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Taesa writes: "A nose bone has a jewel or whatever adornment on one side, the post and then on the other side of the post is a metal ball. If you can manage to get it in without doing damage, that's a pretty good feat. Once it's in there though... the skin shrinks around it and then to get it out you have to yank that ball through the piercing (which doesn't feel very good). Oh, and they only come in one size fits most... so if your nostril is too thick, it may not go all the way through and your piercing could close up on the inside. They're often made of cheaper metal and most of the time, at least the ones I've seen, had to be cut out of people's faces because it hurts too much to just pull out. Not fun."

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September 18, 2006 at 10:29 am
(1) Kristina says:

I have my nose pierced and prefer nose bones. The pieces that screw in are uncomfortable for me personally, it feels like there is a large booger lingering. It is ridiculous to say that nose bones commonly have to be “cut out of peoples’ faces,” if you can’t stand the pain, then don’t put a hole in your face!

November 13, 2006 at 1:43 pm
(2) Elizabeth says:

Nose bones are awesome, They are cheap, small and pretty, and I can get them in and out very easily.

December 10, 2006 at 10:10 pm
(3) Beverly says:

I have had my piercing for 16 years and have preferred the nose bone ever since I dicovered it. I have always thought the nose screw was uncomfortable.

January 12, 2007 at 6:04 pm
(4) Tracy says:

I am 45 and have had mine done for about 10 months. Love it. One of the most exciting things I have done for awhile.

January 23, 2007 at 10:15 pm
(5) Melissa says:

On a healed piercing some nose bones are not bad at all. Industrial Strength’s titanium nose bones end ball is only a tad bit bigger than the shaft. If I go slowly inserting or taking out, it doesn’t hurt just feels kinda wierd. I only wish more companys made nose bones the same size as Industrial Strength.

February 2, 2007 at 3:39 pm
(6) Miss. Noser says:

Nah, she’s absolutely correct. I have “thicker” nostrils and the nose bones are completely useless. Unfortunately, I can not find longer nose bones, otherwise I would love to use them. I do think it’s unfair that all of the nose bones on the market are made for thin nosed people… my friends are amazed that they’re not long enough… my nostrils aren’t even noticeably thick… but they are just thick enough to not be able to use the bones. I hate it. Grrrr…

February 19, 2007 at 2:14 pm
(7) edna says:

I have had my nose pierced for13 years and I have tried all kinds of jewelry, I think the nose bones are the best. If they can fit in the hole in the first place, they can come out. And the hole doesn’t shrink or close up. And if it hurts, don’t do it, and stop complaining.

April 3, 2007 at 11:55 am
(8) Sarah says:

I had my nose pierced about a month ago, and the piercing jewelry is a nose bone. The guy said I could change the jewelry after 2 weeks, so at that time I took this one out (which hurt terribly) and then realized the new one I had bought was only about half as long, so I put the old one back in. How long before it won’t hurt when I take it out?

July 28, 2007 at 12:16 am
(9) Roberta says:

Geez, I just had mine done a week ago and the screw was such an annoying pain in the arse that I took it out yesterday and put in a 14KT white gold nose bone. Of course mine is still raw so it hurt putting it in, but I can’t imagine that once it’s healed I’ll have to get it CUT OFF MY FACE. There’s a lot to be said for the old standards of PLENTY of lube and PATIENCE. CUT off my face? Sounds like too much drama for me.

July 30, 2007 at 12:10 am
(10) mollie says:

i agree to a point, nose bones kill me when i change them. however, the screws are annoying (its gross, but boogers get stuck on them and affect breathing) so the bones are best for me. i don’t think its a good idea to change any piercing for a good 3 months after having it done, and then after that as rarely as possible. just for healing aspects…but that’s just my advice.

August 7, 2007 at 10:06 pm
(11) MelissaD says:

I’ve had my nose pierced for over 5 years, and I am way happier with the nose bones than the screws. The screws are uncomfortable (for me, anyways) and always hang down, almost out of the end of my nostril. I wouldn’t recommend a nose bone for someone who has a fresh piercing, but if your nose is healed, then I think it’s fine to try out. They’re a lot cheaper too.

