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Septum Piercing Jewelry

This section covers the choice of jewelry which is best for Septum Piercings. Which due to it's placement can be rather limited on choose of style, gauge and size of jewelry. 

Jewelry Style:

When it comes to Septum piercings it's important to consider that the jewelry and piercing will be in contact with clothes and bedding during and after the healing. So the jewelry needs to be simple, without points or edges that will get caught on things but still allows rooms for swelling, discharge and cleaning. Since the jewelry can tend to hang it's important especially during the healing that there is no additional weight that might add stress to the piercing during healing. 

Really there are only 2 choices when it comes to a Septum piercing that I would suggest:

  • Rings and  Circular style jewelry such as Captive Bead or Beaded Rings and Circular Barbells:
    • The Advantages:
    1. There are no sharp edges and points that may get caught on clothing, bedding and etc..
    2. Since the jewelry is not tight and wider than the piercing area, allows extra room for swelling, discharge and cleaning.
    3. Especially with Captive Bead and Beaded Rings the jewelry is designed to be secure long term wear and there isn't the worry about ends coming unscrewed and losing the o-rings. So it reduces the maintenance and gives the piercee one less thing to deal during the healing.
    4. Much easier to move for cleaning.
    5. Usually lighter in weight then threaded jewelry.
    6. Circular Barbells can be adjusted to flip up into the nose just like a retainer.
    • The Disadvantages:
    1. The profile of the rings may cause additional contact, abuse and stress on the piercing. 
    2. Especially with Captive Bead and Beaded Rings, they can be difficult to remove or replace. In some cases requiring special tools to remove the jewelry. 
  • Septum Retainers:
    • ​The Advantages:
    1. Lower profile may reduce abuse from contact with clothing, bedding and etc.. and less noticeable. 
    2. Can be fliped up into the nose, making it less noticeable.
    3. The area of the jewelry is usually flat which can add in healing.
    4. Since there is no ends or balls, the jewelry can be easily removed and inserted. 
    • The Disadvantages:
    1. ​Since there is no ends or balls, the jewelry is less secure as a ring or circular barbell would be. There is a risk that if the jewelry is worn down and not flipped up, that it could fall out.
    2. Since the jewelry has to be handled more during the fliping up and down there is an increased risk of contamination or discharge being pulled back into the piercing.
  • Jewelry that should be avoided during Healing:
    • Extremely large and/or Heavy Jewelry:
      • Extremely heavy jewelry during healing can prolong healing and increase the risk to scarring, tearing or migration of the piercing. The risk is also present in healed piercings.
      • Jewelry that is too heavy can cause a great deal of discomfort and head aches. 
    • Ear Piercing Studs and other traditional jewelry:
      • ​The jewelry is often too short to allow for the thickness of piercing area. Which doesn't allow for swelling and can cause the jewelry to be impacted into the piercing. Also if the jewelry is too tight it can block both discharge and the flow of oxygen that can increase healing time and/or increase risk to infection or other problems.
      • The backs or locks are lose and can tighten with normal wear.
      • Often the jewelry material is not body friendly. Even those that are marketed to those with sensitivity to metal are only plated.
      • In most cases can not be sterilized correctly.

​Size of the Jewelry and Weight:

  • ​Gauge:

As a refresher gauge is the thickness of the wire that the jewelry is made out of. Body piercing jewelry generally starts at 18 gauge jewelry and goes up to 0000 gauge jewelry. The smaller the number the thicker the jewelry will be. As I'm sure you know, the thicker the jewelry is the more weight and thus the more stress on the piercing during the healing period. Also the thicker the jewelry the more tissue that needs to be produce and thus the longer the healing period. Though in most cases a 18 gauge piercing will heal out in about the same time as a 12 gauge piercing will.

When choosing the gauge of the jewelry, the jewelry needs to be thick enough to reduce rejection or migration and have resistance to tearing but light enough that it will not cause added stress during healing. It's my experience that septums lend themselves well to larger gauges but the weight of the jewelry should be considered because it can increase the risks of migration, rejection and tearing. Though larger gauges will feel more comfortable when it is caught or pulled on. I could suggest that you pick the gauge that you are pierced based on what you would like to have because stretching a spetum piericng can be a long and often painful experience. 

To reduce the risks of tearing and migration, it is best to piercing with jewelry that is at least 14 gauge. When factoring stress caused by weight it is best not to pierce over 8 gauge.

  • Width:

The jewelry needs to be large enough to allow extra room for swelling, discharge and cleaning. The jewelry should be at least 1/8 of an inch wider than the distance between the two piercing holes. The piercing should not be wider then a 1/4 turn of the ring. 

Even in a healed piercing you do not want to put jewelry in that has a tighter circle than the jewelry it was pierced with. In other words if it was pierced with a 3/8 inch wide ring, you do not want to put a 1/4 inch ring in because it would be a tighter circle. The reason for this is it can cause migration, scarring and tearing of the piercings. If you want something with a lower profile, I would suggest a septum retainer or a circular barbell that have been fitted so that they can be flipped up into the nose.

In conclusion, nothing replaces the first hand knowledge of a professional piercer when it comes to choosing the correct jewelry. There is vast differences in shape and size and often what works for 99.99% of the public is not the best choice for you. The goal of this is to give you a working understand of jewelry selection, so that you can have an educated discussion with your piercer on what will work best. Every piercer  understands that one of the motivations of you getting the piercing is fashion but jewelry that will produce the best out come should always rule out fashion. Think of the jewelry that the piercing is done with as trainer jewelry that will be replaced with what you like after the piercing is healed.

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