Septum Piercing: What Is It And How Do You Prepare For It?

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Reviewed by Bianca Lorena Saldes, Registered Cosmetic Nurse
Written by Monomita Chakraborty, MA (Journalism & Mass Communication), Certified Skin Care Coach
Edited by Eshna Das, BA, MSc
Fact-checked by Swathi E, MA (English Literature), Certified Skin Care Coach  • 

Who doesn’t look badass with a septum piercing?! Septum piercings have become the most popular piercings in recent years. Earlier, this piercing used to have a rebellious vibe, but it has become quite mainstream now. Many A-list celebrities – like Zendaya, Bella Thorne, and Zoe Kravitz – have also rocked this cool look on the red carpet.

Excited about getting a septum piercing? Scroll down to learn all about how to prep for it, how to take care of it, how long it takes to heal, and everything else you need to know before getting a septum piercing.

What Is A Septum Piercing?

A piercing that goes through the septum of the nose, i.e., the area between nostrils (popularly known as the sweet spot), is called a septum piercing.

A needle is pierced into the thin piece of flesh towards the front of the nose. Next, a piece of jewelry is placed in the piercing. Normally, a ring, a hoop, a horseshoe, or a bar is used to adorn a septum piercing.

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The Kangi tribe of New Guinea is perhaps the most popular for using pig tusks for septum-piercing jewelry as a coming-of-age ceremony.

Piercing a needle through your septum sounds painful, doesn’t it? However, a few steps can help you prepare for it. Read on!

How Do You Prepare For A Septum Piercing?

  • Do your research before going for a septum piercing. Get it done by someone at a reputed salon/parlor with experience and a license.
  • If you are prone to colds, wait until flu season ends. If you have seasonal/pollen allergies, get it done after spring ends.
  • Don’t go for a septum piercing if you have a runny nose or any form of nasal congestion.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Eat well before your appointment. Getting a piercing on an empty stomach may make you feel nauseated and dizzy, and may lead to fainting.
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The septum falls in the “danger triangle of the face” comprising the center of the eyebrows as the tip and and the upper lip as the base.

Now that you know how to prepare for a septum piercing, you are probably wondering how much it costs. Let’s find out in the next section.

How Much Does It Cost To Do A Septum Piercing?

Septum piercings cost around $40 to $90, depending on whether or not the jewelry is included. To avoid skin irritation, pick jewelry made of high-quality metals such as 14k gold or surgical steel.

All types of jewelry can be used for septum piercing. However, low-quality metals can cause skin sensitivity and are at risk of causing an infection. Therefore, it’s best to choose high-quality jewelry.

Let us help you choose the right material for your septum piercing.  Keep reading!

Jewelry Materials Used For Septum Piercing

1. Surgical Stainless Steel

Surgical stainless steel is the most popular metal for nose piercings. It is ideal for a new and healing piercing. Since surgical steel is hypoallergenic, it usually does not bother the skin. It is also reasonably priced compared to other materials.

2. Titanium

Titanium is incredibly long-lasting and biocompatible, which means it won’t affect the skin. It is also extremely durable, lighter than stainless steel, and contains relatively less nickel. Titanium is also scratch-resistant and durable.

3. Gold

Due to its hypoallergenic and pure nature, gold is one of the best metal choices for a septum piercing. However, only 14k or 18k real gold should be used. Gold is also a more expensive option than the others.

Although getting your septum pierced is a relatively safe procedure, it does run some risk of complications and side effects. Scroll down to the next section to find out more.

Risk Factors

1. Infections

There is a chance of the piercing getting infected if you do not clean properly. Redness, swelling, soreness, and pus or discharge are some symptoms of an infection.

2. Blood-borne Diseases

If the piercing tools are not sanitized and disinfected properly, there is a chance of transmission of blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis B or C. Make sure you go to an experienced professional who wears gloves, uses sanitized equipment, and has a clean working environment to get your septum piercing.

3. Allergies

There is a chance of an allergic reaction due to the metal of the jewelry. Any metal can cause an allergic reaction, but nickel and cobalt are the most common metal allergens. Allergy bumps in the nose are typically minor, although red, scaly skin may surround them.

4. Tearing

The jewelry may get entangled in something, leading to a tear and bleeding.

