A lip piercing has the most variations of just about any piercing you can get. From fierce to feminine, there are so many ways to make this piercing match your personality, that I decided to write an entire article about it!
Contrary to what most people might think, lip piercings have a pretty fast healing time, and don’t normally develop infections because our mouths are constantly battling bacteria, so it’s a pretty safe environment. The healing time is anywhere from six to ten weeks for most lip piercings.
The labret piercing is placed under the lower lip and centered. The most common labret piercing you’re going to see is with a single stud, but some people also stretch theirs, and you can also do a hoop over your lip!
This one is considered more of a lip piercing, as it is actually in contact with the lips and is placed vertically on the lower lip. It goes vertically through the lower lip, never coming in contact with the inner part of the mouth, unlike the labret, that does pierce through the mouth.
The snake bites are two labret piercings separated evenly on the lower lip area, one to the left and the other to the right of the lower lip. It is very often recommended to get both piercings done at the same time, as it will make the adaptation to the new jewelry easier on you.
Dolphin bites, similar to snake bites, are also two labrets, one to each side of the lower lip, but in this particular piercing, they are a bit closer together, almost as if they were avoiding coming into contact with an imaginary labret.
Spider Bites are a very similar piercing to dolphin bites, but in this case, they are placed much closer to the lower lip and are or both far off to the right or far off to the left of the mouth, they are meant to look, literally, like spider bites.
Shark bites are a combination of Snake bites and Spider bites. It’s a four-piece piercing that involves two pairs of piercings in close proximity to each other, and on each side of the lower lip.
The dahlia bites are placed on the corners of the mouth. It’s more common to get this piercing done both at the same time, as opposed to one first, and then the other. These piercings will sit on the corners of the mouth, and like a labret, the rest of the jewelry will be placed on the inside of the mouth.
Now for your top lip piercings! The Medusa piercing is kind of like the labret of the top lip. It’s a piercing that’s centered on the top lip, and can be done with a bit of distance from it, as well as sit on the cupid’s bow of the lip.
The Monroe/Madonna are piercings done on either the left (Monroe) or the right (Madonna) side of the upper lip, essentially an off-center Medusa.
The Monroe is named after Marilyn Monroe because the piercing is meant to resemble the late star’s beauty mark. The Madonna is named after several starlets that had beauty marks, like moles, on that side of their upper lip.
The vertical Medusa Piercing, also known as the Jestrum, is like a vertical labret, but done on the top lip. It is placed on the philtrum of the upper lip. Like the vertical labret, the vertical Medusa doesn’t pierce though into the mouth, but vertically into the lip.
The Angel Bites are essentially upper lip Snake Bites, they pierce through the upper lip into the mouth. This piercing is also seen as a combination of the Monroe and the Madonna, having two of the most openly sensual piercings together makes for the name related to angels, as it can only be due to a divine combination that this can happen.
Though fierce, and undeniably sexy lip piercings are a tricky one to hide. Your mouth is going to be a part of your body you generally won’t get away with putting under a bandaid, so you’ll have to keep that in mind if you work somewhere with restrictions on body piercings. However, there are always clear retainers that can be used as well.
Always take into consideration how your body is going to handle a new piercing – it’s essentially a foreign object, so you to make sure you pick a comfortable, high-quality material that isn’t going to cause complications.
For piercings that come into lots of contact with your teeth, bioplast is a nice, flexible material that can help to minimize the risk of causing lasting damage. It’s also flexible, so it can be very comfortable during the initial swelling period.
If you’re going to go with a metal, we usually recommend titanium, or high-end 14k gold jewelry if you can swing it. Both are very pure metals, and are much less likely to cause irritations in this sensitive area.
You can check out bioplast lip jewelry here.