to ask what you think about nose piercing?

(136 Posts)
newsecretidentity Wed 22-Jan-14 19:08:20

Just wondering, really. I've always considered getting one done (nostril, not a septum piercing) and thought it would suit my face. But it's never seemed like the right time, and now I'm in my mid 30's.

I've been split from my ex for a few months, kind of need a pick-me-up and have come back to the idea. Would it be a really naff thing to do? Also, (stupid questions, maybe) when it heals is it uncomfortable?

Iwannalaylikethisforever Wed 22-Jan-14 19:11:52

There are some very nice nose piercings.
If it looks pants take it out. Easy.
It will close, mine has.
I was 18 though.

ScentedScandal Wed 22-Jan-14 19:12:28

A no from me, but if you want it go for it..

I do think it looks much better if you have a pretty nose.

offblackeggshell Wed 22-Jan-14 19:12:52

I think they look great, but have a very snotty nose, so it would be gross. Go for it!

Sparklingbrook Wed 22-Jan-14 19:12:55

I am not sure. Sometimes they look like a big spot.

TallyGrenshall Wed 22-Jan-14 19:13:34

I had my nose pierced when I was 16/17. It's not uncomfortable at all, I often forgot it was even there.

Go for it. If you don't like it, or change your mind later, you can take it out and it onky leaves a teeny scar that nobody will ever notice grin

Andanotherthing123 Wed 22-Jan-14 19:14:09

Ohh, I've always wanted one but think I've missed my chance...go for it!

TonksLupin Wed 22-Jan-14 19:14:32

I have quite a few piercings and a few I have now got rid of. Off them all, my nose was the least painful and the quickest healing. I love the way it looks and other than standard lobe piercings, it's my longest standing piercing.

My only suggestions would be to make certain it is done with a needle and definitely not a gun!! Also, I have a screw shaped stud (the part inside of my nose) rather than a straight one, which I find so much more comfortable.

I say get it done!! grin

TonksLupin Wed 22-Jan-14 19:15:39

'Of them all' that should have been. Thanks auto correct.

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Wed 22-Jan-14 19:15:46

If you want one, get one! I like them, but would look awful with one, I do not have a good nose.

If you are not sure, it soulds silly but get some of those children's tiny stick on jewel things (the ones we put on our eyes when we were 7 an thought we looked the dogs bollix with) and wear it around for a few hours/days to see if you like the look.

DipMeInChocolate Wed 22-Jan-14 19:15:54

I like them if they're tiny. I'd get one if it wasn't for my nasal problems.

Hadmeathello Wed 22-Jan-14 19:16:25

Love them. I've always wanted mine done but been too scared. DD2 has hers done and it looks great. I'm tempted.

shouldnthavesaid Wed 22-Jan-14 19:16:40

I think if you get it done, be mindful of the duvet/blankets in bed for the first while. I caught my stud on a blanket, woke with it half hanging out, had to persuade my mum to put it back in and then promptly vomited and fainted. That was uncomfortable.

Apart from that I've had no problems.

NatashaBee Wed 22-Jan-14 19:16:52

I think it's not so much the right shaped face you need as the right shaped nose - you need that little cleft/dimple bit and for the piercing to sit right in it, otherwise it looks odd. You need to get it done with a needle, not a gun. It does take longer to heal than ear piercings but it will get there in the end.

lollilou Wed 22-Jan-14 19:16:55

I had mine done when I was 18 and that was a very long time ago! I think it suits most people and as others have said you could take it out if you change your mind.
I do prefer a diamonte stud though rather than a ring.

hollylollypop1 Wed 22-Jan-14 19:18:52

I had mine done at 18, 7 years later it is still in but I wear a very small bioplast stud so is hardly noticeable when at work.

If you want one then just go for it!

EmmaBemma Wed 22-Jan-14 19:18:56

Go for it! I sometimes think I'd like one too, but I'm not really that keen on my nose so I wouldn't want to draw any more attention to it.

EmmaBemma Wed 22-Jan-14 19:19:42

I do however have an armful of tattoos and god knows I didn't ask The Voice Of Mumsnet whether I should get those!

