Body piercings are the new trend that’s catching up like wildfire. It indicates rebelliousness and independence. Many young female teenagers consider body art, be it tattoos or piercings, as a form of expression, be it sexual or artistic. This is why a lot of ladies are going for ear and nose piercings to establish their femininity. However, if these sound old and passe, there is ‘labret piercing’ to go in for.
What is labret piercing?
Labret piercing is located under the center of your lower lip and is usually decorated with stud jewellery or a bead ring. The piercing happens to be both facial and oral since it pierces the area from front to back meaning horizontally. Labret piercing is also called the tongue pillar.
Labret piercing can be a bit painful since it can trouble the gums. But that is not the case, if it is done and handled with care.
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Types and Size of Labret Piercing
Both these factors are determined by the positioning of the labret piercing. Technically speaking, the labret is made to go horizontally i.e. from front to back. But that is not always the rule of the game. There is the vertical labret too where the area is pierced with a curved barbell, passing through the top to the lower lip.
Size wise, the labret jewellery for starters should be a 16 or 14 gauge labret stud. Since there are two different disc sizes, you can opt for a larger or smaller (as the case maybe) if any of the size is causing you problems.
Things to remember while going for Labret Piercing
- It is a form of piercing that heals much faster as compared to other types of piercing.
- Since there are a lot of labret earrings available today, you will be able to easily find one to suit your preference.
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- No matter how good your labret piecing goes, you need to monitor it.
- Labret lip piercing needs research in finding the right place to insert the labret. If not done so, it may push through the nerve and blood vessels, making it dangerous, painful and hard to heal. Labret piercing pain can be a little unbearable too.
- Those who are sensitive to certain types of metals should avoid piercings. Chances are that it may cause reactions to the jewellery on skin. Furthermore, increased swelling and rash can worsen matters.
- If you are in the habit of indulging with skin piercing or putting foreign objects such as a pencil in your mouth, you may land up into damage and infection. Enamel erosion, tooth fracture, and gum decline may arise because of a labret piercing.
- If left untreated, labret piercings can be the cause of infections thereby leading to scarring or blood poisoning.
- Until you cross 1 year from the date of piercing, labret piercing may not be termed as seasoned or toughened. Damage can keep happening either by changing jewellery or wearing uncalled for labrets during this time period.
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Choosing a Professional Labret Piercer
If you have made up your mind to go for a labret piercing, think of the next step you need to take. What we are hinting at is choosing a professional and experienced piercer. Labret piercing when done by a non-trained person can increase the chances of infection. Further it may decrease the healing time too.
Labret Piercing – After Care Instructions
Here are a few post care instructional tips in the event you go for labret piercing.
- Remove the jewellery from the area (through the piercer), till the time it has not fully healed. Proper healing takes on an average of 6 to 10 weeks.
- Mix 1/4 tsp of sea salt in a cup of warm bottled water. Using a cotton ball, soak the labret area for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this thrice a day to prevent infection and promote healing.
- Use an antimicrobial soap to clean the area around labret. As far as cleaning the inside area of the labret piercing is concerned, you can use an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Since the area might stay swollen for a couple of days, eat frozen yogurt or ice cream. This will help reduce swelling and give a cool effect.
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- Chew your food carefully as carelessness on your part can make you bite into your labret jewellery which might damage your teeth.
- Abstain from using oily moisturisers around the labret area. This can cause dirt accumulation and increase infection.
- Don’t get into the habit of nail biting as that will trouble the labret area.
- Try to avoid putting pens and pencils in your mouth.
- Avoid kissing for a few days until the labret area is healed (sounds bad, is it?)
Before you go for labret piercings, try and familiarise yourself with the pros and cons, ifs and buts of lip piercings. This will help you pursue fashion, with health and safety.