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Never pierce yourself. Let the professionals handle it. (Septum)

My first experience with a septum piercing was about 2 ½ years ago, and also self done. I had seen pictures of it online before and I loved the way it looked. Unfortunately, I had a mother who wouldn't allow any piercing besides my ears, with the exception of a Monroe (Which is a different horror story all in its own- though that was the fault of a horrible professional, I did not do it myself) that she only let me get out of spite for my father. And my dad? He practically disowned me just for the Monroe alone, god knows what he would have done if his little girl showed up with a "bull ring" through her nose. To me, the septum was the perfect solution for a piercing fix without getting in a LOT of trouble. A piercing I could just flip up and have disappear? It was like a dream come true. (Though I did contemplate the smiley for awhile as well.)

I decided a thick sewing needle would be the best tool for doing this self inflicted piercing (for what I could find at home anyway), but I was afraid of hurting myself so I couldn't shove it all the way through all at once. I spend roughly 10 minutes boiling it in hot water and another 5 minutes soaking it in hydrogen peroxide before attempting this. Like I sad, I had some kind of mental block holding me back from just shoving the needle through really fast.  I ended up twisting it and slightly pushing it in, drilling a little crater deeper and deeper into my nose. I bet you'd never believe  me when I say that it  really didn't hurt very much at all. A major problem surfaced as soon as I finished pushing the needle through, though. I realized that I had no kind of ring to put in what so ever. Really thought that one through, eh? So after frantically searching my room for anything and everything that I thought might work as a temporary fix, I ended up clipping out the spiral innards of a notebook into a septum shaped ring (this would have to have been like, a 20 gauge, at the largest.) I have to admit, I felt pretty crafty when all was said and done.

I left that in for a few days and ended up being able to switch it out with a 14 gauge steel ring that I bought from hot topic. Also no pain, I was incredibly lucky. It healed absolutely perfectly, and I couldn't have been happier with the way it looked. 3 months later, on the way home from school, my mom drove past and caught me with it down. I was so bummed when I had to take it out. Luckily, I had a few back up rings, so even though my mom made me give her the one I was wearing at the moment, about 4 hours later, I just put another one in. Unfortunately, she had thought that I might do something along those lines, and began checking my nose for metal every day before school. About a week went by where I would put in a ring just while at school or out with friends, and then take it out when I got home, but she also ended up finding my stash of rings and when she took those too, I gave up. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND DOING ANY OF THIS. I WAS EXTREMELY STUPID AND VERY LUCKY I DIDN'T SUFFER FROM ANY SEVERE INFECTIONS.

2 years later, my 18th comes around, and I decided it was time to get my septum back (professionally, this time.) I was not prepared for how much it hurt. Since the area you are getting pierced when you get your septum is so thick, that means that when it heals, the scar tissue is very very thick and very very tough, making it a much harder to pierce area. This had never occurred to me. About half way through the piercing, the needle got stuck on my scar tissue, and took a significant amount of pressure for Tim to push through.  We had a very similar problem getting the ring through, which was by far the most excruciating pain I have ever felt from a piercing. The ring ended up coming out slightly crooked, due to the forced entry I assume, but I don't blame Tim for that. My friends and I all get pierced by him exclusively and he always does a fantastic job.

My nose was sore and oozing this time, which is something it hadn't done previously. It took almost 2 months for it to feel completely at home again. The first week or so, I was in so much pain that I had to take ibuprofen and I am opposed to medicine so that's a big deal for me. I guess that's what you get for taking it in to your own hands. I may have not paid the price for it the first time, but the second time, it hit me HARD.

Like I said before, doing it myself was extremely stupid. I strongly recommend getting it professionally done, even if you have to wait two years or save up a bit of money. There are so many horror stories out there about bad things that have happened from doing it yourself, it's really no where near worth the risk.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 24 April 2008
in Nose Piercing

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Artist: Tim
Studio: Get+2+Da+Point
Location: Rohnert+Park%2C+California

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