I‘ve had many people ask what it was like to get my septum pierced, whether it hurts etc., so I thought I’d write a quick blog post about my experience!
I’m quite an impulsive person, especially when it comes to changing my hair colour and getting piercings, so one sunny August day in 2012, I decided that I wanted to get my septum pierced. I’m not really sure why, but I thought it looked kinda awesome (I still do for that matter) so I figured I’d pop in after work and get it done. No such luck, they were all booked up until the Saturday giving me plenty of time to get excited, nervous, kinda sweaty when I thought about it, happy, nervous; you get the picture!
When Saturday finally came, I went to Punktured in the North Laines for my appointment. The staff were really friendly and relaxed, which made me immediately relax. A friend was allowed to come in with me and filmed it. Unfortunately I’ve since lost the video, but I’m pretty sure no one wants to see that anyway!
Step one: The preparation
The septum piercing goes through a little fleshy gap the professionals like to call the “sweet spot”, it’s really, really thin so my piercer felt around my septum to make sure there was enough of a gap; if you don’t have enough, they won’t pierce you as the needle should NOT go through the cartilage. Ever. She then gently shoved some alcohol wipes right up my nose and gave it a good old clean. That was probably the weirdest bit for me and I did feel light-headed afterwards 😀
Step two: Getting down to it
Once she’d cleaned me up, she clamped the inside of my nose (which does pinch) and gently pushed the needle straight through. Personally I found that stage didn’t hurt at all and neither did my eyes water (which is what usually happens with a septum piercing). I opted for a retainer and asked her to flick it up inside my nose so it couldn’t be seen. This is quite a popular way of getting your septum pierced if you have to hide it for work/your parents etc.
Step three: The aftermath
I got out of the studio and went to meet some friends. It was all going well, until I felt a sneeze coming on! Holy mother of ow, that hurt like a bitch!! It was a really weird stinging, tugging sensation and not at all pleasant! I also found I made this sensation by pulling my top lip over my front teeth. FYI, not to be recommended!
Step four: The aftercare
It’s the same with any piercing really; lots of solution or salt-water, don’t play around with it too much and don’t change the jewellery until it’s healed! This is something I’m awful at as I kept wanting to flick the horseshoe down so everyone could see it and tried changing the jewellery. I cleverly managed to get an infection in my nose but got it under control with leaving it the hell alone and cleaning it twice a day! It finally healed in about 4 months.
How I feel about it four years on
I still absolutely love it 😀 I tend to leave my retainer in during the week and change it to an eternity ring during the weekend; especially if I’m going out somewhere. I think it just adds a bit of something extra to my face and I like that. Sure I’ve had a few “you look like you’re being led to market” or “you’d look pretty without that in your face” comments, but you know what? I’m not wearing it for them so their comments are totally irrelevant and I personally love the way it makes my face look.
If you happen to be in Brighton, I’d highly recommend checking Punktured out 🙂 (this isn’t a sponsored post by the way, I just thought they were great!!)
Have you been tempted by a septum piercing? What’s put you off taking the plunge? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x