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Ever wonder why so many people cry during nose piercings? Or exactly where a septum piercing is really supposed to go? Then stay tuned, because we’ve got the cure for curiosity.
Q: Why does everyone cry when they get their nostril or septum pierced? Does it really hurt that much?
A: This might sound funny, but I promise it makes sense: those tears, aren’t really tears. At least they aren’t in the traditional sense, because they weren’t brought on by an emotional response. Part of the sinuses backs up right into the tear duct, so the connection between our noses and our eyes is not just mental, but anatomical. The natural reaction of our nervous system to being pierced through the nose (especially the nasal septum) is to protect the sensitive areas inside the nose, sinuses, and eye sockets by sending a message to the tear duct to release fluids. Our naturally occurring tears act as both a lubricant, and a means of cleaning foreign debris out of the eyes and sinus cavity, so the body will respond this way, even if the needle didn’t really hurt.
Q: Where is a septum piercing really supposed to go?
A: We all know that the septum is the cartilage that separates our nostrils, but a “septum piercing” isn’t actually meant to be pierced through that cartilage. Ideally, the piercing is made through a very specific area often called “the sweet spot.” This is the area of skin between the edge of the cartilage and the bottom of the nose. If you place your thumb and forefinger at the opening of your nostrils and pinch the skin between, you should be able to feel where the cartilage ends and the fleshy bit separating the nostrils begins. Right there, that’s the sweet spot.
Q: Are there any other piercings of the nose besides the nostril, bridge, and septum?
A: Several actually. Some of these include the High Nostril Piercing, Septril, Rhino, Austin Bar, and Nasallang (a piercing that goes through one nostril, the septum, and then out through the other nostril).
Location: Through the fistula (healed tunnel of flesh) of a stretched septum piercing, exiting on the outside of the nose, usually just below the tip.
Alternate Names: Septril, jungle piercing, septum tunnel piercing, nose tip piercing.
Piercing: In order to have a septril pierced, there must already be an existing standard septum piercing that has been stretched, usually to at least 8mm or a standard 0 gauge. As with other piercings, markings will generally be made to determine placement. Then, a needle will be passed through the septum (usually from inside and exiting on the tip of the nose), and jewelry will be inserted and secured.
Aftercare: Depending on the state of the fistula prior to piercing, septril healing may be slightly extended. As with other piercings, sea salt soaks and gentle cleanings with cue tips are often recommended.
Jewelry: Although jewelry may vary (depending partially on individual anatomy), for the most part the septril is worn with either stud style jewelry with a flat back, or small curved barbells. Those who choose to may also wear custom tunnels or eyelets in the stretched portion of the septum, some that have a hole or spacing. Rarely, some persons may stretch the septril itself as well, using small acrylic or titanium plugs.
Prevalence: Because the septum must first be pierced and stretched to accommodate a septril piercing, they are certainly far less common than any other nose piercing. Interestingly, even though females beat out males for general piercing prevalence about three to one, stretching seems to be far less disparate, and septril piercings are seen on both men and women.
What do Tom Selleck, Hulk Hogan, Ron Burgandy, John Waters, Burt Reynolds, Charlie Chaplin, Ron Jeremy, Mario, Luigi, Salvador Dahli, Groucho Marx, the Pringles Can Man, hoards of hipsters, and your Dad have in common? Why they all have dapper mustaches! Now is as good a time as any to emulate your mustachioed heroes. These are the same mustaches that you drew on your worst enemy’s middle school year book photo and now they are all the rage.
Everyone from brides to babies is donning mustaches these days! Mustaches have grown great lengths due to the DIY and crafting trend as well. Waxed whiskers are in more places than merely faces: they now adorn t-shirts, socks, underoos, purses, necklaces, body jewelry, paper weights, ornamental grills on cars, coffee mugs, and basically anything else you can ever imagine. Mustache tattoos have also become very popular, even with those in the corporate world because they are concealed between the fingers.
Why are mustaches suddenly so popular? They offer an antidote to the depressing social scene in which we all live. Until now people in their 20s and 30s, the modified generation, thought of mustaches as a just a joke. They did not have them because their dads, porn stars, and unsavory historical figures did have them. Movies like “Anchor Man” made mustaches cool again. Now we see the mustache as an icon of a bygone era, that brings a cute, light hearted, vaudeville vibe to fashion. People enjoy their retro feel and can’t help but to smile at the absurdity of them.
