Septum Piercing

This type of nose piercing involves the piercing of the septum, which is the partition between the two nostrils. The placement of the piercing is at the sweet spot or columella, that is, the part of the septum lying between the cartilage and the front of your nose. The standard gauge size is 14G or 16G. Celebrities like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Jessica Biel have been spotted sporting this pretty piercing which stands proof of its glam quotient.

Septum Piercing

How Is It Done

The piercer first determines where to pierce your septum. If you don’t have the sweet spot in your nose, the septum cartilage would need to be pierced that would cause greater pain. A clamp is placed on the area to be pierced and a sterilized, hollow needle is passed through that spot which is then replaced by jewelry.

Pain Scale: 4/10

This piercing has a low pain level as the puncture is done through the fleshy part of the septum involving no perforation of any cartilage. You would feel a strong pinch for around 2 seconds when the puncture is made. You might also feel an urge to sneeze and have your eyes watering. However, if the placement of the hole is not correct, it would pain a lot more.

Septum Piercing Ring
Septum Piercing Men

How Long Does It Take To Heal

The usual healing time is 2-3 months, but for some people, it may be as long as 6-8 months as not everyone heals the same way.

Cleaning and Aftercare

  • Wash your hands before touching the piercing
  • If there is any crust formation, rinse the piercing with warm water.
  • Rinse it with a saline solution 2-3 times a day
  • Be very careful while blowing your nose, dressing and undressing to avoid catching and pulling at the jewelry.
  • Avoid touching and rotating the jewelry as much as possible.
  • It’s best not to flip up the jewelry when the hole is healing. If you can’t help doing it, the healing time would be longer and the hole would have a slight tilt in the direction it’s flipped, causing pain when the jewelry is worn down.
Horseshoe Septum Piercing
Septum Piercing Jewelry


Plain nose rings, horseshoe barbells, clicker hoops and captive bead rings are a hit with the septum piercing. Circular barbells with spikes or diamonds at their ends look cool. You can choose earrings with a large diameter for a classic look or a small diameter for adding cuteness to your appearance. Small hoops lend a subtle charm to your style. The material should ideally be non-allergenic ones like surgical steel, gold, titanium or niobium.

How Much Is the Price

The cost of a septum piercing can range from $40 to $90. The experience of the piercer, the studio and its location are factors that govern the price of the piercing.


  1. Double septum piercing
Septum Nose Piercing
Small Septum Piercing


When can I change my septum piercing?

You can change the septum piercing once it has fully healed. You can consult your piercer to check if your piercing has healed.

Should I get a septum piercing?

For that, you need to weigh out the pros and cons. The dainty looks and unique location of this piercing would definitely make you want to go for it. Moreover, you can easily hide the piercing from your parents, boss or anyone you wouldn’t want to show it to by just flipping the jewelry up. You can go tiny, big, outrageous or classy with it. However, be ready for a lot of crusties when it is fresh, making cleaning quite a hassle. You might also have to wear smaller or bigger jewelry than what you prefer for it to look nice on your nose.

Do septum piercings close?

It depends on how long you have the piercing on you. If it is more than a few months, it may never close fully, but it would shrink a lot.

What is the septum piercing age?

You need to be at least 16 years old to get the piercing, as is the norm in most renowned piercing studios.

Do septum piercings smell?

Most body piercings have known to smell a little. Septum piercings stink more due to its location and its tendency to accumulate dirt, dead skin cells, along with boogers and remains of old soap.






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