Septum Piercing Healing

by noseringsadmin on April 16, 2009

Septum Piercing HealingSeptum piercing healing takes about ten weeks. The piercing is done on the septum or the wall separating the nostrils. Also called bull nose piercing, you can enjoy a variety of septum body jewelry after the septum piercing healing is complete.

You can wear tusks, spikes, ball closure rings, curved and circular barbells etc. If you are not allowed to wear septum piercing jewelry at work, you can also wear a septum keeper which is a horseshoe shaped piece of jewelry which can be folded inside the nostrils!

To make sure the septum piercing healing goes well, your piercer must take care to see that it is done through the skin under the middle of your nose. This means you get your piercing between the alar or outer cartridge and the quadrangular cartilage that divides the nostrils. If you feel it you will touch a soft portion here, which is where the piercing will be done.

The first jewelry you will get into your septum piercing is the ball closure ring or a septum keeper. When your septum piercing healing is complete, this hole can be easily expanded to accommodate different types of jewelry. Expect the healing to take about two to three months. Don’t be surprised if the area feels a little sensitive, and don’t even consider changing the jewelry until the septum piercing healing is complete!

Any body piercing is prone to infection and this usually happens when you touch it or can’t leave it alone; a septum piercing is no different. So the first thing to understand is aftercare. The piercing must be kept clean with salt-water soaks as advised by your piercer. Take special care to remove the crust around the piercing every day, otherwise you will find that it collects around the piercing, causing infections and become painful. Worse still, it will slow down the septum piercing healing.

Another thing to remember is to pat your piercing dry after you clean it. Paper tissues are safer than towels. Your piercer might ask you to use a drop or two of pure essential lavender oil to help with the septum piercing healing process on alternate days. If you are wearing a septum keeper, have the ends facing down when you clean it. Naturally, you are not supposed to turn the jewelry during the septum piercing healing as it could delay healing. ;-)

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Thomas October 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Hey I’ve had my septum pierced for about 3-4 months now, and the pain had been gone after the first week or two. It just recently started hurting intensely on the right side any time it’s touched though. I’m afraid that at work, since I work on a dock and have had many things smack into my face and head so far since I’m fairly clumsy, that I’ve torn it. If so do you have any advice for me to help it heal again? Sea salt always irritated my piercing so I usually just rinsed with warm water while it was healing, but now even that seems to make it hurt more.


Danielle October 4, 2014 at 4:09 am

Hello! I got my septum done September 2nd so it’s been about a good 4 weeks since I’ve gotten it done. I have had it flipped with a retainer in since I gotten it done because of work. Is it bad to keep it in the long? Is it causing scar tissue in my nose because of it being flipped? My nose feels extra puffy inside the nostrils. Is it being flipped damaging the inside of my nose?


Sara September 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Hi there! Got my septum pierced on Friday, August 29th (it hurt like hell, lol) anyway, it is healing fine, no infection and I’m keeping it flipped up to heal due to work and etc. I just want to make sure that it is normal for it to hurt SO BAD on the end/tip of my nose? I mean—OUCH! It doesn’t hurt unless it’s been touched/bumped but wow. Is this normal? How long does this usually last if so? Also, is it normal for it to only hurt on one side? It is a little crooked (by crooked I mean it is more to the front on the left side than on the right, and the right doesn’t hurt at all but the left does a little when cleaning) The crookedness doesn’t bother me, I figure that comes with the territory, but is it normal? Thanks!


noseringsadmin September 12, 2014 at 5:25 am

Hi Sara,

First of all, congratulations on your new piercing! Okay, so as far as the pain you’re suffering, I want to say that it is completely normal.

Of course, you should always heed all warning signs and keep an eye out for any possible signs of infection such as unusually excessive swelling or redness that does not go down, yellow or green pus secreting from the piercing site, a hotter than normal piercing site (where the piercing and/or surrounding area is hotter than other areas of your nose and face), fever, or unbearable pain.

On the other hand, keep in mind that many people who have had numerous piercings on all parts of their body report that their septum piercings were some of the most painful, both at the time they got them done and during the healing process. I’ve even read posts by people who have never had an issue getting their belly or brow pierced but suffered such intense pain during the healing process of their septum piercing that they had to remove the piercing altogether, though they’d had the piercing done professionally and did not have an infection or any other complications at the time.

