Painful septum experience
I was really frustrated at one point because I looked so "normal."My look didn't yet fit into my standards of "edgy." I really wanted a piercing, but on the face, one that'll turn heads. I didn't even have my earlobes pierced either (and guess what? I still don't). I only got my earlobes pierced with a gun when I was 11, and they've been closed for years.
There are always lip piercings and eyebrow piercings and nostril piercings, but it seemed everybody and their mom had those, and I have been researching unusual piercings on the internet for a couple of months. Everyone at my old school had at least one of those piercings I listed.
Then I thought, hey, I'm sixteen. I can get a piercing without bringing a parent. Don't get me wrong, my parents are pretty liberal, but they wouldn't agree to any facial piercings besides an eyebrow. Ugh. I was really thankful that I didn't have to wait.
I did lots more research on piercings, and I was completely torn between a septum and a lip. I wanted a bridge, but I thought that was too extreme for a first piercing and they have a high rejection rate. I immediately wanted a septum piercing but I thought a lip would be less pain and I would still look good. From what I read online for a septum, I am going to cry and scream and bleed like hell. But I wanted it more than a lip piercing. I left the house with my parents thinking I was gonna get my lip pierced.
I went to New Tribe with my younger sister Lexy. I went because of all the good feedback. I was really nervous but I knew I would regret it if I ran away and spent the $40 on something else. I asked the guy at the front desk for a septum piercing, then I filled out a form, showed him ID, and paid the money. No turning back now.
Lexy and I waited in the waiting area for about five minutes (I was pretty calm then), then the piercer named Blair called us in. My palms were sweating and I was shaking a little bit. Lexy tried to calm me down. I sat down on the bed thingy and he explained for a little while about aftercare and what to expect. Then he left to get ready and that took about fifteen minutes. During that time, more nerves were building up inside me.
He came back and cleaned my nose with something he described as smelling like "car tires," and he was right. Bleh. He then took scissor-like things and marked the placement. He grabbed a needle and something to pound it in with; no clamps here. I laughed because Lexy hid her eyes. He began hammering it in and he said "wow, you have really tough skin" halfway through. All I could say was "owwww." He s then showed me how it looked with a needle through it and how awesome and tribal it looked. Then I got more pain when he slid the retainer through.
That was it. I had to stay in the room a bit longer to wait until the bleeding stopped. It wasn't too much blood, just a big drop thing out of one side. We left the shop and I was still shocked because of the pain. It was about a 9/10 overall at the time, but I don't really remember the pain being THAT bad. My reaction to the shock of a new piercing was worse than the actual procedure.
My septum piercing was sore for about two weeks after that, but it healed nicely within a month and it's been about six months. Since then I've had my eyebrow and labret done, and they weren't nearly as bad. Granted, I get stared at every time I go out, especially now that I put in a 14g horseshoe ring. I got just what I wanted though; it turns heads. It's also very convenient that my retainer can easily flip up and hide the piercing when I go for interviews.
I even go to an art school where piercings are very accepted, and I get many compliments there, so that makes my decision even better. I have a fairly high pain tolerance because of it; the piercing seemed to highten my tolerance so other piercings aren't as bad.
All in all, despite the pain and the dirty looks I sometimes get, it was worth it and a half. I REALLY love it and the aftercare was a breeze. If you're considering a septum piercing, go for it! I can't really say the pain will be the same as mine, but just assume it'll be bad. You'll really love it and the reactions are priceless!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 30 June 2008
in Nose Piercing