A septum piercing involves making an incision in the nasal septum, which is the cartilaginous wall that divides the two nostrils. The piercing is usually made very close to the tip of the septum.
The nose is cleaned with a strong antiseptic prior to beginning the piercing procedure. Next, the professional clamps the septum and pierces the sweet spot with a needle. The clamp is then removed, and a piece of jewelry is pushed through the newly made nostril hole. The procedure takes a minute or two if done by an expert.
The nose may remain tender for nearly two to three weeks after the piercing. Healing can take from six to eight months. The body naturally secretes a white substance in response to the piercing. If the secretion is green or yellow, an infection may be indicated, requiring medical assistance. If an infection does occur, the jewelry should be left in to allow the hole to remain open and allow drainage to occur.
If there is no infection, normal care involves cleaning the piercing with salt water. A pinch of sea salt should be added to a glass of water; then a cotton ball should be dipped into the solution and pressed into the septum. This can be done five or six times daily, with all jewelry removed from the nose. Proper cleaning can help promote a speedier recovery.