Archive for Nose Piercings
In your search for septum jewelry, you will probably come across septum clickers the most often. These pieces are designed specifically for use in a septum piercing, hence the name. The differing diameters determine how far the jewelry hangs down from your nose.
In addition to septum clickers, however, a few other pieces of body jewelry can be worn in a septum piercing. The trick is to pay attention to the sizing. A standard size for septum piercings is 14 or 16 gauge. If you’re not sure of your size, check with your piercer.
Circular barbells or captive rings (aka BCR or CBR) can be worn comfortably in a septum piercing. Their rounded shape and ball closure provide a bit of a different look than septum clickers. They can be tricky to get on, though! Watch our instructional video on captive rings for help on wearing a BCR. (Link to YouTube video: here.) As with any piercing, if you have difficulty putting the jewelry in, it’s best to go to a piercing parlor and have them help you out.
*Captive rings can also be worn in a wide array of other piercings such as cartilage, tragus, eyebrow, nostril and lip piercings.
Circular barbells come in a horseshoe ring shape as well. With these guys, you will simply screw off the ball at one end to insert the jewelry into your septum piercing.
What are some other body jewelry pieces you’re curious about? Have you worn different jewelry in your piercings? Comment with your thoughts.
It’s a nose ring, but the bar is way long. How in the… what the…
No need to freak out! There’s a very simple explanation, one that might benefit those of you who have trouble getting nose rings to fit properly.
The purpose of a fishtail nose ring is to create a ring that can be custom fit for your nose. The 19mm bar itself obviously won’t fit as is, so you’ll take the nose ring into your piercer. A piercer will use a device to measure your nose, and then bend the metal bar to fit your nostril based on those measurements. The bar can be bent into a screw shape or an L-shape, depending on your preference.
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Where is a septum piercing located/ What is a septum piercing?
The septum is the anatomical name for the piece of flesh that divides the nasal cavities or nostrils. Made mostly of cartilage this section of flesh has what is called ‘the sweet spot’ within it. The sweet spot is a soft, membranous bit of tissue just below the cartilage and above the skin. It’s located up and towards the tip of the nose on most people. You can locate it if you reach up into both nostrils with your fingers and gently press them together, you should be able to find a section of skin that feels thinner. This is actually some of the thinnest skin that is pierced on the human body. As everyone’s anatomy is different, each person’s sweet spot may be larger or smaller in diameter, and higher or lower in placement.
Many people find that they cannot openly wear a piece of jewelry on their face due to work, school, or other circumstances. For this reason it is very common for the initial jewelry to be a retainer. A retainer is a “u” shaped piece of metal. The open end allows the jewelry to be flipped upwards into the nasal cavity for easy concealment. If you are lucky enough to be able to sport a septum piercing openly, a curved barbell (horseshoe) or captive ring (bcr) is a good first choice. This piercing is usually done at a 14 or 12 gauge, but can be done minimally at 16 gauge and conversely at a 10 gauge maximum on larger anatomy.
The diameter for septum jewelry ranges like so: 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, and 1/2″ from smallest to largest. The diameter you choose to wear is all up to your taste in aesthetics and what your body will allow. 1/2″ diameter is a reasonable maximum for most people so as to not interfere with eating and minimize the risk of the jewelry swinging about and hitting your lips or teeth which could cause some damage if done so with enough force i.e. jumping or running.
Once your piercing is healed a popular jewelry option is a septum clicker. Many people find these are easier to put in than a bcr and they come in a massive variety of materials, colors, and designs.
Typically the piercer will clean and mark the area with a line going across the underside of the tip of the nose to ensure a straight piercing. Then clamps with open loop ends will be applied inside the nasal cavity to hold the area steady and improve the accuracy of the needle as it passes through the clamps and septum. After the needles is passed through the piercer will follow the needle out with the desired piece of jewelry and then clean the area again. It’s a very quick piercing which most people find is not terribly unpleasant. The feeling is similar to a pinching sensation which will commonly cause tearing or watering of the eyes. The feeling passes very quickly though.
This piercing takes about 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Soreness is very common during healing and as it heals you may find your new piercing has a particular smell to it. Don’t worry, this is very normal and will go away as you heal. Regular cleaning will help speed the healing process and minimize smell. Don’t worry, only you can smell it!
