I have always wanted my septum pierced. When I first saw one I knew I wanted one, much to the chagrin of my parents and sister, who were still of the mind set that it is a "bull piercing". When I finally turned 18 I knew it was going to be my first piercing.
A lot of my friends have septum piercings and when I asked them about it they all had different stories to tell. Some said it was the most painful piercing they have ever had and others said it felt like nothing.
I was a bit worried because I have a bad past involving needles. Once while getting a shot I fainted. The last time I donated blood I almost fainted and ended up tossing my cookies. So, needless to say I was a little worried but I decided I had to take the plunge and just do it.
The day of my piercing I was freaking out. I must have texted my sister a million times saying "I can't do it! I can't do it!" but she encouraged me so I drank a coke (to up my blood sugar and prevent embarrassing hurling) and had my friend Emily (who also has her septum pierced) drive me to Blue Horseshoe to get it done. Unfortunately, their piercer wasn't there that day so we decided to head to Fuzion Ink. I originally wanted to go there because I had an art show there earlier in the year and knew a couple members of the staff enough to know that they were nice and professional and could handle any fainting babies like me (haha).
After paying $40 and picking out what size staple retainer I wanted (16g) I sat down to wait for what felt like forever. A note about the size: it might be your first scared instinct to go for the smallest one but I kind of wish I had gotten a 14g because it seems a lot easier to find jewelry in this size. I recently ordered a gold captive ball ring offline and I had to look for a 16g under clit jewelry because it seems most standard septum piercings are 14g.
Finally I was called back to get it done and Emily came with me to hold my hand. The guy who did my piercing didn't introduce himself but he was nice and professional and had everything pretty much set up when I got in the room. I generally prefer this since I find having to watch the whole set up process pretty agonizing. He then told me to lie down while he situated himself behind my head. After feeling the inside of my nose for a second he asked if I was ready and I said sure!
I was a little worried that he didn't clean it first but I haven't had any infections or weird problems so far so I think it's ok.
When he stuck the needle through it honestly felt kind of good. It made a sort of crunchy noise and then it was over. My eyes didn't even water or anything. The most alarming part was when he cut the retainer, which hurt a little because it pulled. Then he told me it might be a little crooked at first but it will straighten out once the cartilage plates in my nose rearrange, to clean it with saline solution and to not pick at it and I was on my way. It even felt good enough to flip up that same day so my parents wouldn't be alarmed when I got home. A random side note: I feel kind of bad because I forgot to tip him. So if you're reading this piercing guy, I'M SORRY.
Healing-wise, this piercing is kind of a pain in the ass. You never realize how much you touch, pick, or bump your nose during the day. I had to develop a whole new way of washing my face and taking off and putting on clothes. It stung like hell for the first week but when I wasn't accidentally bumping it I honestly forgot it was there. It's also kind of hard to clean. I highly recommend getting a little spray container of saline solution or else you're never going to be able to get it up there.
After a couple of weeks my septum is pretty much fully healed. I was a little alarmed when I first took it out because I had little bumps around the piercing but I think it's just crust and snot that gets stuck in the hole (ew) and the best thing to do for that is get in the shower and massage it out with a little dab of diluted tea tree oil.
I would highly recommend the piercers at Fuzion Ink except for one thing: they are almost never there. I was lucky the day I came in to catch them. I tried to go in to see one of them about the bumps around my piercing but they were never there. So don't expect much follow up care, you'll have to figure it out on your own.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2008
in Nose Piercing