The Septum is the cartilage on the inside of the nose that separates the nostrils.
It is usually pierced quite near the front, or tip, of the septum rather than centrally.
In many cases the septum cartilage is high enough to pierce through the tissue below it. In other cases the cartilage may have points along its base where it is thinner.
More often than not, however, the septum cartilage is very tough all the way down to the bottom and piercing it will require some effort on the part of the piercer, and the piercee.
Many people get this piercing with 1.6mm to 3.2mm gauge jewellery. There is an item of jewellery called a ‘Septum Keeper’, which can be worn hanging down or flipped up, into the nostril cavities to hide it, which is nice; but a Ball Closure Ring, Barbell, or Circular Barbell is ok too.
Healing Time: 12 - 16 weeks
Nose cartilage may require more cleaning to the inside of the nostril as layers of mucus often form over the piercing, blocking its access to fresh air and locking bacteria over the piercing. Also, germs and bacteria can settle on the surface of the nostril, trapped under a layer of oil, naturally produced by our skin. There, they can pass into a piercing and cause infection, or an abscess.