AntiJamDidi Wed 22-Jan-14 19:21:11

I had mine done at 18. I loved it and want it done again. I let it close up when dd1 was doing the nose pulling thing that babies do. Now dd2 is past that stage I really want it done again. I'm mid 30s and a teacher btw.

newsecretidentity Wed 22-Jan-14 19:21:31

I would go for a tiny stud (I think) but maybe a ring for special occasions annoying the ex husband.

Does it cost very much to do? Will it pop out when I blow my nose?

bigTillyMint Wed 22-Jan-14 19:23:05

I think a tiny stud looks OK, but I couldn't personally as I am too old I can't stand the thought of what happens with snot, blowing your nose, etc.

EmmaBemma Wed 22-Jan-14 19:24:42

I think it should cost about £20? Get it done by a proper piercer though, as others have said, in a tattoo studio or similar.

NotSoChicAfterAll Wed 22-Jan-14 19:25:50

I had mine pierced when I was 17 along with a tattoo I regret
I had a ring then changed to a stud, I took it out few years ago and I'm left with the hole in my nose, which i don't like!
so I you do go for it make it a small stud so your not left with a hole like me

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 19:26:11

Just do it, you can always take it out! My friend has quite a big nose and was kind of like, "will it make it worse?" She got it done and decided it empthasized her nose so took it out a few days later, healed up fine, can not even tell she had it done!

aquashiv Wed 22-Jan-14 19:26:42

I like them but also feel I am too old

I'm getting mine done next time I'm in town sans children. smile

notundermyfoof Wed 22-Jan-14 19:28:45

Do it! I think a tiny sparkly stud looks lovely on most people.

FoxOff Wed 22-Jan-14 19:32:28

If there's one think the good Lord gave me when I started out in life it was 'enough holes'.

I'm not looking to add to the collection.

CatOfTheDay Wed 22-Jan-14 19:34:58

I had mine done at 18, I wore a ring instead of a stud as I was too good at losing studs if I sneezed or blew my nose (I tried!) grin

I took it out a few months ago (age 35) for a job interview and didn't put it back in and it's healed now - my face felt a bit naked at first and I miss it sometimes!

VoyageDeVerity Wed 22-Jan-14 19:35:15

Only on a pretty little nose!

mrsbug Wed 22-Jan-14 19:37:43

Do it! I had mine done at uni, used to wear a ring in it but now have a stud with a jewel (not red or it will look like a spot)

Dd is currently going through a nose pulling obsession but I'm trying to ride it out; I already lost my belly button piercing when I gave birth to her and one piercing is quite enough for her to steal grin

ChristineDaae Wed 22-Jan-14 19:38:34

I have one with I tiny diamanté stud and love it. I was a bit silly and took the one they pierced it with out the day after having it done and replaced it with a tiny one with just a wire bar, I knew I only wanted a tiny one and the bar on the one the piercer put in was too thick for my liking

specialsubject Wed 22-Jan-14 19:41:58

as you ask - I think they always look like a spot, unless it is a gold piercing on someone with dark skin.

you did ask what I thought. But it is your nose and only what you think matters.

I got mine done last summer. I love it. It cost me £20 at the local tattoo parlour, and it was pretty painless. Took about five weeks to heal.

Sparklingbrook Wed 22-Jan-14 19:47:37

Not just me then special.

newsecretidentity Wed 22-Jan-14 20:04:51

foxoff grin

I guess I can live with the idea of it looking like a spot to some people. I'm more worried people will think "Sad old hippie trying to be trendy".

NightOfTheCactus Wed 22-Jan-14 20:22:53

I am in my 40s. I had my nose pierced to "celebrate" my wedding anniversary as I had split up with my husband a couple of weeks before. I was worried that it might look a bit muttony, but now it's done I'm really happy with it. It doesn't look like a spot - it looks awesome grin

Just No!

Dolallytats Wed 22-Jan-14 20:30:38

I had mine done at the age of 17. I'm going to be 40 this year and it's still going strong!! I have a ring rather than a stud and forget about it most of the time....but still love it!!

......'Tis a bit painful when the baby finds it though.........grin

OHforDUCKScake Wed 22-Jan-14 20:32:01

I had mine done 15 years ago and it hasnt closed. I put a ring in it this week for the first time in a couple of years.

