Thinking of getting your septum pierced? Here’s all you need to know.
1. What exactly is a septum piercing?
A septum piercing is a piercing that goes through the the softest bit of flesh toward the front of the nose aka the nasal septum.
2. Is it painful?
Yes it is, though it’s not as painful as you would think. There’s just a tiny little sting because duh, you’re punching a hole through your skin.
Becca of LibFemBlog told The Debrief that “it wasn’t too bad at all” compared to the other piercings she’s had done. The blogger adds that a septum piercing is “probably less painful than your standard nostril piercing.”
3. How do I take care of the piercing?
The first step is to leave it alone. Don’t touch it, don’t flip it, don’t play with it—don’t do anything your piercer wouldn’t want you to do.
There’ll be strong urges to pinch your newly pierced nose but stay strong and keep your hands away from it unless it’s time to clean. Wash your piercing (thoroughly!) with antibacterial soap at least twice a day for two or three weeks. Try out this 100% Organic Soap by Havah&Andem
4. What if I really need to flip the ring?
IF you really have to flip it (because of work or because you don’t want anyone finding out), then make sure to soak the ring in warm water first. The water will help soften the skin around the metal to make it easier to move around. Warm water will also take out any crusty debris around your septum and prevent you from pulling too hard on the piercing and creating a new wound.
5. How long does the wound take to heal?
It generally takes between 6 to 8 weeks. Until then, you don’t need to do anything. Not even change the jewelry.
Once it heals, you’re free to switch it up with those gorgeous septum rings you’ve been eyeing!
6. What if I get tired of it?
The best thing about getting a septum piercing is that if you decide you don’t want it anymore, it will eventually close up without leaving any marks or scars. How long it takes to close though will depend on how long you’ve had it.
7. Where should I get my septum piercing done?
Always stay away from sketchy places. Get your piercing done at a piercing studio instead. It’s safer and cleaner so you won’t have to deal with problems like infections.
8. Does it matter who does my septum piercing?
Professional piercer Tiny Tatz told Bustle that a septum piercing is “a difficult piercing to do, so do research on your piercers. Make sure they have done it before and look at a portfolio of their work. You want to make sure it is done properly.”
Brian Keith Thompson, celebrity piercer and owner of the Body Electric Tattoo, notes that “[n]ot everyone is the perfect candidate for a septum piercing.”
Having a professional piercer do your septum piercing means they can do it at the right angle based on your facial symmetry. If you’re in the United States, here’s a directory of professional piercers.