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Nose, Bridge and Septum Piercings

Information taken from "Body Piercing- Does it Hurt?" by Mark Eames

Nostril (side of nose)
Description and Location
Located on either side of the noe, usually in the small skin crease just above the nostril curve, it is sometimes called the 'Ala' after the medical term for this part of the anatomy. Studs are most commonly worn, although wearing a BCR is becoming increasinly popular.
Just before being pierced clear your nostrils of any mucus and remove any make-ip. The nose will be cleaned on the outside with alcohol and saline solution on the inside. the position will be marked and should be agreed by you before the piercing takes place. Small specialist clamps will be gently applied and the nose then pierced.
Some redness and swelling around the piercing on the outside of the nose is to be expected. this should reduce quickly, and usually disappears within two weeks. the swelling is normally greatest on the inner nostril, forming a smal cone shaped swelling which takes several weeks to reduce.
Healing Time
A minimum of four months
Types of Suitable Jewellery
Although 1.0mm and 1.2mm stem thickness jewellery is commonly fitted, there is strong scientific evidence to indicate that cartilage piercings heal with fewer complications when larger 1.6mm stem thickness jewellery is fitted.
When a convential straight ear piercing stud is used in an initial piercing the stud is prone to being accidentally knocked. A labret stud does not suffer these problems as the flat plate keeps the stud secure inside the nostril. Special labret studs with tiny jewelled Extra Care Considerations
Despite the poor location of the piercing next to often infected discharging mucus, nostril piercings in the main have a surprisingly high success rate, although problems can occur, particularly if a streaming cold is contracted shortly after the piercing.
Spring Trigger Piercing Systems - 'Guns'
The common practice of using an ear piercing system in the nose poses a number of serious dangers, including disease transmision as well as possible damage to the nose cartilage. Unless the 'gun' manufacturer's instructions specifically state that it's safe to use the system on the nose, the nose should not be pierced by use of a 'gun' 

Description and Location
The septum is the flange of skin-covered cartilage located centrally at the base of the nose, where it joins the upper lip, forming a partition to create two nostrils. Typically, the piercing is placed nearer to the end of the nose rather than in the centre of the septum.
If you are looking for something unusual, this could be it, but note it is considered a more painful piercing than most. The piercing should form a horizontal line across the septum and is carried out in much the same way as the nostril piercing.
Healing Times
Minimum of four months.
Expect some swelling in the first few days, but this should reduce within a week or so.
Types of Suitable Jewellery
Minimum 1.6mm stem thickness BCRs and barbells can be worn. Specially designed, horseshoe shaped retainers are made for a less obtrusive appearance. When the piercing has healed, spike and horn extensions can be worn for effect on a barbell. And there is also an extensive range of of especially designed Septum jewellery.
Extra Care Considerations
The end of the nose will be tender for several days and care hould be taken when wiping or blowing the nose. For people who suffer from regular running noses, this piercing may prove troublesome.

Bridge (Erl)
Description and Location
This is located between the eyes in the soft fold of skin at the bridge of the nose. A person named Erl once had a nose bridge piercing and the name has stuck, with this piercing commonly referred to by his name.
The procedure is much the same as that for the nostril and septum piercings. The horizontal alignment in a bridge piercing is even more critical than in  a septum piercing. If the positioning is at a slight angle the effect will be spoiled.
The  initial swelling can be severe, often with some surface bruising which gradually reduces, returning to normal after 2-3 weeks.
Healing Time
Minimum four months. Each individual is different and it can in some cases take over a year.
Types of Suitable Jewellery
The jewellery should be a minimum of 1.6mm in stem thickness. Straight or curved barbells are most commonly worn, although BCRs can be fitted. After the piercing has healed, barbells are often customised by adding either coloured or jewelled balls. Spikes and horns extend the length of the barbell, accentuating the piercing.
Extra Care Considerations
The chances of jewellery rejection are quite high compared with the norm for most types of piercings. Any rejection scar in this location is likely to be obvious. Therefore a piercing that is migrating is best removed before it totally rejects.

Third Eye
A variation of the bridge piercing. Instead of being horizontally pierced between the eyes, the third eye is instead pierced vertically, central to the face and upwards towards the forehead. In Eastern cultures the chakra located in the middle of the forehead is regarded as the mind's eye. When opened it is believed that one can see into the higher spiritual realms. chances of jewellery rejection are even higher than with a conventional bridge piercing. The procedure and considerations are similar to those for the bridge and minimum 1.6mm stem thickness jewellery should be fitted - usually a flat skin staple or curved barbell.

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Septum-and-Bridge Septum-and-Bridge

12g Labret in the lower lip, 14g Circular Barbell in the Septum, 12g Barbell through the bridge and 10g Ball Closure rings through the lobes.
Added 28/9/2005
Septum Andrew Septum Andrew

Circular Barbell
Added 7/4/2005
Third-Eye Piercing Third-Eye Piercing

Flat Skin Staple or curved barbell in the third eye piercing.
Added 17/3/2005
Erl or Bridge Piercing Flesh-Impressions Erl or Bridge Piercing Flesh-Impressions

Cone Barbell through the Bridge
Added 18/10/2004
Septum and Labret Josh Septum and Labret Josh

Ciricular Barbell in the Septum and traditional labret in the labret piercing.
Added 2/9/2003
Septum and Tongue Kellie Septum and Tongue Kellie

Circular Barbell through the septum and Barbell through the tongue.
Added 23/7/2003
Nose Bridge Piercing1 Nose Bridge Piercing1

Barbell with standard Balls
Added 25/5/2003
Nostril Piercing1 Nostril Piercing1

Ball closure Ring through the Nostril
Added 7/4/2003
Nostril Piercing2 Nostril Piercing2

Continuous ring in the Nostril
Added 7/4/2003
Septum & Labret Piercings1 Septum & Labret Piercings1

Circular Barbell sometimes referred to as a horseshoe in the septum. Jewelled Labret in the Lower lip piercing.
Added 7/4/2003
Septum & Labret Piercings2 Septum & Labret Piercings2

Single Piece Straight Bone Tribal Septum Spike. Labret with a facial horn attached.
Added 7/4/2003
Septum Piercing1 Septum Piercing1

Insectoid type circular bar through the septum.
Added 7/4/2003
Septum Piercing2 Septum Piercing2

Close up of a circular barbell used in the septum.
Added 7/4/2003
Septum Stretch Septum Stretch

Stretched septum piercing fitted with a flesh tube.
Added 7/4/2003

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