What to expect after getting Septum Pierced
What is a Septum Piercing?
A type of nose piercing, septum piercing involves the cartilage that separates your right and left nostrils. This thin wall of cartilage runs down the center of your nose and is called the septum. If you want a cute piece of nose ring in this area, you need to get your septum pierced.
Now, this does not mean that the piercer is going to make a hole in your nasal septum. In fact, the piercing is done in the soft tissue present just below the septum. This area is often referred to as the “sweet spot”.
There is another name which is commonly used for this type of nose piercing and that is bull piercings. If you have ever seen the rings on the noses of bulls, you will know exactly why and how a septum piercing got this name.
Risks and Dangers
Should you or should you not get your septum pierced? This is the first question that you need to ask before actually making an appointment at a piercing studio. The answer to this question should depend on whether you are aware of the dangers and risks involved in this procedure.
The first danger that you need to consider is inherent in all kinds of body piercings, that is, pain and infection. Let’s first talk about the pain involved. This will vary from person to person. Most people report feeling manageable pain. Excessive pain may mean that there is something wrong with the piercing or you may just have a very low threshold of pain. In short, don’t expect zero pain. You will feel pain but it is quite manageable.
If you see tears in the eyes of someone getting their nasal cartilage pierced, it may not necessarily be due to pain. When your nose is pierced, your nervous system responds by involuntarily secreting tears. It’s a natural response and may even occur when the person does not feel much pain. So, no need to run away!
Now, let’s talk about the infection. The danger of infection is higher in a nose piercing and the reason is quite simple: it is present on the nose! The constant presence of bacteria makes the nose prone to infection and also your septum piercing. If you are prone to sinus infections or severe allergies, think carefully before getting one.
You will also need to choose the time of year carefully to get this area pierced. If you are prone to seasonal allergies or flu during certain times of the year, make sure to avoid getting your nose pierced during these times. Allergies and colds will make your septum piercing quite bothersome, increase chances of infection, and delay the healing process.
The Procedure of Getting Your Septum Pierced
So, now that you are well-aware of the risks and dangers involved in this procedure, are you ready to go for your piercing? If yes, then let’s talk about what steps you need to take next.
The first thing that you need to do is choose your piercer carefully. There is no special body piercer for getting your septum pierced. Any qualified and experienced body piercer can do this for you.
Just make sure that they know what they are doing. A professional piercer should be able to provide you with all the septum piercing advice you need. Ask as many questions as you want about the whole procedure and the problems that may arise. Find out about the jewelry they will be using. Generally, 16-gauge jewelry is used. Go for a piercing studio that preferably comes with good references.
If you are satisfied with the professional, it is time to get it done! Once you give a go-ahead to your body piercer, the professional will clean the area. This includes trimming your nose hairs. The area will be cleaned with an antiseptic to remove germs and prevent infection.
They may clamp the septum to numb the area and reduce pain. The needle will then be inserted just below the nasal cartilage. You will feel slight pain during this process. Of course, your eyes will water. The clamp will then be removed and a piece of jewelry will be inserted. There will be a little bit of blood. So, need to get scared.
The procedure does not take long. However, now begins the real work! You will need to take special care of the area to prevent any pain or infection.
Aftercare for Your Septum Piercing
Keep in mind that nose piercings take a longer time to heal because of the presence of bacteria in the area. So, good aftercare for the piercing is quite important for the healing process.
A sea salt bath will help in preventing infection and promoting the healing process. Clean the area with sea salt mixed in warm water twice a day. About 1/2 a teaspoon to 16 oz of water should do it. Just soak a cotton ball in the solution and place it on the area. Repeat for about five minutes. You can do this in the morning and at night before going to bed.
You will notice the formation of crusts. Make sure to remove it with the salt water solution or with a gentle anti-bacterial soapy solution. Move it around a little to clean the area properly. Once you have cleaned the area with the soap, check to see if there is any soapy residue. If there is, remove it with a soft paper towel.
The initial swelling may make your piercing look slightly slanted. The slant should disappear once the swelling subsides. Some people get quite worried about it and try to correct it by constantly touching it and applying undue pressure. While it is fine to apply a little bit of pressure once the swelling subsides, don’t do it if it is painful. Also, by constantly touching the area with your hands, you are making it prone to infections. So, keep your hands away!
Don’t overdo with the washing! Yes, too much washing will only leave the area excessively dry and irritate the piercing. The idea is to keep the area clean to prevent infection and promote healing.
Avoid getting any lotion or cream in the area. While applying your usual moisturizer or facial product, avoid touching the piercing.
Any kind of respiratory allergy or infection should be dealt with quickly. Don’t worry; it won’t lead to any serious damage. However, it can be extremely uncomfortable with a new piercing.
The piercing may take anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks to heal completely. However, you can try out a new piece of jewelry after about a month. You can safely remove it yourself.
Dealing with Pain and Infection
Any secretion of white fluid around your septum piercing is quite normal. You just need to clean it up with soap and/or salt water solution. A yellow or green fluid or excessive bleeding that refuses to stop may be a sign of an infection. An increase in pain may also be a sign that something is wrong. Call up your piercer for initial advice and consult your doctor, who may prescribe antibiotics.
Septum Piercing Jewelry
Choose something such as a circular barbell if you want to keep it hidden while attending school or work. The jewelry should also not affect your ability to breathe. If the size of the barbell is too large, it will cause you undue discomfort and breathing difficulty. You may want to use a septum retainer after your piercing since it won’t cause any interference in your breathing. It can also be easily hidden.
The septum retainer is made of stainless steel and it allows you to get used to the piercing. A month later, you will be ready to choose something more attractive and appealing.
Stretching Your Septum Piercing
If you want to stretch your septum piercing, you should ideally get in touch with your piercer. Stretching will depend on the individual nose. In some cases, it may be impossible to do any amount of stretching. On the other hand, others may be able to stretch it easily.
Stretching a septum can be extremely painful if you try to overdo it. So, make sure to listen to your body. If it hurts, you are doing it too much. Also, wait for the skin to heal before going for a second stretching.
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Are You Ready for Your Septum Piercing?
Now that you have all the information about the risks and pain involved in a septum piercing, it is time to go get one! Just take good care of the area to prevent infection and you won’t face any problems with it.