August 11, 2007 at 9:53 am
(12) dobermom says:

I had the same problem with nose bone length, but there are push fit nose bones in 11mm length that are great for thicker or healing noses as they accomodate swelling too. I started with the screw which I removed after a couple months and now only use the longer bones.Just stay away from silver and any cheap meatals. Titanium, 14kt gold and surgical grade stainless steel are the only metals I can use without a reaction.

August 31, 2007 at 3:27 am
(13) Lindsay says:

I have had my nose pierced twice… The first time they use a screw in and it hurt worst then the needle… The second time they pierced it with a nose bone and the healing process has been a lot better… The first few days it felt weird to move it around but now three weeks later its fine… The only down side to the nose bone is that for the first few nights I slept with a small band aid on it so it wouldnt fall out while I was sleeping… But I would recommend a nose bone over a screw in any day…

September 30, 2007 at 11:19 am
(14) Mia says:

I use nose bones all the time and I love them. They usd to hurt when i first got my nose pierced but now i cant even fel them when i change it.the problem that most people have is that they get their noses pierced with a 20 gauge or a 22, nose bones are about a 20 or an 18 which supposed to be the standard for nose rings.

October 2, 2007 at 2:05 am
(15) Gael says:

I have had my nose pierced twice. I love nose bones and got here because I was searching nose bones on the net. Good ones are hard to find, but I love the Body Vision La brand, tho it can get pricey. http://www.bodyvision.net/

January 22, 2008 at 7:43 pm
(16) Allie says:

um i dont know what you are talking about. i have my nose pierced and i wear a nose bone it never hurts to take out and its really cute and cheap. i love it theres nothing wrong with it! if your getting your nose pierced get one of those! :)

February 6, 2008 at 7:24 pm
(17) Jo says:

I have had my nose pierced for over a year now. At first I always had the nose screws but like most other people say it is annoying. So I tried a nose bone and I have never been happier. I do take it out once a week to make sure everything is clean and I have never had an issue. I just make sure the ball on the inside is not too big but enough to keep it in. I would just suggest that you don’t keep it in for an extended period without moving or removing every once in a while.

March 31, 2008 at 12:18 am
(18) Amanda says:

Exactly 7 days ago, I had my nose pierced with a 20 gauge screw. And today, I swapped my screw for a 1.5mm diamond/ white gold nose bone. For effective healing, 3 times daily I sprayed with homemade sea salt water mixture on my piercing. Personally, after a week it was safe to swap my screw for a more attractive and comfortable nose bone. I was able to remove and insert the new nose bone within a minute without feeling pain or adverse pressure. Definitely, I prefer and recommend a nose bone for all professionals looking for a discrete yet sexy nose piercing !

April 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm
(19) Mae says:

I have had my nose pierced for a month and have used only a nose screw and it does tend to fell like I have a large booger in my nose, but i tend to play with it a lot and because it is a screw it is less likely to fall out than a bone.

April 25, 2008 at 11:01 pm
(20) Cricky says:

I have been using a nose bone for about 2 months now, and I absolutely LOVE it. It is way more compfortable than the screw….I hade troubles getting the screw back in my nose, and it does feel bulky and wrong. The nose bone makes the piercing what it should be, easy, fun and playful!!

May 26, 2008 at 12:25 am
(21) kim says:

Where can i find a push fit nose bone?

August 6, 2008 at 11:29 am
(22) Lacie says:

I have had my nose peirced for over 5 years and it does still hurt me a little to take the bone out, but not bad enough to complain or change to a screw. It just makes my eye water a little bit. Also, they DO come in different lengths because I like it to be just long enough to go through the nostril and no longer, but some of the ones that I have bought in the past have been a lot longer. I don’t like the longer ones because they hurt when I blow my nose or anything because they poke the inside of my nose.

