A Complete Guide to Septum Piercings

Septum Piercing

Septum piercings are making a huge comeback recently. As they have been around for over 4000 years, it’s pretty cool to see people still sporting this edgy look.

In recent years, its popularity has been raised by the likes of Rihanna and Scarlett Johansson wearing them, making them more diverse than the old-fashioned punk image they used to belong to.

This is the look in nose piercings right now, and here we have the answers to any burning questions you might have if you’re considering getting a septum piercing.

What is a Septum Piercing?


The first question you might have, is what exactly is a septum piercing? Well, the answer is quite simple: it's is a circular piercing which goes through the centre of your noses tip, coming out of each nostril.

Septum rings do not need to go through cartilage so are not the most difficult piercing to get or to heal. It simply goes through the skin on one side of your nostril and comes out the other.

As well as looking awesome, they are easy to remove if you get tired of your septum piercing or need to remove it for some reason. The holes are on the inside of your nose, and therefore there will be no visible signs of the piercing once removed.

Basic information


How much does a Septum Piercing cost?

30 - 35

This price does not include the cost of the jewellery itself. It is important to remember that the cheapest option is not always best.

When it comes to septum piercings, you pay for quality. Be sure to do your research and choose the right studio for you. Shop prices will vary depending on location and popularity of the artist.

What is the healing time for a Septum Piercing?

6 - 8 Weeks

The worst of the healing and sensitivity should be finished between 1 and 3 weeks, while it can up to 6-8 months for complete healing. However, it’s ok to change your septum jewellery between 6-8 weeks as stated above. These are just guidelines, you should know yourself how you feel and allow as long as possible to heal fully.

Getting a Septum Piercing


Will getting a Septum Piercing hurt?

A septum piercing is not going to be completely pain free. Usually it is relatively ok, as most people possess that sweet spot of membrane between cartilage and nose.

However, some people do not have this, which means it can be substantially more painful to get a septum piercing. Luckily, any initial pain is over in a split second. There will be some dull pain during the healing process, and maybe some discomfort, but it is nothing you shouldn’t be able to handle.

Pain is different for everyone, so don’t worry if one person tells you it was the worst thing they ever experienced, because the next person you ask may have felt nothing at all.

Can anyone get a septum piercing?

Unfortunately, some people are simply not anatomically suited to get a septum piercing. Some people have what is called a ‘deviated septum’.

Basically, this just means that the septum is crooked rather substantially, and it is not suitable for a septum piercing, as this could cause serious damage.

On the bright side, this is very rare, and it would have to be a very bad deviation for a piercing artist to say no.

7 Consideration to make before getting a Septum Piercing


1. Do your research

Make sure you find the right piercing studio for you, that the jewellery you have chosen is correct, and that you know exactly what you’re getting into.

2. Manage pain expectations

Be prepared to experience a little bit of discomfort. However, it is important to manage those expectations as you may end up building up the idea in your head too much. It is not going to be as bad as you think.

3. Prepare for Aftercare

Be prepared to spend at least 5 minutes a day, twice a day cleaning your piercing. Trust me, proper piercing aftercare is definitely worth it to avoid infections and irritation.

4. Prepare to be patient

You’re going to have to be patient when you get a piercing. Always wait a little while longer than told before removing your piercing, and be sure to always follow aftercare instructions.

5. Wanna know how I got these scars?

One thing with a septum piercing you don’t need to worry about is visible scars, as the piercing goes through the inside of your nose. So if you like showing off your scars, you’re out of look.

6. Prepare for the comments

Your family and friends are probably going to make comments or judgement about your septum piercing. This is normal because it’s such a unique piercing, and will pass in time. Just remember, you look awesome.

7. Be aware of your job and school

Make sure you are actually allowed to wear a septum piercing where you work or in school. It would suck if you went through all the trouble of getting the procedure, only to be told by your boss to take it out. Ask the question first.

Septum Piercing procedure


What to expect?

Getting a nose piercing is not much different to getting any other type of piercing. Here you can find how the procedure will usually go.

1. Your piercer will check to make sure your septum is an acceptable candidate. It is rare to get turned away for a deviated septum, but it does happen.

2. You will fill out some paperwork declaring your age and consent.

3. You will choose the jewellery you want to have inserted and wear during the healing process.

4. The piercer will sterilise his needle and your nose.

5. The placing will be set with a marker, and the needle inserted through this marker.

6. The jewellery will then be inserted, and you are done. It’s over in a flash.


Septum piercings have the same risks as most piercings, but some are more serious than others.

1. Infection
Septums are not as likely to get infected as most piercings as there is plenty of mucous membranes (yuck) to fight off infections in your nose. Really the only risk is if putting in low-quality jewellery.

2. Septal Hematoma
The name may sound scary, but what it is, is worse. If the piercing causes bleeding and build up of infection you can begin to have trouble breathing from your nose and even end up with a facial deformity. Luckily this is very rare, and if you feel pressure building or bleeding go straight to your GP to resolve it.

3. Irritation and Swelling
Some facial creams and products, especially those containing alcohol can cause some swelling and irritation in the piercing which is not pleasant at all. Try to avoid these touching your septum if you can.

4. Incompetent Piercer
If you don’t get a quality piercer, you won’t get a quality piercing, and they may end up damaging your septum. Be sure to do your research beforehand.

Proper Aftercare for your Septum Piercing


1. Wash your hands and nose thoroughly with non-perfumed, antibacterial soap before washing.

2. Use one of our handy Salt Spray Solutions twice a day to avoid any build-up of infection.

3. Use a thick tissue to gently dab the solution into your septum.

4. Try not to move the piercing too much, just give it a little wiggle to get the solution right through.

5. Don’t wash more than twice a day, and avoid any thick creams or alcohol solutions in the first 2 weeks as they may cause irritation.

6. With septum piercings you need to be willing to do this for up to 2 months, and even longer if you want to ensure no infection occurs.

It’s worth it


Don’t forget that septum piercings are totally awesome right now, and it will look great. If you think you are ready and follow these tips, it will be worth it.