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Nostril Piercing and Jewelry Changes
September 5th, 2012
I received a message from a woman whose nostril I pierced. Unfortunately, they started to give her a hard time about wearing the jewelry at work. So she got in a clear quartz crystal retainer and concealed it:
Hope your well and your travels are treating you good. Well, today is one day shy of three months from the initial nostril puncture piercing. Yay! I have pulled it off. I still have the clear retainer being covered with a hole punched micro pore skin tone bandage, but is it safe to remove now without risking the piercing site from closing? If I can remove it when having to be here at work Wed, Thurs and Fri and replace it Friday evenings upon arriving home?
Please advise when time permits.
I'm glad to hear that it is still in and that the tape has been working for you with the retainer.
Unfortunately, 3 months is the minimum time that can be expected for the piercing to epithelialize and no longer be an open wound--though it can certainly take longer for initial healing to take place. Some find the piercing takes 6-9 months or so to heal!
In any case many people find the nostril piercing starts to shrink and close instantly when jewelry is removed--even after wearing it for years!
I cannot suggest you remove the jewelry or plan to remove and try to reinsert it frequently, and most certainly not on a daily basis. Even an older piercing (1 year+) would probably get irritated from that. But trying to leave it out this soon (even for a short time) is likely to cause problems.
Sorry if that wasn't clear. The 3 month time is the period that you should normally leave in initial jewelry before chaining it--but certainly isn't a good time to leave it out.
Let me know if you have other questions.