A septum piercing pokes through the skin between the nostrils, enabling the jewelry to dangle between them in a decorative fashion. These piercings are increasingly gaining in popularity, and with good reason. They are cute and fashionable and look great on almost all faces of any size, shape, or ethnicity. The jewelry can also be easily hidden inside your nose if you are attending a more conservative event. The piercing procedure is even said to be both very easy and virtually painless. If you would like to know more about septum piercings, here is all you need to know:
Is Septum Piercing Painful?
Reportedly, there is very little pain involved in this piercing. More likely, all you will feel is a tiny pinch and a strange tugging sensation, which is just the piercer pulling the jewelry through.
The actual piercing will be made at the “sweet spot,” or the part of the septum where the skin thins out a bit, scientifically referred to as the “columella.” All people are different, but most piercees are likely to find theirs nearer to their noses' tips.
That being said, there are some rare cases where a person actually lacks a columella. When that happens, the piercing professional will have no choice but to pierce the nearby cartilage, which, of course, will hurt more than just piercing through skin.
While the piercee really has little to worry about, the location of the actual piercing can become stress-inducing to piercers. Even the absolute best have had a hard time finding the sweet spot, and if its not in the most convenient area, he or she may have to puncture you a few times to ensure the piercing is straight enough cosmetically. Just realize that patience is a virtue and this piercing is one that commonly needs to be re-done in order to ensure perfection.
One thing that you should be aware of is piercing guns. They should not be used in the course of a septum piercing. There is no way to position the gun in order to correctly pierce a septum. They are also particularly painful and a common way of accidentally transmitting germs.
What about Septum Piercing Aftercare and Healing?
Aftercare is super important with any piercing, but because the septum is inside the nose, you must be extra vigilant. The last thing you should do is touch the jewelry, though it will move and jiggle, making it tempting. You can adjust it, because septum jewelry can heal in a crooked manner if it is not monitored, but just be mindful of the delicate skin healing around your piercing, and always disinfect your hands beforehand.
Aftercare is easy and can be done with items you already have around the house. Simply dissolve a quarter of a teaspoon of salt into warm water and place it in a mug. For about 5 minutes, dip your whole nose into the mixture. Do this three times a day to sterilize the piercing and dissolve any scabbing.
Because the piercing is in the nose, healing be a bit difficult. The healing time is a little long, at six – eight weeks, if you’re lucky. Unfortunately, some folks have to wait a couple months for a full recovery. This, of course, all depends on whether the cartilage was pierced because there wasn’t a columella, or simply due to the difference in healing times between people of different biological makeups.
Remember, piercings heal from the outside in, so you have any doubt, ask your piercer if you are healed enough to stop practicing aftercare.
What Types of Jewelry can I Wear?
Unlike nostril piercings, septum piercings allow you to get more creative because of the different hoop styles you can choose. There are barely-detectable seamless rings, which are classic and match nearly every outfit, and also elaborate pieces with all types of cool, artsy designs.
Rounded barbells are definitely the easiest to put in and remove, so they were the most popular right off the bat, and still remain a favorite. This is probably because changing up the beads allows wearers to put their own spin on the classic piece. There are so many different types of bead options, from bejeweled varieties to colorful, intricate pieces.
Clickers, which are easily inserted into the piercing and then clicked close, are another common septum jewelry choice. You can really switch these up because they come in any style imaginable and you don’t have the added stress of storing tiny beads which can be easily lost.
What will it Cost?
Most of the time, these piercings cost between forty and ninety dollars. This price may include the jewelry, but only if you start with an inexpensive standard hoop. It is probably better for you to spend a bit more and invest in a good quality metal, such as sterling silver or 14k gold, to ward off any hint of skin irritation or infection. Even though these piercings do not usually reject metal as other piercings may, it is still better to be safe than sorry.
Are There Reasons to Not Get This Piercing?
You shouldn’t have any physical limitations on getting this piercing, but there are a few reasons why you may be better off not getting one. Here are a few:
1. Blowing your Nose Often
If you are prone to allergies, have frequent colds, or sinus issues, this is probably not the piercing for you. Because of the piercing’s location inside the nose, blowing your nose will be difficult and downright painful.
2. Having a Crooked Nose
The septum piercing is placed in the enter of your nose, drawing attention to your nose and adding to its innate symmetry. If your nose is not exactly symmetrical, or even just slightly crooked, the piercing can cause these minor imperfections to stick out. If this is something that would cause you to feel self-conscious, you should avoid this piercing.
3. Dealing with a Deviated Septum
As previously stated, this particular piercing can draw attention to any nasal irregularities that a piercee may have. So, while a person with a deviated septum can still get a septum piercing, it can cause the deviation to be more visible. A talented piercer should be able to work around any differences with ease. Just be aware of the possible results before going in.
In conclusion, a septum piercing is funky and stylish, affordable, and practically pain-free. If you believe this is the piercing for you, choose a piercer that you can trust. Do your research and be sure that he or she knows about septum piercings specifically, so you know you will be in good hands.