I’ve heard that high nostrils are excessively hard to heal/live with. Are they worth attempting?
Yes high nostrils can be more challenging to pierce, and to heal, than standard nostril piercings. They are placed on a thicker part of the nostril and are more prone to swelling. I would just urge you to do some research and find a piercer with experience doing high nostrils first. A sound technique, proper placement and jewelry selection, and good aftercare practices can make high nostrils much easier to heal.
A few red flags that should make you question if a piercer is proficient with high nostrils.
- If they suggest any kind of standard or pre-bent nostril screw as the jewelry. High nostrils can be done with custom bent nostril screws but a nostril screw with a standard nostril bend will be too short for a high nostril and could possibly embed.
- If they have zero pictures of high nostrils they have performed. They’re not super common piercings. Any piercer who has done some, and done them moderately well, will have taken a picture of them.
Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach