I pierced my own septum about a year into piercing, though this septum shot is from last year. I pierced my septum with a 1.2mm x 8mm CBB and would say it healed within a month. Won’t lie, it was the only one of my piercings that actually hurt, but then I believe pain is mostly in the mind and as it’s a mental thing; I don’t think you can lie to yourself thus you feel it.. I think I’d recommend this body piercer!? ; ) Within the year I changed it down to this 1mm x 6mm seamless ring which is pretty discreet.