Do it.

jamdonut Wed 22-Jan-14 20:33:14

I wouldn't have it done myself, but my daughter had it done for her 16th birthday last year. I didn't want her to, she knew that, but I actually really like it now!
She wears tiny studs, some sparkly, and it looks quite attractive on her!

I have pierced ears, but that is different somehow,sort of acceptable.

I don't like other piercings though - eyebrows, lips and (ew) tongues etc.

murasaki Wed 22-Jan-14 20:36:01

I had mine done at 19, and then when the stud fell out at 30 and I forgot to get a new one in time, left it. I used to take it out for job interviews, until I realised that that was silly, as I'd just put it in on starting the job, and they wanted me for my skills.

Last year (35) I got it re-done as a birthday present to myself, and love it again. If you have a curly metal back rather than a stud it doesn't fall out so easily. Oddly, in my cohort of 5 of us in pretty senior roles at work, two of us have nose studs. Senior management don't think it's odd, or if they do, don't say!

PoshPaula Wed 22-Jan-14 20:36:28

I wouldn't want to emphasise my nose, it is quite noticeable enough thank you! If I had a lovely retroussé number then maybe a little diamond stud would look good...

WhoNickedMyName Wed 22-Jan-14 20:38:51

Do you have to wear a horrible big stud for a while till it heals or can you get a tiny sparkly stud straight away?

TOADfan Wed 22-Jan-14 20:39:32

I got mine done last year. Mind I found it rather painful, more so than my tongue piercing and tattoos!

Mine got infected though and a spot like thing grew from the hole until it nearly covered the piercing, I took it out to clean and couldn't get it back in. IIt healed up fine though and you would never know I had one.

Im thinking of getting it done again but it was so painful when healing. sad

wetaugust Wed 22-Jan-14 20:40:05


Do you think it makes you look more attractive?

I find it repulsive.

crunchyfrog Wed 22-Jan-14 20:41:18

I've had mine 20 years and feel very odd without it.

Usually wear a ring, but have had a stud in for a couple of weeks and it's fine.

I'm 36, have no urge to take it out yet. grin

snippyMcSnippy Wed 22-Jan-14 20:45:00

I am thinking of getting my nose and ear done (ear bar at the top) and I am 36!

My manager at work has piercings so no worries there!

ThatBloodyWoman Wed 22-Jan-14 20:45:38

I have a nose ring and I'm in my 40's.

I am an old hippy (but I'm not trying to look trendy...)

hiddenhome Wed 22-Jan-14 20:46:07

I love nose piercings.

I had mine done, but had to wear a clear retainer stud for work. It fell out one day and the hole closed up. I haven't bothered having it redone.

Have it done. You can always let it heal over if you don't like it.

ThatBloodyWoman Wed 22-Jan-14 20:46:38

I am also planning a tragus piercing and a nice shiny new tattoo soon.

DitsyDonkey Wed 22-Jan-14 20:46:49

Yes yes yes.....I had mine done with I was 18 and again at 20, loved it each time but ended up with this little luid filled bubble beside let it close up. You would never know I had it pierced.

I'm 29 now and intend on trying it one more time.....Any experts out there, could you tell me if I'm likely to get that little bubble again? Sorry for hijacking op.

DayAfterYesterday Wed 22-Jan-14 20:48:21

Go for it! id like mine done but dont think i have the confidence to pull it off, i always think women with nose piercings especially the rings look really confident, outgoing and rather hot tbh!

ThatBloodyWoman Wed 22-Jan-14 20:49:48

Apparently the bubble is very common Ditsy.
I had it.
All I can say is go to a good place,using needles, and have a solid titanium stud.

Bathe with salt water - no savlon or similar.

And then it's just a case of persevering.

Ooooh I like them but many years ago I was adviced (by a very pierced male hairdresser) not to have it done "because if you take it out, it looks like a blackhead".

sad I didn't have it done.

BohemianGirl Wed 22-Jan-14 20:52:10

if you must get one do so

People will judge I do

Frankly you could be the love child of Sheldon and Carol Vorderman and if you needed to punch little holes in your head as some form of 'pick me up' I'd never employ you - yes I judge - so do most other employers but I think it should be tick box on job seekers and other welfare

hiddenhome Wed 22-Jan-14 20:52:25

envy of all these people who are having piercings and tattoos. I'm 44 and feel as though I shouldn't be wanting to do stuff like this.