August 8, 2008 at 12:44 am
(23) Cherise says:

after my nose was pierced a nose bone was placed in it. as long as u put a hot rag on your nose before u pull it out u should be fine.

i like them beter than nose screws

September 18, 2008 at 11:36 pm
(24) Lesley says:

Hi, You can get nose bones in various lengths. The standard is about 6mm. Thats the wearable area. If you really cannot find a nose bone in the proper length, try a nose pin (no ball on the end that fits inside your nose) thats sterling silver and extra long. They are made to bend to fit. The wearable area of your body jewelry should always be marked clearly. If it is not, try http://www.wickedbodyjewelry.priceweasel.com. We can always tell you the exact size of any nose piercing jewelry that we sell.

October 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm
(25) Serena says:

i’ve had my nose pierced for about a year and a half now, but i think i’m getting tired of it..so i just want to take out this jewelry, and what i have right now is a nose bone! well yes, the screw was a pain to change but at least i was able to take it out! apparently i’m one of the few here who might have to get it cut off my face–maybe with wire cutters? i’ve tried pulling it out both ways, but the ends won’t go through..and all i’m left with is an irritated nose.
hopefully when i finally do get it out i’ll be happy with my pierced nose experience and i won’t be inclined to get it repierced…i just have a feeling it’s not good for the tissue.

October 25, 2008 at 6:33 pm
(26) Lianne says:

Try taking a pair of small fingernail clippers and snip the ball off the end of the nose bone. That’s what I usually do.

December 23, 2008 at 11:08 am
(27) Mel says:

I’ve had similar issues with the lengths of nose studs as well. I have a thicker nose and had the problem with granuloma (the little bump by the piercing). However, I suggest this website bodymattersgold.com
They offer all their nose jewelry in different shapes (U or screws, half U, L and pin or nose bones), guages and lengths. With all the different options, there should be something to fit almost everyone comfortably!

January 20, 2009 at 2:00 am
(28) Autumn says:

The little bump at the end is cause by alcohol based products [such as hair spray, face wash with alcohol with it.] So To get rid of the little bump find what product you use that has some type of alcohol in it and try avoid it from hitting where the piercing is.

January 20, 2009 at 3:46 pm
(29) Renne says:

I use nose bones for my piercing and I have found a way to get them easily with none or minimal pain and with out damaging the stud. This works best for a piercing that is completely healed. Here’s what you do: Get some vitamin e oil or something similar. Dip a q-tip in the oil and put it on the inside and outside of the piercing and let it soak in for a minute or two and use the q-tip and push against of the stud to push it through the inside hole. And you should be able to pull it straight out with little of no pain. All I felt was a little pulling sensation on the inside and it didn’t hurt and all. And then I just put the new stud in and I didn’t feel a thing.

January 22, 2009 at 11:47 pm
(30) Teresa says:

Ive had my piercing for over a year and I have no issues with nose bones. I just dont wear it to bed just in case it slips/moves around. Nose screws are no prob, either. If you let the piercing heal I relly dont see how there could be any issues…

January 25, 2009 at 10:12 pm
(31) Piercer_Ronny says:

I have had to “cut out” several of these things. If a nostril screw is uncomfortable, it may not be adjusted properly for you, also L-bend nostril jewelry is available, and there again it can be adjusted to properly fit you. Interestingly, when I click on this topic, it takes me to some other post in the forum, and when I search for this post, the search engine says there are no results…

February 4, 2009 at 12:46 am
(32) Angie Warhol says:

Here is an awesome site for nose rings.

Nose bones, screws, pins, hoops, whatever. And their prices are GREAT! Stainless, silver, gold, platinum, Gorilla Glass, Titanium, Bioplast, they’ve got it.

March 5, 2009 at 5:01 pm
(33) Holly says:

Nose bones suck!
I’ve had my nose pierced for 2 years and the piercer used a nose bone. Of course at the time I had no clue what it was.
8 months later the diamond fell out, so I decided to change it…holy hell did it hurt! Then all I had were other nose bones, so I replaced it one of those.
There’s no way I’ll be taking it out of my nose again…if I have to, I’ll clip the ball off.
Dumbest idea for nose rings.

March 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm
(34) Alexa says:

I always used 18G nose bones. I never liked nose screws because they almost never come in size 18G (always 20 or 22G). Nose bones ball end varies in sizes, sometimes it is just right, sometimes too big and painful. Nose screws caused a “wiggling steel booger” sensation so that’s other reason why I chose nose bones. My nose is too tiny for most screws because the gem end would slide out by itself (because my hole size is 18G and screws dont have that size) or curling end will peek out of my nostrils. If I have problem pulling out or pushing in nose bones I will grease it up with Vaseline.

