Ah, the septum piercing. Once considered unconventional, piercing the space between your nostrils is now incredibly popular. Many celebrities (like Jessica Biel, Lady Gaga, and FKA Twigs, to name a few) have experimented with the look. And if you are thinking about taking the plunge to change up your look (and a fake septum piercing like Rihanna’s isn’t doing it for you), here’s all the critical intel you need on septum piercings.
The best thing — besides the pretty septum jewelry that you’ll get to shop— is that it doesn’t have to be permanent. It doesn’t leave much of a trace if you decide to take the ring out for good, either. But that doesn’t mean it’s something to do on a whim. Like any piercing, it requires care, caution, and a proper healing period.
A septum piercing definitely looks really cool and is a unique accessory that can add a little glitz or edge to your overall look. You can go big and bold, small and classic, or punk rock with it; it’s a versatile piercing that can help you express different parts of who you are. It can also be easily concealed from anyone you may not want to see it.
If you want to try something new and pierce your septum, there are lots of things you need to think about before going under the needle. These are the major factors to take into consideration when thinking about a septum piercing.
How Much Does A Septum Piercing Hurt?
A piercing is a piercing. It breaks the skin. Everyone’s tolerance for pain is different, but no matter who you are and how much pain you can handle, getting a septum piercing is going to hurt.
“It’s pretty much similar to a regular nose piercing,” Tiny Tatz, a piercer with several years of experience at Addicted to Ink in White Plains, New York, says. “It feels like you have to sneeze or like when you get hit in the nose and your eyes water for a split second.”
Tiny Tatz noted that it’s tough to do from a piercer’s perspective since there “is a certain area where you have to go under the cartilage.” It’s difficult because the piercer needs to use specific tools to get between the two nostrils, while making sure not to pierce the nostril itself. Make sure you do some research and find a reputable piercer that has decent experience.
How Long Does A Septum Piercing Take To Heal?
Everyone heals differently, but Tiny Tatz says that the healing period customarily lasts between six-to-eight weeks and the jewelry should not be changed before that. Listen to your body and allow your septum piercing the proper time to heal.
Celebrity piercer Brian Keith Thompson of Body Electric Tattoo in Hollywood agrees, telling Bustle, “You need to wait for six-to-eight weeks with any piercing to let the healing happen. Changing it too soon can just add insult to injury, complications, scaring, and excess bleeding.”
Thompson, who has pierced Beyoncé and Emma Stone, also stresses that you need to know what you are getting yourself into and commit to the time frame in order to heal.
“Patience is everything with any type of piercing,” he says. “You have to have the maturity and the patience to complete the healing process.”
What Is The Septum Piercing Aftercare Like?
The aftercare regimen is simple: Leave it be. Don’t play around with it, but if it must be touched, make sure your hands are clean. Bacteria on your hands can infect your new piercing, which is something you definitely want to avoid.
“I recommend that clients get pierced with a horseshoe and leave it down. Some people get it and then have to flip it up right away because of work or not wanting to show it off. If you do have to move and flip [the jewelry], soak it with some warm water first to move it around so it’s not pulling or crusty, creating a new wound,” said Tiny Tatz. Other than that, clean it twice a day for two or three weeks with wound wash saline solution, piercing aftercare spray, or a gentle anti-bacterial soap.