing is large enough, a septril piercing may be possible, although it is one of the rarer types of nose piercings. This piercing passes down through the bottom of a stretched septum piercing and out through the columella, or piece of tissue on the bottom of the nose.
Sometimes referred to as a vertical nose piercing, the rhino piercing is a piercing the passes thought the bottom tip of the nose and out the top of the tip of the nose. It is aptly named, since it is reminiscent of a rhino’s horn, especially when adorned with a spiked stud.
A piercing on the bridge of the nose is also sometimes referred to as a mid-brow piercing or an erl piercing. This piercing usually involves a piece of bar jewelry passing through the tissue at the bridge of the nose right between the eyes.
I hope you enjoyed this awesome list of nose piercing types! And, if you’re shopping for a slightly more unique nose piercing, hopefully you found some great inspiration! Remember to always do your homework before getting a nose piercings. Choose a respected and experienced piercer, and ask to see examples of the different types of nose piercings that he has done in the past. Also, make sure you’re aware of the risks associated with the piercing you choose, and learn to care for your new piercing properly.