Lip piercings are one of the most popular facial piercings. There are quite a few options when it comes to these piercings. However, most of these variations lead into the mouth and as such require special attention during the healing phases. Consider this your ultimate guide to lip piercings.
As health and safety should be top priority, we will go over what should be done for taking care of your new lip piercing. Lip piercings can very easily become infected. Lip piercings should be cleaned 2 to 3 times daily. The most common method of cleaning is to use a hot saline soak. This is done at 3-5 minutes at a time. This helps loosen any discharge in the area. After one of these soaks, a shower should be taken mainly so that you clean the area more thoroughly with your clean hands to make sure the discharge is removed. You should also use the saline solution or a mouthwash like the h2ocean mouthwash. Speaking of h2ocean, they make a aftercare spray that can be used in place of the saline solution to help clean and promote healing of the piercing. Lip piercings can take 1-3 months to fully heal so taking the necessary steps of cleaning your piercing is essential during the entire period so it does not become infected.
There are some health risks involved with lip piercings. The most obvious is infection. This is true with all piercings. But, there are other things to look out for and if they start to appear, you should remove the piercing immediately. One is damage to your teeth. Our teeth have a protective coating on them to help protect them from decay among other things. Lip piercings can sometimes rub against your teeth and start to remove this protective layer. The best way to know for sure is to check with your dentist. Another problem that arise is damage to the gums. Gum erosion is potentially a very bad thing leading to even more health risks. Again, the best way to know if you are in the clear is check ups with your dentist.
Now that you know how to take care of your piercing, let’s talk about the different types of lip piercings. There are a lot of different piercings when it comes to the lips. There will probably new ones made up as time goes along as well. But, lets not worry about that now. Below is a list of lip piercings with an accompanying picture.
Standard Lip Piering
Center Lip/Labret Piercing
This lower lip piercing is placed in the center. This piercing is most commonly referred to as a labret piercing even though other piercings use the labret body jewelry. That being said, this piercing usually uses a labret body jewelry piece.
Vertical Labret Piercing
This lower lip piercing is very similar to the Labret piercing in that it is center. However, instead of the one end coming out inside the mouth, this piercing has it coming out center of the actual lip. A curve or a captive bead ring is usually used for this piercing.
This lower lip piercing is nearly identical to the vertical labret piercing. However, the vertical labret piercing as the lower portion coming out the front like a normal labret piercing while this one has that part coming out in the mouth so all that is visible is the part that comes out center on the lip. This piercing usually uses a curve.
This is the upper lip variation of the vertical labret piercing. The one end appears as a medusa piercing while the other comes out center on the upper lip. This piercing usually uses a curve or a captive bead ring.
Snake Bites Piercing
Angel Bites Piercing
Dolphin Bites Piercing
This lower lip piercing is kind of like the snake bites piercing but the two piercing spots are almost center and as such pretty close to each other. This piercing usually uses labrets and captive bead rings.
Spider/Viper Bites Piercing
Cyber Bites Piercing
Shark Bites Piercing
This lower lip piercing is the Spider/Viper bites X2. So, there are two piercings near each other on the left lower lip and then on the right on the lower lip. This piercings usually uses labrets and captive bead rings.
Canine Bites Piercing
This piercing is a combination of the angel and snake bites piercings. There is two piercings on the lower lip on the left and right side and then two piercings on the upper lip in the same position as the lower lip.
These are the common names for these piercings. Now, there are alternate names for some of these piercings but they tend to be rarely used. Also, lip piercings can be endless in the variety and positions. So, you can potentially make your own style.