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Septum Piercing: Procedure, Recovery, Risks

Septum Piercing

There is no doubting the fact that piercing hurts. For some, the pain is more than others; all depends on how much you can take. Nonetheless, people get it done all the time. Pain or not, it is still very popular with everyone, especially the youngsters. But it is advised that you research the type of piercing you’re wishing to get before you join the hip and the happening club. Septum piercing, for one, enjoys a history of fame and recognition in various civilizations. People from Mayan, Inca and Aztec civilizations used body art, especially septum piercing to scare enemies. Large jewelry was used for that purpose – they were inserted in the piercing and gave kind of a fierce look to the natives. If we talk about the present day scenario, it is still common in parts of Nepal, India and Tibet. While more and more people indulge into this piercing, a brief account about it is kind of necessary. Scroll down and read how safe it is and whether you should really get one or not.

About Septum Piercing

Septum piercing is done in the middle of the nose. Cartilage, which is present between the nostrils, is pierced. The word ‘Septum’ means the partition between tissues or cavities and the naval septum divides the two nostrils. Hence, the name of the piercing is Septum piercing. Incision is made at the tip and very rarely in the mid part of the cartilage. This piercing is not as common as the nostril piercing.

Septum Piercing Procedure

You can very simply take an appointment in a studio where septum piercing is done. Now, going blind sighted is a very sad approach – you should always do a little research before actually getting it done. There are two options for every prospective customer – find a cheap studio and compromise on your safety or pay more price and get better results. The choice is most definitely yours but latter is pressed upon by all. You will be required to fill a form and give consent to carry out the piercing.

Cleaning of nose precedes and follows the process. Only after cleaning the area with a rather strong antiseptic is the needle inserted. A sharp disinfected needle is used to make the incision at the middle of the nasal septum. The septum is held steady using a clamp. It is important for both piercee and the piercer to understand the need of sterilizing everything before using it. 1.6 mm gauge piercings are done; for larger piercing and in order to accommodate bigger jewelries, scalpel is required. The needle and clamps need to be clean and sterilized in order to avoid any infection. Before getting your nose pierced, make sure you check the indicator strip that proves that they are, indeed clean. Once the needle is inserted, it might pain for a few minutes during which clamp is removed and jewelry is sent in. in the last step, the professional will clean the blood.

Septum retainers, circular barbells and bead rings are some of the jewelries that are mostly preferred. The pain of the piercing retains itself for about 3 weeks and the nose will stay tender for as long as 3 weeks. Complete healing of the piercing takes at least 6 months.

Septum Piercing Aftercare

If your pierced area has white secretion all around, that is actually quite normal. Although green or yellow secretion is not – that indicates an infection. White one is your bodies’ natural reaction to it but the pus should not be overlooked. As soon as you suspect an infection, consult a doctor. In case there is infection in your piercing, don’t remove the jewelry. Leaving it on wont let it get closed and also drain out the infection. Salt and water are commonly used to clean the piercing. It could be easily managed at home with a cotton ball and should be done everyday without fail. It ensures your

septum is dirt free and protected from all kinds of infections.

Septum Piercing Recovery

To help the piercing recover faster, you can make some lifestyle changes. Giving up alcohol is a good measure. At the very least, keeping the consumption very less would help the people the most as alcohol causes inflammation. Drinks with alcohol content and products with alcohol in them should be avoided. In addition to that, you should keep your pierced area clean. It recovers better when it is dirt free; in any case, dirt makes it painful and uncomfortable.

Septum Piercing Risks

Just like any other body piercing, Septum Piercing could also lead to infection, hepatitis and AIDS. These could be caused by disinfected needles. Other than that, Nasal Septum Hematoma is one of the other complications that start because of this piercing. In this condition, the person finds it difficult to breathe and suffers from nasal congestion. The piercing could also damage the nose, deform the face or puncture a tissue in the septum which causes obstruction in capillaries.

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One Response to Septum Piercing: Procedure, Recovery, Risks

  1. GrinWickedly says:

    “Cartilage, which is present between the nostrils, is pierced. The word ‘Septum’ means the partition between tissues or cavities and the naval septum divides the two nostrils. Hence, the name of the piercing is Septum piercing. Incision is made at the tip and very rarely in the mid part of the cartilage.”Wanted to point out a serious error there. If it’s done CORRECTLY, no cartilage is pierced. Pinch the skin between your nostrils. Feel the cartilage that runs up the middle of your nose? Continue pinching, and pull down a bit. Below that cartilage, just above the bit of cartilage by your nostril openings, there’s an area of skin, where NO cartilage resides. This is the area where a sterile needle should be pushed through. Piercing this part of the septum, rather than the cartilage, reduces the level of pain, as well as risk of infection. Just wanted to point that out. =]

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