Facial Piercings / Labret Piercing

What is a Labret Piercing?

Labret piercings are a centre of the lip piercing, which is increasingly common, popular and socially acceptable.  The basic version of labret piercings are a straight through and through in the middle of the lip between the lip line and/or slightly below. 

Basic labret piercings are initially performed using 1.2mm (16 gauge) or 1.6mm (14 gauge) labret studs, with several millimetres of length added to the initial piercing jewellery in order to compensate for any localised swelling.  The design of this jewellery is a flat disk on the inside, and a threaded end on the outside, usually with a plain ball, but with the option of changing to a jewelled ball, spike or bezel later on.  There are several variations of labret piercings, the most popular being a vertical labret, which involves a curved barbell, again with extra length initially, entering through the exterior lip at the lip line and then exiting through the top of the lip itself, so that both sides of the jewellery are visible.

Again this must first be done with jewellery that has several millimetres of additional length added to it in order to compensate for localised swelling, which is very common in all lip and labret piercings.  The initial swelling can be counteracted by the administration of anti-inflammatory drugs including but not limited to ibuprofen, taken orally two to three times a day for the first three days.  Overall healing time for labret piercing is on average, six to eight weeks with basic aftercare.  Aftercare involves applying a mild saline solution to the exterior of the piercing twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.  In addition to this a non-alcoholic mouthwash used morning and evening as well as after meals will expedite the healing process.  With vertical labret piercings using an unscented and un-flavoured lip balm/lip gloss will keep the lip hydrated in order to avoid dry or chapped skin and can help alleviate many of the side effects from the healing process for the first several weeks, as well as keeping the area around the piercing more comfortable.  Be sure you only clean your piercing after thoroughly washing your hands.