Septum gone wrong.
I had wanted a septum piercing for quite a while and finally in February I decided to go for it. So I went to Needlewurks where I've gotten all of my piercings with a friend of mine. When we get in there aren't too many people waiting and I get in within like five minutes. The piercer isn't one I had ever seen before but he told me he was Paul's (the owner) first apprentice so I felt pretty comfortable. When we get in the room he asks if I had any questions and I said only one, my friend got her eyebrow pierced before and the needle got stuck half way through, is that going to happen with my septum? And he looked very confused and said absolutely not, the needle will got straight through. So he tells me to sit forward in the chair and sit straight up. The clamps were very uncomfortable but certainly not intolerable, he told me to take a deep breath and breathe out through my mouth as he pushed the needle through. I had read many many many experiences on BME before doing th is and the pain I felt was nothing like what others had described. I had not been expecting that much pain at all. Turns out what I had been worried about in the first place happened. The needle got stuck half way through and in the end it came out crooked. The pain was absolutely excruciating, one of the worst I've ever felt. He told me I could keep it crooked if I wanted but he recommended I take it out and come back in two weeks to get it re pierced. Of course I wasn't going to leave with a crooked piercing so I let him take it out. My nose bled for a good five minutes non-stop and I had tears pouring down my face uncontrollably. I was pretty shaken up and disappointed when I left but he told me to come back in two weeks and said he'd do it for free for messing it up. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to come back after that experience. I wanted my septum pierced so bad, but I wasn't ready to go through that much pain again, just to risk the same thing happening. Well two we eks is plenty of time to forget the pain and talk yourself back into it, so I decided to get it re done.
So I came back in two weeks and this time Paul was the one piercing me. I explained what happened last time and when I told him that Mike had done it he did not look pleased at all. He checked to make sure everything had healed properly and then told me to sit down in the chair. His style was completely different. Instead of sitting straight up he had me lay on my side, the needle pointing down towards the floor. The needle slid right in, no problems at all. It was so much easier and faster that way. I won't say it was painless but nothing compared to what I had felt the first time. It healed very quickly, a lot faster then I expected. Within two days I could move it back and forth with no pain at all. I could even hide the ring in my nose for work the next day. It has never been infected, but I recommend only jewelry you know is made out of good materials. I bought a purple ring for prom and it started to get infected so now I only wear the surgical steel ring I got it pier ced with and I haven't had any problems with it. Now I have a straight, healthy septum piercing and I couldn't be happier.
A few days ago I went in to get my tongue pierced by Paul and retold the story to him and he told me that Mike had been fired soon after my experience. He told me that when Mike came back to Needlewurks, Paul checked his portfolio, talked with the other studios he had been working at and everything seemed fine. But it seemed as soon as he started working at Needlewurks again, none of his piercings came out right. I wish I had known this at the time and just waited for Paul to do the piercing.
For anyone thinking about getting a septum piercing, I advise you know your piercer very well because this is not one you want to go wrong. While talking to Paul he told me that septum piercings are by far one of the hardest and he hates doing them because it's such a difficult angle. But in the end I got the piercing I had always wanted and I'm very happy with the outcome.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Sept. 2008
in Nose Piercing