What Is A Septum Piercing? Dive Into It HereBody Gauges Blog
What is a septum piercing? Septum piercings are one of the trendiest piercings around today. They have been extremely popular among primitive people for centuries because they can be stretched extremely far and you can use decorative jewelry in them.
Today, many people choose septum piercings because they are extremely easy to hide and with proper care, you don’t have to worry about infections.
A Brief Historical Perspective
Extremely common in warrior cultures, the piercing was thought to enhance beauty in women and make men look fiercer as warriors. Many cultures wore tusks and bones through their noses, but others wore gold, silver, and jade. The Aztecs, Mayans and Incas in particular valued septum piercings.
In places like India and Tibet, the jewelry has religious meanings and are extremely large. In fact, they can be so large that they inhibit eating.
Native Americans in North America also pierced their septums.
Does a Septum Piercing Hurt?
Septum piercings have been called one of the easier piercings to get. The needle and the jewelry has to go through the soft, thin piece of skin at the tip of your nose. It does go between cartilage and thicker, more rigid skin so it can feel somewhat strange.
People who have gotten it said that the jewelry going through the piercing hurts more than the actual piercing.
Some people said that the piercing process made them feel like they had to sneeze or it made their eyes water, but it wasn’t too painful.
Septum Piercing Healing Time
While a septum piercing doesn’t hurt, your nose is going to stay extremely tender for about a week and remain somewhat tender for about three weeks.
Even brushing against your nose can be painful, so you need to be careful when blowing your nose, washing your face, playing sports. Even applying makeup for the first month or so can be a challenge. It is best if you can avoid doing anything that could brush against your face or make your nose move too much.
Once the pain goes away, you still have about 6 to 8 months to heal and it can get tender from time to time.
Septum Piercing Aftercare
During the healing process, you do have to take care of your piercing. There will be a buildup of white secretion around the ring, but there isn’t anything to be afraid of. This doesn’t mean your piercing is infected.
If that secretion is green or yellow, then you might have a problem.
Another sign of infection is a lump and pus in the septum. If you notice any of these signs, you should immediately contact a medical professional.
Keep the jewelry in your nose, as it will allow the piercing to “breath” and keep It open, but it will still allow drainage and proper cleaning. If you take the piercing out, you may get an abscess.
Normally, you will only have to use a saltwater solution to clean the piercing – simply add sea salt to a glass of water. Soak a cotton ball with some solution and press it into the septum. Use a clean one to repeat the process. Do this twice a day with clean hands for the best result.
Septum Piercing Jewelry
You have quite a few jewelry options when it comes to your septum piercings:
Circular barbells: These are sometimes called “horseshoe rings”. This type of barbell is a bar that goes in the shape of a ¾ circle with two balls or spikes at the end. These screw into the bar so that it doesn’t slip out of your nose.
One piece of advice is to go with internally threaded barbells because they tend to be gentler on your piercing.
Captive bead rings: Similar to circular barbells, this has a single ball that goes between the endings of the ring. There isn’t anything to threat, making them a little safer. Sometimes people will wear a captive bead ring piece without the ball because they can be difficult to get in.
Septum Clickers: This is a more decorative type of jewelry. It is a straight rod with a hinge that a full bottom goes onto and then latches on the other side. These are really easy to use, especially for people who don’t play around with jewelry all that often.
Septum Retainers: These are the rings that will flip up into your nostril. They are shaped in a way that will grasp the inside of your nose so that it doesn’t fall down. You can get one that is curved.
When your piercing is completely healed and want something cool, check out our eCommerce side of Body Gauges. We have a huge selection of jewelry for all types of piercings, including septum piercings.
Note that you should always go to a professional piercer to get this type of piercing because it is very easy for them to go wrong and get infected – and you definitely don’t want that with this one.