You love it, or you hate it: We are talking about a septum piercing, which is pierced directly through the central nasal septum. Sounds painful – but is it really? Tikbow checks what to know before the appointment in the piercing studio and how the septum aftercare goes properly.
Septum is actually only the name for a partition or septum in the body. The fact that the term is now used synonymously with the piercing may be due to the fact that it is pierced directly through the nasal septum (Latin: septum nasi) – and people like to make it easy in the language. In the meantime, the centrally placed nose ring has become a real trend accessory, but in fact it has a long history. Thus, among others, the Aztecs and Maya already wore septum rings, as well as warriors of various tribal societies. Often the body jewelry had religious backgrounds, or served to deter enemies. In Western culture, however, the septum piercing follows exclusively decorative purposes, enjoyed especially in the 90s great popularity and is now for some years back again. Tikbow asked the tattoo and piercing studio The Needle in Osnabrück what future septum wearers should know.
For whom is a septum suitable – for whom not?
Theoretically, a septum piercing suits everyone. Optimally placed, it makes the face look more symmetrical and is simply a beautiful eye-catcher. However, it becomes problematic if the nose has already been broken and/or the median septum is not quite straight anyway. This is crucial for a beautiful septum piercing, as the piercing professionals confirm. If individual irregularities are not taken into account, the septum piercing can quickly appear crooked and has the opposite effect: the face appears more asymmetrical. Therefore, a comprehensive consultation with the piercer you trust is essential. An experienced professional can estimate exactly how the piercing must be placed to ultimately look straight and coherent.
What is there to consider when piercing?
The piercing is pierced with the help of special clamping pliers. The nasal septum is first clamped between the pliers head. Then it is adjusted until everything is as straight as possible. Then the needle is inserted through the holes in the forceps (and also through the nasal septum). Normally, the piercer stabs through the cartilage-free zone in the septum, which you can easily feel with your thumb and index finger. The septum is not usually pierced by cartilage, but the anatomy of the nose requires it. There are no risks with septum piercing, unless it is pierced incorrectly,” the experts explain.
How painful is a septum piercing?
A long needle poked directly through the unstressed nasal septum – sounds pretty unpleasant. However, in most cases it is not that bad. The septum is one of the least painful piercings you can have", reassure the professionals from "The Needle." Of course, this also depends on the individual pain tolerance. But if the needle is inserted through the cartilage-free zone, the pain is rather moderate, "comparable to the pricking of earlobes". However, it can happen that tears shoot into the eyes – not because of the pain, but because along the nose run channels and a lot of nerves. If, on the other hand, a cartilage is pierced by the needle, it can be quite painful. Ideally, however, this should not happen – also because complications are more likely to arise in the healing process.
What does a septum cost?
Depending on the studio, you have to pay between 40 and 70 euros for a septum piercing. This includes consultation, the piercing itself and a first piece of jewelry – usually a relatively large and above all nickel-free horseshoe, so that the hole can heal well. For septum rings, which are used after healing, the price limit is open upwards. In any case, you should go for high-quality jewelry pieces so that nothing gets inflamed.
How is the piercing properly cared for?
The initial jewelry should remain in the nose for eight to twelve weeks,” the piercing professionals explain. In the first ten days, the new piercing should be cleaned twice a day, in the morning and evening, with saline solution and a cotton swab. If there are no complaints, the initial jewelry can be changed after eight to twelve weeks and a follow-up check in the studio. When doing this, please trust the professional and do not try to do it yourself, because this can put a lot of stress on the wound canal! And very important: "Leave the crusts on and don’t twist the piercing! ", the experts advise;
The big advantage of the septum
Most piercings have a decisive disadvantage: If you don’t feel like wearing the jewelry anymore, the healed hole often remains visible forever. Since the septum piercing is stitched in the nose, this problem is eliminated, the hole is hidden anyway. If you don’t want to wear the jewelry visibly, you can simply use a horseshoe ring, fold it up into the nose and no one will notice that the nose is pierced. If you choose a medium sized horseshoe, you will not feel the foreign body in your nose. And even if you want to say goodbye to your septum completely, this is possible without leaving a visible hole.
At the same time, the septum position also makes it quite easy to cheat with a fake piercing. With a side nose ring, for example, a clamp ring with its thicker ends would always stand out as a cheat. Since with the septum the hole is hidden in the nose anyway, the crazy fake piercing ends are not noticeable – perfect for all those who are still undecided.
My personal experience with a septum piercing: I had my septum pierced six years ago and never regretted it. The piercing was no more painful than a quick pinch in the arm, healing was also no problem – despite catching a cold shortly after my appointment at the piercing studio. And although I rarely if ever wear it open at the moment, it’s great to have the option of taking the jewelry piece out from time to time and changing up my look that way. The best thing: The hole doesn’t close anymore, but no one sees’s. If I don’t want it, no one will know it exists – for me the ideal piercing!
Anna-Lena Osterburg, Editor Tikbow