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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.


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.