Deviated septum and piercings?

Monday March 9th, 2009 @ 2:42 PM

Filed under: Nose

I had a deviated septum and have since had surgery to correct it. I was poking around in there as I contemplated a septum piercing and found that I don’t really feel a sweet spot anymore. I’m wondering if it would hurt the results of the surgery to pierce my corrected septum, and also if it is wise to pierce through cartilage instead of the sweet spot?

Unless you are planning on doing a large-gauge piercing, I think it’s unlikely the piercing will interfere with the corrective surgery you have done. However, I would also suggest consulting your surgeon just to make sure. They probably won’t be thrilled at the idea of you doing it, but hopefully you can get them to give you some straight talk about how it might affect things.

Septum piercings can be done through cartilage. In general, you should expect it to hurt more to get it done, be sore for a longer period of time afterwards and in general, take a bit longer to heal. That’s just the nature of cartilage tissue.

You may want to consult with your piercer about different options for piercings, such as a needle that is a bit larger than the jewelry or perhaps a dermal punch (even at a smaller size). These things may help the piercing be more comfortable while it’s healing and perhaps heal a little faster.

Also, if you decide to stretch the piercing at some point, expect the stretching to be more difficult.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 5 Comments

Septum healing time

Thursday March 5th, 2009 @ 8:53 PM

Filed under: Nose

I got my septum pierced around 6 weeks ago. However it still hurts some when put my finger under my news. How long does a septum piercing take to heal? Is there any way to speed the healing along, other then to continue sea salt soaks once or twice a day?

(assuming you meant “nose”)
It’s possible your piercing may be through the cartilage in your septum and not in between it. In that case, you may experience a longer healing/stabalizing time for the piercing.
Try to avoid mashing it around (pressing it with your finger, for instance) and be very gentle in your aftercare.
Your body will heal faster or slower depending on how clean and healthy you are. So get lots of rest, take your vitamins and keep your nose clean and that will help promote the healing better than anything. And stop touching at it! :)

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Multiple nose piercings

Thursday February 5th, 2009 @ 12:21 PM

Filed under: Nose

I currently have both nostrils pierced at 20g and am wanting to get my septum pierced with a 16g CBR.

As there is limited space inside the nose would there be any jewellery combinations that would assist with healing this, and anything to particularly watch out for. I normally just wear nostril screws, but have looked at the little flat back labret styles available as well.

Thanks for any advice.

Flatbacks in nostril piercings can be a great alternative to having so much metal up your nose with a septum piercing.
Some people may not have the best anatomy to accommodate both nostril piercings and a septum piercing, but your piercer will be able to determine that for sure after a quick peek. As long as your nostril jewelry isn’t hooking on to your septum jewelry you should be just fine to keep all three.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 1 Comment

downsizing a nostril piercing

Tuesday January 27th, 2009 @ 9:39 PM

Filed under: Nose

Hi there,

I recently got my left nostril pierced at my favorite shop by a guy that knows what he is doing, and it is a little large for my liking.

When I initialy got it done, I requested that the smallest guage jewelry possible was used. I’ve seen my friends with nostrils done at what looks like ether 20 or 18 guage, thats all I wanted. My piercer told me that they use standard size nostril jewelry, and that it would be a tiny hole.

Just today, about two weeks later, I popped the nostril screw out to change it with a ring, just to find that the jewelry is much larger than I thought. I compaired it to my other piercings, and it appears to be ether a 14 or a 16, ether way, much larger than I had hoped.

I wanted a dainty little hole, not this, and I have no clue how hard or posible it is to downsize cartalage piercings such as this.

Many thanks!

If you’d like to wear smaller guage jewelry in your nostril piercing (I personally find 18g to be a nice size to keep the piercing stable and safe but not too chunky) simply put smaller guage jewelry in and allow your piercing to shrink up around it.
Be afore warned that switching back to your old jewelry will be a bit of a stretch and could be both uncomfortable and irritating to your piercing.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

nose bump?

