Septum Piercings: Cost, Pain, Healing Time, Cleaning & Rings

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Septum Piercings: Cost, Pain, Healing Time, Cleaning & Rings

While many people only have their ears pierced, body piercings have been around for quite some time. It's a tradition that dates back 5,300 years!

But one of the most interesting is the septum piercing.

Septum piercings have been around for a long time. They were common amongst the Native Americans, specifically the Tecumseh, Tenskwatawa, and Shawnee tribes. They were practiced by the Aztecs, the Mayans, and the Incans, and individuals from Africa to southwestern Asia have sported the piercing.

But what is a septum piercing?

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Well, a septum piercing is a piercing that passes through the thin membrane of tissue between your nostrils. It's a piercing that sits below the hard cartilage of your nose.

Septum piercings are usually “placed closer to the tip of the nose than the face," as this location tends to be universally flattering.

How much does a septum piercing cost?

Depending on the piercer you choose, the jewelry, and the aftercare products you purchase, this can affect the total amount you'll spend.

The average cost for the piercing and jewelry will run you anywhere between $40 to $100, not including the tip for your piercer.

How long does a septum piercing take to heal?

While the piercing may appear "hardcore" or intense (as many people commonly associate the piercing with "savagery," and/or bones through the nose), this piercing is relatively easy to sit through.

However, in terms of healing, septum piercings take at least four or five months to heal fully. The piercing should start to feel better in six-to-eight weeks.

So, instead of wondering when you can change your septum piercing, it's best to wait at least the recommended amount of weeks.

How much does it hurt?


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Unlike getting your ears pierced, where the needle or piercing gun goes through the lobe, a septum piercing is on a thin layer of cartilage. This means you may feel more pain; however, everyone has a different pain threshold they can withstand.

Many people who have gotten septum piercings do report that they tear up during the procedure. But this is just a natural nervous system response, so don't be too hard on yourself for your reaction.

How do you hide a septum piercing?

While more obvious piercings — ears, nose ring, labret, and even tongue — are difficult or impossible to hide, a septum piercing is surprisingly easy, both during and after healing.

All you need to do is turn the jewelry upside down, but it does depend on how healed the piercing is. For newly healed septum piercings, use a thin ring (the recommended size is 16 gauge).

Use a piece of tape that's skin-colored to cover the area temporarily, particularly if you want to hide it for work or if you're being physically active. Be sure to remove the tape each day, and replace with fresh new tape. Of course, you'll want to clean the piercing each day as well.

Another method is to use a septum retainer.

After waiting six-to-eight weeks for the piercing to heal, a retainer is another option. A septum retainer is jewelry specifically designed to hide the septum ring. You can use the retainer to flip inside your nose, making your piercing much less obvious.

Just like if you were changing your septum ring, the process is similar with a retainer. Remove the stoppers (those balls on the end of the ring) and put it up to your nose, slowly pushing the retainer through the holes. Then, reattach the stoppers.

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How do you clean a septum piercing?

If you've never gotten a piercing anywhere before, aftercare is an essential step in making sure your piercing doesn't become infected or heal improperly. For the first few weeks after your piercing, do sea salt solution soaks and choose specific antiseptics.

For the sea salt soak, saturate a cotton ball in aftercare spray and press against the piercing. Repeat this process for five minutes. 

Another method includes using good quality sea salt, not to be confused with table salt. Combine this with boiled water to sterilize it, one cup of water to every 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Use cotton balls to apply the solution once it's fully mixed.

For people who experience any issues with their piercing, consider using antiseptic spray or swabs.

When your piercing is healing, also be sure that you don't traumatize the piercing (like when you have to blow your nose), use blood thinners (including alcohol and caffeine), swim in a pool, use soap directly on the piercing, apply lotions or creams, or remove the piercing prematurely.

Still not sure if this piercing is right for you?

Check out these incredible septum piercings you have to see to believe.

1. Septum piercing from Maria Tash


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Subtle yet flashy, this classic gold ring from Maria Tash adds a touch of elegance to a simple septum piercing.

2. Septum piercing from Infinite Body Piercing

Bold and beautiful, this unique piece really makes a statement.

3. Septum piercing from Sophia Body Piercer

Not all jewelry is created equal, and this beautiful diamond clicker from truly is a bar above the rest. Stunning!

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4. Septum piercing from Steve Olin

With bright, orange CZs, and a blue anodized body, this piercing really stands out.

5. Septum piercing from Maria Tash


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Perfectly punk, this spike septum ring is both beautiful and badass.

6. Septum piercing from Stay True Body Piercing

This beautiful gold and peridot ring is highlights the piercing and the piercee's face. Simply elegant.

7. Septum piercing from Infinite Body Piercing

Interested in making a subtle statement? Septum retainers (like the one picture here) are perfect for guys or gals who want rock basic bling.

8. Septum piercing from Anna Lydia Struwe


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Want to show off your septum? This stacked piece proofs sometimes more is more.

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9. Septum piercing from Tether Jewelry


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This gorgeous gold piece, from Tether Jewelry, is as intricate as it is elegant. 

10. Septum piercing from Infinite Body Piercing

Loving this look! Seriously. This is a real showstopper.

11. Septum piercing from Aliya Schwengler

What's better than one septum ring? Three. 

12. Septum piercing from Tribal Rites Tattoo & Piercing

This white gold hoop from BVLA is cute and classy.

13. Septum piercing from Tether Jewelry


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Three words: simple, elegant, edgy.

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Nicole Lane is a wife, mother, writer, and regular contributor for YourTango. She's a staunch defender of women's rights and is an advocate for women's health, mental health, and sexuality.

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