Undoubtedly, a lip piercing is one of the most prominent piercings when compared to other facial piercings. The use of the right jewelry gives you a fantastic look. The fact is that a lip piercing enhances your beauty. There are several types of lip piercing, but let us tell you about a Labret Piercing, which is famous among both genders. Labret Piercing is becoming increasingly popular due to its prominent location.
What exactly a Labret Piercing is? What is the procedure? Do you want to know about its pros-cons? Want to know the healing time? Let us tell you everything about it, including several ideas.
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What Is A Labret Piercing
A Labret Piercing is a single perforation under the lower lip. It is located in the center. In a Labret Piercing, the jewelry does not attach with the lip, but still, we call it a lip piercing. But, there are some variations of a Labret Piercing, which we have mentioned below.
It is named after jewelry usually used for this type of lip piercing, i.e., a labret.
Usually, lip piercings, as we have mentioned, are quite prominent. But, a Labret Piercing is a fashionable new trend. It certainly enhances your beauty and can easily be combined with other facial piercings. You can combine it with Medusa Piercing or a septum. You can have a nostril or other lip piercings, which will look awesome with a Labret Piercing.
Variations Of A Labret Piercing
It is not only having a single perforation below the lower lip. There are some other variations too. You get a large room to have some variations. Let us see what some of those are.
Now, what is a Side Labret Piercing? As you can judge by the name, it is a perforation below the lower but on the side. It may be on one side or both sides, depending upon your likeness. Another variation of a side labret piercing is a Spider Bites Piercing, which is a double perforation on either side of the lip. You can have a single perforation on each side, which is also called Snake Bites Piercing.
What if you just want to have a side labret piercing with a single perforation? Yes, you can. That will still enhance your beauty.
Another variation is a vertical labret piercing in which jewelry, i.e., a curved barbell, goes through the lower lip. In a vertical labret piercing, both the entry and exit points are visible. A vertical labret looks amazing when you combine it with other piercings, i.e., Medusa.
As you can judge by its name, the jewelry in a horizontal labret piercing goes through the middle of the lower lip horizontally. Both ends of the jewelry are visible. How does it look like? You can read more about a Horizontal Lip Piercing.
Inverse Vertical Labret (Ashley)
In an inverse vertical labret or an Ashley Piercing, the perforation is made on the center of the lower lip having an exit point inside the mouth. An Ashley Piercing gives you a rocky look, but there are some risks you need to know. You can read more about an Inverse Vertical Labret.
Lowbret (Chin Piercing)
In a lowbret or a chin piercing, you get a perforation between the lower lip and the chin. The perforation is not right below the lower lip but has some distance. The outer point is close to where you get a frowny piercing.
There is another variation of a Labret Piercing in which you have a double perforation below the lower, which are close to each other. They are placed near the center. This piercing is called Dolphin Bites Piercing.
Pros & Cons
If you have planned for a Labret Piercing, you must be aware of the pros and cons associated with it. Let us mention some of them.
- You get a large room to try variations. Also, due to the prominent location, it enhances your beauty. You can have either a single or double perforation, depending upon your choice.
- You can easily combine it with other facial piercings. It looks impressive when you combine it with a Septum. You can also combine it with Medusa or try having a Lowbret or Spider bites.
- It gives you a new rocky look. People will not be able to take their eyes off.
- It can easily get infected without the proper aftercare. You must strictly follow the guidelines to avoid any chance of infection.
- You can easily face problems such as gum & tooth erosion. The reason is that in a Labret Lip Piercing, the jewelry may keep slamming against gum and teeth, causing such problems.
- You may have to change your everyday routine during the healing time. That includes changing your eating habits. You will have to eat soft food items and avoid hot and spicy food for some time. You may refer to detailed aftercare instructions below.
- It is not possible to cover it all the time. This increases any chance of infection.
Procedure Of A Labret Piercing
Whenever you decide to have a piercing procedure, you must try to find the best and professional piercer around your area. He must be experienced and should have a good reputation.
Also, make sure that the equipment is sterilized. Now let us tell you about the procedure.
The professional piercer will clean the location where he intends to make the perforation. He will mark the spot with a surgical pen. This will give you an idea where exactly you will have a perforation after a Labret Piercing procedure.
The professional piercer will hold the lip with a surgical clamp. He will make the perforation using a needle, and then the initial jewelry will be used to finalize the procedure.
For Labret Piercing jewelry, always select the one made with hypoallergenic material.
Once you have a Labret Piercing, you must immediately start following the aftercare instructions and guidelines.
Doing It Herself (Video)
Pain Level Of Labret Lip Piercing
The pain level depends on each individual pain tolerance level. For someone, a nose piercing may be more painful than a lip piercing.
The reason is that lip tissue is quite sensitive. Also, if you have decided to have a variation, which includes multiple perforations, it may hurt more.
During a Labret Piercing procedure, you may feel a sharp pain during the procedure. Your lip may swell for 7-10 days after a procedure that is quite normal. You can have a painkiller to reduce the pain after consulting with your doctor.
Healing Time & Aftercare
You cannot cover your lip all the time; this is the reason that you should be more concerned about the aftercare. But let us tell you about the healing time.
You must stick to the guidelines and aftercare rules. Let us mention here some of the rules.
- Maintain better oral hygiene
- Rinse your mouth with a good anti-bacterial mouthwash after each meal
- Do not play with the initial jewelry. Avoid removing it until it completely heals.
- Do not touch it without washing your hands with a good anti-bacterial soap
- Try to keep the piercing dry.
- Avoid using public pools.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol works as a blood thinner, which is not good until the piercing heals.
- Avoid spicy & hot food items and drinks. You must have soft food items like yogurt and mashed potatoes.
- Avoid kissing and oral sex during the healing process.
- Prefer using a soft toothbrush
- Avoid using a shared towel
- Use the jewelry made with hypoallergenic material
- Keep following the aftercare instructions and guidelines
Read About Lip Piercing Aftercare Guide
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Risks Of A Labret Piercing
Do you want to know about the risks of a Labret Piercing? Let us mention some of those.
Gum & Tooth Erosion
You may face problems such as gum recession and tooth erosion. The reason is quite obvious. The inner side of the jewelry may keep slamming against the gum and teeth, causing such a problem. The size of the jewelry and piercing spot must be correct.
As we have mentioned earlier, you cannot cover it all the time. This makes the implantation of the aftercare guidelines quite hard. It can easily get an infection without proper aftercare. Keep following the instructions that have been mentioned above.
Migration & Rejection
The body takes the external object as an intruder and may reject that. This may cause a problem. Also, the jewelry may migrate. It is always recommended to use the jewelry made with hypoallergenic material.
Labret Piercing Jewelry
If you have a simple Labret Piercing, you can try having a barbell. You can try having a ring, but that is not very common. For a vertical labret, you may use a curved barbell.
A tiny bar always looks cute. For spider bites, you can have a pair of rings.
Cost Of Labret Piercing
In the United States, it may cost around 20$ to 90$. While in the UK the cost is around £25 to £90 whereas in Europe the cost is approximately €30 to €100. Also, note that the price is just for an idea. Charges may vary due to a lot of other factors, including professional piercer, equipment, procedure, etc.
You can get lot of information about a lip piercing here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How to clean it?
For the outer side, you must clean it with a mild soap whereas for the inner side, rinse your mouth with a good non-alcoholic mouthwash 3-4 times a day.
What is a labret piercing?
It is a single perforation under the lower lip. It is located in the center. There are some variations of a Labret Piercing, i.e., side labret, vertical labret, inverse vertical labret, horizontal labret & combination of such piercings.