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What Is a Septum Piercing?

Learn all about septum piercing from professional piercer Owen Beane in this Howcast video.


Hello, I'm Owen Beane, I work at Chameleon Tattoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. is the website. Chameleon Tattoo's been here more than 10 years, but ten years as such with tattooing, over the last 14 years I've been doing body piercing here in Cambridge and I'll be talking to you about piercings today. What you need to know about septum piercing is that this is a very complicated piercing and it's best left to people who aren't still learning. So you really want a piercer who's very, very familiar with what they're doing. The placement is more key for the septum piercing than a lot of other piercings. The goal being to totally avoid cartilage. Okay, so the soft cartilage is what holds the shape of your nose, and the hard cartilage is like you know, what your nose is held up by. There's a spot in between those two, that's the sweet spot or the soft spot. Really important that the piercing goes right through there. Jewelry size is also really important. You want to make sure once again that you don't have jewelry that's gonna constrict the tissue in anyway, and yea you want to make sure that the piercer is very, very comfortable with the whole process. Make sure they can explain to you why the placement has to be the way it is. And as far as which piece to choose, there's a number of different options. The septum retainer is a piece that you can basically flip up and is invisible the whole time you're healing. Or you can do a circular barbell which is like the horseshoe shape one, or a captive bead ring. Any of those are all acceptable and just the diameter of which the jewelry you use is very, very important. And then yea, you want to make sure that it's straight after it's done, that's pretty important stuff, and make sure the piercer's comfortable with how the piercing came out.

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