My best guess is that the pain you’re experiencing is simply due to the location of the piercing. The tissue from which the septum piercing hangs is very tough and, when pierced, causes the body more trauma than many other piercings do so it’s understandable that more pain would come with the territory. The tissue in the area also varies a lot in thickness so if your piercing is sitting a little crooked it’s possible that the jewelry is going through more or a different area of tissue on one side causing that side to hurt more.

That said, it’s impossible to know without examining in person just what’s going on with your particular piercing so if once you’ve read this you still have any doubt about whether your piercing is infected or if it’s healing properly, please consider consulting your piercer to have it looked at. Hope this helps and thank you very much for reading!


lexi August 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I got mine done acouple days ago and the swelling is awful, is this normal?


noseringsadmin September 12, 2014 at 5:25 am

Hi Lexi,

It’s not uncommon to experience a lot of swelling in the area of this particular piercing, especially within the first few days of having it done, however there are things you can do and things you should look out for in this situation. The intensity of swelling and length of time it lasts varies greatly from person to person but heavy swelling usually doesn’t last beyond the first few days of receiving a new septum piercing. In the meantime, there are methods you can use to bring the swelling down yourself if necessary such as applying ice or taking an anti-inflammatory pain killer.

If within the next few days you haven’t been able to get the swelling to go down significantly, I would definitely have it looked at as it could then be a sign of infection. Keep an eye on it and look out for any other signs of infection such as fever, yellow or green pus, or unbearable pain that makes the piercing site hurt to touch.

Of course, that is worst case scenario. At this point, I’d chalk it up to the fact that the piercing is still very new. Don’t worry yourself just yet! Just try the solutions mentioned for getting the swelling down and keep on your aftercare program to keep the site clean. After that, if need be, consult your piercer or healthcare professional in a few days if the swelling has not yet decreased. Hope this helps and best of luck to you with your piercing!


Steph July 8, 2014 at 12:54 am

I got my septum pierced in late January 2014 at 12g, and it still is a bit sensitive sometimes and crusty. No abnormal colored crust, sometimes a little bleeding. I have cleaned it with all sorts of things, including what I was originally given with the piercing. It never has felt infected, I’ve had infected piercings before. Not going to lie, I messed with it too much at the beginning and I ram my face into things often (on accident). Any thoughts?


noseringsadmin July 10, 2014 at 5:21 am

Hi Steph,

As I’m sure you already know, healing times can vary a great deal from person to person and piercing to piercing. Though most septum piercings will be fully healed within a couple of months, it can take others a much as a couple of YEARS (yes, years!) to heal!

Also, considering you said you had tampered with your new piercing after getting it, your body’s healing process was probably somewhat hindered and delayed, making it take longer for your piercing to finish healing.

As long as you’re caring for it properly, however, and not fiddling with it more than you have to, you’re on the right track to a healthy and healed piercing. Don’t fret if it takes you longer than average to heal. As long as you don’t begin to see any signs of infection, inflammation, excessive swelling, etc. just be patient and it will heal.

One last thing: be sure that the cleaning solutions you’re using are piercing-friendly and aren’t drying out the area. If you use the wrong things to clean your piercing, it may actually make it harder for your body to heal. Sea salt solutions and saline sprays a few times per day should do the trick and certain antimicrobial, fragrance-free soaps (used in moderation and rinsed off thoroughly) may also be used or substituted if you have a saline allergy or other reason for not using the saline sprays or sea salt solutions.

Just be sure to avoid tampering with the piercing more than you have to to clean it, consider switching to a jewelry piece that may be smaller or harder to hit if you’re having trouble avoiding bumps and trauma to your face, keep up with your piercing aftercare, and you should be healed in no time!


Whitney June 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I got my septum done yesterday, the guy who pierced it did it crooked and the bar is short so it looks like I have a shiny booker in one nostril. The other side u kind of have to look in my nose. The guy who pierced it said “it’ll adjust after a couple days, it just swollen” will it really adjust or should I be worried? Or do u think I just need a longer bar?


noseringsadmin July 10, 2014 at 5:23 am

Hi Whitney,

It’s hard to say without seeing the piercing first hand but, coming from someone who’s had a crooked piercing before, there’s a good possibility that you may need to let your piercing close and have it redone.

While swelling can have a definite effect on how your jewelry sits in your piercing, most of the time if your piercing looks crooked to you, it is. I strongly recommend having it looked at by a reputable piercer who can tell you whether you need to have it redone.

If the piercing is in fact crooked, you’ll need to take the jewelry out and let it fully heal before you can be pierced again. If you DO have to have it redone, be sure to see work or at least qualifications/reviews on the new piercer and/or piercing shop you go to to be sure that your piercing is done properly and you don’t have the same issue again.

