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Spontaneous septum at Pangea

Until recently, I had never really considered the idea of getting a septum piercing. I had always found nose piercings in general to be a little cliché. The whole party girl with a nose stud look never really appealed to me. However, over the past few months, I had been itching for a new piercing. I already have my lip, bellybutton, tragus, and a number of other ear piercings, and I felt that I needed something a little different.

It was because of this searching for something new that first brought the idea of a septum piercing to mind. Over the course of a few weeks, I had seen a few people with really beautiful looking septum rings, and the piercing grew on me. Not to mention, it's so easy to hide! Once I realized that this was what I wanted to do, I brought the idea up to my mom. She was about as enthusiastic as she might have been had I told her I wanted to cut off my hand. This put a bit of a damper on  the whole thing. However, considering that I don't live at home, and its an easily disguisable piercing, the damper was minimal, and I still had an intense desire to go through with it.

I managed to speak with a few people who had septum piercings, and asked them about the pain level of getting it done, as well as how theirs healed, and whether or not they had complications. I was a bit discouraged with the results of the pain. There was a wide variety, ranging from "It didn't hurt at all" to "it was the most painful piercing I've had." I decided that, regardless of if it was going to be really painful, I still wanted to do it. While I have a low pain tolerance for sustained pain (as in a tattoo), I can easily handle a short, intense pain.

When I finally went to get the piercing, it was kind of on a whim. I went out to Ann Arbor to visit my friend Nate (who happened to really like the idea of me getting it done) and ended up searching online for a nearby tattoo shops. We knew of one, Pangea Piercing, where Nate had gotten his lip pierced two weeks prior. Despite their extremely clean, professional shop, they were quite expensive, and I wasn't sure I could afford to get it done there. However, after looking at other shops, and actually walking to one, only to discover that their piercer was out for the day, we ended up at Pangea.

In the end, I was really happy we ended up there. When we walked in, the guy who had pierced Nate's lip immediately recognized us, and was really friendly, happy that I finally decided to get my septum done. I had expressed interest about it the last time we had been in, and he had been more than happy to answer my numerous questions. The shop itself has a really cool, comforting atmosphere. The walls are a soothing, but still cool dark yellow, and there are photograph framed on the walls. They also have a couple of really comfy, nice cushioned benches (as opposed to hard metal chairs that a lot of places have). They also have a HUGE inventory of some of the most unique pieces I've seen. The majority of this consists of jewelry for gauged ears, but they also have a lot of really different rings and other body jewelry.

After filling out the various forms, and submitting my license, we had a little while to wait because they were kind of busy. I chatted with one of the piercers about his love for creepy old abandoned buildings, as well as with the woman who would be doing my septum. She definitely made me feel a lot more comfortable about going through with it, as septum piercings are her favorite to perform, and she had one herself, which looked amazing on her.

Finally, she called me into their single piercing room. The nerves I had been successfully suppressing broke loose and, once I sat down, I couldn't get my foot to stop shaking. My piercer, L2, began going through the procedure, and preparing the equipment. She was very thorough about showing me every step. She unwrapped the packages the sterile needle and jewelry was in, and even had sterilized gloves. It was all done in a very surgical manner. When she was finished, she described to me where the needle would actually go through, sterilized my nose, and felt around for what she described as the "sweet spot. " (The area in your septum that has very few nerve endings, and a lot of tissue as opposed to cartilage). She then took a large metal tube (what I assumed to be a punch for large guage ears, due to its size, and the fact that one end was slanted to a point) and held it in the right side of my nose. She took the needle and lined it up so it made a straight line with the tu

be on the other side. Then, she told me to breathe in deeply when I was ready, and she would pierce it at that point.

After a few seconds of letting my nerves settle, I breathed, and she pierced. The pain was far less intense than I had expected, and I only had the smallest bit of discomfort. She then slid the retainer in and I had a beautiful new septum piercing! I opted for a retainer because I wanted to be able to hide the piercing, if necessary, until it was healed.

We then went over aftercare. They have a much different aftercare regiment than I've ever experienced. They prefer the dry wound technique over the washing, salt soak, bactine "mini chemical warfare" routine. The only real demand on it was that you should absolutely NOT touch the piercing. If that happens, it's the only reason you should clean it.

Ultimately, I'm very happy with my decision to get my septum pierced. Though it is still a little sore, there's been very minimal discomfort, aside from blowing my nose, or putting pressure on the end of my nose. So I don't have much of an immediate future in Eskimo kisses...I think I'll live!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Sept. 2008
in Nose Piercing

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Artist: L2
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Location: Ann+Arbor%2C+MI

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