I wish I was young again grin

DitsyDonkey Wed 22-Jan-14 20:52:59

ThatBloodyWoman, thanks for the advice.....looking forward to getting it fine again!

TonksLupin Wed 22-Jan-14 20:54:01

Sorry if this is x-post! When I had a straight stud it fell out all of the time, with the screw back, it's never fallen out. It cost about £20.

sublimecorpse Wed 22-Jan-14 20:55:42

Go for it! I have one and I love it smile

Had it done when I was about 20 with a gun - it was horrendous and never healed properly so I took it out.


Had it redone at 31 with a needle and it was perfect! Healed up beautifully this time.
When you initially have it done it will be a steel ball with a curly post - I now use nose wires and bend them once they're in. You can't see or feel them and I do forget it's there.

I wear a small flat sparkly stud - stay away from pink/red/purple, they can look like spots. Stick to diamanté'll love it!

Oh and when I take mine out the hole is barely visible

Hiddn, if you want something, have something! grin

My auntie is mid fifties and just had her first tattoo and piercing!!

FightingOverImaginaryIcecream Wed 22-Jan-14 20:56:26

I've had mine over 20 years now, got it done with a gun as a foolish teenager and the back was put on too tight, my nose swelled, the stud back would not move, it was hideous agony. I did regret it for a few moments while I was attempting to extract the back of the stud from my swollen flesh with tweezers, but then got a proper nose stud (with no back) and haven't looked back since.

I've worn a ring for most of the last decade (used to have a job where only studs were allowed before that or I'd always have had one). I guess one day I might be too old for it, but I don't feel that way yet!

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 21:00:25

hmm Luckily most other employers I have come across are not judgy pants and tbh I wouldn't want to work for someone that judged by appearance anyway, seems a bit of a nobhead way to employ people. (Btw I have a few piercings, sleeve and legs tattooed and I've been employed in care, retail, waitressing and admin, I always get people commenting on how nice they look and how well they are done nowadays)

A nose piercing won't effect you. Plus you can always wear a retainer in work/interviews etc if you don't want it to heal up (clear studs so you can't see them)

wetaugust Wed 22-Jan-14 21:07:46

You wouldn't even know if your employer was judgey or not Downstairs

I hate the things and I detest having to look at them all day stuck on someone's face.

But I'd never tell you that in a work context. Oh no - that could lead to all sorts of legal problems. But privately I can judge.

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 21:09:08

Thank god for that then eh? Things on people's skin does not effect the way they work. hmm Plus if I wanted to I could easily go to an interview with piercings out, tattoos covered as none are on face/neck etc and no one would ever know. But being honest has never prevented me getting work. smile

FightingOverImaginaryIcecream Wed 22-Jan-14 21:10:06

Interestingly people objected to piercings when I worked in a supermarket and minimum wage type jobs. I was able to wear my nose ring (and have my eyebrow pierced grin) without comment, as soon as I started working in a degree level entry area. I would go with the more important your skills are, the less your appearance matters.

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 21:14:56

That's probably quite true, I work for a supermarket that allow it at the moment but I do know quite a few of them object to then, my Mum works for Waitrose and I know they don't allow piercings or anything like that, nor do Asda who my ex used to work for. Caring with them was nice, patient's used to love asking questions about them. (misses the wards now)

Good luck with the piercing OP though, i've heard nose ones hurt quite bad! grin

Goldendandelion Wed 22-Jan-14 21:17:32

I am 39 and over the last few years I have had my nose and tragus pierced and 3 tattoos. The best nose studs I have found are nose screws especially bio flex ones. They are plastic, so more comfortable and don't fall out.

wetaugust Wed 22-Jan-14 21:18:20

In a degree level entry area everyone is going to be very aware of potential discrimmination issues if they even mentioned your piercings.

Don't think that makes them more acceptable.

They are an Emperor's New Clothes. They look vile.

I had an employee once who was determined to push boundaries. Came to work one day wearing an eyebrow ring. I had to look at that disgusting thing all day.

