The Ultimate Guide to Everything You Need to Know About Septum Rings

woman wearing septum ring

Are you looking to get a septum piercing? Or already have one and are looking for more information on septum rings? Septum piercings have become increasingly popular in recent years. Septum piercings are unique and can be customized with a wide variety of septum rings. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about septum piercings, the different types of septum rings, and how to care for your piercing. You'll be ready to go in no time! 

What are Septum Rings?

septum piercing is a piercing located in the cartilage that separates the nostrils. The septum piercing was historically used for spiritual or cultural purposes, but today it is mainly just fashionable! It has become increasingly popular among both men and women as it can be customized with a variety of septum rings to create unique looks. Keep reading for more information about materials, sizing, and style options for your septum ring! 

woman wearing septum ring

Types of Septum Rings

Septum rings come in a variety of styles and materials, so you can customize your piercing to reflect your personal style! The most common type of septum ring is a horseshoe ring which is a rounded opened ended hoop with a two ball ends (pictured below). 

Other types of septum rings include hinged clickers and captive bead rings (pictured below). Each type has their own unique look and style, so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your style! 

 Each type of ring has its own advantages and disadvantages so it’s important to do your research before making a decision. For example, horseshoe rings are easy to take on and off and provide more flexibility than other types of septum rings. But if you want a more secure fit, segment rings or captive bead rings may be better options. Once you understand the different types of septum rings available to you, it will be easier to make an informed decision about which one is best for you!

How to Choose the Right Septum Ring for You

A septum piercing is a great way to express yourself! There are many different types of septum rings to choose from, and it’s important to pick one that fits your style and is comfortable for you. Whether it is a  horseshoe, captive bead ring, or a hinged clicker hoop

Before selecting a septum ring, it is important to make sure that the gauge of the ring is appropriate for your piercing. Gauge refers to the thickness of the piercing. Note that as the item gets thicker the gauge number associated with it decreases. For example, 16ga septum rings (pictured below) are thinner than 14ga septum rings. Typically septum piercings are 16ga but it is always best to double check the size you were pierced with!  

Once you've figured out the gauge and style you are looking for you'll have to choose the material that is right for you! We offer septum rings in Implant Grade Titanium, 316L Surgical Steel, and 14KT Gold. Implant Grade Titanium is the most hypoallergenic option if you have sensitivities to particular metals or alloys! 316L Surgical Steel is also considered hypoallergenic but please note that some styles may contain brass (this information can be found in the product descriptions) so be sure to keep that in mind if you have a brass allergy. Our 14KT Gold options are elegant, bright and a great addition to any collection. Just keep in mind that 14KT gold does contain nickel. 

After choosing the type and material for your septum ring, you'll have to be sure to figure out the size that will be the right fit for your piercing. The size you will need will depend on how high up the septum piercing is the thickness of the septum. The typical sizes are 8mm and 10mm

Septum Piercing Healing Process and Aftercare

Before you get your septum piercing, it’s important to research and understand the process. Professional piercers will use a hollow needle and sterilized jewelry to pierce the area between your nostrils and the cartilage that separates them.

Aftercare for septum piercings is crucial to ensure a safe and successful healing process. It’s important to clean your septum piercing twice daily with a saline solution or a combination of non-iodized sea salt and warm water. You should also avoid touching your septum piercing in order not introduce new bacteria into the fresh piercing.

Before getting your septum piercing, it’s important to understand the healing timeline. Additionally, you should not change or remove the jewelry from your septum until it has fully healed, which usually takes around anywhere from 3-6 months. Be sure that you do not feel or see any irritation prior to changing out your septum ring!

After your septum piercing has healed, you can switch out your starter jewelry for a more decorative piece of septum jewelry. Make sure you choose a hypoallergenic material, such as Implant Grade Titanium when you first change your septum ring to promote continued healing. Once your piercing is healed, make sure to continue to clean it regularly and keep any bacteria away from the area.

Tips for Caring for Your Septum Piercing

Caring for your septum piercing is essential for it to heal properly and for you to experience the most benefits. Here are some tips to ensure that your septum piercing heals quickly:

 • Keep your hands clean when touching the piercing. 

• Avoid using harsh cleansers or perfumed soaps. 

• Use a saline solution to help keep the piercing clean and reduce inflammation.

 • Avoid playing with or rotating the jewelry as this can cause irritation and delay healing time. 

 • Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, and other bodies of water until your piercing has healed completely.