Septum Piercing Story
Disclaimer: I do not advocate self-piercing. If you have a safety pin and some rubbing alcohol, do not even think about it. Proper tools include an autoclave, sterilized HOLLOW GAUGE needles, iodine, Gentian Violet [to mark], bleach, and clamps [optional].
Well, I have 17 piercings, 6x left lobe, 5x right lobe, 3x labret, 2x nostril, and my septum, which I'm going to tell you about.
I had started to think about what type of piercing would suit my face, mainly my nose, after I had my double nostrils done. I figured three labrets... three nostril piercings... a septum! My piercings [I believe] accentuate my facial features. I have an oddly shaped nose, which I love, and I think it shows off my septum piercing quite well. A great piece of advice I learned from my mother: Live with it for a month before you actually do it. So I walked around with a CBR minus the ball in my nose. I had gotten many compliments so I decided to go ahead and go for it.
I got my mother to order some new HOLLOW GAUGE needles, 14 gauge, along with one 16 gauge needle, and a few circular barbells. Well, I waited. Then waited some more. Then I got them! And then, I began my journey into piercing the most painful spot you can pierce [as told by MANY people]. One thing to remember before getting a new piercing is, do your research! Researching your particular piercing is the smartest thing you can do, along with finding a good piercer. Make sure you know everything that can possibly go wrong, the proper placement, read experiences on BME, and if possible, wear fake jewelry to see if you really want it.
Onwards to the procedure. I went to my bathroom and took everything off my counters, including the small shelf [can never be too anal about cleanliness] and pretty much soaked everything in a 20 foot radius with bleach. Once I decided my cleaning job was up to par, I set out my supplies. A two 14 gauge needles [came in a sterilized package], a 16 gauge needle [also in sterile packaging], paper towels, gloves, a 16 gauge circular barbell [pre-sterilized also], Gentian Violet, toothpicks, Pennington clamps, and my handy dandy foaming soap. The first thing I did was wash my hands and put on some new latex gloves. I took a look at my nose in the mirror and felt around a little bit until I found my sweet spot [the sweet spot is the thin piece of skin right between the cartilage and the thick skin that separates your nostrils]. Once I was absolutely sure I had found it, I washed my hands and put on a new pair of gloves. I took a toothpick dipped in Gentian Violet and marked the pla cement. And then I did it again about eighty thousand times. Make sure you like the placement, there's no shame in re-marking it. Once I had found the placement I loved, which was a bit past the middle but not at the very tip of my nose. I washed my hands and changed gloves again [I cannot stress this enough! Cross contamination sucks!] I took the 14-gauge needle out of its STERILE packaging along with the circular barbell. I put a rubber band around my clamps [which had been autoclaved by my local piercing shop, bless them], and carefully positioned them in my nose. Which did not work out the way I had wanted it to, so I opted for freehand which is how I usually do it anyway. I grabbed a receiving tube [which I had never pulled out because paper towels folded over multiple times work just as well] and put it to the left side of my septum. I positioned the very tip of the needle up to my nose... and I had teared up to the point of not being able to see. Then I realized how b ig and scary a 14 gauge is [not really but I didn't want to risk nipping cartilage considering how small of a sweet spot I have], so I washed my hands and changed my gloves again and put my 14 gauge needle into my Sharps container [never throw your needles in the garbage! It is not sanitary! If you aren't able to dispose of your needles properly, have a hospital dispose of it or take an old pill bottle and duct tape that shit shut!] and I pulled out the 16 gauge needle. Ah, it looked so tiny. I then, once again proceeded to position the tip of the needle to my markings and had the receiving tube on the other end. To be honest, the pain was bad for about 5 seconds. But after that, I didn't even notice because I was having so much trouble pushing it out other side. It took about fifteen minutes to get from point A to point B [right side of sweet spot to back of receiving tube]. I pushed with all of my might just to be surprised by the incredible amount of relief I felt the mom ent it hit the back of the tube. I put the receiving tube down, washed my hands, and changed my gloves again. Then I realized that I was an idiot. How was I going to follow the 16 gauge CBB through the 16 gauge needle? Well, I'll tell you how. Slowly. Very, very slowly. But I did it. I stepped back to look at my handy work. Slightly crooked. I was PISSED. But that's how my septum came about.
Now for aftercare. I soaked my nose in sea salt twice a day for two weeks, and when I felt crusties come on [or in the morning], I would use hot water to loosen them up before I soaked. When soaking your nose, blowing bubbles helps. Everyday, I would hold it straight [because it was crooked] for about ten minutes and then give it a soak. Well, today I can say that I am a proud owner of a perfectly straight self-done septum. And I love it.
Once again, if you think shoving a safety pin that was previously soaked in rubbing alcohol is okay, think about the possible problems. Infections, not being able to put the jewelry in, the stupidity. Yeah. Make sure you have proper needles that are HOLLOW and are the correct gauge. Not a 20 gauge sewing needle. >.< Make sure your tools are sterilized. No "ifs" "ands" or "buts" about it. Go see if your local shop will autoclave your things. It might even be a few bucks but it's better than getting an infection or worse, a disease. Read up on Grey's Anatomy [no not the show] and figure out where the muscles are, the major nerves, the consequences of hitting one, etc. Take the time to do things right if you're going to do it yourself. Do not be an idiot.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 13 Aug. 2008
in Nose Piercing