A face with a clear septum retainer in the nose and a turquoise background with many septum retainers laying randomly.

All About The Septum Retainer

Septum piercings are a popular and stylish body modification. However, there are times when you might want to keep your piercing discreet or avoid snags on clothing or equipment. For that, there is the septum retainer! Indeed, this small piece of jewelry plays a vital role in maintaining your piercing health and keeping your style on point.

What is a Septum Retainer and Why Use One?

A septum retainer is a small piece of jewelry specifically designed to be worn in a healed septum piercing when you don't want to display your regular septum jewelry. They are typically made from comfortable and hypoallergenic materials like implant grade titanium or bioflex plastic. Here are some common reasons to wear a septum retainer:

  • For Work or School: Some workplaces have dress codes that restrict visible piercings. Therefore, a retainer allows you to keep your piercing healthy while maintaining a professional appearance.
  • During Sports or Activities: Septum rings can snag on clothing or equipment during sports or physical activities. A septum retainer eliminates this risk and keeps your piercing safe.
  • Occasions When Discretion is Preferred: There might be situations where you'd prefer to keep your piercing hidden, like family gatherings or formal events. So, a retainer offers a comfortable and discreet solution.

Types of Septum Retainers

There are two main types of septum retainers, each with its own advantages:

  • Staple Style Retainer: This staple-shaped retainer is a classic option. It's comfortable to wear and easy to insert and remove.
  • Omega Retainer: An omega septum retainer is a type of septum retainer that resembles the Greek letter omega (Ω).
Two styles of retainers including staple style and also omega style on a purple background.

Choosing the Right Septum Retainer

Here are some things to consider when selecting the perfect septum retainer:

  • Size: Septums come in different gauges (thickness) and diameters (width). It's crucial to choose a retainer that matches the size of your piercing to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. Most reputable sellers offer size guides to assist you.
  • Material: Implant grade titanium is a popular and safe choice for its durability and hypoallergenic properties. Bioflex is another option for those with new piercings due to its flexibility and comfort.

Wearing and Caring for Your Septum Retainer

  • Insertion and Removal: Wash your hands thoroughly before handling your retainer. Insert the retainer into your septum piercing hole and there you go. Pulling it out is just about as simple.
  • Cleaning: Clean your retainer regularly with a mild soap solution and warm water. Avoid harsh chemicals or alcohol. Ensure the retainer is completely dry before reinserting it.
  • Frequency Of Cleaning: Clean your retainer at least once a day, especially after taking it out or if it comes into contact with sweat or dirt.

Safety and Additional Considerations

  • Consult a Piercer: If you experience any discomfort or difficulty inserting or removing your septum retainer, consult your piercer for guidance.
  • Extended Wear: While septum retainers are safe for everyday wear, it's recommended to occasionally wear your regular septum jewelry to allow for proper air circulation around the piercing.
  • Not for Children: Septum retainers, like any small jewelry, can be choking hazards. Keep them out of reach of children and pets.

By choosing the right retainer and following proper care guidelines, you can keep your piercing healthy and discreet whenever necessary.

Author: Scott S.
Rock Septum Rings

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