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My DIY experience

I decided to do my septum on the spur of the moment when a friend offered to. I'd realized how pretty they looked after seeing it on another friend, and the idea of being able to flip it up really appealed to me. I also liked it because it was a bit more unusual. My nose is also quite straight and small, so I thought it would be nice on me. I don't think I'd get anymore piercings after my septum though (I already have my Monroe pierced) I admire people who can pull off lots of facial piercings though!

However, I didn't have enough money to be able to get my septum done professionally (depending on where I went it could cost up to 80$) and I was whingeing about this to my friend in her room, when she offered to do it for me. At first I said no, only because I've always been told its best to get it done professionally, and I was worried she might do it wrong. My friend then told me people whose septum's she had pierced, and how she'd done her own as well. Plus, as she'd taken hers out a while ago she said I could even have her jewellery. So we decided to have a coffee, watch the rest of the movie and then do my septum.

I was so excited, but also incredibly nervous. My Monroe hadn't been that painful, and I have a pretty high pain threshold, but still, the idea of a big safety pin being rammed through my nasal passage didn't exactly strike me as a pleasurable experience for me, or for Kitty who'd have her fingers up my nose. We got a heap of ice, some alcohol wipes, some matches and Kitty's giant safety pin. I sat on the bed with a heap of ice up my nose, whilst Kitty held the flame over the needle and disinfected her old septum ring.

My nose was pretty numb by the time Kitty had finished getting everything ready, so I sat on the edge of the bed, grabbed her doona and put my headphones in and played some the most relaxing music I had (Joni Mitchell) so I wouldn't think too much about the actual piercing. She pulled the tip of my nose down, and before I had a chance to even think about it, she pushed the needle through. Surprisingly it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be- the most painful part was sliding the pin back and forth to make sure the hole was clear.

Then she tried to put the horseshoe (14 gauge) through. Oh my god! It was the most painful thing I've ever done. We hadn't completely pierced it properly so Kitty had to do it again. We took a breather, and then I lied down, and closed my eyes as she popped the needle through again. This time we left it in for longer, and twisted it more, until I could slide it back and forth fairly easily. However, that wasn't the worst part- putting that ring through a second time was so, so, so painful, my fists were scrunched up in balls and my knuckles had turned white, and snot was literally pouring out my nose. It was so painful I considered just taking it out. Kitty had to keep swapping sides, until she put every ounce of her strength into pushing it through on my right side. I took a big breath, she pushed and we FINALLY got it through, and it made this incredibly satisfying POP sound. It bled only a little, I blew my nose, straightened it up and it was fine. I took a few panadol, ju st to help numb the area, and when I woke up the next morning it felt fine.

I pierced it last Friday night, and now it's Wednesday. So far, I've been incredibly careful with it- I clean it with a dettol/warm water solution, but I'm buying some sea salt tonight and using a saline solution, just because I've heard it speeds up the healing process a lot. It gets kind of crusty and it's a little bit tender still, but I'm making sure I keep it as clean as possible. I can flip it up when I'm at home with dad or at school too, which is really good.

I'll be honest here- I recommend that if you have a low pain threshold, or your friend doesn't have a strong stomach, don't do it!

I would recommend D-I-Y only if your friend or you knows EXACTLY what their doing and that includes putting the ring through. It is so much harder then it looks, and if your like me, and you have trouble with it, the pain is so excruciating that you'll wonder if its even worth it.

I've gotten so many compliments on my septum, I really love it and I'm so glad I did it. A small part of me feels somewhat stupid for doing it at home, and so much pain would have been avoided had I gone to an actual piercing parlour- especially putting the ring through- however another part of me is happy that I have the piercing I want completely free of charge! I'm a bit cash strapped at the moment, and once I want to do something, I'm incredibly impatient, and with the chance right there I decided to just go for it.


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

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