Nostril piercing: in the crease?

To crease or not to crease:

I read a lot on the internet, obviously. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about nostril piercings and how some piercers prefer piercing the nostril in the crease, and some rather not. It’s well known piercers don’t always agree, but who is right about this?

Should a nostril piercing be placed in the crease or not?


By crease, I mean the slight fold your nostril makes. The part that gets deeper when you yawn.

The nostril piercing is often placed in the ridge where the actual nostril starts. The tissue there is thinner and allows the piercing to settle better. Sometimes the piercing has to be placed a little lower to allow for a ring without it having to be a very big one.

Personally I think the nostril piercing should – when the anatomy allows it – be placed in the crease. I’m willing to make exceptions when someone’s crease is so high it would demand a large diameter ring when worn so. In such cases I would try and place it slightly lower but still in the thinner fatty tissue of the nostril to allow for better healing and minimal movement.

Let me elaborate:

Many piercers say it shouldn’t be placed in the crease because that spot moves a lot and catches dirt easily and thus the healing will become more difficult and eventful and cause possible piercing pimples.

I beg to differ. When you yawn, you can see that the only spot that remains still is exactly the crease of your nostril. The nostrils become harder and langer and the creases become more visible. In the mirror you can clearly see the crease remains still, in place.

But! On some people, the crease is right where the cartilage of fatty tissue becomes thicker on the inside.

Like a ridge. I often call it a plateau actually, like in geography. Because it kind of looks that way from the inside.

In those cases, I prefer to look for a slot slightly below that ridge for proper healing.
If you look at the picture above, you can clearly see where this crease is to be found. The hard tissue stops exactly there and there’s nothing but skin, no fatty tissue, no cartilage, just skin.

So, theoretically, it would heal easier in the crease than next or below the crease.

I prefer to place a nostril piercing initially with a stud or nostril screw instead of a ring because the movement of a ring can cause complications. But! if you prefer getting a ring initially you can, it will just have to be a ring of a thicker gauge than the gauge the stud or screw would have had. This because it allows for better healing.

  • After 3 to 4 months the nostril piercing will be mostly healed enough to change jewellery. This of course only in case of good aftercare.
  • A nostril piercing needs to be well taken care of during healing. This should be pretty much the same way as for cartilage piercings. Don’t twist, turn, wiggle or change the jewelry before it’s fully healed. If you caught a cold or have allergies that have effect on your breathing, it could be you need to blow your nose more often. Do this carefully and hygienically.
  • The tissue of the nostril is easily swollen, very sensitive, bleeds easily and is very weak, soft. This also means it will easily get irritated. Changing the jewelry or putting it back when lost can be very intense. Therefor, be careful not to lose it and if you do, this will mostly happen in your sleep. When you wake up, check your nose before lifting your head from the pillow.
  • If you find it’s missing feel your pillow to find it. If you lift your head off the pillow first, it will roll off and you will have a hard time finding it back.
  • If you can’t manage to put it back in come in and have me do it for you. I can see it better and will be able to do it painlessly with the help of an insertion pin and some water based lubricant to minimize irritation.

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