What is Labret Piercing?
Labret Piercing is a piercing on the lip. More precisely, the piercing is stabbed below the lower lip. Whether the Labret Piercing should sit in the middle or to the side is entirely up to your taste. If the Labret Piercing sits particularly deep near the tooth root, it is called a lowbred.
Here is all the essential information you should know about labret piercing – from the risks and pain to proper care and costs.
By the way: The term “labret piercing” confuses now and then. Because not only the piercing on the lower lip but all piercings in the area of the lip are often referred to as a labret, this also includes, for example, the Madonna piercing, which is pierced on the side above the upper lip and the Medusa piercing, which sits in the minor groove between the upper lip and nose. Also, the term is used simultaneously for the flattened, conical piercing rod, which can be used on many parts of the body.
Important in advance: No matter what lip piercing or piercing it is in general – it should always only be done by a professional and experienced piercer. If the lip piercing is not done correctly, severe inflammation can develop.
How does it Labret Piercing?
Before the actual piercing is done, the puncture site and the surrounding skin are first thoroughly disinfected, and then the desired piercing site is marked with a pen. Then the lip is fixed with pliers, lifted slightly, and pierced with a special needle.
The lower lip often swells slightly, vibrations, or feels hot right after the prick. In some cases, the lip or gums may even turn blue in the first few days. All of these complaints should go away after a few days at the latest.
How painful is the Labret piercing?
How painful the piercing of the lower lip is, of course, always depends on how sad it is. In general, however, one can say that the labret is counted among the painless piercings, as it is only pierced through the skin and not through cartilage tissue, as is the case with many ear piercings.
Labret Piercing Risks
All piercings, whether Labret, ear, or lip piercing, involve some risks. Finally, tissue is pierced, and a foreign body is inserted.
The most common risk is that the labret piercing could become infected – for example, if it is not cared for regularly and adequately or if the piercing is constantly stuck on clothing and the like. Wearing braces can also negatively affect as the braces can get caught in the jewelry, and the piercing hole is exposed to constant friction. What to do if your piercing becomes infected? You can find out here: Piercing inflamed: What you can do and when you should see a doctor.
But not only inflammation can occur with this lower lip piercing. The piercing jewelry can, for example, grows together with the oral mucosa. This case usually only occurs with newly pierced piercings with plugs that are too short.
In general, the correct length of the lip piercing for the labret is significant. Too short a stick can damage teeth and tooth enamel. In general, the initial jewelry is longer than the permanent jewelry used after it has healed completely.
And the suitable material is also crucial. Titanium or surgical steel plugs can attack gums and tooth enamel. Therefore only piercings made of soft polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) should be used.
Labret Piercing Cost
What costs you have to reckon with for the labret piercing cannot be said in general terms. The prices vary depending on which studio you get pierced in. And there are also price fluctuations from region to region.
As a rule, lip piercing costs around 40 to 70 dollars. The price usually includes not only the piercing but also the initial jewelry and piercing care.
Labret Piercing Healing and Proper Care
- In the first few weeks, clean the puncture site two to three times a day with disinfectant mouth spray.
- Refrain from smoking, alcohol, and blood-thinning medication such as aspirin in the first few days and protect piercing from soap and cosmetics or use pH-neutral products.
- No foods containing lactic or fruit acid should be consumed in the first two weeks. In general, one should be very careful when biting off and chewing food.
- Refrain from ball sports for a few days (risk of injury). Sunbathing / solarium and sauna are also taboo during wound healing.
- Now and then, move the labret gently with disinfected hands so that it does not grow together with the mouth’s inner mucous membrane. But do not remove the piercing under any circumstances.
Labret Piercing Jewelry
As soon as the lower lip’s piercing has completely healed, the piercer can replace the initial jewelry with other jewelry.
A labret rod, also known as a labret stud or labret pin, is usually used for piercing. Such a rod has a small plate at one end and a thread at the other end onto which a small ball can be screwed. The standard rod thickness is 1.2 mm or 1.6 mm and is between 8 and 14 mm long. A labret stick made of Bioflex (PTFE) is also recommended. The material is more skin-friendly than nickel or surgical stainless steel, which can often cause allergies or inflammation and damage teeth. In addition to labret pins, ball closure rings and horseshoes are also popular.