From Jessica Beil to Lady Gaga and even Rihanna, the list of A-list celebrities to have adorned this classical piercing style is extensive. There’s a good reason why this piercing style is favored among celebrities; for one septum piercings are a unique way to give your face that edgy look, then there’s the fact that they cause minimal scarring and can be completely hidden when the need arises. For body artists seeking to get in tune with their punk sides, septum piercings are the ideal piercing choice
- What are septum piercings?
As you would expect given its name, a septum piercing is a piercing that passes through your nasal septum i.e. the bridge that separates your two nostrils. The piercing bore goes through a thin segment of skin in the cartilage filled septum.
- How painful is the piercing procedure
Contrary to what many persons think, the piercing needle does not go through nasal cartilage; it instead transcends a thin bit of skin just above your nasal tip. As a result, septum piercings are a relatively painless. Expect a tiny weeny bit of tingling, but that’s just about it.
- How long does it take to heal?
Provided there are no incidences of infections and secondary injury; a septum piercing should completely heal up in 6 – 8 weeks. Most professional piercers recommend not changing the initial piercing jewelry during this period, as this could tear the fragile and healing piercing tissue.
- How much does it cost?
The cost of undertaking a septum piercing at a professional piercing parlor varies by location. That said, on the average, you’d most like shell out $60 – $80 for a quality septum piercing. And depending on your final jewelry choice the overall cost could increase by two folds of this.
- Which body Jewelry goes best with my Septum piercing?
Another prominent advantage septum piercings have over other types of facial piercing is the assortment of jewelry that can complement it. From circular barbells to captive bead rings, clickers, retainers and even curved barbells, the list goes on and on. One thing to note, If you’re looking to get a circular barbell make certain it’s internally threaded.
Above all, stay clear of ridiculously cheap jewelry options crafted from inferior materials; these would most likely induce a piercing irritation that could bring about a complication. High-quality piercing jewelry are those made from materials like titanium, surgical grade steel, niobium and gold, these are more expensive but definitely worth the price.
- Taking care of your septum piercing
The first rule with regards to septum piercing aftercare is to resist any temptation to poke and play with the piercing. If you must touch the piercing (which we strongly kick against), do so with clean disinfected hands.
Aside from regular bathing and facial washing endeavor to routinely douse the piercing with a Q-tip soaked in sea salt solution (not table salt). Abstain from smoking and alcohol for the while it takes the piercing to heal. Cigarette smoke acts as an astringent on the mucous membranes of the nasal septum, drying it up and making healing more difficult.
Your personal hygiene and diet also play a critical role in piercing aftercare. Do well to avoid public baths and swimming pools; these are laden with infection causing pathogens.
On a final note, if you notice any pus like secretions accompanied by inflammation and pain consult your piercer or physician immediately as these could be tell-tale signs of a piercing infection. Provided it is detected early, the chances of it progressing to a full blown complication is very low. Most times after antibiotic treatment and implantation of a more stringent aftercare, the infection is bound to subside.
There you have it, the essentials septum piercings, hope you enjoyed it? Remember to check out our huge repertoire of piercing articles and guides. Happy piercing!