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Septum Piercing - the do's, The Don'ts and everything in between

Septum piercing healing times and simple septum piercing aftercare instructions are a couple of important subjects people should definitely understand before booking their procedure. Here are some of the best tips to help you smash through the septum piercing healing process quickly and efficiently.

How Long Does A Septum Piercing Take To Heal?

A septum piercing should heal in 2 or 3 months, although this can increase to between 6 and 8 months for some people, depending on various factors. While the septum is relatively painful to pierce, the wound itself should heal quickly due to the small amount of tissue that needs to be reconstructed in the area.

However, before you get all excited about a quick heal, you should know a few things first. Piercing the correct spot on the septum is tricky and requires an experienced body piercer. If your piercing professional misses the fleshy part below your nose cartilage (the columella), the correct spot for a quick healing septum piercing, then you could be in for a much, much longer healing period.

Here’s the deal. Your nose has a lot of cartilage, and just above the place where a septum piercing is best inserted is a piece of tough cartilage. You can get the septum pierced through the cartilage, but it will increase both the Pain of the piercing and the time taken to heal. That’s just how cartilage piercings are.

To prevent a longer healing time, you should have your piercer examine your nose before you decide for sure to get the septum piercing. Some people don’t have much flesh below the cartilage, and that may mean the piercing has to go through cartilage.

Just be aware that if you decide on this, you are looking at a more drawn-out healing period.

Septum Piercing Aftercare Tips

It just takes a few simple steps to care for your septum piercing while it heals. Keeping it clean by following proper aftercare will help your piercing heal faster and avoid it from becoming irritated or Infected (and taking longer to heal).

Keep the septum piercing clean

Firstly, clean the area of the piercing, including the jewellery, using the cleaning tips further down this article. Secondly, don’t introduce dirt or contaminants to your piercing wound.

Don’t touch

It used to be advised to twist the jewellery in piercings to help the hole heal, but that actually causes you to rip and irritate the tissue. Twisting will cause your healing times to increase A lot of people get septum piercings because they think they are easy to hide, and they can be. However, getting a septum piercing with the intention of hiding it often means you are using a retainer that you can flip up into your nose when you don’t want the jewellery to be seen.

Although it’s okay to flip the jewellery up or down occasionally, you should avoid doing this as much as possible. It’s the same as twisting and will irritate your new septum piercing. If you have to flip, leave it flipped up for a while before moving it again. You may want to just leave the jewellery flipped up for most of the healing period if you are concerned about it being seen.

How To Clean A Septum Piercing

Cleaning a septum piercing is relatively easy. You just need to keep some saline solution handy and squirt both sides of the piercing (where the piercing needle entered and where it exited). Alternately, you can fill a short cup or small bowl with the saline and dip the end of your nose into it.

The cleaning solution helps to loosen any crust that forms around the piercing, as well as disinfecting the area and reducing Bacteria.

You should be able to purchase aftercare saline right at the piercing studio when you get your septum pierced. Alternatively, you can buy it online, or you can make your own with salt water and distilled water. so will septum be your next piercing? If so you can click here to book online with us! We welcome all for body piercing in greater manchester, liverpool, cheshire and beyond!

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