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Everything You Need to Know About A Septum Piercing

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If you’re considering getting a septum piercing you may have some questions. This article will answer the questions: What is the piercing process like? How much does it hurt? What kind of jewelry can you wear in it? And how long does it take to heal?

What is a Septum Piercing?

A septum piercing is a cartilage piercing through your nose. A septum piercing goes through the septum, which is cartilage that lines the inside of your nose. This cartilage is softer and thinner than cartilage in other parts of your body, which makes it easier to be pierced and heal from a piercing versus other cartilage piercings. Septum piercings can be worn with horseshoe jewelry that can be flipped up inside the nose and become practically invisible, making it a popular choice for those with a job that required a professional dress code.

How Much Does it Hurt?

Pain of course varies from person to person. Most people report that there is minimal pain with a septum piercing, although it does make your eyes water as with all nose piercings. You can experience pain on the first few days after your piercing. During the piercing process, your body is going to experience sensations of different intensities, ranging from numbness to pain. You may also experience bruising and swelling around the piercing site. A septum piercing is also a relatively painless healing process because the jewelry is protected inside the nose and isn’t easily bumped around.

How to Care For a Septum Piercing

The best way to care for your septum is to practice good hygiene and use the LITHA method. For the most part, just keep your fingers out of your nose, and don’t pick at it. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may want to schedule this piercing for the summer because blowing your nose while this piercing is healing can be uncomfortable and can lengthen healing times. If you are a smoker, try to cut back however much you can while this piercing is healing. Aside from feeling sore during the healing process, you may also find that the piercing site is itchy. Try to leave it along as much as possible aside from rinsing with water.

What Kind of Jewelry Can You Wear In It?

Septum piercings can be worn with either hoops or horseshoe barbells. A horseshoe can be flipped up inside the nose, which is useful for a professional setting. Septums can also be easily gauged, which allows for stacked hoops, a very popular style. Stacked hoops involve multiple hoops fitting through the same pierced hole. The diameter and gauge of your jewelry will vary from person to person, so it’s best to ask your piercer before buying any jewelry.

How Long Does it Take to Heal?

Like all cartilage piercings, septum piercings can take 6-12 months to heal fully. The exact healing time will depend on your body and proper care of the piercing. Even if you think you heal fast, don’t expect any cartilage piercing to be fully healed before six months. Until your piercing is fully healed, you cannot change your jewelry and you cannot go swimming (unless you don’t put your head underwater).


Now that you know everything you need to know, you can make your final decision on if you want to get a septum piercing. Make sure you also do your research on finding a good piercer as they can make all the difference. They can answer all of your questions and give you advice on how to take care of your piercing. They can also teach you the proper techniques to keep the piercing clean and your septum health in check. Visit to find an APP certified piercer near you.