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What is the smallest gauge for a nose stud?

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The smallest gauge available for a nose stud is 20 gauge though the slightly larger 18 gauge is more common. With body jewelry, the larger the number, the smaller it is.

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Most piercing professionals prefer piercing the nose with an 18-gauge or 20-gauge stud because they are small and therefore less painful. The recovery time is also shorter after using a smaller gauge.

The standard nose piercing with studs goes through the nostril. Due to the type of jewelry used for this piercing, a needle is used as opposed to a piercing gun. Once the piercing heals, it's easier to choose different sizes or styles of nose piercing jewelry.

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