Nick gets his nose pierced by James of American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY.
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The area is cleaned and sterilized then marked for correct placement. Nick checks it out to make sure it’s in the spot he wants and gives the go-ahead. James uses a hollow metal recieving tube on the inside of the nostril so when the needle is pushed through it does not accidentally injure the nose cavity by travelling farther than intended. The needle is pushed through the nostril and then followed through with the jewelry piece behind it. In this case, it’s a nose stud. Other jewelry options include a ring and nose screw, this piercing is typically done at a 20 gauge and higher up to 12. The fresh piercing is cleaned of any excess bleeding and Nick gets to go check out his new piercing!
This piercing takes about 3 to 4 months to heal. Do not rotate the jewelry as this will cause more damage to the surrounding tissue that’s healing.
It’s no big surprise that the most of the people you know have some kind of piercing. Ears are the big ones, with a whopping 83% of Americans having their lobes pierced. And not just the lobes, but tragus, cartilage, and daith rounding out some of the other areas where ears tend to attract holes. Some of the other popular piercing spots are the belly and nose, both of which require a little bit of commitment to maintain (not to mention the pain factor when it comes to actually getting the piercing). But what if you want to be on top of what’s trending without making a sometimes-irreversible hole?
Fake it, friends. And do it flawlessly.
In this post, we’ll talk about the trend that has really run away like a freight train, and the non-pierced alternatives: septum clickers.
While the number of people with pierced ears is high, only about 19% have their nose pierced (the stats don’t differentiate between a nostril piercing and septum piercing; while the nostril piercing is currently more common than a septum piercing, by what percentage? That’s anyone’s guess). So what’s an otherwise cool individual supposed to do if he or she wants to rock the look and avoid any long-term consequences? The answer: clip it on. No pain, no needles, no messy break-up when it’s apparent the relationship just isn’t working.
Thanks to a new batch of non-pierced septum rings and hangers, it’s possibly the easiest thing in the universe to replicate the style of your modified chums. Using the imitation septum ring is as easy as stretching the piece as wide as necessary to insert, then pressing the ends gently together to create a comfortable fit. And with metals ranging from silvery stainless steel to warm rose gold IP – bejeweled or unadorned – stealing the look also has options for just about anyone. Added bonus: giving the not-as-open-minded relative a minor shock, which never, ever gets old.
“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.” – Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants
Here in the city that houses the BodyCandy HQ, we have never, ever been so happy to know that spring is coming. It’s been a brutal winter with record-breaking cold and wind chill, and we’re ready to give all that nonsense a good kick in the butt. As a result, we’re more than a little bit ready to celebrate the season associated with birth and renewal.
The vernal equinox officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20, 2015, at 6:45 PM EDT. While the word “equinox” translates to “equal night” and “vernal” means “spring,” this is supposed to mean the entire world experiences day and night for roughly the same length of time. (Science does add that because of the size of the sun and how the Earth’s atmosphere reflects sunlight, some points on the planet never experience a true equinox. Sadness).
But getting back to the happy talk: spring! While it seems like all we’ve been doing since about November is dreaming of spring and all it entails, now we can revel in the fact that it’s arrived. And no one can deny that some of the most beloved indicators of spring are flowers – posies in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
There’s actually lots of folklore connected to spring, and one of the sayings having to do with flowers is “Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.” If stepping on them seems a little mean, why not cheat a little and adorn yourself with these pretty white blossoms anywhere you see fit?
This leads almost seamlessly – thanks to a quote from R.H. Heinlein – to another sure sign of spring: the butterfly. Even though Mr. Heinlein’s wheelhouse was science fiction, he realized that in all actuality “Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” And BodyCandy fans sure do love their self propelled flowers.
But spring doesn’t have to mean just flowers and butterflies. For many, dreaming of beach vacations and all kinds of other warm-weather activities are a natural next step. So dream away, everyone. Just don’t forget to take time to smell those flowers along the way because as much as we love spring, it’s usually here and gone in the blink of an eye. A very happy equinox to one and all!
Hey there! Watch at Sue gets her septum pierced!
