A complete guide: Septum piercing price, pain, healing, aftercare…
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A complete guide: Septum piercing price, pain, healing, aftercare…

Aug 10, 2022

Septum piercings go way back to ancient history

Many consider septum piercings a new trend. In fact, they go back to ancient history. In Australia, aboriginal people wore septum nose piercings made of bone as far back as 44,000 B.C.

What is a septum piercing?

Septum piercing price, pain, healing, aftercare...

Among all nose piercings, septum piercing is relatively common, especially among younger people. The piercing itself is placed right in front of where the septum cartilage begins, so the result is a piercing between your nostrils.

This is a suitable first piercing, as it isn't particularly painful. Healing time will depend on each individual person, though -- for some people, healing will be complete after 2-3 months. For others, it can take up to eight months.

You can use a wide variety of nose jewelry for septum piercings. The most popular ones are curved barbells (horseshoe barbells), septum clickers, captive bead rings, and plain rings.

You might hear some people refer to a septum piercing as a "bull nose piercing." Especially when it's done with a closed ring, this piercing does look a bit like the nose ring used on bulls.

Septum piercing meaning

What does a septum piercing say about you? In more contemporary times, septum piercings have been linked to punk rock and other counterculture movements.

And while they have become increasingly common among the younger generations, septum piercings still indicate a desire to deviate from the norm.

In ancient times around the world, septum piercings have been used to show success in battle. They were sometimes even made from the leg bones of enemies! And in some Native American tribes, they marked a boy's passage into manhood.

Septum piercing placement

Where is the sweet spot for a septum piercing? A septum piercing doesn't technically go through the bone of your septum. Instead, it goes through the tissue right between the bone and the skin on the tip of your nose.

Septum piercing price

How much is a septum piercing? Prices will vary widely based on location and the materials that you will be using. But a septum nose piercing will probably cost $25-$95.

Septum piercing pain scale 1-10

How bad does a septum piercing hurt? This is a suitable first piercing, as it isn't particularly painful. A lot of people rate it as between a 2 and a 4 on the pain scale.

But it's still something to be mentally prepared for. It will hurt, but only for a second or two.

Septum piercing healing

How long does it take a septum piercing to heal? Healing time will depend on each individual person, though -- for some people, healing will be complete after 2-3 months. For others, it can take up to eight months.

Septum piercing sizes

What gauge is a septum piercing? Generally speaking, 16-gauge rings or bars are best for septum piercings.

That being said, a good piercer will be able to look at your individual anatomy and help determine what gauge of jewelry works best for you. 

Septum rings come in many different diameters, but the largest is about 3/4". A good piercer can help you determine what diameter is best for your anatomy and the look you're trying to achieve.

Common types of septum piercing jewelry

You can use a wide variety of nose jewelry for septum nose piercings. The most common ones are curved barbells (horseshoe septum piercing), septum clickers, captive bead rings, and plain rings.

You can also go with a fake septum piercing if you want to avoid the pain and risks of nose piercings.

1. Curved Barbells

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These barbells are sometimes called "horseshoe septum piercing" because they look like horseshoes. Their curves make them especially suitable for septum piercings.

Pros:
  • The curved shape can make bridge piercings more comfortable
  • Curved barbell piercings don't go through bone or cartilage
  • They are available in a very wide variety of designs
Cons:
  • They heal more slowly than straight barbells
  • They tend to be prone to migration or rejection

2. Septum piercing rings

Pros:
  • They're less likely to become crooked like curved barbells
  • There are lots of options ranging from simple metal hoops to ornately jeweled rings
  • They usually remain securely in place
Cons:
  • Captive bead rings can be very hard to close
  • Thin hoops can be bent very easily

2.1 Captive bead rings

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Others are what's called "captive bead rings." These are rings that are "sealed" with a bead. Sometimes, the bead is inlaid with a gem to add some visual interest.

2.2 Septum clickers

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Septum clickers are rings with a hinged segment that can be opened and shut. Septum clickers are easy to put in and look amazing!

2.3 Plain nose ring or hoops

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Some rings are just loops of thin metal. And in some cases, plain "hoop" nose rings may have a small gem on the side.

3. Fake septum piercing

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You can also go with a fake septum piercing if you want to avoid the pain and risks of nose piercings.

Recommended materials for septum piercing jewelry

Regardless of jewelry type, make sure to choose a high-quality material to avoid infections or adverse reactions. Here are some good materials to choose from:

1. Implant-grade titanium

Examples of materials suitable for nose piercing include implant-grade titanium; Which is highly preferred and safe from contamination, hypo-allergic and adaptable to the body.

2. 14K/18K gold

The 14K/18K gold is also another material that comes in highly recommended by piercing not only experts but also doctors. Its excellent qualities of being inert thus suitable for first piercings.

