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How-To-Care-For-Lip-Piercings

Lip piercings look great and suit everyone, making them a popular choice no matter who you are. Fortunately they also heal well and are easy to care for. There are many different lip piercing placements and combinations, but they all require the same basic aftercare. Lip piercings can be placed almost anywhere around the mouth but the most popular is still the traditional lip piercing, placed in the centre of the bottom lip. Other popular lip piercings are side lip piercings on the bottom lip; monroe piercings on the side of the top lip and medusa piercings in centre of the top lip. You can wear labret studs, BCRs or circular barbells in your lip piercing, depending on the piercing placement.


How To Care For New Lip Piercings

Like all new piercings, new lip piercings need to be kept clean and dry. You should clean the outside of the piercing twice daily with saline solution and rinse twice daily with suitable mouthwash. You should also rinse after eating and drinking anything other than water. Avoid submerging the piercing in water and kissing, as these introduce bacteria. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as they both impede healing. If you cannot avoid these activities, rinse with mouthwash afterwards.

Your piercing should soon start to feel more comfortable and the swelling should go down. Go back to your piercer if you experience any persistent swelling, pain or redness – these can be signs of an infected piercing. You should also consult a piercer if your jewellery feels tight or sinks into the skin – your jewellery might be too short and will need to be changed.

How To Reduce Lip Piercing Risks

All lip piercings carry a risk of oral damage. Wearing correct jewellery can prevent oral damage, but it is important to be aware of the risks and symptoms. Metal lip jewellery can rub on your teeth and gums, leading to potential gum erosion, tooth abrasion and even tooth loss. Most of this damage is permanent. If you notice any change in around the piercing – especially changes to the shape of your teeth and gums, consult a professional piercer immediately. They will be able to advise you on whether you need to change your jewellery or perhaps even retire the piercing.

The best way to avoid oral damage is to wear soft jewellery, such as a BioFlex labret stud. BioFlex is softer and gentler on your gums, lessening the impact of tooth damage. You can also choose placements that put less pressure on the gum line – ask your piercer for the best placement. There is also an element of luck – some people notice damage even with BioFlex jewellery; others wear metal for years with no damage. The most important thing is to check your mouth regularly and seek help immediately if you notice any changes to your mouth.


How-To-Care-For-Monroe-Piercings

Elegant and easy to heal, monroe piercings are a popular choice. Monroe piercings are placed to the side of the top lip and can be pierced on either side. They are named after Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot and can also be called madonna piercings, after the singer’s similar beauty spot. Although both men and women sport monroe piercings, they are more popular with women, probably due to the association with Marilyn and Madonna. Monroe piercings are similar to bottom lip piercings in terms of their healing and care. You can wear a labret stud in this piercing and it pierced at either 1.6mm or 1.2mm. As with all lip piercings, monroe piercings do carry a risk of oral damage, but this can be greatly reduced by your choice of jewellery.

How To Care For New Monroe Piercings

Monroe piercings heal fairly well in between 6 and 16 weeks. You should clean the outside of the piercing twice daily with saline solution and rinse your mouth twice daily with a mouthwash specifically designed for oral piercings. I also suggest rinsing after eating and after drinking anything other than water. Until the piercing is healed, avoid smoking as this can inhibit healing. You should also avoid swimming, oral sexual contact and submerging the piercing in water – these will introduce bacteria to the piercing. You may find it helpful to drink with a straw, as this will keep your drinks away from the piercing.

Once your monroe piercing has healed, simply clean with saline as needed. Try to keep make up away from the piercing. You should also keep an eye on any changes to the piercing or your mouth, as detailed below.

Reducing Monroe Piercing Risks

Like all lip piercings, monroe piercings carry a risk of oral damage. This can occur if the jewellery rubs on your teeth and gums, leading to gum recession or tooth erosion. The main concern with a monroe piercing is gum recession, which can be irreversible. You can greatly reduce the risk of gum recession by wearing a BioFlex labret stud. BioFlex is a soft bio-plastic that is much gentler on your mouth, and you can still wear a metal ball so it looks the same as regular monroe jewellery. If you do notice any changes to the piercing site or the area of gum under your piercing, please consult a professional piercer immediately. They will be able to advise you on the extent of the damage and what to do next. In extreme cases you may have to retire the piercing, but wearing correct jewellery from the start should prevent this.


How-To-Care-For-Medusa-Piercings

Medusa piercings are a great alternative to a standard lip piercing, but have a very similar healing process and care needs. This makes them ideal if you like the idea of a lip piercing, but fancy something a little different. Medusa piercings are pierced through the centre of the top lip and the jewellery is always a labret stud. They are also known as philtrum piercings, due to their placement. Medusa piercings are essentially the same as a traditional labret piercing, apart from their placement on the top lip. Like a labret piercing, medusas typically heal in six to fourteen weeks.

As with other lip piercings, medusa piercings carry a risk of tooth and gum erosion, caused by the rubbing of the jewellery on your teeth and gums. This damage can be prevented by choosing a soft-backed BioFlex labret stud. There is also an element of luck – some people never experience any oral damage, while others are forced to retire their medusa piercing despite wearing suitable jewellery. I recommend wearing a BioFlex labret and checking the piercing site regularly. If you notice any changes to the area, especially gum recession, consult a professional piercer immediately – any damage will only get worse. A good piercer should be able to advise you on how serious the damage is and how to proceed.

How To Care For A New Medusa Piercing

As a lip piercing, your medusa piercing needs two types of piercing aftercare. Firstly, you should clean the outside of the piercing twice daily with saline solution. Secondly, you should rinse with a suitable mouthwash – rinse twice daily and after eating or drinking anything other than water. Continue both these actions until your piercing has healed completely. While your medusa piercing is healing, you should avoid swimming and kissing, as these both introduce bacteria to the piercing. I also recommend avoiding alcohol and smoking, as they can inhibit the healing process. You may also find it helpful to drink through a straw.

Once your medusa piercing is healed, it requires very little care. Simply keep it clean and monitor the piercing for any changes or unusual pain – consult a piercer immediately if you experience either.


How-To-Care-For-Smiley-Piercings

Cute and relatively painless, smiley piercings are growing ever more popular. This quirky piercing is pierced through the upper lip frenulum – the thin piece of tissue connecting the upper lip to the gum. They are also known as upper lip frenulum piercings, scrumper piercings and scrumpy piercings. They are called smiley piercings because the piercing is only visible when you smile! Smiley piercings pass through a very thin piece of tissue, so they are quick to pierce and rarely hurt much. Despite this, it is still important to visit a professional piercing studio. You can wear either a small BCR, circular barbell or curved barbell in your smiley piercing. Many smiley piercings reject painlessly after a year, so this should not be thought of as a permanent piercing. There is a risk of tooth abrasion and damage, although most smiley piercings reject before this can occur.

How To Care For New Smiley Piercings

To care for your new smiley piercing, simply keep it clean while is heals. Healing time is usually 4 to 12 weeks. During the healing period you should rinse twice daily with a suitable mouthwash and avoid smoking or drinking alcohol, as they both impede the healing process. You should also avoid swimming and kissing, as they can both introduce bacteria to the piercing. If you cannot avoid these activities, rinse your mouth with mouthwash afterwards!

Smiley piercings can cause tooth damage, occurring when the jewellery rubs against your teeth and gums. This damage is often irreversible and it is important to consult your piercer immediately if you notice any change to the area. As mentioned above, most smiley piercings reject before damage can occur, but it is important to be aware of the risk.