Septum piercing is one of the most popular nose piercing choices for men and women. In fact, it is the second most common piercing spots, right after ear piercing. With the fashion of piercing skyrocketing, it's no wonder that more and more young people are getting themselves pierced. Many of you might not know this, but this type of piercing is a common, traditional piercing in many different cultures across the globe that include Egypt, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, Panama, men in Turkana and Pokot, Kenya, as well as Matis tribe near the Brazilian border with Peru, and tribes of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Many soldiers of different tribal societies borne the piercing at the time of their initiation.
With the culture of piercing so widespread, it was bound to find its way to the youths of today. And at present, many young men and women are opting to undergo this type of piercing for various reasons. As you are looking for information regarding the aftercare, perhaps you have already or will get the piercing done soon. But before you make any decision, understanding the process and proper aftercare instructions is very important. The healing time will always depend on your skin type and how fast it has the ability to heal.
The actual piercing is fixed inside the center part of the nose, the tiny tissue underneath the cartilage. The flexible tissue inside the nose helps keep the jewelry in place. As for the pain level, it could be either nearly painless or very excruciating. While you're getting the piercing, your eyes are definitely going to water, and you may notice fresh blood for an hour or so. Now that you have a rough idea about what you need to look forward to, let's see what are the specific steps.
- The approximate healing time is about 6 to 8 weeks. So the area is going to be very tender and painful to touch for a few weeks.
- During shower, clean the piercing with a clean cotton ball soaked in saline solution. Leave the solution for about 5 minutes and then rinse with clean water.
- Take a saline soaked Q-tip to remove all the crusting that builds around the jewelry.
- One of the piercing dangers is not cleaning the jewelry or the piercing itself properly. If avoided, the crust turns solid and when the jewelry moves, it can tear the inside of the wound, making it very painful and inflamed.
- Also, the healing time may move up as well and bacteria will get a chance to feed on it and infect furthermore.
- To reduce the healing time, apply 1 to 2 drops of pure lavender essential oil every other day over the piercing. Wipe off any excess oil with a clean tissue after the oil has time to get soaked.
- Avoid turning your jewelry for at least 3 to 4 weeks in the beginning. Only do so while in the shower for cleaning and to remove the crust.
- Don't replace the jewelry for at least 4 to 5 weeks and avoid replacing the original jewelry with the silver sleepers. They are pretty dangerous as the silver tends to oxidize in the wound.
- Visit your piercer when you want to remove the ball from the jewelry. He/she will then replace a new jewelry of your choice.