Although not as common, a snake bite piercing
is largely similar to many other procedures. The area is sterilised and entry and exit points are made to ensure it is done where the customer requires. The lip is clamped, though not pulled taut, as the clamps are used in this case only to reduce the pain of the piercing. A small, hollow needle is used to make the hole and then thread the jewellery through the skin. It is recommended by most professionals that studs are used for the initial stage, at least until the healing process has finished; they can be changed for hoops, rings and spikes at a later stage. It is not wise to get both sides of the snake bite piercing done in one sitting as the mouth will be incredibly swollen and it will be difficult to eat and talk.
Aftercare for a snake bite piercing is a bit more complicated than for most piercings, as these are both external and internal oral piercings. Because of the swelling, eating and drinking will be difficult for several days after the piercing, and it is imperative that they are kept clean both inside and out. Brushing the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush several times a day, as well as using mouthwash after eating, is recommended until it has completely healed. You must also clean the skin around your snake bite piercing with a saline solution.
The snake bite piercing is growing ever more popular lately and, though they can be a bit more involved than other piercings, they can also be safe. All it takes is proper planning, a professional piercer and attention to aftercare.
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