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Often after learning what the septum “sweet spot” is, many people with septum piercings worry that their piercing is not in the right place. While you may worry that your septum piercing is “too low” or “too high”, it’s actually up to what your preferences are. Yes, there is an ideal location for a septum piercing, but even piercings not in the sweet spot will heal and be perfectly healthy. What it all comes down to is: do you like it?
How To Tell if a Septum Piercing is Too Low
Your septum piercing is probably too low if you can actually see the place in your septum where you were pierced from the outside of your nose. Septum piercings that are too low are more dangerous because they have a higher chance of rejection from having less tissue holding them in. If you septum piercing migrates towards the outside of your body, you have the chance of it being ripped out.
However, if your piercing is just a little low (not in the sweet spot, but not visible from outside your nose) it’s not dangerous and you don’t need to worry about it rejecting under normal circumstances.
Where is the Sweet Spot for a Septum Piercing?
You can feel your sweet spot by sticking your fingers up your nose. If you pinch your septum and wiggle a little, you should be able to find an extra bendy area with no cartilage. That is your sweet spot. Not everyone has a sweet spot and some people have them too low to support a healthy piercing. But ideally, a septum piercing goes through this spot and you won’t have the excess pain of piercing through cartilage or the struggle of healing a cartilage piercing.
What Happens if Your Septum is Placed Too Low?
If your septum is not placed in the sweet spot, you’ll be able to notice in a few ways. The piercing itself will hurt a lot more than you may have expected. This is because the needle will have pierced through cartilage. You’ll also find that your septum takes a lot longer to heal than quoted and it may be more difficult to heal. You’ll likely run into more irritation bumps while healing than you were expecting. This is because cartilage piercings are always harder to heal with a slower healing time. If your septum is placed too low, you’ll have to watch out for signs of migration and rejection.
How Do You Fix a Low Septum?
Sadly, the only way to fix a low septum piercing is to have it re-pierced. If you were pierced too close to your sweet spot (which is likely, unless you had a truly terrible piercer), you’ll need to have the jewelry removed and wait for the piercing to heal back up before you can be re-pierced. This will likely only take a few weeks. If you go back to the same piercer, they should offer to re-pierce you for free, but any piercer worth their salt wouldn’t have let you leave the studio without at least telling you it’s in the wrong place. So it’s generally recommended to go to a different piercer to get re-pierced.
If your septum piercing is too low, as long as it’s not so low you’re worrying about rejection, then it doesn’t truly matter. If you want your piercing to be perfectly placed, you can remove your piercing and have it re-pierced. Otherwise, you’ll deal with a longer healing time and likely more irritation bumps, but your piercing will turn out perfectly healthy in the end.