Lip Piercings

Jewellery:Labrets, Lip Studs & BCRs
Healing:6 - 8 Weeks
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Are you considering getting a new facial piercing? Lip piercings are one of the most popular choices because there are so many different options! Read on to find out everything you need to know about lip piercings! 

Lip Piercing 101

Lips piercings are a great body modification choice because you can be artistic and experiment with the different styles. After ear and nose piercings, lip piercings are one of the most popular body piercing choices around the world.

There are lots of different places you can have pierced within this area including:

Labret Piercing – under the lip, just above the chin
Monroe and Madonna Piercings – above the lip on the left hand or right hand side
Medusa Piercing – just below the nose, right in the centre
Snake Bites Piercing – a pair of piercings close together on the bottom lip

There are many more to choose from than are listed above including spider bites, angel bites, cyber bites and shark bites! Discuss the options with your piercer and decide what’s best for you.


The procedure varies slightly depending on the location of your lip piercing. To make the process as hygienic as possible, it is likely you will be asked to disinfect your mouth by using a sterile mouthwash and the outside of the skin will also be disinfected.

To ensure your lip piercings are done in the correct place, the piercer will mark the entrance and exit point of the puncture with a sterile, disposable marker before clamping the skin taut with sterile, surgical steel forceps. This procedure helps to hold the puncture sight in position and helps with pain control.

The lip will then be pierced with a sterile, unused needle. During withdrawal, a plastic sheath will temporarily remain inside the puncture until the selected jewellery is threaded through.

Once your lip piercings are complete, you should be given aftercare instructions to ensure the risk of infection and rejection is reduced.


Great news! Lip piercings are reported to be one of the least painful times of body modification, which is probably one of the reasons why they are so popular. 

It is important to remember that piercing pain is always entirely subjective and that each individual will have a different experience of the amount of pain caused by a lip piercing.


Lip piercings usually have one of the fastest healing processes. They typically only take 6 - 8 weeks to heal, but this can vary depending on the location and style of the lip piercing. 

To help make the healing process fast and efficient, it's important to:
  • Clean both sides of the piercing using a salt solution
  • Have a dental check-up to ensure the jewellery is not compromising the health of your teeth
  • Rinse your mouth with a non-iodised sea salt and water mixture 4 - 5 times a day, after meals and before bed. Don't clean more often than this as you could hinder the healing process
  • Avoid mouthwash containing alcohol
  • Avoid soap or, if used, rinse thoroughly

It is completely normal to experience swelling, light bleeding, bruising or tenderness during the first five days of the healing process. You may also experience some secretion of white/yellow fluid which is completely fine. However, if you notice any pus, seek advice from your piercer. 

Lip piercings can shrink or close really quickly so keep the jewellery in if you want to keep the piercing. But with all the lip piercing style options available, we're sure that you will want to keep your jewellery in!


Your jewellery choice will vary depending on the type of lip piercing you go for. For example, if you choose the labret piercing then a coloured labret would look cool or if you go for the spider bites you might opt for two silver lip studs or two coloured BCRs. 

Lip piercing jewellery options include:
Why not get creative and experiment with different styles?

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.
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