Eventually he left (hooray) for a job in the private sector. On the day of the interview he came into work in a perfectly pressed suit - minus the eyebrow ring.

Not that having an eye brow ring would have mattered at interview - would it? grin

And it didn't go back in again after he had secured the private sector job (according to the people who kept in touch with him).

ProphetOfDoom Wed 22-Jan-14 21:18:45

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GrumpyInYorkshire Wed 22-Jan-14 21:22:34

Fighting - I had completely the opposite experience. When I worked in retail I had a couple of facial piercings but had to take them out when I got into my chosen profession.
In certain careers,however well qualified you are, piercings just aren't acceptable.

I quite liked my nose piercing, though I'd never get it done again. Far too much hassle as it fell out all the time, whatever style stud I wore.
I also think it might have looked a bit "hippy-trying-to-be-cool." I was 23 or so when I took it out. Think I'd look a bit daft with one now.

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 21:22:43

hmm Well it didn't for me? I know a lot of people with tattoos/piercings in "good" jobs to. My friend posted her interview outfit on FB, half sleeve on show, for a job as a sister in the hospital ward back where I am from. She got the job. Pretty sure they judged her on being a fantastic nurse with good references and positive feedback, not her skin. So no matter how many stories you have there will be lots of others to counter act that nowadays people aren't all overly judgy.

GrumpyInYorkshire Wed 22-Jan-14 21:23:58

Oh, and it doesn't hurt. Clitoral piercings,however - THEY hurt. Wincing at the memory.

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 21:26:06

Ouch at clit piercing grin

ThatBloodyWoman Wed 22-Jan-14 21:28:03

(crosses legs)

My nose piercing hurt Grumpy.

I shall make a mental note not to opt for a clitoral piercing next!

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 21:30:22

I always wanted a nose ring thatbloodywoman but it just seems like it'd be so painful. Think I am done with piercings nowadays! I thought my belly piercing hurt quite bad. blush

natwebb79 Wed 22-Jan-14 21:34:22

I had one when I was younger (a very small silver ball stud) and loved it. Only took it out when I started teaching. Go for it smile

ThatBloodyWoman Wed 22-Jan-14 21:36:21

It's not that awful Downstairs.

It's doable and the pain is quite quick.
I had my nose pierced by gun years ago (before I had my current nose piercing done by needle) and funny enough it was much less painful - until it got infected,that is.....

fluterby Wed 22-Jan-14 21:36:52

Grew up in punk era. Pink/blue hair and pearcings are just a bit attention seeking to me now. Fair enough if you really like them. But to me it just says "look at me, I'm different" but without any substance behind it.

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 21:39:20

Ahh yes I remember girls at school getting their nose done with the gun - it's not allowed now is it? You are brave getting your downstairs bits done!

sewingandcakes Wed 22-Jan-14 21:39:22

I had mine done at 16 and still have it 20 years later! I have a small sparkly stud now rather than the ring.

The problem with cartilage piercings is some of them go funny. Dh had two earring in the ops of his ears proably 20 years ago and he still has little black bruise spots? confused

I had my nose pierced when I was a teenager.. they get full of boogers to be honest...and I'd feel a bit too old for one now (30)

the nurse who dealt with dd in the children's ward at the hospital had a full Alice and wonderland tatto all up her arms.. DD loved it smile

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DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 21:45:02

Oh wow! I bet that's ideal in a children's ward!

DisneyAddict88 Wed 22-Jan-14 22:08:44

ive got my nose pierced and so does my partner grin and I have a ring as I was forever losing the studs no matter which style I used. mine is quite small and fitted to my nose.

we did both have lip piercings but took those out pre children. and we both had them done before we got together not so we matched!!

FightingOverImaginaryIcecream Wed 22-Jan-14 22:19:34

wet - I think what you mean is 'some people think they look vile' not they are vile, different things appeal to different people. I'm sure there are some people who find judgemental sneeriness attractive.

blah - Dykey? Do you really think that's an ok phrase to use in this century?

Bigbrassband Wed 22-Jan-14 22:23:18

"Dykey"?! really?

Yes, get it done op!