April 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm
(35) Gwen says:

Hi All! I’ve had my nose pierced for almost 7 years. I had it pierced with a bone that was to short so my piercer gave me a longer one. If you have a problem after getting a piercing done ALWAYS go back to the piercer … they have more options available to them because they can deal directly with the manufacturers. ALSO if you need longer or shorter than the standards do a search for “custom length nose bones” it comes up with TONS of them. I know what everyone is talking about w/ the ball going through the hole hurting like MAD! I actually have clipped a few ends to get them out. I have since found a solution! 95% of the SURGICAL STEEL posts have a ball on the end VERY close to the shaft of the bone. Sterling silver ones DO NOT .. the ball on the end is ALWAYS MUCH LARGER than the shaft. IF you do like Sterling better take a coarse nail file and file the ball down a bit .. works like a charm! ALSO the most useful thing I’ve found so far: The absolutely BEST time to change a nose bone is right after you get out of the shower! Your skin is soggy and soft and you won’t even feel it! I couldn’t believe the difference!
Hope these little tips help … good luck and enjoy your new piercing!!

June 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm
(36) Amanda says:

What??? Nose bones are so much better! I had mine pierced with a screw, and for about 5 months, it was sore and seemed infected. The second I took it out (Which was VERY painful) it started to heal. Yes, they do fall out easier, but they are cheaper, so you can buy a few and put another one in. plus after about 4 years, they hardly ever fall out on me. And there is never any pain inserting one or taking one out in my opinion…

August 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm
(37) Crissy says:

Thank you all for your input- I currently have a nose screw that practially hangs out of my nose & am debating to get a nose bone or try another screw! Your comments have helped!

November 16, 2009 at 4:30 am
(38) Kelsey says:

I’ve had my nose pierced for about two years now, and about 5 months ago I got so fed up with the screws that I decided to switch to a nose bone. So much easier to put in at least! She is wrong that they don’t come in different lengths, I bought two different lengths just in case the shorter one wasn’t long enough, but it was. I got one in white gold and the other in stainless steel, both very good metals for piercings, so I don’t know what she’s talking about saying you can’t get good quality, gold’s as good as it gets for me! I am slightly concerned about removal as I haven’t given it a go just yet, but I’m not too worried. I figure some warm water and a bit of massaging will do the trick.

January 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(39) Donna says:

Oh my! I got my nose pierced 2 years ago and recently switched to a nose bone. Since my nostril is very thick the screw “curls” were never long enough to go through my nose, I had to straiten them to an L shape. I tried the nose bones, now my nose is finally healed, and I can change it with no discomfort. Sometimes it comes out in my sleep, no problem, locate it on the sheets and pop it back in. PS – ambesol gel works great if you have any discomfort!

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February 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(41) Pia says:

you do not pull nose bones out. you snap the jewelry end off and take the post out of your nostril to change it. this is not at all painful. the tip where the jewelry is comes off.

March 9, 2010 at 11:42 am
(42) Kelly says:

I had my nose pierced 9 months ago with a 16g screw. Twice it came out accidentally and I had to go to the piercer because I could not get it back in. The last time I managed to get it back in myself after nearly an hour of trying, only for it to feel swollen and painful for the next few days, I ended up taking it out because it was so puffy and awful feeling only to discover it was infected.

I was able to drain the infection grossness and just left the stupid screw out over night. The next day I got a few different types of jewelry and decided to try the nose bone. It went in about halfway before it started to suck, but I just kept gentle even pressure on it and it eventually slid through. The ball end is really not that much bigger than the post. And the whole thing is definitely smaller than the ginormous 16g screw my piercer used as default.

Taking it out might be a different story, but night now it feels so much more comfortable! Screws are evil!

