Septum piercings have retained a slightly “hardcore” reputation compared to traditional nose piercings, but they are no more painful or hard to take care of than an ear piercing. Septum piercings are not cartilage piercings: they are pierced through the small area of soft, cartilage-free skin in the septum. This means that the pain and healing process are more similar to an ear piercing than a nostril piercing.
One advantage of septum piercings is that they can be easily and completely hidden – surprising for a piercing that is literally “in your face”. A septum keeper is a U-shaped piece of jewellery that flips up inside your nose, rendering your piercing completely hidden from view. For this reason, septum piercings are ideal for people who cannot have visible piercings at work or school. It allows you to keep your piercing private or make a statement when it suits you.
How To Care For A New Septum Piercing
Septum piercings are easy to care for and usually heal within 1 to 3 months. To care for your new septum piercing, clean it with saline solution daily. Try not to touch the piercing and be careful that it does not snag on clothing. Septum piercings tend to stay clean, although extra care should be taken if you get a cold while your septum is still healing. Refrain from swimming, submerging your septum piercing in water or changing the jewellery, as these actions can introduce harmful bacteria into the piercing.
If you will need to hide your septum piercing while it is still healing, I suggest getting pierced with a titanium septum keeper. This will allow you to hide the piercing without changing your jewellery, which is never recommended during the healing period.
Once your septum piercing has healed it requires very little care. Keep it clean and consult your piercer if you notice any discomfort or changes to the piercing.