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 22:24:24

I reported that post. Horrible phrase and I don't look "dykey" thanks for the concern though.

newsecretidentity Wed 22-Jan-14 22:26:54

It wouldn't worry me too much at work, it wouldn't be outside the norm in my field. Hmm. When I've asked people who know me what they think, the usual response has been to look twice and say "What? Oh, sorry, I just assumed you had one..."

So many people have them now, I hadn't really thought of it as being attention seeking. Is it really that much different than cheering yourself up with a new haircut or colour?

Downstairs, it was... Dd then had to show the nurse her (temporary) tattoos grin

newsecretidentity Wed 22-Jan-14 22:29:05

I'm definitely feeling swayed... Probably wait until I get rid of these sniffles, though grin

DownstairsMixUp Wed 22-Jan-14 22:29:23

She sounds a good nurse. Thank god wet wasn't doing the interviews for her job. grin

I have only ever heard it called attention seeking on Mn!

shouldnthavesaid Wed 22-Jan-14 22:31:02

Dykey.. What a beautiful and accurate word hmm. I forgot, of course, that piercings are an indication of one's sexual preferences. How sad that you seem to find the idea of lesbianism so upsetting that you will talk about it, and what you believe to be associated with it, in such a negative manner..

How funny too, that most of the girls I know who have sex with girls don't have any unusual piercings. In fact my flatmate's marrying her female fiancée in a couple of months. Would you believe they both have long hair, wear dresses and high heels and all sorts? Neither have a piercing between them..

For what it's worth I have a nose piercing, very short hair that's half bleached and I wear a hoodie more often than not. Probably quite dykey and 'rough' looking from the outside.

I also curl up with a teddy every night, the hoodie tells people I'm Catholic and a student, and I spend my days caring for my family. I'm also heterosexual, a virgin, tee total and one day hope to work as a speech therapist with patients suffering from neurological conditions.

Funny that - the tiny hole in my nose with a little titanium stud doesn't seem to have an impact or any indication on whether I can work well in a job, or on my sexuality, etc etc..

Topaz25 Wed 22-Jan-14 22:54:41

To anyone who thinks they've missed their chance or are too old for a nose piercing, my mother recently got a nose piercing. She's in her mid 50s and a manager in a professional career. She looks great, go for it!

leezl Wed 22-Jan-14 22:55:17

Go for it! Nostril piercings seem to be perfectly acceptable in most jobs now, so you don't have that to worry about. A small stud is hardly noticeable to most people. Don't forget to er, "check" your tissue when you've blown your nose, though. I've lost a lot of studs that way! Just pop a ring in when you've got a horrid cold and it should stay put.

Definitely definitely definitely get it done with a needle rather than a gun, though. I've had it done both ways and the gun is awfully painful and generally horrible and unhygienic etc.
Good luck smile

i had mine done, i think it was my favourite, looking back. i also had a septum piercing. that bloody hurt.

Thetallesttower Wed 22-Jan-14 23:06:28

I don't really like looking at facial piercings if I'm totally honest, it makes me feel funny. Also, it attracts attention to the nose, which isn't always the nicest thing to keep looking at.

You wouldn't care about my opinion though, I'm guessing- there's lots of people who do appreciate them and think they look ace. I wouldn't think less of anyone with them, it's more a matter of personal preference and perhaps a bit of squeamishness as well.

MsVelvet Wed 22-Jan-14 23:12:42

Had my nose pierced when i was 17, after a year it fell out and closed up had it redone asap, same again another 2 times, but after the 4th time its stayed in for about 16 years, i love it and its small and silver, i feel naked without it.

WhatAFeline Wed 22-Jan-14 23:14:09

I've had mine 20 years, I have a very small ring. I like my nose, which helps. Got it done at Glastonbury as a last hurrah when I was a student.

When I had it done, my dad said it would put employers off. I was offered a job the following Week.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 22-Jan-14 23:16:50

It depends very much on your nose really, dainty noses look great pierced.

WhatAFeline Wed 22-Jan-14 23:18:36

I am 42 now and a manager in a national charity.

Many people from minority ethnic backgrounds have nose piercings all their adult lives, don't they? So I don't think age is relevant at all.

It's your nose, do what you want with it!

GoingGoingGoth Wed 22-Jan-14 23:31:20

I'm 44, and had one since I was 21, I wouldn't feel right without it.

