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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.


Lip piercings are popular, easy to heal and look great. There are many different types of lip piercing and in this post I will show some of the most common. Technically your lip can be pierced at any location around the mouth, but some placements are more advisable than others. When choosing a lip piercing, consider the following: How will it look with your features? What type of jewellery can you wear? What is the risk of gum and tooth damage? Do you mind the resulting scar that will be left if you retire the piercing? Lip piercings usually leave a small round scar.

Most lip piercings carry a risk of oral damage caused by the jewellery rubbing on your teeth and gum. This can have an irreversible effect on your teeth, but can be avoided by proper placement and jewellery. I recommend BioFlex jewellery for your lip piercing, as it is softer and less likely to rub.. If you see any signs of oral damage, consult your piercer immediately and they will be able to advise you. Vertical lip piercings do not carry this risk because the jewellery does not go inside your mouth.

Traditional Lip Piercing

Traditional Lip Piercing

A traditional lip piercing, also known as a labret piercing, passes through the bottom lip. The most common placement is in the centre of the lip, but it can also be pierced on either side. The jewellery that you can wear in a classic lip piercing depends on the distance between the edge of your lip and the piercing. If the piercing is close to your lip line, you can wear either a labret stud or a ring in it. However if it is further away from your lip, you will probably only be able to wear a labret stud. The biggest risk associated with this type of lip piercing is gum recession, where the edge of the gum is worn away and exposes the root of your two front teeth. If you notice this happening, switch to a BioFlex labret and monitor it. If the damage worsens even with the new stud, you may have to retire the piercing.


Madonna Lip Piercing

Madonna-Monroe-Piercing

Named after Madonna’s beauty spot, this piercing is placed on either side of the top lip. It is also known as a monroe piercing, after Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot. A labret stud is usually worn in madonna piercings, either 1.2mm or 1.6mm. This piercing carries the same risk as a traditional lip piercing and we recommend choosing a BioFlex labret in order to reduce the risk.


Medusa Lip Piercing

Medusa Piercing

Medusa piercings are positioned in the philtrum, the groove that runs from your lip to your septum. They are usually placed quite close to the lip, as shown in the photo. Only one type of jewellery can be worn in a medusa piercing: a small labret stud. They are usually pierced at 1.2mm or 1.6mm and carry the same risk as a madonna piercing.


Vertical Lip Piercing

Vertical Lip Piercing

In a vertical lip piercing, the jewellery passes through your lip vertically, entering just under the lip line and exiting in the centre of the bottom lip. They are also known as vertical labret piercings. This piercing is unique among lip piercings in that the jewellery does not travel inside the mouth, eliminating the risk of oral damage. It is important not to get lipstick inside the piercing and I recommend drinking through a straw during the healing period.


If you have a lip piercing you’ll know that there is a huge choice of lip piercing jewellery out there, so why not treat yourself to something a bit different with some of this cute lip piercing jewellery? The basic items of lip piercing jewellery – labret studs and BCRs – can be customised with all sorts of cute motifs, designs and colours. You can choose from sparkly crystals, love hearts, girly colours and lots of cool designs. Here at Body Jewellery Shop we have a great choice of cute lip piercing jewellery, so no matter what your taste is, there is something perfect for you.

Heart Lip Piercing Jewellery

If you want to go cute and girly, you can’t beat cute heart jewellery. A little heart looks gorgeous on your lip piercing and our new designs mean that you can find lots of tiny hearts that look fab and are comfortable to wear. You can replace the ball on your labret with a screw-on heart, go for one of the pieces below or go for a cute love heart ball closure ring.

Red Heart Lip Piercing Jewellery

Red Heart Lip Piercing Jewellery

Rainbow Heart Lip Piercing Jewellery

Rainbow Heart Lip Piercing Jewellery

Heart Lip Piercing Stud

Heart Lip Piercing Stud




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The lips are a great place to pierce and you can get many different type of lip piercing too, allowing you to best compliment your style. Initially it is advised that a labret stud or captive bead ring is the type of lip piercing jewellery to use, made from high-grade surgical stainless steel, implant-grade titanium or a similar lightweight metal. Whichever type of lip piercing you have, ensure the jewellery is oversized so that the swelling has space, once the lip has healed you can enjoy close fit jewellery.