Also, different jewelry pieces can look straighter or more crooked than others due to shape, fit, etc but if any symmetrical piece appears crooked while in the piercing cavity it’s a definite red flag.

You want to be happy with the way your piercing looks when fully healed and, most of the time, that look isn’t too different from the way it looks when it’s initially done!


Shi May 20, 2014 at 4:14 am

Hi I’ve had my septum piercing for around a week and the crusties are worrying me. I know its normal but the color is more of a yellowish color. What color are they supposed to be? Is my piercing infected? I don’t know for sure. Ever since I got my piercing I’ve been spraying it with h2ocean and leaving it on 3 times a day. I’m not sure what I need to do


noseringsadmin May 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Hi Shi,

Off-white or yellowish crust is normal and to be expected with a new piercing, even with a solid aftercare routine. The color is due to the crust’s make up of plasma, lymph, and some white blood cells and dead skin.

If the crust turns black or green, then you’ll want to seek medical assistance. Otherwise, don’t fret! Just continue with your H2Ocean as usual. If the crusties bother you, you can lightly rub them away with a q-tip after a shower when they’re soft.

If they don’t come away easily, however, don’t rip them off because it can tear open the site and slow down the healing process.

Thanks and wish you all the best with the new piercing!


destiny January 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

hey iv had mine for 2 days now and its not crusting or anything it didnt hurt to flit it up but i keep getting sharp pains in my nose is that bad


noseringsadmin January 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Most likely your cartilage has been touched in a bad spot so that’s what’s causing the pain; you should be fine however when it heals. If it gets worse, of course, you have to go back to your piercer!


allie October 25, 2013 at 4:51 am

I got my Septum on Oct. 9 2013… Its been 3 weeks and its healing alright but i been gettin lately some crustys on both side i tend to do sea salt soaks, how long more is iy gonna take to heal completely. I love how it looks thats the onlu peircing i will have in my face… Plus im a tattoo lover ;)


Sasha March 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Just got my septum pierced about two weeks ago,thankfully enough i havent had any troubles with it. i havent even had any crusties or discharge from it at all. the only thing i am worried about is its healing and still a bit sore and it is a bit white around the holes on each side of the piercing, is that bad and do i need to be worried ?


Maria July 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I pierced my septum with a 12g hollow needle a few days ago and for the first few days I couldn’t decide if I wanted to let it heal up or down and I decided flipped up (i’m wearing a cbr in it) but I don’t know what color the crust is supposed to be as mine is sort of a dark amber color, I’ve been putting neosporin on it for about 4 days but because I wear it flipped up I find it rather hard to clean the crust off of it :(


Megan May 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I just got my septum pierced about 3-4 weeks ago (can’t remember exactly). The first 4 days were extremely painful if my nose was accidentally hit or touched or if I tried to adjust the jewelry. It was around the 3rd day that I went to my local CVS and got a generic Biactin spray and I wouldn’t have made that first 2 weeks without it. Not only did it keep the area disinfected but it loosened the crusties enough to wipe off and not be painful and it also numbed the area temporarily. :) now though, there is barely any pain except for when I push a little on the tip of my nose. There aren’t any more crusties either and I haven’t had to use the spray since that second week. Good luck to anyone wanting a septum piercing or has a newly pierced one! :)


Corey Ward September 14, 2011 at 11:04 am

ok this crusty stuff, what color is it usually because I have some and I thought it was infection if someone would reply it would be greatly apreciated


Kiera June 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I just got my piercing done a week ago and I am only getting a bit of crust and some slight tenderness. So thanks to this I am a little less worried. Sounds like everything is going as it is supposed to =)


dave April 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

ye it wont reject thats bullshit.. too much tissue to destroy for it to do that the body wont allow that. it wont heal tho id say and will migrate loads .. not good


Tom April 17, 2011 at 3:53 am

I had my septum pierced a week ago and had a septum keeper in but it was to tight and has like made a big cut either side the wall separating the nostrils. ive took the keeper out and put a wider one in, will the cuts go away? what should i do?


Liam April 8, 2011 at 2:15 am

Jesse, it is a very bd thing. It will reject if it is a normal sized stud earing.


Jesse March 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Hey umm I made my septum piercing but a made it with a normal earing is that a bad thing? shoud I take it off or can I leve it on?I realy want my piercing or what can I do Please help ;)


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