About 9 weeks ago now, I got my septum pierced. I've always wanted to get it done so I thought that now would be a good chance to get it (I'd also made a drunken promise to my boyfriend that we'd get piercings on the same day). After scouting out a few different places in Bristol, we were pointed in the direction of Inked Up, which I would recommend but I will warn you that if you're nervous they aren't the kind of guys that would try and soothe you. I think it cost about £25 including the price for the jewellery.
The Process: First they ask you if you need to blow your nose and then they give it a good clean to remove them bogies (ew), followed by sterilisation of the area. In your nose there's a sweet spot of skin below the cartilage and that is what gets pierced. Some places will clamp your nose to make it easier. However mine was done free hand. They pop a needle through the sweet spot and you're sort of sat there with this huge thing through your septum. They then pop in the jewellery. For mine they put in a curved barbell which doesn't stick out of your nose. They do this because it makes your piercing less prone to infection as it's not sticking out the nose collecting dirt.
Does it hurt? All piercings hurt to some extent because your having a big chunk of your skin pierced. Septum piercings do hurt a bit but I found it bearable and the pain only lasted a few moments whilst the actual incision was made. My nose did stay sore whilst it was healing so be try not to knock it too much. Just a heads up it makes it hard to kiss because of accidental nose hitting.
Aftercare: Looking after your septum piercing is pretty easy. In the morning and evening clean around the piercing with hot salty water (saline solution). It will get a bit crusty and if you're ill snot might build up on it, you've just got to keep an eye on it and clean it regularly. I did this for pretty much for all 8 weeks of the cleaning process. If you think it's getting a bit smelly or you develop a little lump, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the solution and do this for a few days and it will clear up.
When Can I Change the Jewellery? I'd recommend leaving it for the full 8 weeks before changing the jewellery as I wanted to make sure it was fully healed. Make sure you know what size jewellery you currently have and get your desired replacement in the same size, You can go to a piercing shop to get it changed but they will charge you. If you're doing it yourself I'd recommend having someone there to help. I needed someone to screw the balls onto my new horseshoe. If doing it yourself, make sure you soak the new jewellery in a saline solution first to clean it and also clean around the piercing. It can be difficult to put the new jewellery but don't panic and keep trying and I'm sure you'll do it.
And there we have it - everything you need to know about getting your septum pierced!
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