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The nasal septum is the piece of cartilage that separates the nostrils and a septum piercing is pierced through this septum. The cartilage itself is not usually pierced – there is a soft spot in between the lower and upper sections of the nasal septum cartilage. This so-called “sweet spot” is soft and easier to pierce. The piercing is usually done towards the front of the nose, allowing jewelry to hang freely.

Ball closure rings and circular barbells are usually worn in septum piercings. You can also wear a septum retainer, which is a U-shaped piece of jewelry. The septum retainer can be worn so that the ends show out of each nostril or flipped up inside the nostrils. This allows you to hide your septum piercing easily.

Septum Piercing Healing Time: 12 to 16 weeks