Labret/Lip piercing FAQ

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Lip Piercings

Lip & Labret piercing usually take between 6-8 weeks to fully heal; it is very rare to develop an infection because the mouth contains an enzyme "Ptyalin" which inhibits bacteria.

You might experience swelling (usually 2-3 days after the piercing) this swelling can last 7-10 days.

A longer Labret stud must be worn until the initial swelling has gone down; a shorter stud can then replace it. You should wait for at least 2 weeks to do this.

Lip & Labret piercings have a tendency to move position on the inside of the lip, this process is called nesting. Make sure the skin doesn't close over the labret back, make a habit of checking each morning while you are brushing your teeth. If this is starting to happen change to a longer bar.

My advice is don't get pierced with a ring, you often get slower healing and often the ring isn't big enough to allow your lip to swell and sinks into the lip (this often results in tearing the inside of your lip). If you have an extra big ring in your lip it flops around a lot which is quite painful and delays healing

  •  Wash your hands before touching the piercing
  •  DO rinse your mouth with a mouthwash such as Listerine or cepacol morning and night for the first two weeks
  • A saline solution should be used after eating and smoking, make a solution with 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm boiled water or use Saline (from any Chemist). Do this for the first 2 weeks
  •  Buy a new tooth brush your old one will be full of bacteria.
  •  DO clean the front of the piercing by soaking a cotton wool ball in salt water and leave it on the piercing for 2-3 minutes to dissolve the crusting in the morning.
  •  DO use studex this promotes healing and the wound reducing tenderness on the outside skin surface (not inside your mouth). Apply a small amount with a cotton-wool bud (to the front) .
  • DO eat things such as frozen yogurt, ice cream, cold foods, or suck on chipped or crushed ice, or very small ice blocks. Cold things help the healing, alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
  • DO remove the plaque and exudate, which can form on the jewellery, do this very gently with a cotton bud during the healing period.
  •  DO be careful when chewing that so you don't bite the labret stud/ring and shatter a tooth!
  •  DO check once a day that the jewellery is screwed on tight, clean hands with a germicidal soap before touching the jewellery. The ball that screws off is on the front, and it must be turned clockwise to tighten it.
  •  DO use B-vitamins with a zinc supplement as this promotes healing.
  • DON'T pick at the scab on the front of your lip, as this can cause infections, excessive scar tissue and can lead to lumps forming.
  • DON'T put anything dirty in your mouth such as fingernails, pens, etc. for at least the first 2 weeks
  •  You must refrain from oral sex for the first 2 weeks; this includes kissing even if you are in a monogamous relationship.(due to the high bacteria content )
  • DON'T play with the jewellery or chew on it during the healing period as this can lead to excess scar tissue formation.
  •  If you develop the habit of chewing on the jewellery you will eventually damage your teeth by wearing them down, this may result in a costly visit to the dentist.
  • DON'T remove or replace the jewellery during the healing period, as the hole closes up very quickly and it's painful to reinsert the jewellery once this happens.
  • Even after the wound is healed, the hole will close up very quickly if you remove the jewellery. Don't leave your piercing out for any longer than it takes you to change jewellery
  • It can take up to 1-2 years before you will be able to remove the jewellery for anything more than an hour or two
  • Long nails can make it very difficult to manage your labret especially Madonna piercings

The inner layer of the mouth can occasionally grow over the piercing the cause is usually too shorter bar or wearing  heavy balls and cones this can usually be avoided by up sizing to a longer bar

Employers and schools are often very against lip piercings so make sure you ask or check out the rules before you get one
for help convincing your parents try

  • Be fussy with your jewellery choices, a lot of cheaper body jewellery has lots of nickel and lead it which can leach into your body causing nasty reactions that are often mistaken for infections
  • to avoid damage to your teeth we recommend using bioflex (surgical plastic)
  • If you are worried or need reassurance go and see your piercer rather than asking your friends
Removing piercings for Surgery, scans/x-rays 

You are often requested to do this and depending on the age of your piercing this can lead to the piercing closing up.
Use bioflex or PTFE with plastic balls, they not only keep your piercing open but the are safe to scan etc