How To Take Out Nose Stud With Flat Back: A Step-by-Step Guide!

Learning how to remove your flat back nose stud is a lot easier than you’d think!

Written by Shayonee Dasgupta

On Jan 28, 2024 – 7 minutes read

How To Take Out Nose Stud With Flat Back

Nose studs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Undoubtedly, a flat back nose stud wins over other designs as it offers greater comfort to the wearer and poses a lower risk of snagging. A small flat disc attached at the end of the vertical rod inside your nostril ensures that the stud stays in place.

But how do you ensure a hassle-free experience when you want to remove it? Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to take out nose stud with flat back. Buckle up as we also cover the best techniques to remove other types of nose-piercing jewelry!

How To Take Out Nose Stud With Flat Back?

How To Take Out A Nose Stud For The First Time

Learning how to remove a nose stud with a flat back is fairly straightforward. 

Compared to studs with traditional screws, a flat-back design is a more practical option. It ensures minimal protrusion inside the nostril and offers a smoother removal experience, especially for those who are new to nose piercings

Usually, such studs feature two types of closures:

  1. Threaded stud: The top piece on your outer nostril is screwed into a threaded post attached to the flat back.
  2. Push-in stud: The top piece on your outer nostril is snapped into a hollow post on the flat back

How To Take Out Nose Stud With Flat Back  For The First Time?

Follow this step-by-step breakdown of how to take out a nose stud for the first time:

  • Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap thoroughly to disinfect them. Dry them using a paper towel or tissue.
  • Use a sterilized pair of tweezers to gently grab the flat back of your nose stud. You can also use a pair of small needle-nose pliers for better control. Make sure to hold as tightly as you can but avoid pulling or tugging to prevent irritation.
  • Hold down the jewel top on the outer nostril with your fingers. 
  • If you have a threaded stud, use your fingers to rotate the jewel head on your outer nostril in a counterclockwise direction. You may have to repeat the process before it loosens up. Gently slide the jewel top from the piercing hole once it separates from the flat back. 
  • If you have a push-in or threadless stud, use your fingers to apply firm but gentle pressure to separate the top piece from the bar post. Try to pull the jewel top away from the outer nostril in a straight direction to avoid any injuries to your piercing. 
  • Clean the piercing with saline solution(1) to prevent infection. 

Removing Other Nose Piercings Without Pain

How To Remove A Corkscrew-Style Nose Stud?

How To Remove A Corkscrew-Style Nose Stud

A corkscrew-style nose stud is shaped like a spiral inside your nose.

What you need: Hand gloves for safety, cotton ball, and rubbing alcohol

Here’s how to take out a nose stud with a screw back:

  1. Apply rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball at the piercing.
  2. Using one finger, gently press the decorative end of your nose stud and allow the stud to twist naturally.
  3. You may not feel any movement initially. So keep at it till the nose stud comes out completely. 
  4. Clean the piercing and your nose stud with warm water and antibacterial soap. Dry it properly using a soft towel. 

How To Remove Your L-shaped Nose Stud?

How To Remove Your L-shaped Nose Stud

Unlike other piercings, an L-shaped nose stud is bent at 90 degrees, making it a bit trickier to remove. You need to remove the bent part of the stud out of the piercing, before taking out the stud. 

What you need: Hand gloves for safety, a cotton ball, a pair of tweezers, and rubbing alcohol


  1. Apply rubbing alcohol(2) with a cotton ball at the piercing. 
  2. Insert a finger inside your pierced nostril and press on the stud gently. This will help the decorative end of the stud stick out prominently. 
  3. Using your index fingernail, push the decorative end downward. You will notice the bent or L-shaped part of the stud coming out of the piercing. 
  4. Keep pushing the decorative end until the nose stud is removed completely. You can also use tweezers to get it out. 
  5. Clean the piercing and your nose stud with warm water and antibacterial soap. Dry it properly using a soft towel. 

How To Remove A Nose Ring?

