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By Meghan O'Neal 05/11/2020

Anyone who has been paying attention to current trends should have noticed that the septum piercing is hot right now. It’s no mystery why. Besides looking amazing, it can be easily hidden for professional environments, and there’s a variety of stunning jewelry choices that really make this piercing pop.

If you’re looking to join the growing group of septum piercees, then you probably have some questions. Here’s a quick guide to septum piercings.

How much does a septum piercing hurt?

Short answer: not much.

If you pinch your septum (the divider between your two nostrils), you should feel a thin bit of skin between the cartilage and the tip of your septum, known among piercers as the sweet spot. Go ahead and pinch the skin there with your fingernails. It doesn’t hurt much, does it? Since a piercing is a lot faster and uses sharper tools, chances are that it will be even less painful than that. 

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The pain level will depend upon the expertise of your piercer. If, for whatever reason, your piercer misses the sweet spot and pierces your cartilage instead, then it will hurt a lot more. It’ll also greatly increase your healing time, so do yourself a favor and choose a reputable piercer for your septum piercing.

How long does it take to heal a septum piercing?

If your septum is pierced correctly (through the sweet spot), it will only take a minimum of 4 – 8 weeks to heal, making it one of the easier piercings to get. Although it may feel healed after only a week or two, be sure to continue aftercare practices for the entire healing period. To be safe, have a piercer check it out and confirm that it’s fully healed, even if you’ve waited the entire eight weeks. Everyone is different, and some bodies heal slower than others.

This rule isn’t arbitrary; if you move or change your jewelry while your piercing is still healing, you can cause trauma to the piercing site leading to swelling, jewelry rejection, irritated skin, and other complications, so it’s always best to ensure that your piercing is fully healed before you change your jewelry and stop aftercare practices.

What kind of jewelry can you wear in a septum piercing?

When you first get your septum pierced, chances are your piercer is going to put a circular barbell or captive bead ring in there for the duration of your healing time. These are good starter pieces that accommodate swelling.

Once your healing time is up, you can have a lot of fun with different hoop options.

Clicker rings are super easy to use, and they come in a wide variety of styles, from sleek and simple to elaborate and elegant. A clicker hoop has a hinged section that opens and closes, allowing you to slip the jewelry into place. Then, you can close the jewelry with a satisfying click (hence the name), and rock your septum jewelry all day long.

Another popular style is the seamless ring. You can get two types of seamless rings. 

The true seamless ring has only one subtle opening, and you have to twist the jewelry to open it. It’s a popular choice for those looking for a sleek septum look that they don’t have to worry about changing. Although you can change your seamless ring yourself, many prefer to have a piercer change it, since it can be difficult to work with.

If you prefer to change your jewelry fairly often, then you can opt for a segment ring. This will offer a similar aesthetic to the seamless ring, but since it has a piece that completely comes out, it’s a bit easier to change on your own.

Hiding a septum piercing at work

One of the many reasons why septum piercings are growing in popularity is that it’s the easiest facial piercing to hide.

Since it’s located inside of your nose, a piercing retainer will be difficult to spot. If you’re not keen on changing into your piercing retainers every day, then you can also flip a circular barbell into your nostrils, hiding it fairly well. Many who have gotten their septum pierced have had success hiding it in many different work environments.

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Ready to join in on the septum piercing fun? We have loads of septum piercing styles to choose from, making your septum piercing stand out even though it’s such a popular style.

Meghan O'Neal

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