A lot of us with nose piercings will jump around a bit, try a few different styles, and ultimately pick one or two go-to nose rings that fit well without very much difficulty. But what happens when you find a bunch of nose rings you like, and most of them just plain don’t fit?
If you know your gauge size and the style you prefer but still find your nose jewelry sticking up or sticking out, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. Not every nose will be the very same size and not every piercing will rest in the same place. So here’s a few common nose jewelry pitfalls, and trust us, most of them can be fixed.
Q: Instead of laying flat against my nose, why does my nose ring stick up leaving a gap?
A: If the actual gem or decorative portion that’s visible sticks up, you need to look at the rise of your jewelry. Rise is the length of the portion between the base of your nose ring’s gem and the curve, and many common nose screws or l-shapes have a rise of 6 or 7 millimeters. For those with slightly thinner nostrils though, a 5mm rise might be needed for proper fit, so you should look for an item with that smaller measurement.
Q: Why does the corkscrew part of my nose screw stick out at the bottom of my nostril?
A: If this happens it could mean you either have a slightly smaller nose than average, or that your piercing lays just slightly farther down your nostril. Neither of these are a bad thing, but they can make wearing screw style jewelry a little difficult. If switching to a nose bone style item is comfortable, that can be a quick and easy fix. For those who would prefer to stick to screws though, trying an item with a less pronounced curve or one that doesn’t make a full revolution may solve the issue.
Q: I want to wear a nose hoop but my piercing is a little higher on my nostril. How can I get a hoop that will fit without looking oversized?
A: If regular hoops don’t seem to be quite big enough but larger universal circulars stick out too much, a good fix is getting a custom bend. In this case, you can purchase a type of extra long, straight nose ring called a fishtail, and take it to your piercer to get a hoop custom bent for your unique nose.
Other nose ring questions? Ask us in the comments!
In the market for a shiny new nose hoop? Well before you buy, you’ll want to know exactly what size you need. Here’s how to find out:
The gauge is the thickness of a body jewelry item, and directly correlates to the needle size used for your piercing. Because there are so many different sized noses, nose piercings will also be done in different sizes. The most common are an 18 gauge, and a 20 gauge.
Even though the number itself is larger, the 20 is actually the smaller size; for body jewelry, size goes down as the number goes up. Nose piercings that were performed in eastern nations such as India may sometimes be a teeny 22 gauge, but for the most part 18 and 20 are our primary choices.
After figuring out your gauge, you’ll then need to know what diameter size you require. Diameter for nose hoops is measured as the distance from inside edge to inside edge across the widest portion of the hoop. Depending on how high up your piercing is and how large your nostril is, an incorrect diameter size can look a little funny, so this is actually pretty important aesthetically too.
The two most common sizes here are 5/16″ (8mm) and 3/8″ (10mm), but those with larger noses may prefer a slightly larger ring, so measuring one that you already know fits properly is a good idea. Alternatively, a piercer in your area can measure either your jewelry, your nose, or both and recommend a specific size for you.
Now all you need to do is choose the style of hoop you like best, and you’re all set.
Watch as the lovely Lulu gets a fun new septum piercing. Look for the needle insertion at about 37 seconds.
First the piercer cleans the entire septum and nostril area thoroughly, and then he uses his fingers to find the exact area where the piercing should rest. There’s a specific bit of flesh that rests just below the actual cartilage of the nasal septum that’s known as the “sweet spot,” and this is where the piercing should be done. (So a septum piercing isn’t actually meant to go through the septum cartilage itself, but rather just underneath.)
Next, the spot where the needle should go through is carefully marked, and a pair of forceps is clamped on to align the tissue. The hollow piercing needle is pushed through and corked, then chased with a staple-shaped septum retainer. As with all piercings, the entire area is cleaned once more, and then our heroine is ready to rejoin the world with the addition of an awesome new mod to show off.
Septum piercings will require aftercare that’s similar to that of other facial piercings, and will take approximately eight to twelve weeks for initial healing. Full healing should occur at around the six month mark, but can take up to a full year depending on the individual. This type of nose piercing can be performed in multiples, stretched, and sometimes even pierced a second time through a healed stretched fistula, which is generally called a septril. A variety of jewelry styles can be worn in the septum too including curved barbells, BCRs or other circulars, septum clickers, and a host of different retainers.
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