When wearing a retainer or horseshoe barbell the piercing can be flipped up inside the nose, making this body modification almost invisible and convenient for work/ college etc. Less popular than nostril piercings, septum piercings require a professional piercer who is familiar with this area of the nose. No cartilage should be pierced with a septum piercing, instead there is a small gap (or "Sweet spot”) between the cartilage in the nose. An expert will know how to find this sweet spot, reducing any discomfort you would feel during piercing.
Once performed septum piercings can be stretched to an extent, with some choosing to wear tunnels in their body modification. This stretching can only work to a point, as the cartilage in the nose will be affected typically after a certain size (which can obviously vary from person to person). If you wish to stretch a septum piercing then you should always seek advice before you begin the process. A nose ring or barbell is far more common and they typically pierce the septum with a 1.6mm size. You can get septum piercing advice easily from your piercer but we also have a few helpful points to keep in mind.
- Because of their placement, all nose piercings will generally take longer to heal thanks to bacteria being in closer proximity. You will need to be vigilant with regards to cleaning your piercing with a salt and water solution twice or more a day. To clean your septum piercings, wash your hands first, remove the nose ring or barbell and rinse both the piercing and the jewellery to reduce the risk of infection. Healing will take approximately 10 to 12 weeks.
- Keep in mind that initial swelling may cause septum piercings to appear crooked, and that as the swelling goes down you’ll need to purchase new body jewellery to retain a comfortable body modification. If the slant continues then apply gentle pressure to correct this but not if it’s very painful to do so.
- Choose your initial jewellery carefully, as your new piercing is going to be tender and you might run the risk of catching a nose ring on clothes as you change etc. etc. A septum retainer is an easy way to hide the piercing at work or school, rendering your piercing almost invisible when flipped up. You will be able to change your jewellery after the first month, so make sure you choose something practical that won’t get in your way!
- If your septum piercing begins secreting a white fluid, this is a normal build up and shows that your body modification is healing well. However if you find a painful lump near your piercing, excess bleeding or the fluids turn yellow or green then you will need to see the piercer again who might forward you to a GP for treating an infection.
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