3. Medical-grade and surgical stainless steel

In addition, medical-grade and surgical stainless steel are highly endorsed due to its easy adaptability to the human body, and it also stops infections.

4. Niobium

Niobium is another material that could be useful to make jewelry as it is non-reactive, polymeric, and has a wide range of colors.

Potential risks of septum nose piercings

Septum piercings are relatively low-risk. As with any piercing, there's some risk of infection, but you can minimize that by seeing a reputable piercer and carefully following aftercare instructions.

1. Rejected septum nose piercing

Signs that your skin is rejecting the piercing include:

  • The jewelry is visible beneath the skin
  • The jewelry moves too freely than it should
  • The piercing hole appears to be larger than usual

If you want to have an easy healing time after a septum nose piercing, avoid playing, rotating, touching, or changing the jewelry. Wait until the wound is completely healed.

Hence, it is always advisable to go to a professional for any body art. It takes about 2-3 months for the piercing to heal fully, after which you can change your jewelry or add more piercings if you wish.

2. Infected septum piercing

  • If the infection is mild, you can usually get rid of it by washing the piercing two to three times a day.
  • Use isopropyl alcohol, betadine, diluted hydrogen peroxide, or another antiseptic.
  • Applying antibiotic ointment after washing it.
  • If the infection persists or gets worse, you may want to see a doctor.

3. Why does my septum piercing smell?

In some cases, your piercing may start to smell. If the smell is accompanied by redness and swelling, the piercing is likely infected, and it's a good idea to see a doctor.

If the swelling is older, smells can develop when sebum (skin oil) and dead skin cells mix together. If this is the case, the piercing just needs to be cleaned more regularly.

4. Septal hematoma

It's also possible to develop a septal hematoma. This is when the blood vessels around the piercing break, letting blood and fluid accumulate in the septum.

5. Allergy to nose jewelry

It's also possible to have an allergic reaction to the metal jewelry used, so make sure you choose surgical steel or another hypoallergenic metal.

Septum piercing aftercare

1. How to take care of septum piercing?

  • Take care to avoid contaminating the piercing.
  • Avoid touching it or applying makeup very close to it.
  • Avoid getting in water that might be dirty.
  • Clean your piercing twice per day using saline solution.
  • And of course, make sure to avoid snagging on clothes or towels.
  • Don't move the piercing before it heals. Pulling on a piercing early in healing is painful, but it also can get in the way of healing or damage the piercing itself.

2. How to clean septum piercing?

In general, cleaning it at least two times a day with saline solution will work. And of course, make sure your hands are clean before touching your piercing at all.

Your piercer should give you detailed instructions on keeping your piercing clean once the piercing has been placed.

Make sure you start carefully cleaning your piercing as soon as you get it. With attention and regular care, your piercing should heal quickly, and you can enjoy the new addition to your look!

When can I change my septum piercing?

Before you change your jewelry, it's best to wait 6-8 weeks to make sure the initial piercing is healed (and that there are no signs of infection). It takes some people longer to heal than others, so if there's any doubt, check with your piercer or a doctor before deciding to switch to a new piece of jewelry.

How to take out a septum piercing?

The exact way to remove a piercing depends on the type.

For a ring, pull gently on either side of the closure until you feel the ring open. Then, pull the ring downward and to the side (following the arc of the circle) until you feel it slip out of the piercing.

Do the same with a curved barbell, but first, be sure to unscrew one of the ends.

How to hide septum piercing?

If you have a curved barbell instead of a ring, you can flip it upward so it's hidden inside your nose.

Alternatively, you can choose a septum retainer. This is an unobtrusive (and often clear) piece that you can place through the piercing. You can then flip it inside your nose so the edges don't show. That way, when you don't want to wear a septum ring, you won't run the risk of your piercing closing up.

That being said, when you first get your septum pierced, it's important to not flip or otherwise move it for 6-8 weeks. Once this initial healing period is over, you can then hide the piercing when needed.

How to flip septum piercing up?

If you want to be able to flip up a septum piercing, choose a curved barbell (and not a closed ring). If your piercing is already healed, you can simply nudge the piercing until both ends of the barbell are securely inside your nose.

How to blow your nose with a septum piercing?

If your piercing is new, it's especially important to wash your hands before blowing your nose. That will help minimize the risk of transferring bacteria to the piercing site.

Blowing your nose one nostril at a time will also help keep pressure lower on the site.

Be sure to regularly use a cotton swab to clean the piercing and the piercing site each time. Soaking the cotton ball in saline solution is the best way to do this.

At what age can you get a septum piercing?

Generally, at least in the U.S., you must be 18 to get a septum piercing. In some states, if you're under 18, your parents may be able to give written consent for you to get a septum piercing or other body piercing.

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