One of the greatest things about getting piercings is the variety of jewelry that opens up to you.
With a single piercing, you can choose between multiple styles of jewelry, all with different fastenings and accessories.
Some people like to go all out with the jewelry they use in their piercings with various rings and hoops with jewels and chains.
However, there are always going to be occasions when a more subtle and subdued look is required.
This is where nose studs with flat backs come in. In this guide, we will look at how to insert one of these simple pieces of jewelry.
What Is A Flat Back Nose Stud?
First of all, it is important to be clear on the type of jewelry that we are talking about.
There are many different types of studs that you can get for your nose piercing that all have different mechanisms.
For this article, we are going to focus on studs with a flat back.
These are vertical rods made of metal that have either a ball or jewel on the top which is positioned on the outside of your nose.
To keep the jewelry in place, it features a small flat backing that is fitted to the end of the rod inside your nose.
How To Insert A Flat Back Nose Stud
Although a flat back nose stud is one of the easiest pieces of nose jewelry you can use in your piercing, it is still important to make sure that you are putting it in correctly.
If the stud isn’t correctly fitted in your piercing, it can cause irritation and discomfort which can be annoying.
Incorrect fitting can even lead to infections if you aren’t careful.
Below is a step-by-step guide to correctly fitting one of these studs to avoid irritation and infection.
Step One: Wash Your Hands
This step applies to any piercing that you are going to be touching.
Even when your piercing is fully healed, it is still susceptible to infection because it is a hole.
Make sure that you properly wash your hands before handling your piercing or jewelry.
Step Two: Remove Previous Jewelry And Clean Piercing
You can’t put new jewelry in without removing the old jewelry first. Any kind of piercing jewelry is prone to picking up dirt and dead skin cells.
It is a good idea to make sure you clean your jewelry when you remove it so it is ready for the next time you want to use it.
You should also take this moment to give your piercing a clean. This can be done with soap and water or a saline solution.
You can even use antibacterial hand wipes in a pinch. This will help to avoid infections in your piercing.
Step Three: Insert Your Stud
Once you have prepared your piercing for the new jewelry, it is time to insert it.
Because these types of studs are made from a straight rod, they are fairly easy to insert. In fact, in most cases, the jewelry should just slide straight in.
However, sometimes piercings don’t heal perfectly straight.
If you are feeling some resistance from the rod, you can gently twist it into position using a clockwise motion.
This can help it work through your piercing better than simply trying to force it through.
If you are still having trouble with it, you should check the gauge to make sure you have the right jewelry for your piercing.
Step Four: Attach The Flat Backing
Once the rod is in your piercing, it is time to attach the flat backing to keep it in place.
This is the most fiddly and tricky part of putting a nose stud in.
The flat backing is very small and you need to be able to screw it onto the end of the rod inside your nose. This is an art form that can take some practice.
If you are able to, try to position your head and your nose so that you can see what you are doing with the rod and the backing.
This can be useful until you are used to inserting this type of jewelry.
The backing should be screwed on tight enough to keep the stud in place.
However, you don’t want the backing to be flush against the inside of your nose as this can cause irritation and infection if anything gets stuck behind it.
Helpful Tips For Inserting Jewelry
For some people, inserting jewelry into their piercings is super easy. However, for others, it can be more of a struggle.
Here are some helpful tips to help you replace your jewelry with ease.
Keep It Clean
This is the most important thing to remember when it comes to dealing with piercings and jewelry.
There is no such thing as being too clean when handling your piercing or the jewelry that you are going to be putting in it.
Ideally, when you are changing your jewelry, you should wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing.
Then you should clean your piercing once the old jewelry is removed.
You should also clean your hands after cleaning your piercing to be on the safe side.
Even fully healed piercings are prone to infection because they are a hole that doesn’t get a lot of room to allow them to breathe.
Take Your Time
Depending on the type of piercing and jewelry you have, inserting new jewelry can be a difficult and fiddly task.
When it doesn’t go right, it can be easy to get frustrated, especially if your attempts are causing pain or discomfort.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to take your time. If you are getting frustrated and your piercing is getting sore, take a deep breath, walk around your home, and come back to the mirror to try again.
Have The Right Jewelry
On the same note, sometimes jewelry is difficult to insert because it is simply the wrong size.
If you are unsure about the correct size for your piercing, you can visit a piercing store or the person who pierced you.
Inserting a nose stud is one of the most straightforward processes when it comes to face jewelry. However, it is important to do it correctly to avoid irritation and infection.