How to Know What Size Nose Piercing You Have?

Nose piercings are a popular style of jewelry for many reasons. They’re versatile, aesthetically pleasing, and symbolic to some cultures.

If you’re thinking about getting a nose hoop, or already have one, it’s important to know what size you have. The wrong size can cause irritation or damage.

This article will go over the different ways to measure your nose ring’s gauge, length, and rise.

The Ruler Method

Nose piercings are more popular than ever, and with good reason. They’re versatile, stylish and can be meaningful to a wide variety of cultures. But like any piercing, they have to be done properly to avoid complications and pain.

Measuring the inner diameter of nose jewelry is something that can be done at home with a ruler or caliper. What’s important to remember here is that the measurement we’re taking isn’t a circumference of the piercing, but rather its wearable length. This is the distance from where the post begins to where it bends or curves.

For example, a labret piercing has a straight prong that is pushed into the nostril and twisted to secure it. This kind of nose hoop will have a longer wearable length than a stud. This is because the labret piercing needs more room to rotate. To find out the correct wearable length of your piercing, use a ruler to measure the distance from the bottom of the ring to where it bends or curves.

The Paper Method

If your nose piercing isn’t healing quickly or you feel irritation, it may be because the jewelry is too small. Hoop that is too small will put pressure on the piercing, and a stud that is too long will spin in place or catch on things like your hair or clothing.

Measuring the inner diameter of your hoop is easy with just a ruler and a piece of paper. Cut a small strip of paper, line it up with your nose, and mark where the edge of your nostril is on the bottom of the paper.

When you’re measuring, use a sharp blade and avoid pushing hard on your nose as this will hurt more than it will help. This is especially important if you have a new nose piercing and want to avoid infection. Once you’ve measured, clean your jewelry and piercing with an antibacterial solution like saline. Cleansing twice a day helps kill bacteria that can cause an infection and speeds up the healing process.

The Caliper Method

Using a tool like a caliper (an actual measuring device found in most tool boxes) is a great way to get highly accurate measurements for body jewelry. It can also be used to estimate the gauge size of a labret or tail, but only if you are careful not to scratch your jewelry.

Nose piercings are incredibly popular and it’s important to know what size your nose is in order to select the right jewelry for it. A piercing that is too small will be uncomfortable and could even fall out, while one that is too big may look bulky or be prone to getting caught on clothing and other items.

Nose rings come in a variety of shapes, styles and metals. The most common gauge for nose piercings is 18 gauge, which is 1mm thick. However, some people choose to downsize to a 20 gauge after their nose piercings have healed completely. 20 gauge is 0.8mm thick and offers a wide variety of fashionable options.

The Other Method

If you have a piercing that’s already fully healed, you can measure the inside diameter of your nose with a standard ruler or caliper. However, we recommend going to a professional piercer for this, since they can also look at the shape of your nose and the jewelry you have in it.

The initial jewelry in your new nose piercing is usually a little larger than the normal inner diameter for a nose stud, to allow for any swelling that may occur while it heals. Once this swelling subsides, you can downsize your jewelry to a smaller length.

Some people have a difficult time inserting round nose hoops, due to the placement of their nostril or septum piercings. In this case, a custom nose hoop might be the solution. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and your piercer can help you select one that will work best for you. They can also give you tips on proper nose ring care and cleaning to avoid irritation or infection.

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