Some people notice, others don't, years ago I was in a meeting when a senior officer (who I'd worked with for 2 years) commented that he didn't like them, his face when I turned to look at him, he hadn't realised I'd got one. His boss was fine with it.

I usually have a tiny crystal with a curly post, much easier to use.

BrandNewIggi Wed 22-Jan-14 23:44:04

I was once sacked for having my nose pierced.

newsecretidentity Thu 23-Jan-14 00:02:55

BrandNewIggi-- That's awful!

(unless you were in the food service industry and inadvertantly sneezed your nose stud into somebody's salad- that would be bad.)

notundermyfoof Thu 23-Jan-14 00:04:18

Brand, was wetaugust your boss? grin

Do people usually get the left or right side done or doesn't it really matter?

BrandNewIggi Thu 23-Jan-14 00:05:45

A well-known insurance firm. No customer contact either. They were not very nice.
I think you just "know" which side you would want, we tend to favour one side or the other.

wetaugust Thu 23-Jan-14 00:25:01

Not undermy foot
That was mean and very inaccurate. I said that I wouldn't dream of taking action against anyone for their facial fixings - that would be career suicide. Why are you misrepresenting me?

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 23-Jan-14 07:00:33

Go for it.

I had one for years. Now have my septum pierced (and a medusa piercing) so it would be too much in that area for me now.

But if I were to get rid of my septum piercing I would go for double nostrils wink

EmmaBemma Thu 23-Jan-14 07:22:48

Is a medusa piercing through the middle of your bottom lip? I absolutely love those - have been dithering about getting one myself for a long time.

EmmaBemma Thu 23-Jan-14 07:24:52

ah, just googled - it's upper lip. You don't see so many of those - I like them.

madasa Thu 23-Jan-14 08:19:38

I had mine done about 6 months ago ( I am an old hippy) I wear a tiny diamond and I love it.

I have a managerial position in a charity and spend a lot of time in the community. I have just been employers couldn't care less about my piercing.

DownstairsMixUp Thu 23-Jan-14 08:22:59

Nice to hear the majority of people are not insane!

OP, go for it!

And for the person who said upthread that ASDA don't allow them - I work there and I've only ever had a problem when I wore a nose ring instead of a stud. My manager doesn't care that I have 11 piercings. In fact, none of the managers seem to care. I wear small studs, no rings and nothing flashy or that's in-your-face. In fact, everyone on my department has some kind of piercing or tattoo and nobody cares hmm

DownstairsMixUp Thu 23-Jan-14 09:06:39

Good for Asda! They didn't allow it when my ex worked there. Glad they have changed their attitude.

GhostsInSnow Thu 23-Jan-14 09:11:41

You know what I find repulsive? People who are so shallow that they would judge you based on a little bit of metal in your skin. To be honest anyone that does that isn't someone I'd like to get to know anyway so I consider my piercings a sort of detector wink

For the record I have lots, some you can see and some you can't. I wear a ring in both my nose and my lip. I'm 40. Trust me,a shit is not given what people think of me.I'm comfortable and happy in my own skin thanks and if you want to pierce you're nose or anywhere else op you go for it.

pinkstinks Thu 23-Jan-14 09:24:35

Haha I was sneaky and wore a fake one for a few months then pierced mine myself with a needle and a frozen chip at 14! Mum didn't work it out until it was too late...

SomethingkindaOod Thu 23-Jan-14 09:30:32

I'd love to get mine done but I have a great big honk and I strongly suspect it will look ridiculous! There's a teacher at DD's primary school who has a dainty little diamond piercing and it looks stunning. Funnily enough since she started I've seen a bit of an upsurge in nose piercings among the mum's in the playground grin
Am going to settle for getting a tattoo this year, a present to myself after a fairly tough twelve months.

DownstairsMixUp Thu 23-Jan-14 09:33:01

Well said honey I wouldn't want to be friends or work for people who judge on appearances so your right, they are like an arsehole detector.

EmmaBemma Thu 23-Jan-14 09:36:35

Thing is though, as much as I don't agree with wetaugust and others, if you alter your appearance in a visible and prominent way, as I have, you have to accept that some people won't approve and that their reactions could range from repulsion to mild disdain.