March 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(43) Amy says:

hi, all. i have had a nose bone in for over 10 years now, and my nose pierced even longer. i have only changed it the one time that i was forced to (and i cut the ball off one end to get it out, but of course then had to buy a new). i like the little plain silver ones, so i don’t change it. i’ve had no problems, no infections, no pain, it’s still shiny and cute.
i’m in the process of changing over to one for my new monroe piercing, since the typical labrets all have a huge disc inside that rubs and irritates my gums.
so i guess my point is, don’t be afraid to try things for purposes other than they were intended, you may end up much more comfortable, and liking your piercing again!

March 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm
(44) jessica says:

I got my nose pierced and the piercer put in a nose bone.
I have had NO problems with it, it’s never been ripped out, and after showers or cleanings i can get it out easily.

I’ve looked at it, and it doesn’t seem like normal nose bones. Mine is sort of tapered, so the part of the post that sits in the pierced area is the same gauge as the ball at the end, and it tapers ino a smaller gauge near the area that would be outside of your piercing, inside your nose, a small amount of overhang. so yeah, my skin MAY shrink to a smaller gauge than the ball, but my cartilige won’t, and as I understand it, thats what causes issue of taking it out.
Has anyone else had nose bones like this? Do you know a company that sells them?

August 7, 2010 at 9:52 am
(45) Anita says:

Nose bones are great if they’re in titanium, and you put them into a well healed nose hole (several years after the peircing the hole won’t change or get smaller). Use a little vaseline to put in place; they’ll stay put better than screws, l-shapes or studs. Clip off with nail clips in emergency, or prepare the removal with lidocaine.

September 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm
(46) Francesca says:

for those many of you who proclaim that nose bones don’t hurt at all to insert or remove, is it perhaps because you have smaller gauges, like 20s or 22s?

i’ve had my nose piercing for three years, and the first time i put one in, which was last year, i was shocked at how bad it hurt. my nose bone is an 18g and even now it still hurts extremely bad to remove before work; i have to psyche myself up for it! so maybe it’s because my ring is thicker? would a gauge that is only slightly thicker really make that much of a difference?

it is true though, that it makes it a lot easier if you take it out after showering when the skin is soft and more elastic. i’ve tried lubricant and it did not help very much at all. i do also think it’s true that the skin in your nose shrinks around the piercing very quickly, maybe just because the skin inside your nose has more white blood cells or whatever to make it heal faster, since they’re needed there from so many people getting nosebleeds and whatnot. it could also be that my skin shrinks around my piercing so fast because i might have gotten pierced with a ring that’s thinner than what i have now, but it’s frustrating because everyone keeps giving me different answers about which gauge the ring i have is and which gauge my old one is.

i have another question: why is it SO HARD to find 20g retainers when most nose rings are 20g? all the retainers i’ve seen in stores are only 18g! the whole reason i started wearing a thicker nose ring was because the retainer i needed to wear for work was thicker and it was so painful to put in, so i thought i’d basically gauge my nose myself by starting to wear a bigger ring.

ok, that’s my life story . . in all seriousness though, could somebody help me?

October 17, 2010 at 11:40 pm
(47) Misty says:

I just got my nose pierced and have a nostril screw and can’t seem to get it in good. I was wondering about trying the nose bone. Does the gem part screw off and you insert the post through the inside of the nose? I was just looking at the jewelry online, and trying to imagine how they are used before I buy some.

March 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm
(48) Erika says:

My nose was pierced with an 18g nose bone. I was able to take it out 5 days after it was pierced to put a retainer in (I hated wearing a band-aid over it at work). I’ve had it for two weeks now and change it every day for work. It’s obviously still fresh, but I’ve had no pain or tenderness after changing it. I also haven’t had any issues with it falling out. The ball on the end of mine isn’t much larger than the post, which is probably the main reason it doesn’t hurt as much.

March 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm
(49) Jere says:

I have pierced my own nose with a earring piercing gun. Have not had any problem yet. I did have to learn that the length matters. I found several web sites that have 1/4″, 5/16″ and 3/8″. For me, my nose walls are thicker so I have gone to the 5/16″ and it fits perfect. I love my nose piercing, it will come in or out if you get a warm wash cloth and hold it on it for a few minutes. All so if you take it out after a shower it works great.

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