Once you get a septum piercing, it is important to follow it up with proper aftercare so that it heals well and lasts long. Continue reading to find out more!


  • Wash your hands before you touch the piercing or your nose jewelry.
  • Soak a cotton ball in saline solution and use it to clean the piercing. Leave the solution on the piercing for 5-6 minutes, then rinse it with warm water. Do this twice daily, until the piercing heals.
  • Change your bedsheets and pillowcases frequently while it is healing.
  • Avoid using alcohol-based cleansing products on it.
  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products in and around the piercing.
  • Stay out of pools, hot tubs, saunas, etc., until it has healed to prevent an infection.
  • Keep your piercing and surroundings clean at all times.
  • Don’t fiddle or try to change your nose jewelry until it has healed completely.
  • Make sure to consult your piercer before changing or removing your jewelry.

Wondering how much time does a piercing takes to heal? Continue reading to find out!

How Long Does A Septum Piercing Take To Heal?

A septum piercing can take around 6-8 weeks under optimum conditions and if you follow a thorough aftercare routine. Since piercings heal in a peak-and-valley pattern, you can expect additional healing time. It may appear healed, then return to being red and uncomfortable.

The healing process varies based on the individual, their level of commitment to aftercare, and other external variables. If you replace your jewelry too soon, it can take a longer healing time. Therefore, consult your piercer before doing so.

Penny, a blogger, wrote about her septum piercing experience. She answered a few common questions related to septum piercing and said, “I’m not going to lie. It hurts. You are not aware how many times you hit your nose until you pierce it. I got headbutted into the nose at one point which almost caused me blackout pain. However after about two/three weeks – the pain is minimal and doesn’t really worry you(i).”

Bored of your current septum ring? Planning to change the piercing by yourself but don’t know how to do it? Learn how to change a septum piercing in the next section.

How To Change A Septum Piercing –Expert Insights

Daniel Boyer, MD, recommends the following routine:

  1. 6-8 weeks after getting the piercing, the septum part of the nose will heal and loosen up enough to change the jewelry easily.
  2. Sanitize your hands and the septum jewelry, and keep a cotton ball and a disinfection solution ready.
  3. Place one end of the septum jewelry near your piercing facing up.
  4. Carefully insert the end of the jewelry into the piercing.
  5. If locating the hole becomes a challenge, try lifting the side of your nose or pinching below your septum and pulling it down to see where it is.
  6. Put your finger on the other side of the hole so that you can feel the end coming through.
  7. Pull the end completely through the piercing and adjust the jewelry until it is symmetrical on either side of your septum.

Septum piercing has become a worldwide fashion trend. Both men and women look great in it. It is also a must-have for anyone who wants to stand out in the crowd. A septum piercing is usually adorned with a ring, a hoop, a horseshoe, or a bar. To keep your piercing from becoming infected, go to an experienced piercer and carefully follow the aftercare instructions. It is critical to follow up on a septum piercing with proper treatment so that it heals properly and lasts a long time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a septum piercing hurt after?

Yes, your septum piercing may be tender for a week after the piercing. This is normal and nothing to worry about.

Is a septum piercing unprofessional?

This may depend on the workplace. Some workplaces may not have an issue with a septum piercing while some offices may.

What hurts more; nostril or septum piercing?

A nostril has more nerve endings than a septum. This may make a nostril piercing more painful than a septum piercing. Keep in mind that it also depends on the pain tolerance of the individual.

At what age can you get a septum piercing?

This may depend on the studio. Some studios allow people aged 14 and above with a parent to get a septum piercing. Other studios may set the age limit at 18 or above.

Can you shower with a septum piercing?

Yes, you can shower with a septum piercing. Avoid direct contact with the shower and soaps with harsh chemicals to prevent hurting the wound.

Do septum piercings lift your nose?

No, a septum piercing does not change the size or shape of your nose in any way.

Key Takeaways

  • A piercing that goes through the septum or the area between nostrils is called a septum piercing.
  • Surgical stainless steel is ideal for a new piercing and healing as it does not bother the skin.
  • A septum piercing can take around 6-8 weeks to heal under optimum conditions.

If you are curious about the septum piercings, this video is for you. Watch how a septum piercing is performed in this video. Discover why the client chose to get a septum piercing, the process, and her personal experience with it.

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