Friday January 16th, 2009 @ 8:40 PM

Filed under: Nose

I got my nose pierced back in October with a stud. It had been a month and I had had no problems with it and I really wanted to put in a ring. So I went to a tattoo shop and asked the guy if it would be alright to change the jewelry now and he said it was fine, so I had him change it to a captive bead ring. It was fine, I didn’t have any problems after I changed until about two weeks later I got sick and was blowing my nose. the ring was being all twisted around in there and I developed a bump on the outside. I took antibiotics have been doing sea salt soaks on it and cleaning it with bactine and a month later the bump is still there. i want to change it back to a stud because the ring seems to get bumped around a lot more than the stud did. so should I go back in and have it changed to a stud and go back to a ring later or would that just make it worse? and any advice on how to make the bump go away?

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 2 Comments

Ring or stud?

Friday January 16th, 2009 @ 8:31 PM

Filed under: Nose

I’ve read and heard from several different places about which, a ring or screw/stud, is better to be pierced with for a nostril piercing.

I just wanted to know the pros and cons of each and if there is one that is better for the healing process.


I only offer nostril screws of flatback labret barbells for initial nostril piercings. Rings in nostril piercings are too prone to being knocked around or turned through the piercing while it’s healing and the risk of irritation and inflammation is much higher.

If you would rather wear a ring in your nostril piercing, I would suggest having it pierced with a nostril screw or flatback barbell initially, waiting 12+ weeks and then switching it over to a ring after the piercing has healed and had sufficient time to stabalize. Be sure to tell your piercer before you have the piercing done if you plan to wear a ring in it eventually as it may need to be placed a bit differently to accomodate both jewelry types as per your anatomy.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 1 Comment


Friday January 16th, 2009 @ 4:06 PM

Filed under: Nose

I just pierced my septum.

On the soft spot.

It is slightly crooked but whatever lol.


So it was fine for the first two or three days.

But now I have a headache that will not go away.

Does it have to do with the piercing and if it does is it bad and should I take it out?

The likelihood of your headache being directly related to your new septum piercing seems pretty slim.
You may be experiencing some swelling inside your nose which could be causing some discomfort in your head…?
If you’ve pierced yourself and suspect you may have an infection check with your doctor.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

getting a septum piercing

Tuesday January 6th, 2009 @ 10:08 AM

Filed under: Nose

I apologize if I have missed this question if it has been posted before but I am in a hurry to get ready for work. I will be getting a septum piercing in the future (how far into the future I do not know hence why I am researching) and was wondering if you could use segment rings as jewelry for a septum piercing.


Yes you can. Be warned - they are fiddly to change without tools, though.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 2 Comments

Septum with no “sweet spot”?

Friday November 7th, 2008 @ 10:20 AM

Filed under: Nose

i dont have a “sweet spot” in my nose for a septum piercing so i wanted to know if i could still get it pierced and if so does that mean they pierce the cartilage and can i still stretch my septum if i dont have a sweet spot

It is possible to do a septum piecing even if you don’t have a “sweet spot”. The piecing will have to go through cartilage. This will typically result in a slightly more painful piercing to get done as well as a piercing that may take a bit longer to heal and may be a bit more sore while healing.

Stretching the piercings SHOULD still be possible. However, you will probably find it more (perhaps significantly more) painful to stretch, you will probably have to wait longer between stretches and you may be limited as to how bit you can stretch.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 2 Comments

Antibiotics, septum piercing

Friday October 17th, 2008 @ 8:15 AM

Filed under: Nose

Hi there, I’m at the tail end of my antibiotics course, i.e. I’m not sick anymore just finishing the tablets off. Would it be a good idea to take advantage of this extra ‘protection’ and get my septum pierced? Thanks!

There’s no extra protection per se as presumably the antibiotics were prescribed to treat an existing infection. I would be inclined to give your body a bit of time to recover before giving it another challenge, like dealing with a fresh wound.

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