Septum piercing has recently been on a meteoric rise in popular Western culture, with the trend of smaller gauge septum piercings for women being fed largely through music culture and celebrity piercing publicity. For native and tribal cultures all over the world however, piercing of the septum denotes much more than a proper fashion sense, and has been in practice for hundreds, or even thousands of years. Stretching of the septum as well is prevalent and meaningful in these societies, and many ritualistic practices are still in existence today, like that of the Bundi tribe of Papua, New Guinea.
It was the various tribes of New Guinea and their commonly worn nose tusk made out of bore bone that popularized the traditional view of septum piercing as a tribal practice. Indeed if you’ve ever seen a photograph of a tribesman wearing feathers and shells with a bone through the septum, it is likely a native Indian from New Guinea.
Amongst the Bundi, the septum piercing is a social ritual for young men, representing their ascension into adulthood, and is usually performed around the late teens. The piercing itself is done by a tribal elder with small pieces of bat bone and tuberous sweet potato, and afterwards it may be stretched to accommodate pieces of tusk or bone plugs up to an inch in diameter. For many tribes indigenous to the same region of New Guinea, septum piercing may be done younger, along with ear piercing, nostril piercing, and stretching in various stages. Often the painting of the face or body and letting of blood that naturally occurs from the piercing are thought to represent the boy’s separation from the world of women in general and particularly from his mother.
Other New Guinea tribes that practice ritualistic piercing of the septum include the Kiman, the Kangi, and the Asmat.
The septum is the piece of cartilage that separates the nostrils, though it is often used as a blanket term to refer to the entirety of the space between them, including the skin and other tissues. A septum piercing is actually not a piercing of this piece of cartilage, but of the tissue directly underneath it on the underside of the nose, sometimes called “the sweet spot.”
Due to their historical cultural significance in branding hunters, medicine men, and leaders across various native tribes, septum piercing in the Western world has largely been a commonality amongst men only until very recently. The exception being in India, where things carried on much the opposite as only women would wear certain septum ring styles to signify their marital status. Today, many women around the world have septum piercings, generally in the smaller gauges of 14 or 16 so as to appear feminine and not overpower the features. For men, 14 gauge is usually the smallest size the septum will be pierced at, with 12 gauge being more common, and septum stretching gaining momentum since the 1990′s as well.
The piercing itself is done with a hollow piercing needle just like most other cartilage piercings, and takes anywhere from four to twelve weeks to heal. Stretching of septum piercings is not recommended until the six month mark however, and a wait time of an additional six months between each gauge size is strongly encouraged as well. Aftercare consists mainly of sea salt soaks and cue tip cleanings.
A variety of jewelry can be worn in the septum including straight tusks (usually made of organic material), circular barbells, ball captive rings, and pincers. For those who need to hide their piercing for work, retainers are also available, primarily in the shape of either a staple, or a modified horseshoe. The retainer is made to have its free ends easily pushed up inside the nostrils leaving no portion of the jewelry itself visible. In this way, the septum is one of few piercings that is truly entirely disguiseable one minute and unmistakably visible the next.
Some other common names for septum piercing are bull ring, nathori (Indian), and nose cartilage wall piercing.
It’s the end of the calendar year again, and like usual all of us are taking a look in the mirror and thinking, I really wanted to do that last year, but I didn’t. So of course we’ve made a vow that this year will be different, starting right here and now with something that we wanted all year but didn’t have the time, capital, or guts to get: a new piercing.
If you’ve been mulling it over, now is definitely the time to start fresh by changing your look with that piercing that you’ve been pining over, and to drive this 2012 fashion decision home, we’re here to help with a brief overview of some popular piercings and the data that you’ll need to make an informed decision. Here we go.
If you’ve been thinking about a septum piercing: The septum piercing is on point, it’s versatile, and it looks good on most faces because it draws attention to the lips.
Tid Bit: A septum piercing may also boost your confidence for speaking in public, because most people you talk to will naturally focus on your mouth, causing them to subconsciously pay better attention to what you’re saying.
What you should know: This piercing is pretty straightforward. Like most other nose piercings, it will hurt for a quick second, and cause your eyes to tear up as a reflex to your sinuses being pinched. Initial healing time is usually about six to twelve weeks, and salt water cleanings are the most commonly recommended form of aftercare.
Pros: If you prefer to heal your piercing inconspicuously, most piercers can pierce the septum with a retainer that you can flip up inside the nostrils on each side; for the most part noone will even be able to tell that it’s there.
Hold off if: You’re allergic to dust. The Winter months are prime time for dust allergies because all of our windows are closed and we’re spending most of our time inside, so if you’re allergic to dust but experience minimal warm weather pollen symptoms, hold off until after Spring cleaning. While it isn’t a deal breaker, having to continually blow and rub your nose will be uncomfortable with a new septum piercing and may extend healing time.
