A little note that I kind of screw up a bit. Gmail changed it’s format and I took no notice of it so I haven’t been receiving any emails with comments. I’m going through and reading everything now. I’m not ignoring you! I promise!
If you follow me on Tumblr, you would have already seen that I got my Septum pierced and all of the whining I did about having to change my appointment due to being sick. Plus the bouts of anger every-time Coen slightly hit me in the face and I erupted into a dramatic painful sorrow.
I’ve enjoyed reading and watching tonnes of videos on everyone’s different experience (funnily enough I did absolutely no research before I had it done, which was probably not the best idea). So, here’s my experience so far even though its only been two weeks (if anything drastic happens – oh god, I hope not – I’ll update it or do a part two).
Did it hurt?
Yes, it hurt a lot. I wasn’t too worried about the pain though, since I’ve gotten piercings before I knew what to expect in general, and I’ve wanted this piercing for a few years. In comparison with other piercings, it’s been my most painful piercing. It hurt more than my nostril piercing, ear piercings and surprisingly my lip piercing.
Do they pierce the cartilage?
Sometimes. I asked my piercer this same question. She explained that the section that gets pierced is a kind of skin pocket that can be felt nearer to the tip of the tip of your nose, sometimes referred to as the “sweet spot”. This can be felt if you feel around a bit as it’s a lot more flexible and stretchy than the cartilage.
Though, sometimes people don’t have this pocket, or the pocket is very small (everyone’s bodies are different). Alternatively, some people choose to get it pierced on the cartilage purely for aesthetic reasons (not many people would advise it since it takes a lot longer to heal, is a lot more painful and means you can’t stretch it easily). If your piercer accidentally pierces the cartilage I would prompt you to go back to the piercer as soon as possible and talk to them about re-piercing it.
Did you cry?
Actually I did. Not
because I was scared (though there’s nothing wrong if you are) but
because, well, they pierced apart of my nose and naturally your eyes
water. Now, when I got my nostril pierced my eyes watered but nothing
like my septum. I’m thinking it was because of the difference in pain
and that I’d been very recently sick that caused me to legitimately tear
up – all over my face.
|Too small to flip up – but it was custom bent by the piercer so, I’m okay with that.|
Did it bleed?
Annoyingly enough my tearing up caused my nose to drip (again I’d been recently sick) to a ridiculous extent. And while it did bleed a little, I think it was mostly because of my dripping nose.
Can you hide it?
Yes, but my circular barbel is small enough that it can’t currently flip up.
Are you going to stretch it?
Yes, I am. Over the next few years I’m going to be stretching my septum really slowly. I actually didn’t want to before I had gotten it, but my current size (16 gauge) is too small for my liking. I was thinking of going to ten or eight gauge. But that may change.
How do you clean it?
Sea salt soaks twice a day, and I use a tissue to remove any build-up (aka crusties or snot) that gets stuck around it (but only when it became less tender to touch). Int he shower I poke the tip of my nose up to let the water run over it. Other than that I just leave it alone.
|You can usually barely see it – it’s so tiny.|
What was the heeling like?
The first day was spent sleeping because I just could not bare to deal with it. My sinuses were still being silly and causing my nose to drip down my septum ring. It was too painful to touch, plus I didn’t want to contaminate it too much, so when it got runny (mostly the first two days and part of the third) I just took a nap so that it dried up a bit.
The first three days were very touchy. I couldn’t touch the outside of my nose, let alone the inside. I couldn’t make certain facial expressions since it pulls on the ring hurts me which lead to a ridiculous episode with really nice soup that turned out to be not-so-nice as soup drinking face caused the sharpest pain throughout the whole experience.
Amongst this after sea salt soaks and getting it wet (while washing my face or in the shower) it was extremely itchy.So, very itchy!
Most of the pain was gone in a week. The only pain occurring if I bump my nose or pull extreme facial expressions (rarely) or play with it too much.
What piercings do you have/want and what were they like?