OP, some people probably will think a nose piercing is naff, some probably will think "sad old hippy" (in your words!) but what does it matter? That's why I don't canvas opinions every time I get a new tattoo - the important thing is being comfortable with your own decisions for your own reasons and not take it to heart when others are critical.

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 23-Jan-14 09:54:08

Emma The first one you were thinking of is a Labret piercing. I had one of those for a few years too grin

I prefer my medusa now. Love it.

BookroomRed Thu 23-Jan-14 10:12:09

I had one for years, until I had a winter with a lot of colds and got tired of it. I am an academic.

newsecretidentity Thu 23-Jan-14 11:22:33

Actually, when I think about it...

All other things being equal, I would possibly feel more drawn to (as in, want to chat, maybe make friends) a person with a nice nose stud, than that same person without.

And yeah, the people who would find them distasteful are not the people I'd generally spend time with. So if it deters people I don't want to chat to anyway, that's no bad thing.

MrsPMT Thu 23-Jan-14 11:34:55

I like them. I think it makes people look more 'interesting', not that I have anything against people without them.

I got mine when I was 18, hadn't worn it for a long time but recently started to wear it again, as I'd noticed more people with them & decided I'd like to wear mine again (except when I have a cold, which is usually most of the winter grin).

Used to wear a ring when younger but only wear a sparkly stud now.

SneakyNuts Thu 23-Jan-14 11:59:53

I've had mine done 3 times, they all hurt!

I have a ring in now, I'm a care assistant and it's not been a problem at all- go for it, you can always take it out smile

nouvellevag Sat 25-Jan-14 11:11:22

I had mine done when I was 19 and wore it for years, through office jobs, client visits and all sorts. I only stopped because baby DD pulled out the stud, I couldn't find where it had gone and before I could get a replacement (was in the middle of a house move, it took a few days to get to a shop) the hole closed up. sad I'm going to get it re-pierced once I've finished having grabby babies!

JadziaSnax Sat 25-Jan-14 11:25:34

I have a tiny nose stud and don't look like me if I'm not wearing it. I had my nose pierced at 26 and have never regretted it. I like it and couldn't give a stuff what anyone else thinks.

pinkstinks that's how my sister did hers.

Melonbreath Sat 25-Jan-14 11:25:52

I'm mid 30s and have mine done. Gave it to myself for a 21st. I love it.
Do it

I brought a load of beautiful gold studs from India back with me

MrsPMT Sat 25-Jan-14 14:20:14

nouvelle you should try putting the blunt end of a needle through where the hole was, its a little bit eye-watering but not so bad as getting re-pierced grin, then put in the thinnest stud you can get.

you might find the hole is still there. I hadn't worn a nose stud for over 10 years and this is how I re-opened mine.

fatlazymummy Sat 25-Jan-14 14:39:55

I really don't like them at all, but it's entirely up to you, it's your nose

mrsjay Sat 25-Jan-14 14:44:17

I went to get one in my late teens and freaked out a little as the gun came towards my nose , blush I like them and if you want it get it you can always take it out

mrsjay Sat 25-Jan-14 14:44:51

nouvelle you should try putting the blunt end of a needle through where the hole was, its a little bit eye-watering but not so bad as getting re-pierced grin, then put in the thinnest stud you can get.


Nouvelle, that is precisely why i currently have an earring in my lip piercing grin

MrsPMT Fri 31-Jan-14 19:15:04

grin mrsjay

It did look rather fetching when it was sticking out the side!

Im 47 and still wear a ring in my nose. I have no intentions of ever taking it out. I loves it. I was in my 30s when I had it done. Ihad wanted it done since I was a teenager but for various reason didnt. I then moved to the USA in 1987 and then having more than 1 hole in your ear was considered OTT. I married a very controlling conservative man and stayed married for 12 years. I had it done not long before I threw him out 1. because Id always wanted it done and 2. cos I knew it would PISS him off grin. Win Win situation actually grin

Littleen Sat 01-Feb-14 00:13:59

Looks nice when it's a small one, not a ring. Though my sister (in her mid 30s) have one, and I can always see it inside her nose, she's a bit taller than me... And so it looks a bit like she's got a permanent boogey up there :P But a friend of mine got one, and you can't see the other end so its fine!

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