How To Remove A Nose Ring

Your nose ring is either a segment ring, which comes attached with a separate end, usually in the shape of a ball; or – a seamless one, which has a break in between.

For a segment ring, gently grip your nose ring and keep rotating it till you see the attached ball end of the ring come out of your nostril. Pull out the back to take out the nose ring out of your piercing. 

For a seamless ring, gently bend and apply enough pressure to make the break come apart. Once that happens, you can simply slide the nose ring out of your piercing. 

How To Remove Nose Pin?

How To Remove Nose Pin

Compared to a corkscrew style and L-shaped nose stud, removing a nose pin is relatively easier. Also called nose bones or nose bone studs, these have straight posts with a pointy end or small ball inside and a jeweled head on the other end. 

All you need to do is hold the decorative end and start wiggling it gently. 

Keep repeating the process till your nose pin comes out. Don’t forget to clean the piercing site with warm water and antibacterial soap. 

The Importance Of Hygiene In Removal

When it comes to your nasal area, you can never be too careful. Apart from helping you smell, it plays an important role in expelling dirt and allergens as you breathe out. The nose also moistens the air you breathe in to prevent your lungs from drying out. 

As a result, maintaining proper hygiene when you take out your piercing is of utmost importance. Improper hygiene can infect the piercing, causing nasal cellulitis. In extreme cases, the infection can also spread to other parts of your body.

Failure to observe proper hygiene can also introduce irritants at the piercing, causing redness and discomfort. 

Therefore, wash your hands properly with an antibacterial soap before you take out your nose stud. You can also use a clean cotton cloth or tissue to secure the stud while removing it. It ensures that your fingers do not come in direct contact with the piercing.

Post-Removal Aftercare

Once you remove a nose stud, there is a risk of infection. Inadequate aftercare can also infect your sinus cavity. 

Here’s how you should go about post-removal aftercare:

  • Soak a paper towel or cotton ball
  •  in saline solution and gently dab the piercing site twice a day.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial hand wash before touching your nose piercing. 
  • Avoid applying any harsh makeup or fragrant cream to the nose piercing. 


1. How do you remove a bent nose stud?

Adjust the position of your bent nose stud and apply gentle pressure to straighten it.

2. When Should I Change My Nose Stud?

Once the initial healing period is over, which typically takes 6-8 weeks, you should change your nose stud.

3. Can I Change My Nose Ring After 2 Weeks?

As piercings take 6-8 weeks to heal completely, it is not advisable to change your ring after 2 weeks.

4. How do you clean a flat-back nose stud?

You can use saline or antiseptic solution for cleaning a flat-back nose stud.

5. My Flat Back Nose Stud Won’t Come Out, What Can I Do?

If you are finding it difficult to take out your flat back nose stud, seek assistance from a professional.

6. Does it hurt to change your nose stud?

You can expect slight discomfort.

7. What happens if you take your nose stud out too early?

Taking out your nose stud before the piercing has healed properly increases your risk of infection.

8. Can I Remove a Nose Piercing on My Own?

Yes, you can remove a nose piercing on your own following proper safety measures, it is better to seek help from a professional piercer if you are not sure.

9. When can I change my nose stud for the first time?

Ideally, wait for 6-8 weeks before changing your nose stud for the first time.

10. How quickly does nose piercing close?

A new piercing can close within a few minutes or hours. Older piercings can also close unexpectedly. 

11. Why does my nose piercing hurt when I try to take it out?

Improper healing or underlying infection can result in pain during nose piercing removal.

12. What if my nose stud sticks out of my nostril?

Approach a jeweler or a professional piercer to get your nose stud resized. 


Mastering how to take out a nose stud for the first time might seem daunting. 

But with a little practice and lots of patience, you can make changing your nose stud with a flat back an easy breezy experience.

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Shayonee is a dedicated writer and mental health advocate whose research-driven approach allows her to deliver well-informed, evidence-based content on diverse aspects of women’s health and lifestyle.

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