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The septum piercing

The septum piercing is pierced through the connective tissue under the nasal septum cartilage. The name comes from the Latin term septum nasi.

It is one of the oldest piercings and is traditionally used in a wide variety of cultures around the world. The septum piercing was often worn by warriors and stabbed in initiation rituals. The Mayans and Aztecs already wore a nose ring for religious reasons. But body jewelry is also widespread in Africa and Asia.


  • Surname: Septum piercing
  • Where is it stung: nose
  • Cost of jewelry: 2 - 120 EUR
  • Piercing cost: 40 - 70 EUR
  • Type: Nose piercing
  • Healing time: 1-2 months
  • Pain when stabbing: medium

Find the right tattoo artist and put up with pain

Many people interested in a septum piercing wonder what exactly happens to you when you pierce them. Nobody has to fear that. However, it should be stung by an experienced piercer. If it is pierced through the cartilage, it causes severe pain when piercing and requires a long healing process. Often it is stung crooked, which is extremely noticeable with a septum piercing. A good piercer will take a close look at the nasal septum and mark the right spot. The piercing is pierced through the thin membrane under the nasal septum. Usually no anesthesia is necessary for this. Since every nasal septum is different, it is difficult to get the piercing straight. The area must be thoroughly disinfected. A cannula is then pierced with special clamping forceps.

What you should definitely not do is to do the piercing yourself. The risk of injury is very high here. It often happens that the pierced area becomes inflamed. A layperson has neither the necessary knowledge nor the right tools. In addition, a layman will not find the right place or the piercing will be done incorrectly. The result is a crooked piercing. For this reason alone, it is advisable to invest a little money and have the piercing done professionally.

Health risks

Piercing is like tattooing. Every person's perception of pain is different. If the piercing is professionally pierced through the thin membrane by a professional, the pain should also be bearable. Usually you feel an uncomfortable pulling sensation when the cannula is pierced through the membrane. Severe pain really only occurs when the wrong place is punctured and the cartilage is injured. The wound heals relatively easily. However, this takes a long time. Normally, healing takes 1 to 2 months. The nose is very sensitive, which is why many people feel uncomfortable at the beginning. However, this usually subsides after 2 to 3 months when you have got used to the piercing.

Even if you follow the care instructions, it can happen that the piercing becomes infected. In such a case, you should again seek advice from the piercer. He can look at the inflammation and give helpful tips and information. In the worst case, it only helps to remove the piercing. Because the greatest health risk is that the stick channel could ignite. There are several ways to treat inflammation. If the piercing is badly pierced or made of bad material, breathing can be impaired. But normally, septum piercings wearers don't have to worry. The piercing is actually harmless and the health risks are limited.

Maintenance and costs

Of course, the care of the septum piercing is also very important. A good piercer will usually give you instructions on how to care for them. When choosing the care product, it is important to ensure that it is suitable for the mucous membranes. As everywhere else, hygiene must also be observed here. This also includes clean hands and fingernails.

The costs are between 40 and 70 euros, depending on the studio. In a good studio, the price includes piercing, a follow-up examination and jewelry. Usually jewelry with a diameter of 1.2 or 1.6 mm is used. When choosing jewelry, you have to consider the diameter. Later on, new jewelry can also be bought. Anyone who has had a piercing has a huge selection of jewelry. Interested parties can choose between a stick or a ring, depending on their personal preferences. For many, it also plays a decisive role whether you can hide the piercing. For example, some people are not allowed to wear it to work. In such a case, a banana plug or a horseshoe ring is recommended. These can simply be turned inwards and are no longer visible. Another option is a fake septum. This is a half-open ring that is clamped into the nose and can hardly be distinguished from a real piercing.