Small, subtle, yet striking - septum piercings are an alternative jewelry trend that’s here to stay! This versatile piercing has become popular for its small size, short healing time, and ability to be hidden if you need to keep it a secret.
Before you commit to a septum piercing of your own, here’s what you need to know:
What is a Septum Piercing?
Historically, the septum piercing has cultural and traditional significance for various communities worldwide including South Asians, Indigenous Americans, and Aboriginal Australians. Many communities saw piercings as a rite of passage, and subcultures began to adopt alternative piercings as a sign of rebellion against the norm. Today, it has gained widespread popularity with many more mainstream and alternative style options available to choose from.
Septum piercings are typically done with a 14g (1.6mm) or 16g (1.2mm) hollow needle. The “sweet spot” for this piercing is in the alar cartilage, which is a softer cartilage between the nasal septum and bottom of the nose. A correctly placed septum piercing should be sitting towards the front of your nose, rather than hanging towards your lips.
Make sure to do your research beforehand and find a reliable piercer who can safely get the job done. Look over their portfolio and try to find fresh and healed examples of their past work - finding the right piercer can save you a lot of grief later on in case things go wrong!
Find jewelry suitable for fresh septum piercings, such as our 14k Solid Gold Classic Clicker and 14k Solid Gold Rope Clicker:
Getting Your Septum Piercing
If you’ve had surgery on or around your nose, it’s recommended to check in with your doctor before getting your septum pierced. Most people need to wait around a year after nose surgery to get a septum piercing, but it’s always good to get a professional opinion!
When picking out jewelry for your initial piercing, high quality and body-safe materials such as titanium are a safe bet. Plain seam rings aren’t recommended for initial fresh piercings, as the seam ring can rotate into the piercing channel and cause tissue damage. Apart from that, you can choose from various styles for your first piercing - clickers, retainers, circular barbells, and decorative seam rings are alright!
Explore some simple yet stunning septum piercing options:
Caring for Your Septum Piercing
The usual precare and aftercare tips also apply to septum piercings. Some things you absolutely shouldn’t do after a fresh septum piercing?
- Put non-jewelry items through your piercing, even after it’s healed
- Touch it, which might introduce bacteria and prolong healing or cause infections
- Overclean your piercing (more than two to three times daily), which can cause irritation
Accessorising Your Septum Piercing
Septum piercings take about two to three months to heal, after which you can start building your septum jewelry collection. Some people even progress to stretching their septum, which can take several months and require lots of patience to ensure the process is completed safely.
Finding the right jewelry can elevate this small piercing into the centerpiece of your look. Get inspired by the wild beauty of the sea with the Venus Shell Clicker’s scalloped edges, or pay homage to the ethereal mystique of the moon with the double semicular drops of the Zena Moon Clicker. Go for the metallic minimalistic look with simple tear-drop and V-shaped clickers polished till they shine, or lean into old-style glamour with the Opal Tiara Titanium Clicker and its powerful triad of elliptic synthetic Opal stones.
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