How Much Does Septum Piercing Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

A septum piercing passes through the nasal septum, or the middle of the nose, and is often known as a bull ring piercing.  A well-trained piercer should be able to create this piercing through your “sweet spot,” which is the area of flesh between the cartilage and the front of your nose.

Although it is considered an extreme way to pierce the body, many people have had this type of piercing done.

The cost of a septum piercing depends on where you will get the procedure done, the type of jewelry you will use to pierce the septum and geographical location.

#001 | Septum by terrypresley, on Flickr
#001 | Septum” (CC BY 2.0) by terrypresley

How much does a septum piercing cost?

On average,  the cost to have a septum piercing done can range anywhere from $30 to $70. We researched a few professionals throughout the United States and were able to come up with the prices they charged in our table below.

LocationPrice
Chicago, IL$50
Kansas City, MO$60
Austin, TX$35
Indianapolis, IN$40
Sacramento, CA$45
Philadelphia, PA$60
Livonia, MI$30

Septum piercing overview

Some professionals may provide a piece of jewelry that will be placed in the piercing so that the hole does not close.  This jewelry is usually of lower quality unless the buyer chooses to purchase a piece of jewelry that is of greater quality.  This first piercing should stay in for up to 15 weeks before it is changed, and professionals say it can take up to eight weeks to heal.

During the piercing, the professional will clamp the septum area to reduce the pain and chance of infection.  Using a sterilized needle, it will be inserted just below the nose cartilage, with the jewelry pushed in after the clamp has been removed.  Lastly, the pierced area will be cleaned and the ball will be threaded to secure the jewelry into place.

What are the extra costs?

If you consider using other types of jewelry aside from the one provided by the studio, then you will have to purchase it individually and it is considered an additional charge.   A higher quality piece of jewelry can cost $15.  For example, right now, the latest trends with septum piercings include an infinity ring, which resembles an “endless circle” look that often comes in decorative designs.  This type of ring, for instance, retails for $15 on Amazon.  Other jewelry can include a horseshoe, clicker, circular barbell, straight barbell, BCR or if you want to be unique, you can consider a septum jewelry mustache.

Aftercare medication and/or cream will also be considered an additional charge if you were to need it.  For example, this medicine can be bought at a local drugstore to help prevent infection and speed up the healing process.  Medication may also be needed if an infection does occur.  Professionals will tell you the aftercare is fairly straightforward:  Leave it be, and don’t touch it until your eight weeks are up.  If you have to touch it, you should always make sure your hands are clean to avoid infection.  If you have to absolutely flip it up for work purposes, then it’s best to soak your new jewelry with warm water to avoid the pierced area from getting crusty or creating a new wound, increasing your chances of a bacterial infection.

Tips to know:

Think twice before getting this type of piercing as the nasal septum is a delicate part of the body.  This procedure has also been known to cause a deformity depending on the type of jewelry that will be used.  While a piercing is known to be a piercing, Bustle.com says it’s similar to a nose piercing and will feel as if someone hit your nose for a split second, causing your eyes to water.  Unlike a nose piercing, however, this area needs to go under the cartilage and can often be difficult to get in between the two nostrils.

When choosing a professional, make sure the company is certified/registered through the state and look at any reviews that are available online or by word of mouth.  You’re going to want to make sure the piercer has experience and is reputable in his or her field.  Since this is a difficult procedure, always focus on the reputation, not the price.

If you change your mind in the future, a septum piercing will close; however, the longer you had it in, the longer it will take to heal.  Scarring, usually, won’t leave a visible scar.

Your nose size does matter when you get your septum pierced, so before you consider the procedure, talk with a professional to see if it will look right.  The larger your nose is, the larger your jewelry needs to be, and if your jewelry is too large, it may not look symmetrical enough.

The pain will vary from one person to another; however, most people say it isn’t that painful at all, but if the piercer were to hit the wrong area and not correctly identify this “sweet spot,” then the pain could increase.  The Debrief says everyone will have their own pain tolerance and it should feel very similar to a nose piercing.

A green and yellow discharge, if noticed after the piercing, can be indicative of an infection.

How can I save money?

Take advantage of any special packages the professional may offer.  For example, they usually offer jewelry at a discounted rate if you purchase it right after the procedure has been performed or may offer a discount to first-time customers.


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