Lip piercings can be found pretty much anywhere around the mouth, although the lip surface itself is not usually pierced, except in horizontal lip piercings and canine bites. Here is a list of the type of lip piercing you can have and where they are located:

• Monroe piercings – labret studs worn on the upper lip
• Medusa piercings – these go through the centre of the upper lip (the philtrum), perpendicular to the tissue
• Labret piercings – pierced with labret studs, these can be in the centre or off-centre
• Verticle labret – goes through the middle of the bottom lip, parallel to the tissue
• Verticle lowbret – starts inside the mouth between lower lip and teeth & travels straight down, exits lower edge of the jawline
• Horizontal piercings – these are very rare and use a horizontal bar on the lower lip which travels through the lip surface
• Dahila – located by the creases of the mouth

Type of Lip Piercing Bites

The term bites is used to describe the formation that sets of lip piercings can be in.

• Angelbites- Monroe piercing on each side of upper lip
• Cyberbites – Medusa paired with a labret
• Spiderbites – Two piercings next to each other on one side of the lower lip
• Snakebites – one of each side of the lower lip
• Viperbites – two piercings placed together on one side of the lower lip
• Sharkbites – 4 lower lip piercings, 2 placed together on each side of the lip
• Dolphinbites – 3 lower lip piercings, 2 on each side in spiderbite and one madonna on the other side
• Caninebites – 4 piercings, 2 on top and two on the bottome, snakebites and angelbites
• Predatorbites – 3 piercings, 1 on top, two on the bottom, medusa and snakebites

Type of Lip Piercing Jewellery

Jewelled Labret Stud Lip Jewellery

Jewelled Labret Stud Lip Jewellery

Internally Threaded Steel Labret Lip Jewellery

Internally Threaded Steel Labret Lip Jewellery

16mm Steel Labret Stud Lip Jewellery

16mm Steel Labret Stud Lip Jewellery


Lip Piercing Aftercare

So long as you take care to soak the lip two or three times a day in saline, blood and lymph discharge will be softened if it is attached to the jewellery. You can use a cotton swab to remove excess dirt from the piercing area, then slowly turn the jewellery you have in through the piercing to keep it slack. Alchohol free mouthwash is very good after meals, it helps to remove debris and flushes the piercing through.

Lip Piercing Healing

Most lip piercings heal somewhere between 3 and 10 weeks, some scar tissue may remain after healing but the fistula is usually fully developed and mostly healed.


It’s almost back to school time and for many BJS customers that means one thing – hiding your piercings! But never fear, here at BJS we have plenty of great piercing retainers to help you hold onto your piercings through term time. From clear piercings jewellery to safe metal-free studs, there are lots of options to suit you, your piercing and your school.

Over the next week I will be showing you which piercing retainers are the best for different types of piercings. Today I am focusing on lip piercing retainers. Lip piercings are very popular and they are banned in most schools. It’s easy to see why schools have such a problem with lip piercings – they are highly visible and literally in-your-face. Some schools have banned lip piercings all together while more moderate schools are happy as long as you use a discrete lip piercing retainer. Lip piercings are relatively difficult to hide but if you choose the right lip piercing retainer you can make your lip piercing very hard to spot.

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It’s good to know what can go where in the piercing world, especially if you are new to it and unsure of the different types of face lip piercing available for example. The face lip piercing can be filled with studs, retainers, or rings and the great thing is that you can also use face lip piercing jewellery for various locations such as in the centre of the bottom lip, top lip and snakebites which are placed either side of the lip. Ball closure rings, circular barbells and labret stud can all be used in a face lip piercing, giving you plenty of choice.


Face Lip Piercing Lip Studs

The lip studs are great for piercing low down on the lip, as the design has a flat backplate which sits comfortably against the teeth and gums, this also prevents irritation and damage to the mouth. Lip studs come in various materials, so whether you like the look of gold plated or comfort of BioFlex you can pick and choose to suit your mood.

Face Lip Piercing Labret Stud and Jewel Balls Bonus Pack

Face Lip Piercing Labret Stud and Jewel Balls

Gold Plated Cone Labret Stud

Gold Plated Cone Labret Stud

Purple Glitter Heart Silver and BioFlex Labret Stud

Purple Glitter Heart Silver and BioFlex Labret Stud




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SnakeBitePiercing

Snake bite piercings are a set of two lower lip piercings – one on either side. This type of lip piercing is very popular and it is easy to see why. It looks gorgeous, is quick to heal and suits almost everyone.

