How Long Does It Take for a Nose Piercing to Heal Before You Can Change the Ring?

The healing time needed before changing out jewelry varies depending on the part of the nose that is pierced, but ranges from 4 months to 27 months. Generally, cartilage piercings take longer to heal compared to simple skin piercings.

The nose is a popular place to get pierced as a prominent feature of the face. It is possible to get nostril piercings, rhino, septum and nasal bridge piercings. These are a combination of skin and cartilage piercings, each taking a different length of time to heal. Ideally, wearers should wait until the piercing is at least partially healed before making any changes to the piercing. Here are the recommended healing times before changing a piercing.

  • Nostril piercing - 4 to 6 months
  • Rhino piercing - 6 to 9 months
  • Septum piercing - 6 to 8 weeks
  • Nasal bridge piercing - 8 to 12 weeks

It takes about three times longer for the skin and cartilage to heal enough to allow for stretching of the piercing. Try not to push the stretching too quickly as it can tear the tissue and cause even more damage. This means that it takes even more time for the piercing to heal and makes it more uncomfortable for the wearer.