Septum piercing has been very popular in the last few years. They are considered to be one of the least risky spots for a piercing, as the pain is only medium, they are easy to clean and swap, and most importantly – if you ever get tired of them and want to remove them, it is possible and usually doesn’t take too long.
They can be a perfect addition to a new personal style, or a fashion statement, but in order for it to be done properly, you need to know what are the risks of having one, the healing and care your bling will need to prevent infections or complications that may occur if not properly maintained.
Finding the right body piercer
First of all, the person doing the piercing has to be very careful in choosing the body piercer. It has to be carried out in a professional piercing studio, with the client having to sign a consent form.
The tools used in this process have to be sterilized, and the client should be introduced and led through the process and tools, clamps and needles used, because if the piercing is done by an amateur, it can cause health problems like infections, nasal septum hematoma, deviations or even worse-AIDS or Hepatitis. So in order to avoid all of this, pick your body piercer carefully.
The healing process and things to look out for
Taking care of the pierced area is a must, which helps the area to heal faster, and also prevent it from becoming infected. In the first 3 weeks after the piercing, a minor rub can be very hurtful.
There will be white colored secretion formed around the septum ring, but there’s nothing to worry about, it’s the natural body reaction to the foreign object. If the secretion is yellow or green in color, it means that there is a bacterial infection process, and it needs to be tended to immediately.
In order to prevent this from happening, cleaning and maintaining the area properly, you can avoid any complications during the healing and recovering, which usually takes 6-8 months to heal completely.
Cleaning the affected area
Cleaning the affected area after piercing for the first time is mandatory. Salt water soaks are the most common and the most recommended way to keep the area safe from the risks of infection. You can do this by using a cotton ball. After applying, cover the surface only by gentle patting, not scrubbing around the wound.
After cleaning, pat the area dry carefully with a cotton tissue. It is recommended to do this at least twice a day. You need to make sure that the saline solution enters the wound. Do not pick any crusting or scabbing with your fingers, because it may also cause infections.
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Using essential lavender oil is very helpful in this period. Apply 1-2 drops after cleaning and don’t step over this limit, because it can cause irritation.
During the first 8 to 10 weeks, avoid moving the jewelry, because it may cause the scab to rip off, and injure the inside of the pierced flesh. Also avoid any beauty products containing alcohol, drinking alcohol in general, and face cleaning products that contain too many chemicals. These may cause infections and swellings, irritating the sensitive area.