If you’ve been thinking about a vertical labret: Vertical labrets are finally coming into their own; they’re aesthetically pleasing, interesting, and don’t carry the same issues as a lip piercing that rests inside the mouth.
Tid Bit: Piercings that pass through the tissue of the actual lip are rumored to have begun as an accident, when inexperienced piercers botched the needle angle of standard lip piercings. But what an accident!
What you should know: Because a vertical labret doesn’t have one end inside the mouth, aftercare will be slightly less involved and there won’t be any risk to the gums. However, do the nature of constant jostling from speech and the fragility of the lip tissue, there’s higher risk of scarring or rejection with this piercing, so extra care must be taken, particularly when eating certain foods. Healing generally takes anywhere from eight weeks to a few months, and aftercare make consist of salt rinses, and less commonly cleanses with gentle soap.
Pros: Unlike most others in the oral piercing family, speech is effected very minimally by a vertical labret, so if you have a job that requires a lot of talking and interaction, this one might be for you.
Hold off if: You have exceptionally dry lips. During Winter, dry lips can be a problem, and though salt soaks do help, for dryer lips it’s best to wait until the warm season when our bodies are naturally better hydrated. One thing you can’t do with a piercing of the lip tissue: wear chapstick.
Stay tuned for more informational overviews of popular piercings that you might just take the plunge for in 2012. Bye for now!
The Nasallang, a tri-nasal piercing, is a piercing of all three major points on the nose at the same time: the left nostril, right nostril, and septum. This is performed as a single piercing through all three places with the same needle and uses a single piece of barbell jewelry, kind of like an industrial, but for your nose. Because the needle (and afterwards the jewelry itself) will have to pass through the upper portion of the nasal septum, a nasallang will usually be done lower on the nose than standard nostril piercings; placement will vary slightly depending on the individual shaping and extension of nasal cartilage.
This piercing was first invented and named in the 1990′s by famous California piercer Cliff Cadaver. Like most contemporary piercings, the nasallang was first seen on a celebrity, the person that Cliff performed it on, Bobby Brady. However, unlike most others of its kind, Mr. Brady’s name has clearly nothing to do with what the piercing itself is called.
The nasallang is normally pierced all at once with a single needle, but has been known here and there to be performed as separate piercings and later connected. This method however is not recommended by most piercers who are familiar with this type of piercing, as small amounts of migration can occur during healing which then cause separate piercings not to line up properly. The piercing is cared for like most other nasal piercings, but due to its nature will generally take a little bit longer to heal than a standard nasal piercing. It also bares mentioning that to be a true nasallang and not just another tri-nasal piercing, it must be worn with a straight industrial style barbell. And perhaps one of the most interesting things about a nasallang piercing, is that most who see it won’t realize that it’s a single piece and will instead assume that there are just two separate nostril piercings. In this way, it’s almost like having a cool secret that only those close to you know.
If you haven’t heard of the nasallang piercing, it’s probably because the piercing itself is still on the upswing. Although it sounds amazing and cool, this is still not a mainstream piercing, which, to be perfectly honest, is exactly what makes it one of the coolest piercings you may have never heard of.
As piercing of the face, ears, and just about anywhere becomes more popular, shopping for jewelry for ourselves or as gifts for others may be more confusing. One surefire way to be certain you’re shopping for the right kind of jewelry for a piercing? By knowing the name and location of popular body piercings and what jewelry can be worn there. And like always, we’re here to help with a quick reference guide and study session. Today we’ll cover facial piercings!
Piercings of the face
There are few basic facial piercings that everyone should know before doing holiday shopping for pierced family members. They are the eyebrow piercing, anti-eyebrow piercing, labret, monroe, medusa, dimples, nostril (commonly referred to as just nose piercing), septum, and bridge.
As shown here, eyebrow piercings are generally worn with an eyebrow ring, which is a small curved barbell, while anti-eyebrow or “cheek piercings” tend to be worn with a surface bar. Similarly with nose piercings, septum jewelry is usually a circular barbell like a horseshoe or BCR, while piercings of the nostril will always be referred to as a “nose ring” and come in five basic styles.
The monroe and medusa are above the upper lip, and are almost always decorated with stud style jewelry, while the labret is below or on the bottom lip, and has a wider selection of jewelry styles due to location. Hoop or “ring” type jewelry is generally the most popular amongst youth culture for piercings of the bottom lip. Other styles of multiple lip piercing are shown below, and are pictured with the type of jewelry most often worn in each piercing.
