My daughter pierced her nose both the nostril and her septum by herself and she is a wimp when it comes to pain. Didn't phase her a bit. She then went on to pierce her lip and through her cheek also by herself. Mind over matter I guess. She had her tragus and belly button pierced three times and then had microdermals inserted in her back and left cheek. Those she had professionally done. She said the tragus hurt the most.