How do you Perform Lip piercing?
Lip piercing is a popular form of body modification that involves piercing the skin on or around the lips and inserting jewellery to be worn through the piercing. It can be done in several locations on the lip, from the inner lip to around both edges of the lips.
While it’s increasingly becoming a more accepted procedure, it should not be taken lightly as there are some risks associated with piercing, including infections, bleeding, and nerve damage. An experienced piercer will take steps to minimise these risks by properly sanitising their equipment and having sterile piercing needles available.
The piercing process will typically involve marking an area for piercing, sterilising the area, piercing through, and inserting jewellery – such as labret studs – and making sure it’s properly positioned before tightening it so that your piercing can heal properly.
How Painful is Lip Piercing
Lip piercing can be a more painful piercing due to the fact that the lips have a lot of nerve endings and are particularly sensitive.
Lip piercing is becoming increasingly popular in today’s society, and although the piercing itself is relatively quick, the amount of pain experienced can undoubtedly vary from person to person. The piercing process involves piercing a hole through the skin with a needle and then inserting a piece of jewellery.
Everyone experiences pain differently so while some people may find the piercing procedure relatively painful, others will barely feel it. Swelling and bruising around the piercing site may also occur but rest assured that the pain will subside within a few days of completing the piercing.
Ultimately, lip piercing does come with some discomfort but can also offer great satisfaction for those interested in this type of piercing.
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Most Common Lip piercings
The most common lip piercing types are labret piercings, snake bites, Monroe piercing and medusa piercings. A labret piercing is usually placed in the centre of the lower lip while a snake bite piercing is placed on either side of the lower lip. A Monroe piercing is like a labret piercing except it’s usually placed slightly off-centre on the upper lip, just like Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot. Finally, a medusa piercing is also known as a philtrum piercing and typically appears right above the centre of your top lip. Each type of piercing has its own characteristics and benefits for different jewellery options for individuals who want to upgrade their appearance!
Caring for your Lip Piercing
Caring for your piercing is essential to maintain its health and appearance; this is especially true with lip piercing. Here are some tips for caring for your lip piercings:
- Clean your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing.
- Clean your piercings two to three times a day with a saline based solution or antibacterial soap on the outside/face and non-alcohol mouthwash for inside the mouth. Avoid using harsh cleaners such as T-tree or alcohol, as these can irritate the skin.
- After meals, gently brush away any crust from around the piercing. If redness and swelling occur extra caution should be taken while brushing away dried food or other debris in order to not irritate the site further.
- It Is normal for a fresh piercing to show signs of redness, swelling, and occasional discharge. If these are prolonged contact your piercing studio or doctor for advice.
- No swimming for at least 6-8 weeks, if this is unavoidable, make sure to shower and clean the piercing thoroughly afterwards.
By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure that your piercing heals quickly and properly.
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