Do Septum Piercings Close? How Long Does It Take?

Last Updated on December 29, 2023

Septum Piercings are becoming increasingly popular.

It is a type of piercing that passes through the soft tissue between your nostrils.

It has a feature that few other face piercings don’t have: it may be hidden.

You definitely have a lot of questions if you’re thinking about getting your septum pierced. For instance, do septum piercing close?

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Read on to get answers to the following questions:

  • Do septum piercing close?
  • Can I reopen a septum piercing?
  • What exactly is a septum piercing?
  • What jewelry material is used for a septum piercing?
  • How do I care for my septum piercing?


Do Septum Piercing Close?

Yes, septum piercings do close if kept out. It however, depends how long you’ve had it for. If you haven’t had the piercing for very long, it can take up to 24 hours for it to fully close, while the exterior will be open for much longer. If you’re changing your piercing, I will recommend going to your piercer to have the jewelry removed and replaced for you.

If you’ve had the piercing for more than a few months, the hole may never close completely.

But it will decrease in size. It is doubtful that anybody will ever notice the hole owing to the piercing’s location.

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Can I Reopen A Septum Piercing?

If you can’t comfortably put the jewelry back in, see the piercer to see if they can trim it back open.

This will heal much faster than repiercing. They can usually do this, but if it has been out for an extended amount of time, it may need to be pierced again.

What Exactly Is A Septum Piercing?

A septum piercing is a form of piercing which are made on both sides of the nasal septum.

It is known as the cartilage in the nose. It can be quite sensitive for certain people because the region contains several nerves and muscles on both sides.

The optimal area for septum piercing is one to four millimeters below the nostrils.

It may cause some discomfort and bleeding, but it should only last about an hour after you’ve been pierced.

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What Jewelry Material Is Used For A Septum Piercing?

It is very essential that whatever jewelry you wear is implant-grade. There are no exceptions to this.

Avoid any store that employs nickel or is of lower grade.

Cheaply constructed jewelry can cause infection and other serious problems.

  • Surgical steel: The majority of septum jewelry is made of surgical steel. It has reputation for being the most durable and high-quality material. If you’re sensitive to nickel, though, stay away from surgical steel jewelry.
  • Titanium: Medical-grade titanium is a reliable metal choice for jewelry. It is identical to steel but does not include nickel. That means you can get the same choice of patterns as before, but without the allergic response and with a lighter metal.
  • Gold: If you prefer not to wear silver jewelry, gold is the way to go. Make sure the gold jewelry is at least 14 karats. Anything less might contain bacteria that could harm your piercing.

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How Do I Care For My Septum Piercing?

Caring for your septum piercing is essential to prevent infection during healing.

Maintain the cleanliness of your septum piercing. Mist a quality saline solution around your septum piercing 3-6 times each day. Your septum piercing should not be traumatized.

If you must blow your nose during the healing period of the septum piercing, do it carefully into a clean tissue and do not reuse tissues.

During the healing period, you should also refrain from fiddling with your jewelry.

Soap should not be applied directly to the septum piercing. Soap dries out the skin, so avoid washing your face around your septum piercing as well as your upper lip. It’s fine if sudsy water runs over your septum piercing when you wash your face or hair.

It’s simply best not to apply soap directly to your piercing. Creams, oils, balms, and ointments should not be used on your septum piercing.

These substances have the potential to plug your healing fistula. It can also trap microorganisms which causes infections.

Don’t smoke, or at the very least, limit your nicotine consumption. Nicotine has a systemic effect on the body, causing it to repair more slowly. If you’re a heavy smoker, consider cutting back or quitting before getting a septum piercing.

If you can’t give it up completely, cutting back on it is preferable to doing nothing at all. Maintain a healthy lifestyle in general. This will boost your immune system and allow your body to focus on healing your septum piercing.

Eran Hayo is the Chief Editor of Jewels Advisor, with over 5 years of experience in the fields of jewelry and memorabilia. He built Jewels Advisor to serve one main purpose – to teach you everything he knows about jewelry, and help you make better-informed decisions when buying diamonds and engagement rings online. His work has been cited on famous publications such as The Sun, MSN and WikiHow.