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


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.