All You Need To Know About Labret Piercings
Labret piercings are one of the very few piercing styles with ancient roots. Labret piercings featuring jewelry infused with precious metals and stones were very popular among the Aztec, Mayan, Amazonian tribes of yesteryears, for them it was way to demonstrate their affluence and royalty. Even today, labret piercings are adorned by the crème de la crème of the body piercing world.
Typically a Labret piercing is carried out on the lower lip, usually at its center point. It comes in two variations;
The horizontal labret piercing
Where the piercing jewelry lies horizontally transcending the center point of the lower lip.
Vertical Labret piercing
Where the piercing jewelry sits at the midpoint of the lower lip. It is important to note that in reality, the piercing bore of a vertical labret piercing does not actually pass through the lower lip; it instead passes through area just underneath the lower lip (philtrum)
Getting Your Labret Piercing
The process of getting a Labret piercing is a relatively straightforward one, just make sure to employ the services of a skilled body artist. Prior to the procedure, you will be asked to disinfect your mouth by making use of an antibacterial mouthwash. This is followed by thorough cleansing of the external part of the lower lip by the piercer.
The piercer will then proceed to make surface markings of the piercing entry and exit points, before securing your lower lip with a clamp. This is to minimize the risk of vibrations as the procedure is being completed. Once this is one, he/she will then insert hollow piercing needle following the guide points. To round up the process the appropriate body jewelry is inserted through the pierced hole and fastened into place.
Jewelry For Your Labret Piercing
Jewelry options for labret piercings are more than diverse; your choice is dependent on your preferred style and budget.
For horizontal labret piercings, the standard jewelry options are horizontal barbells.
In the case of vertical labret piercings, studs and curved barbells are the more common types of piercing jewelry. If you’re looking to recreate a more charming look, lip rings are the way to go. Like other piercing jewelry, these come in various shapes, sizes, and styles. To safeguard the health of your lip and minimize the risk of complications, make sure to opt for those made out of higher quality materials. Body jewelry made out of surgical grade stainless steel, titanium or piercing safe acrylic are the more preferred choices.
Pain threshold, healing time and Aftercare
Labret piercings in comparison to other facial piercings are relatively painless, with most piercing enthusiasts reporting the pain as a slight tingling sensation. To prevent complications that illicit greater pains, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene after the piercing procedure. All things being equal it takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks for the piercing to heal completely. In addition, make sure to commit to a healthy lifestyle, eat well, sleep well, stay clear of recreational drugs, and practice good hygiene.
In conclusion Labret piercing aftercare, like with other facial piercing aftercare is pretty basic;
Rinse your mouth routinely with non-alcohol based mouthwash
Remember to regularly douse your piercing in a saline based solution (twice daily)
Stay clear hardened foods; a diet of softer foods and fluids is best for your healing piercing
The temptation to fiddle your piecing is bound to arise, do your best to avoid that as it inflicts more trauma to your piercing.
Kissing is a no-no during the healing procedure; so is bathing and swimming in community pools
Applying creams, balms and washing your piercing with soaps will do more harm than good to your piercings. Stick to the basic aftercare options of mouthwashes and saline based solutions.
Avoid taking prescription drugs like aspirin. These are blood thinners known to extend piercing healing time