Snakebite piercings are usually done at the same time and they are pierced in the same way as a single lip piercing. The piercing will first mark-up the placement and use a clamp to hold the lip firmly. They will then pierce one snake bite at a time, inserting the initial jewellery as they go. Initial jewellery for snake bites piercings can be either ball closure rings or labret studs, both of which have their advantages. Whichever initial jewellery you choose for your snake bites, made sure that there is room to accommodate swelling. Most lip piercing swell a little at first and if the initial jewellery is not big enough to accommodate the swelling, this can cause problems. You piercer should be able to answer any questions you have about snake bite piercings and advise you on suitable jewellery.

Once your snakebites are healed you can choose between BCRs, labret studs, smooth segment rings and even body spirals. These piercings are usually quick to heal and are relatively easy to care for.



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When you think of lip many people just think of labrets but side lip piercings are increasingly popular as an alternative piercing. Lip piercings can be placed almost anywhere around the lip and look great planed on the side of the upper or lower lip. When placed on the top lip, side lip piercings are called Monroe piercings or Madonna piercings, due to the fact that both women had a beauty mark on the side of their upper lip. Bottom side lip piercings do not really have a proper name, except if there is one on either side, which is referred to as “snake bites”.

Side Lip Piercing Rings

Rings are suitable for wear in any side lip piercing that is near the lip line but they are only usually worn in side lip piercings on the lower lip. Most people can wear a ring in the side lip piercing but it is important to get a ring that is the right size, or it might be uncomfortable to wear. To get the right size you’ll need to measure the distance from your piercing to the top of your lip, and add a millimetre – you will need a lip ring with the same internal diameter as this measurement.

Steel Smooth Segment Ring

Steel Smooth Segment Ring

Blackline Smooth Segment Ring

Blackline Smooth Segment Ring

Steel Circular Conebell

Steel Circular Conebell

Teardrop Lip Ring

Teardrop Lip Ring



Side Lip Piercing Studs

A lip stud is probably the most comfortable piece of jewellery that you can wear in a side lip piercing. These studs are available in a huge choice of styles, materials and sizes, so you’re sure to find plenty you like. They are less likely to catch on clothing or cause damage to your mouth. Jewellery rubbing on the gums or teeth is always a risk with lip piercings. This can cause dental problems, so if you have any discomfort or notice gum recession we recommend switching to a Medilabs labret or a BioFlex labret stud. Both these studs are softer than a regular metal stud – especially BioFlex studs – so there is less chance of damage.

Titanium Medilabs Labret

Titanium Medilabs Labret

Blackline Cone Labret Stud

Blackline Cone Labret Stud

BioFlex Heart Labret Stud

BioFlex Heart Labret Stud

Jewel Labret Stud Bonus Pack

Jewel Labret Stud Bonus Pack

Labret piercings are one of the most popular type of piercing and it is easy to see why – they suit everyone, look fab and give you two jewellery options: labret studs or labret rings.

Whether or not you can wear a labret ring depends on one thing – the position of your piercing. If your piercing is close to your lip you will probably be able to wear labret rings but if your piercing is too far down a labret ring would be uncomfortable. If you are not sure about whether you can wear labret rings or not I suggest asking your piercer, but as a rule if your labret piercing is near your lipline you will be able to wear labret rings. There is a huge range of labret rings available from plain steel rings to funky colours that will really stand out.


BCR Labret Rings

The most popular type of labret ring is a BCR or ball closure ring. BCRs make excellent labret rings because they close completely and come in a choice of sizes to suit your lip. The ball in your BCR labret ring should sit on the outside of your lip. If you want a more streamlined look then check out smooth segment rings like the one below. These are the same as BCRs but instead of a ball they close with a smooth section of ring. Whichever type of BCR labret ring you choose they are a real classic look.

Blackline & Hematite BCR

Blackline & Hematite BCR

Titanium Segment Ring

Titanium Segment Ring

SIlver Teardrop BCR

SIlver Teardrop BCR

Zircon Gold BCR

Zircon Gold BCR


Circular Barbell Labret Rings

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