For surface piercings of the face like the bridge, anti-eyebrow, and piercings of the eyelids, preference is key to picking the right piece. While some have been pierced with a surface bar and continue to wear only this style jewelry, others will prefer to use flexible bioplast barbells or even regular straight or curved barbell items. Or, in the case of rarer piercings like the “third eye” piercing, dermal jewelry may be needed.
Dermal piercings are done with a large gauge needle or what’s called a dermal punch, and go through the skin with a single hole instead of having both an entry point and an exit point. The jewelry consists of two parts: one underneath the skin called an anchor, and some type of decoration that is visible and screws into the anchor. This allows for the look of a single jewel or spike embedded in or “growing out of” the skin. For types of microdermal or transdermal piercing in which jewelry can be changed, only the visible portion may be switched out or removed, and is usually referred to as a “dermal top.”
Stay tuned for our next reference guide, and happy holiday shopping!
Recently we had an amazing opportunity to follow BodyCandy friend, Lulu, as she embarked on a mission for her first septum piercing. Here’s how it went:
“Alright, we ready?” the piercer asks.
“I think I am ready,” Lulu answers, getting excited for her new piercing.
“Is there anything I should expect?” she asks.
“Ummm… it’s gonna tickle your nose a little.”
“Noooo!” she yelps, poking fun.
The piercer begins cleaning the nasal area.
“Is a clown gonna like, come out of the cabinets?” Lulu continues.
“Maybe,” the piercer smirks.
“And start making balloon animals?”
“That’d be awesome.”
Now we come to the final prep for the piercing itself.
“Piercings in general,” sais the piercer, “as far as pain tolerance, like, girls handle it way better than guys do.”
“I’ve never known, I mean I’ve never heard that before.”
“Yeah,” he explains, “it’s just like, the septums, or nipples, or, they just, they handle it way better, ya know?”
Lulu’s piercer asks if she’s ready one final time, grabs hold of the piercing needle, and does the deed, allowing the hollow needle to show for the camera.
“Okay just hold still,” he instructs.
Lulu giggles as a tear runs down her cheek.
“You talked about the eye ducts filling up afterwards right”…
“Yep, that’s for sure,” the piercer agrees.
“That probably happens.”
Now, septum retainer jewelry at the ready, the piercer carefully lines up the curved end with his needle, and expertly pushes it through into place.
“Whoo!” Lulu squints and adjusts to the feeling of her new nose jewelry.
And now the finishing touches.
“Gonna close it up?”
“Yeah, I’ll close that up for ya,” the piercer sais, grabbing a tool.
“Thank you,” Lulu smiles.
The piercer squeezes the retainer into the perfect position with a pair of special pliers.
“So I can still kind of tuck it up tonight though?” Lulu questions.
“Yeah, you should be able to.”
“It’s gonna cause a little pressure to first get it up there,” the piercer warns, “so what you might wanna do instead of having to take it out, put it in, whatever up and down, up and down, up and down; while it’s healing, put it in one position, let it heal.”
“Okay,” she agrees happily.
And off Lulu goes with her amazing new septum piercing.
Want to steal Lulu’s look? Try a curved septum retainer like the ones below. These little beauties are thin and stylized enough to be worn down as jewelry, but in a pinch they flip up into the nostrils for easy and carefree camouflaging capabilities. Noone will even know they’re there!
And for more cool videos about piercing and aftercare, don’t forget to check out the Body Candy Body Jewelry YouTube Channel.
It’s here! The latest video in the BodyCandy interview series. This time we have an exciting and fun filled interview with pretty piercee and Body Candy client, Tiffany. Check out the interesting piercing stories she had up her sleeve.
BodyCandy: Hi, guys. I’m Kelsey, her at Body Candy dot com. Today we have Tiffany with us, and we’re gonna talk about her piercings. How are you?
Tiffany: Good. How are you?
BodyCandy: Good. So what piercings do you have?
Tiffany: I have both my nostrils, I have my septum, my Monroe, both sides of my lip pierced…I have my cartilages, my ears are gauged, my nipples, and my belly button, and my tongue.
BodyCandy: Alright, that’s quite a mouthful. (Giggles) Alright, so, tell me about them. When did you get these? How old were you?
Tiffany: Um…honestly like ranged from the age…
BodyCandy: The first one?
BodyCandy: Seventeen was your first one.
Tiffany: Going til about, maybe 20, I stopped.
