Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical LabretVertical labret piercing is a popular and very effective piercing style. Unlike the most common labret piercing (positioned below the lower lip), a vertical labret goes through the lower lip itself, vertically. This piercing is actually parallel to the tissue inside the lip.

Benefits and Disadvantages

Vertical labret offers not just a different visual style than the regular labret piercing, but it also offers some advantages. It’s important to understand that a common labret piercing has a hole on the inside of the mouth. It means that the back of the jewelry sits near the gum line, so it can damage it. Another problem is that it can damage the teeth. With vertical labret piercing, no part of the jewelry sits inside your mouth. The barbell simply goes through the lip, from top to the bottom. It provides more comfort and less risk to any gum or teeth damage.

On the other hand, vertical labret piercing may take longer to heal. It also tends to be more sensitive and requires more aftercare. Some food can irritate the piercing so you need to be careful during the healing process. Once it’s healed, however, vertical labret piercing offers unique visual style and it poses less risk to your tissue.

The Procedure

Vertical labret piercing requires a pretty straightforward procedure and it typically doesn’t last long. Your lip will be marked and measured. A clamp will be used before the needle is inserted. The actual piercing is made using a needle and the whole process takes about five seconds so it’s over pretty quickly.

Typically, the piercing is done from bottom up, with a 16g needle. The pain depends on your tolerance level but is typically not that bad and it’s quickly over.

The most common jewelry used for vertical piercing is a barbell. It’s possible to choose between straight and curved barbells. Curved barbells tend to be more comfortable and easier to wear, especially during the healing process.

While vertical labret piercing procedure is not difficult and it doesn’t last long, one common problem is swelling. Be prepared for a lot of swelling after getting your piercing done. This is why most piercers recommend longer barbells for your initial piercing. The swelling should go after a few days, but you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

Typically, the healing period takes 8 to 10 weeks. Make sure to clean your piercing several times a day. Sea salt solution works the best, or you may use a regular salt solution or a mild anti-bacterial soap. It’s important to touch your jewelry as little as possible: don’t turn it and don’t play with it. It’s best to touch it only while you’re cleaning your piercing and then leave it alone.

Jewelry

Since vertical labret piercing is not the most common piercing type, it’s not easy to find jewelry specially made for this type of piercing. Luckily, it’s perfectly comfortable to wear standard jewelry made for many different piercing types, so it’s not difficult to find suitable jewelry for your vertical labret.

Straight and curved barbells seem to work the best. There are many different styles to choose from: the simple and elegant barbells or the more elaborate styles. Most of the times, the lip jewelry tends to be simple but effective.

When choosing jewelry for yourself, keep in mind to shop at reliable stores; it’s important to use only high-quality, body-safe jewelry. Another thing to keep in mind is the barbell length- it will largely depend on your lip.

Tongue Piercing – The Right Way

A 15 year old girl from UK was in news* recently for getting her tongue pierced. Due to profuse bleeding she had to be rushed to a hospital and now the girl has trouble speaking clearly. Before you get your tongue pierced, know the right way of going about it.

*Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/1048118/teen-rushed-to-hospital-after-tongue-piercing

Tongue piercing is perhaps more popular than labret piercing, especially among teenagers who don’t want to get caught with an upfront piercing. So if you are one of those bitten by the piercing bug and ready to go under the needle, read through the simple steps below:

  • Always go to a certified piercer and don’t lie about your age! Even if your mind is all ready to take the plunge think about your body. There’s a reason why there is an age limit for body piercing.
  • Use nickel free body jewelry to minimize the risk of infections and other allergies.
  • Follow the body piercer’s instructions instead thinking you know better. Now obviously you don’t argue with anyone with a needle but still hear out all the before and after instructions carefully and understand them.
  • It’s better to go to a renowned piercing parlor with no bad press or lawsuits in its history.

Tongue piercing is cool so don’t make it look dreadful. Also don’t lose out on your gift of gab over an avoidable goof up.

Types of Upper Lip Piercings – There’s no end to being different

Body piercing on any part of the body screams of individuality but with so many followers,  sometimes it gets hard to rely on body piercing for exclusivity. So what do you do then? Simple go for more unusual trends just like the ones that have emerged in upper lip piercing.

Now it’s not only the Monroe or Madonna piercing that upper lip piercing is all about. These days labret studs, barbells and other kinds of body jewelry are put to more unique (piercing) uses.

There’s much more and beyond…

Monroe Piercing – Remember the sexy mole on her upper lip? Well it’s just that but the difference is here a labret stud makes you beautiful instead of a mole.

Jestrum Piercing – In this a curved barbell goes through the philtrum or the groove in the center of the upper lip and comes out under the upper lip.

Medusa Piercing – Here the labret stud goes through the philtrum or the groove under the nasal septum.

Angel Bites -  If a single piercing on the upper lip makes a Monroe piercing then two on either side makes angel bites.

Horizontal Philtrum Piercing – When the piercing goes horizontally through the philtrum. The two barbell beads become visible on either side of the groove.

Cyber Bites – When a Medusa piercing is complemented by a labret piercing, it’s called cuber bites. Trendy and cool, cyber bites are an in-thing these days.

Choose whichever suits you best and be a trend-setter!

From Labret Studs to Spikes – Types of Labret Piercing Jewelry

It’s not just studs anymore that is making peoples’ labret shine these days. A great variety of labret jewelry designs are available cut out just for the area between the lip and the chin. Labret jewelry can be made from Titanium, gold, surgical steel and other materials/ metals that are skin friendly and nickel free.

The most popular kinds of labret piercing jewelry are given below. See what suits your style:

Labret Stud – Initially it was the most popular labret piercing jewelry but now studs are gradually slipping into commonality from popularity. In this a long straight shaft has a flat disc on one end (which remains inside the mouth) and a bead which is visible outside. However, these are perfect for first timers to get initiated.

Labret Buttons – These are bigger than beads of the labret studs. A good option when you are bored of studs and want the piercing to be a bit more visible.

Labret Spikes – In these the only difference is of the bead, rest is just like a labret stud. The round stud is replaced by a spiked stud for an even more dashing look! Choose this for a total killer look.

Labret Ball – This type of Labret piercing jewelry has balls on the visible end of the shaft.

Labret Prongs – These look extremely stylish. Here there is a prong with a gem within, on the end that is visible. Looks great in gold!

Captive Bead Rings – These look unique on labrets. It’s one of the more popular labret piercing jewelry after studs.

Labret Retainers – These are basically used to hide labret piercing. Available in the shape of studs, these are transparent to make piercing discreet.

Apart from the above there are labret piercing jewelry available with skulls, flowers and other interesting and likable designs of labret piercing jewelry available. So next time you go for labret  jewelry shopping, try and go beyond the stud – it may be a classic but these days it’s nothing more than a safe choice. :)

Tongue and Labret Piercings – Rising in Popularity

Why the sudden rise in the popularity, you ask? Because people swear that these increase sexual stimulation for both partners, and apparently also make the kissing experience more enjoyable. So if you are one of the many, many people out there who want to go in for a piercing which increases the pleasure factor, but do not want a genital piercing, these might be the very answer you are looking for!

Tongue and labret piercings have been around for quiet sometime but have recently surged in popularity. These heal fast (2-5 weeks), jewelry choices are many and reportedly very effective for inducing sexual stimulation. Continue reading