Labret Piercing

Labret piercing is any piercing which is done in the area between the chin and the lower lip. Such piercings are very common in many counterculture groups, especially the gothic community, and they have a long history among Native Americans and other tribal peoples as well. In other tribal, in Mali and in Ethiopia revere the labret and lip piercings for their religious significance. The Dogons, a tribe in Mali, use the piercing to symbolize their god’s efforts to create the world. While the labret has a long history among tribal people the world over, it is a commonly worn facial piercing in modern society. The labret has earned many names among modern people, including the Monroe, Madonna, Chrome Crawford and Medusa. There are several types of labret piercings which include lip labret piercing, snakebite piercing, spider bite piercing, etc. For those of you who want to get this one, then you should research some information about labret piercing before getting it done, so as to minimize risks and complications associated with it.

For the preparation: The first step is to search for a studio that you trust. Lip labret piercing is a relatively common type, which every artist is aware of. Feel free to discuss the piercing placement with the artist. Also, your lip thickness will be measured with a safe device. By doing so, the length and size of the jewelry is determined for proper fitting. Ill fitting jewelry is not convenient to wear and often cause skin irritations.

Sizes of labrets: The size of the jewelry inserted in a labret piercing depends on the client’s anatomy. Women or men with small facial features benefit from wearing 16 gauge jewelry in the labret piercing. For initial jewelry in a person with large facial features, 14- or 12-gauge jewelry is inserted.

For the aftercare tips: During the first three hours after getting a piercing, do not eat, smoke, or drink anything. To help with the healing process, use lavender oil as it lubricates the wound and reduces the tenderness. Another very important after care tip is using antibacterial soap to clean your lip and the area around it.Do not touch the piercings, unless you are being told to do so. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on a piercing. Both of these products strip the skin of natural oils, thus drying it out and putting it at risk for irritation or infection. Also, always clean a new piercing twice a day, in the morning and at night for at least a month. Make some salt water by dissolving ½ tsp. salt in ¼ cup of warm water. Wash your hands well with soap and water before cleaning the piercing. Rinse the pierced area well with warm, clean water. Soak a cotton ball in the salt water and wash the area around the stud. On very new piercings, let the salt water sit for a few minutes on the side of the piercing that is outside of your mouth to soften any crust that has formed, then gently wash it away. Avoid makeups, alcohol and smoking as far as possible, so as to promote quick healing of the pierced sites. With proper care, labret piercing heals in about 6-8 weeks.

Labret piercings get their name because the jewelry worn in them is called a labret. Labrets are made up of an ornamental bead, a rod that pushes through the piercing and a backing disc to keep it in place. Although the labret piercing has become much more common, it is far from socially accepted in many regions. Individuals with these piercings may have difficulty finding employment, and they may also battle with their dentists or doctors when they require medical care. For those of you who are interested in the piercing should be aware of this, and you should also be committed to at least six weeks of healing time before taking the piercing out, to ensure that infection does not settle in.