Tiffany: First one I got, I was seventeen, went to Canada, because you can’t get a piercing til your eighteen. Wasn’t supposed to get one. So, one night, went to Canada, still in school. Uh, came home, tried to hide it from my mom, put tissues up my nose to hide it. I got the middle of my lip pierced, I went up to my car, hid my face in the side of my arm.
BodyCandy: Tried to hide it?
Tiffany: Yep it worked for about three days and-
BodyCandy: -Finally got caught?
Tiffany: Yep. I had braces at the time and I had to go to the orthodontist, so, uh, we went there. Hid it the whole time, and finally when we got in the office I let my mom see it cause of course she couldn’t yell at me in front of everybody, so.
BodyCandy: Nice. Alright, well what do you like about your piercings?
Tiffany: Um, I like the way they make me feel. I like the way they make me look. When I take ‘em out to clean ‘em, or if I go to a doctor’s appointment, I just, it doesn’t look like me when I happen to not have ‘em in.
BodyCandy: Alright. Well how often do you clean them?
Tiffany: It’s very important to clean them often, even if you don’t change them. Clean them at least, uh every two weeks to a month, if you could.
BodyCandy: Alright. Do you have any favorite stories about your piercings?
Tiffany: Um, when I was seventeen, also, when I got my Monroe done I got that done in a kitchen, at my friend’s house, by her uncle, who just got out of prison, named BooBoo.
BodyCandy: Oh, BooBoo!?
Tiffany: Yeah probably, it probably wasn’t a good idea, but it was a free piercing, and he pierced it crooked. It’s now pierced upwards, and I have to kinda maneuver it in.
BodyCandy: That’s not good.
Tiffany: Yeah. Um, I got my nipples pierced, went with a couple of my girlfriends, cause they were interested in it. And um, a couple of them had to leave the room cause they were nauseous, and another girl who was holding my hand was squeezing tighter than I was. And um, it wasn’t…honestly it wasn’t that painful, and uh, at the end the guy asked me if he could take a picture, and I didn’t think about it and I said sure. And now that picture’s probably floating around somewhere.
BodyCandy: Alright. That’s probably not good. (Giggling again.) Alright, well uh, which one hurt the most, do ya think?
Tiffany: Uh…my belly button.
BodyCandy: Really? That’s weird.
BodyCandy: You’d think something else would.
BodyCandy: How come?
Tiffany: Uh, well, I got one of my nostrils pierced, and it was buy one get one free, just pay for the jewelry, and he went to do my belly button and it went in the first time, and he didn’t say anything, took it out, and re-pierced it again. And it kinda-
BodyCandy: -Not supposed to do that?
Tiffany: No. And it bled and I-
BodyCandy: -So that’s probably the reason why that one hurt the most.
Tiffany: Yeah. It didn’t heal very well. It took a while to heal.
BodyCandy: How about your other ones? Any of them hurt more than the others?
Tiffany: Not really. The, your septum sounds like you’re like stepping on a Dorito when you get it pierced though.
Tiffany: Yeah, they really weren’t too bad.
BodyCandy: And how bout your ears? What size are you right now?
Tiffany: Um, they’re a zero.
BodyCandy: And, are you going any bigger?
Tiffany: Probably just maybe to a double zero. I’m not really sure what I wanna do yet. I usually just buy like, every couple earrings, and I tape em off with electrical tape, so I don’t have to keep buying earrings.
BodyCandy: They’re expensive?
Tiffany: Not that they’re expensive, it’s that I gauged my ears when I was kid, and now that I’m doing it again I’m like ripping through the scar tissue, so.
BodyCandy: You gotta make sure you do that the right way.
BodyCandy: Alright, well do you have any advice for someone who may wanna get any of these piercings?
Tiffany: If you wanna get pierced make sure you go somewhere that’s very clean, everything’s sanitized, they know what they’re doing. Um, make sure that you maybe know a friend that’s gone through them and they know that they’re gonna do a good job.
BodyCandy: Do you change them often?
Tiffany: Yeah I have to change them, keep them updated. I like to.
BodyCandy: So how many do you have in total?
Tiffany: Umm…(she spends a moment counting silently), fourteen.
BodyCandy: Fourteen? And do you plan on getting any more?
Tiffany: Uh, maybe. I don’t know. I thought about getting my cheeks pierced, but, again, I’m a little worried about the scars. This one, the lip, is not too bad with the scars. Like my scars isn’t too bad in the middle, but…
BodyCandy: Yeah. You can’t tell that you had that.
Tiffany: But, I’m a little worried about if I got my cheeks pierced.
BodyCandy: Alright. Well thanks for coming out with us today Tiffany.
Tiffany: Thank you.