It seems that getting a new piercing at Christmas time is a new tradition of mine. A not very successful tradition, but a tradition all the same!
Last year I got my tragus pierced (which I loved!) and after 3 months it rejected and *popped* out of my ear. It was probably the most annoying piercing I’ve had to date. Everytime someone hugged me and bumped my ear – pain, everytime I got my hair done at the hairdressers – pain, and everytime I accidentally hit it with my Tangle Teezers – PAIN! Not to mention just sleeping and rolling over onto the pierced ear.
So all in all, a massive pain. But it looked good so I persevered hoping that it was just taking longer to heal. It didn’t, and now I have a little dent in my ear.
I’ve wanted to get my septum pierced for about 3 years now and this Christmas decided to finally get it done. Why did I put it off for so long? Mainly because every single person I mentioned it to said it was an awful piercing and I would look like a tiny bull. I happen to like bulls.
HEALING TIPS FOR PIERCINGS
I did some research on how best to heal piercings on account of my last piercing getting rejected. I stocked up on Arnica (a homeopathic remedy for bruising), Zinc (which increases healing time in wounds) and Vitamin C (also aids healing and keeps cells healthy).
FINDING A PIERCER
Getting a piercing done at a reputable piercers goes without saying and I looked into a few places in Dublin before deciding on Wildcat in Stephen’s Green. I called into a few places and this was my favourite, aside from good reviews online etc., Samara (my piercer) was just really helpful and nice.
SEPTUM PIERCING: PAIN LEVEL
So to the piercing itself: I took two ibuprofen about an hour beforehand. At Wildcat I was taken into one of the piercing studios and lay down while my septum was clamped to locate the ‘sweet spot’ – this is the soft spot in between the lower and upper sections of the septum cartilage where the piercing is done. I braced myself and took a deep breath in as the needle went through. Pain wise – it hurt momentarily (like a bee sting!) and my eyes watered like crazy. It certainly wasn’t awful or as sore as I had anticipated. I would say about a 4/5 out of 10 on the pain scale.
SEPTUM PIERCING: AFTERMATH
Afterwards I barely noticed that I had the new piercing as there was hardly any discomfort or pain. The only time it is uncomfortable is when I whack my nose (I’m clumsy!). It’s much easier to look after than other healing piercings as it doesn’t bother me when I sleep (no rolling onto my nose!), it’s fine putting make-up on as the piercing itself is inside my nose so no hitting it with brushes or accidentally covering it in make up (this happened my tragus and nose piercing).
AFTERCARE & HEALING
In terms of aftercare, I clean it twice a day with a saline solution using cotton buds.
It takes about 6 weeks to heal and at that stage you can change the jewellery. I’ve already bought my first one which is a white gold clicker from BVLA.