Lip piercing: Positions, Sites & Aftercare


What is Lip Piercing?

Lip piercing is getting very popular these days. Young boys and girls are getting their lips pierced in different ways to look more attractive and sexy.

Lip piercing is a type of facial piercing that penetrates the lips from one side to the other. Lip piercing also involves piercing the area surrounding the lips in different ways.

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Lip piercing different styles and positions:

Lip piercing can be done anywhere around the mouth. Piercing done at specific positions around the mouth has certain names.


Monroe piercing:

Piercing done above the upper lip, placed slightly off- center is called Monroe piercing. This position is often called the beauty spot on a face. This kind of lip piercing is more popular among men then women. Many celebrities have gone for this piercing.

Other names:

Madonna, Crawford.

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Jewelry:

A labret stud 14, 16 or 18 gauge is used for this kind of piercing.

Advantage:

  • Less painful since the area is soft and contains few nerves.
  • It heals faster than any other body piercing.

Healing duration:

6-12 weeks.

Risks:

  • It can cause long-term damage to the teeth and gums as the back-disk of the jewelry continually rubs against the teeth and gums.
  • Lack of proper oral hygiene invites infection.



Medusa piercing:

Medusa piercing is often referred as the upper-lip piercing. The medusa piercing is placed in the philtrum (vertical groove in the upper lip), below the septum of the nose.

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Jewelry:

  • A labret stud is the most preferred one. Captive bead rings can also be used.

Healing duration:

  • 6-12 weeks.

Risks:

  • It can cause long-term damage to the teeth and gums as the back-disk of the jewelry continually rubs against the teeth and gums. Lack of proper oral hygiene invites infection.



Labret piercing:

Also known as lower-lip piercing or bottom lip piercing .The labret piercing is placed at the labrum (below bottom lip, above chin).

Popular among  men and women, this style looks super cool and trendy.

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Jewelry:

  • A labret stud is the most preferred one. Captive bead rings can also be used.

Healing duration:

  • 4 -12 weeks.

Risks:

  • It can cause long-term damage to the teeth and gums as the back-disk of the jewelry continually rubs against the teeth and gums.
  • Lack of proper oral hygiene invites infection.



Vertical lip / labret piercing:

The piercing is done through the center of the bottom lip, parallel to the tissue, reaching the bottom. The jewelry is pulled through and is visible on both sides of the lip, top and bottom.

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Jewelry:

  • A barbell is the most preferred one. Captive bead rings can also be used.

Healing duration:

  • 4 -12 weeks.



Bites: in lip piercing

“Bites” is a term used for piercing done in sets around the lips in different styles.


1) Angelbites :

A double-version of Monroe piercing with piercings worn on both sides of the upper lip.

Jewelry:

Labret stud

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2) Cyberbites:

A combination of medusa and labret piercing.

Jewelry:

Labret stud

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3) Snakebites:

A mirror-image of angelbites with two piercings, placed on each side of the lower lip.

Jewelry:

A labret stud as well as Captive bead rings, both can also be used.

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4) Spiderbites:

Two piercing placed together on one side of the lower lip, left or right. Jewelry used in this case is captive bead rings.

Jewelry:

A labret stud as well as Captive bead rings, both can also be used.

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5) Viperbites:

A variation of spiderbites with two piercing placed together at some distance (more than in spiderbite) on one side of the lower lip.

Jewelry:

A labret stud as well as Captive bead rings, both can also be used.

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6)Caninebites:

Snakebites and Angelbites together.

Jewelry:

A labret stud as well as Captive bead rings, both can also be used.

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How is lip piercing done?

Depending on the position where the piercing is desired around the mouth, the piercing process varies slightly. We will take an example of Labret piercing and tell you how a labret piercing is done.

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  • The piercer needs to wear gloves before he starts the piercing process.
  • The area inside the mouth, between the lower jaw and the lower lip is cleaned and whipped with tissue paper.
  • The piercer will then make a small mark on both, out and in sides of the lip, to place the jewelry in the right spot. The inside and outside markings should match exactly.
  • He then measures the lip thickness using a little tool. The measurement helps in choosing the jewelry of right length, which can help accommodate the initial swelling.
  • The piercer pulls your lip from your face without it slipping accidentally and holds it tightly with the help of forceps and clamp. It helps in aligning the needle properly on the mark.
  • The piercer lines up the needle in the right angle  and pushes the needle through.
  • The piercer will put the jewelry by the help of the cannula attached to the needle which is also pulled through the piercing.
  • You are done with the piercing.


Lip piercing aftercare:

A lip piercing may sound very fascinating. Bu just getting one done is not enough. Neglecting proper oral hygiene can invite a number of infections. Most lip piercing are reported to cause damage to both teeth and gums. It is therefore very important to follow some basic instructions to maintain a healthy piercing.

  • Avoid eating or drinking and smoking for the first 3 hours of your lip piercing.
  • You may observe some redness, pain and swelling around the lip area, that is absolutely natural as the body is healing the wound. Therefore, you don’t need to panic.
  • Clean the piercing with a saline solution at-least 4-6 times a day. Use soft cotton ball or a tissue to remove any crusting that has formed around the jewelry. Normally, orals piercings heal faster than any other body piercing since mouth has the natural ability to fight bacteria.
  • You can eat ice-cream, drink cold juice etc to reduce the swelling.
  • Keep the jewelry clean: It is very important to keep the jewelry clean as it can cause the food particles settle on it causing plaque. Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day. Use a moth wash to gargle every time you eat something.


Looking stylish at the cost of health is a bad idea. Whichever piercing you choose to go with, ensure that you have made yourself fully aware of its side effects. Evaluate the risks associated with it and then take a decision, so that you don’t regret it later. Lip piercing isn’t and usually infection accompanies it. During the healing period that pierced part needs attention and care.

Check out for some lip piercing pictures below:

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