Celebs ranging from Jessica Biel to Lady Gaga and everywhere in between have rocked faux and real septum piercings in recent months. So we’ve established that the septum piercing is having a moment. If you are thinking about taking the plunge because a fake septum piercing, like Rihanna’s isn’t doing it for you, here’s all the critical intel. I’ve basically assembled a rundown of pretty much everything you need to know about getting a septum piercing, since that space between your nostrils ain’t no joke.
The best thing about a septum piercing is the fact that, unlike a tattoo, it’s not permanent, and doesn’t leave much of a trace if you decide to take the ring out for good. But that doesn’t mean it’s something to do on a lark or when you’re, like, drunk or bored. Like any piercing, it requires care and respect so it doesn’t get all infected and gross.
However, it definitely looks really cool and is a unique accessory that can add a little edge to your overall look. You can go big, small, outrageous or classic with it. It’s a versatile piercing that can be easily hidden from your boss, your parents, or anyone else you may not want to see it.
If you want to get in touch with your punk rock side and pierce your septum, there are lots of things you need to think about before doing the deed and getting your nose did.
Tiny Tatz, a piercer with three years of experience at Addicted to Ink in White Plains, New York noted that the septum piercing has become a bigger trend now than when she first began to pierce. So, yeah, it’s having a moment.
These are the major factors to take into consideration before you decide you want to pierce that septum.
1. THE PAIN
A piercing is a piercing is a piercing. It breaks the skin. It’s going to hurt. But it’s not agonizing. “It’s pretty much similar to a regular nose piercing,” Tiny Tatz said. “It feels like you have to sneeze or like when you get hit in the nose and your eyes water for a split second.” Tiny Tatz noted that it’s tough to do from a piercers perspective, since there “is a certain area where you they have to go under the cartilage. It is difficult since you get between two nostrils, but you have to make sure you are not piercing the nostril, and certain tools are used.” So make sure you’re going to someone with decent experience.
2. THE HEALING PROCESS
Everyone heals differently, but Tiny Tatz says that the healing period customarily lasts between six-to-eight weeks, and the jewelry should not be changed before that.
The aftercare regimen is simple. Leave it be. Leave it still. Leave it alone. Don’t play with it. If you must touch it, make sure your hands are clean. “I recommend that clients get pierced with a horseshoe and leave it down. Some people get it and then have to flip it up right away because of work or not wanting to show it off. If you do have to move and flip [the jewelry], soak it with some warm water first to move it around so it’s not pulling or crusty, creating a new wound,” said Tiny Tatz. Other than that, clean it with an anti-bac soap twice a day for two or three weeks.
4. AND WHAT ABOUT REMOVAL?
What if you get sick of your septum piercing and want to part ways with it? That’s fine. It will close… eventually. The longer you have had the piercing, the longer it will take to close. But it will close.
It doesn’t leave a visible scar, based on location.
6. GOLD AND INFINITY RINGS ARE BIG TRENDS
While Tiny Tatz uses surgical steel for her piercings, a big and current trend is what’s called an infinity ring. “It looks endless,” she said. “It doesn’t have a bead in it or any opening or clasp. It looks like an endless circle.” Gold is also a big trend right now and decorative designs, like flowers, are, too. At the end of the day, the jewelry chosen is related to preference. “Whatever you want to go with, go with. It can be interchangeable so you don’t have to stick to one style,” Tiny Tatz said.
7. SIZE MATTERS!
As is the case with many areas of life, size matters. The size of the jewelry depends on the size and shape of your sniffer. “A girl came in with a deviated septum and wanted to know if a septum piercing would look right,” Tiny Tatz said. “If your nose is not symmetrical enough, it might not look right. Ask your piercer about how they think it will look first. Put in a piece of jewelry to test it out, to see if you really like how it looks and if you really want it.”
8. RESEARCH RESPONSIBLY
This is the most important thing Tiny Tatz said. Research responsibly! If you want a septum piercing, make sure the person doing it is reputable. “Do a little research about the place you get it done,” she suggested. “It is a difficult piercing to do, so do research on your piercers. Make sure they have done it before and look at portfolio of their work. You want to make sure it is done properly.”
You may have other areas of concern or questions and you should always bring them up to the person that will be doing the piercing.