The Ultimate Guide: What Side of My Nose Should I Pierce?

The Ultimate Guide: What Side of My Nose Should I Pierce?

Nose piercings have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a unique and stylish way to express oneself. However, before taking the plunge and getting your nose pierced, it's important to consider various factors, including which side to choose for your piercing. In this in-depth guide, we'll delve into the intricacies of nose piercings, answering the burning question: What side of my nose should I pierce? We'll explore different perspectives, share expert opinions, and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Understanding Nose Piercings

Nose piercings involve making a small hole in the skin or cartilage of your nose and inserting a piece of jewelry. They have a rich history and are prevalent in various cultures worldwide. Nose piercings can range from simple nostril piercings to more complex placements like the septum or bridge.

Cultural Significance of Nose Piercings

Nose piercings have a long history in cultural significance. They have a long history in Middle Eastern and Hindu cultures, and even make an appearance in the bible.

In Hindu tradition, women usually pierce the left side of the nose. This has ties to Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic system that dates back thousands of years, connecting the mind and body. 

There are claims that piercing the left side can alleviate the pain of menstruation and/or childbirth. However, it is unclear whether this is an actual belief from Ayurvedic medicine or an idea that was introduced when it was brought to the Western world in the 1960s. In Hindu culture choosing the left side is more about tradition than effect.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the left side was believed to be the female side, and right the masculine side. Some people use this as a reason to choose their facial piercings on the left side for females or right side for males. However, in modern culture, there really isn’t a male or female side.

If you can find that one side has meaning to your for personal or cultural reasons, that can be a good choice for your nose piercing.

Factors to Consider

When determining the ideal side for your nose piercing, several factors should be taken into account.


Face Shape

Facial symmetry plays a crucial role in deciding which side to pierce. Many individuals choose to pierce the side that complements their natural facial features. Analyze your face in the mirror to determine if one side appears more balanced or aesthetically pleasing than the other.


If you have a hairstyle that covers part of one side of your face, you’ll usually want to put the nose piercing on the opposite side. This improves visibility and adds a visual balance. 

Keeping hair out of a fresh piercing is also necessary for a trouble-free healing period.  For more info on aftercare and healing a new piercing, click here!

Remember:  Healing a healthy piercing begins with using the correct aftercare products.  Shop our recommended aftercare products by clicking here. 

Facial Features & Other Piercings

Another aesthetic consideration is what’s on the landscape of your face. If you already have beauty marks, piercings, or other distinguishing features on one side of the face, piercing a nostril on that side can create a more cluttered appearance. You may want to pierce the opposite side of the nose.

If you have other facial piercings you may also want to consider what type of jewelry you're going to wear in your nostril piercing.  You may want all your jewelry to match, or compliment one another.  You can do this by:
-Matching the metal of your nose jewelry to your ear or other facial piercing jewelry
-Wearing pieces that feature the same colour gem stones

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Personal Preference

Personal preference is another important consideration. If you have a strong inclination towards a particular side, it's essential to honour your own style and desires. Nose piercings are a form of self-expression, so choose the side that resonates with your individuality.

Can I change the side of my nose piercing later?

In general, it's possible to change the side of your nose piercing once it's fully healed. However, it's recommended to consult with a professional piercer to ensure a smooth transition.


Where to Get Your Nose Pierced

The place you go to get pierced matters more than the placement of your piercing. Protect your health and the long-term aesthetics of your piercing by going to experts at a clean, professional shop. 

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