Septum Piercing, Is It Painful?

Jewelry has always been a status symbol. Whether it is an engagement ring, a wedding band, or a pearl necklace, we all love to feel like a million dollars. Recently, a new old trend has come back into fashion—septum piercing. It seems like the time of belly button piercing is over, and we cannot be more thrilled.

Pierced septum is a trend that originally comes from India. It implies that a girl is either ready to get married or has already tied the knot. (You are probably having second thoughts right now.)

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For decades only rockers and punks had their septums pierced. Today, the nose rings have become mainstream – everyone has it. Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Jessica Biel, and Kim Kardashian are only some of the celebrities who have rocked the look.

The fact that the favorite pop stars have their nose pierced is often enough for young boys and girls to want to do the same. However, there are some things they should be aware of, and before you run off to the nearest tattoo and piercing studio, here are some facts about septum piercing.

What Is Septum Piercing?

Septum piercing is just that—a piercing through your nasal septum. It goes under a category of nose piercings and is performed in special piercing (and tattoo) studios by trained professionals.

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Despite the common belief, a septum piercing does not go through the cartilage but through the “sweet spot” (the part of the septum without cartilage).

How Is It Performed?

The first thing every professional piercer does is prepare – he puts on his gloves and a facial mask, and disinfects the area that is going to be pierced. In this case, your septum. Some saloons even apply local anesthesia in the form of cream in order to ease the pain.

After preparation, he takes an instrument called clamps and secures the septum. The following part is the worst, but luckily it doesn’t take long. The piercer takes a hollow, sterile needle and pierces your septum.

While the needle is still in the hole, he attaches a horseshoe ring and pulls the needle out. The ring stays in your nose and voila! – you have a brand new piece of jewelry on your face. You can choose whether you want to stand, sit, or lay down during the procedure.

Does it Hurt?

Does septum piercing hurt? Yes, it does! It hurts bad (depends on your pain tolerance)! After all, a thick needle goes right through your skin! Given the fact that the skin in your nose is very sensitive, it is understandable why people say that this type of piercing hurts more than almost any other (eyebrow or belly button, for example).

Some people describe the pain as ten times worse than the feeling when you have to sneeze! The eyes start to water as if someone punched you in the nose.

You are probably wondering why would anyone do this to themself? The good thing is that the piercing part of the procedure lasts only a couple of seconds, and the awesomeness after that can last forever!

Septum Piercing Healing Time

Healing process after surgery usually takes about 6 to 8 months. Piercing pain usually lingers for 2-3 weeks, then it goes away. If it does not, go visit a doctor.


Before hitting off to the nearest piercing saloon, make sure to do your research. This is not something to be cheap about. It is better to pay a higher price and go to the saloon with the best reviews, than to risk an infection.

The aftercare of a septum piercing is quite simple. Your piercer will tell you to soak it in a sea-salt soak approximately three times a day. You can also buy a spray called H2Ocean. It takes about five weeks to fully heal. So, try not to touch it or flip it until that time. To be honest, you probably won’t be able to because your nose will be sore. Yes, the painful part of the procedure doesn’t end when the needle is pulled out of your nose.

The Verdict

Even if you take all the precautions, the final call is up to you. If you are willing to handle pain and want to treat yourself with a piece of unusual jewelry, go for it. Make sure to choose the right saloon and trained piercer who uses sterile needles.

Also, it is important to follow the advice you get regarding the aftercare. In my opinion, if you are a piercing fan but are afraid that you can get in trouble with your parents or your boss, a septum piercing might be the best option for you because you can flip it and it’s not visible at all.


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