Septum piercings are growing in popularity and can be seen on many celebrities. This type of piercing is done by piercing the fleshy part of the septum-the cartilage that separates your nostrils. Septum piercings can be done with various jewellery, including rings, spikes, and chains.
But before you go out and get your septum pierced, there are some things you need to know. Here are seven tips for finding the perfect piece of septum jewellery.
1. Do your research.
Before you go and get septum body jewelry, you need to find a reputable studio that specializes in piercings and knows what they’re doing. Many studios also offer free consultations to discuss aftercare and jewellery options. This would be ideal to ask them questions about what type of piercing is best for you and what type of jewellery will work best with the healing process.
2. Consider the placement.
You can get a septum body jewelry in two ways: through the cartilage or the fleshy part of the nose just above the lip (the philtrum), and piercing it through the cartilage takes longer than piercing it through the fleshy part since it’s more difficult to get to and heals more slowly. Piercing it through the fleshy part requires a slightly longer hoop than piercing the cartilage, but it is much more common and will be easier to hide if you want to keep it hidden for work or school.
3. Keep your skin healthy during the healing process.
After getting septum pierced, you’ll need to avoid touching it and allow the area to heal enough for you to switch out your jewellery. This can take anywhere from one month (for those who got pierced through the cartilage) up to three months (for those who had theirs done through their lip). During that time, keeping your skin healthy is crucial since there’s a greater chance of infection when holes are present in your body like this.
4. Know the different types of rings.
Although septum piercings are usually done with a circular hoop, they don’t have to be! Many people switch out their hoops for d-rings during the healing process. D-rings are flat pieces of metal that sit perpendicular to the piercing and may lay flatter against your nose once it’s healed. You can also find some d-rings shaped like horseshoes, which curve around your nose more.
5. Be careful when you change your jewellery.
So you’re ready to switch out your hoop or D-ring? Always use clean hands, use sterilized tools (sterilizing is especially important if you plan on switching between regular earrings and horseshoe-shaped ones), clean your septum with either saline or antibacterial soap, and be gentle when you’re inserting the new piece.
6. Go with what makes you feel best.
Just because large hoops are more popular now doesn’t mean that’s what will look good on you! Everyone is different, so it’s important to find jewellery that fits you well and makes you feel confident. This can be done by trying out different styles of rings during your free consultations at piercing studios, asking friends for advice, looking at pictures online (on Pinterest or Instagram), or even visiting multiple piercing studios before deciding which one is right for you.
7. Find a good balance between pretty and practical.
The only things worse than having an infected septum piercing (yikes) are having an infected septum piercing that you can’t hide. Luckily, there are jewellery options for you to wear that are pretty and practical. If you’re going for a horseshoe-shaped ring, find one that has a black background with gemstones, rhinestones, or a very small metal piercing in the centre. This way, you can still show off your new piece, and it will be hidden under your nose. Always remember, be careful!