How to install a bull nose ring

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How to install a bull nose ring
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A septum piercing, or a ring that goes through the middle portion of the nose that separates the nostrils, is sometimes referred to as a bull nose ring. Piercing the septum requires preparation and concentration. The complications of a septum piercing gone wrong range from mild infection to tissue death. As with many piercings, doing it yourself is a viable option, though consulting a trained professional is also a good idea and can present fewer complications.

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Things you need

  • 14- or 16-gage hollow ended needle
  • 14- or 16-gage horseshoe nose ring
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Surgical marker
  • Antibacterial soap

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap.

  2. 2

    Clean the septum. Rubbing alcohol works well.

  3. 3

    Find the right spot. Feel for the soft, thin spot just below the cartilage and above the beginning of the swell outside of the nose. Mark that spot with a surgical marker. Too low and you can tear the septum all the way through; too high and you will hit the cartilage, which can be extremely painful.

  4. 4

    Pierce the septum. Take the hollow ended needle and put the tip against the marked spot. Push the needle through the nose, until it is about halfway through.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the ball off one end of the horseshoe nose ring. Place that end inside the tip of the hollow ended needle.

  6. 6

    Push the needle all the way through, bringing the ring with it. This will thread the ring through the new hole.

  7. 7

    Reattach the ball to the nose ring.

  8. 8

    Care for your new septum piercing. Soak the hole in a saline solution composed of four teaspoons Epsom salt in one gallon of boiled water two to three times a day.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't touch the septum piercing without washing your hands until the piercing heals, which usually takes one to three months.
  • Leave the ring in until the piercing heals completely.
  • Piercing your septum can be tricky. Use extreme care, as complications include inhaling the nose ring, ripping the septum, infection, tissue death and scarring. If in doubt, have a professional do it.

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