The Cyber Bite Piercing: Everything You Need to Know
The cyber bite piercing is a double lip piercing that combines the medusa and the standard labret piercing. It consists of a puncture in the groove above your upper lip and another puncture directly below the lower lip.
This piercing is perfect for those who are looking for a unique lip piercing style that stands out a little more than a single lip piercing but isn’t as loud as a quadrupel piercing. It’s truly the Goldilocks standard of lip piercings; it’s boldness is just right.
Any piercing that enters the mouth has its own set of complications. Mouth-borne bacteria encourages infection, and the new jewelry can cause damage to your teeth. For these and other reasons, the cyber bite piercing isn’t for everyone.
To help you decide whether the cyber bite piercing is right for you, here’s everything you need to know.
How much do cyber bite piercings hurt?
Like other lip piercings, the cyber bite piercing falls about halfway on the pain scale. The discomfort will mostly come from the fact that you will get two piercings at once, so you’ll experience more swelling than if you were to get one piercing.
If you have a low pain tolerance, you should consider putting a day or two in between your piercings to allow your body time to rest.
You should also choose an experienced piercer. They will be able to guide you through the process, tell you when to breathe, and conduct the piercing quickly with the least amount of pain possible.
Cyber bite piercing healing process
The cyber bite piercing usually takes between 6 - 8 weeks to heal if you practice proper aftercare.
Piercing rejection, skin irritation, and scarring are all complications you face during healing. However, your number one enemy will be piercing infections. If you get an infection, at best it will prolong healing, and at worst it will contribute to tissue death and serious scarring, so it’s best to be avoided.
The best thing that you can do for your healing cyber bites piercing is conduct proper aftercare practices. Remember that your healing piercing is an open wound, and you should treat it as such. Pretend that you have a long lasting cold, and make sure that you are giving your body the tools that it needs in order to heal itself.
Beyond conducting regular piercing aftercare practices, here are some tips for healing your cyber piercing happily.
Clean the back of your piercing by gargling a sea salt solution. The back of your cyber bites piercing will enter your mouth, so it’s important to clean the backside, too. Gargle a sea salt or saline solution, and let it sit at the backs of your jewelry to help clear out the new piercing. Do not gargle with mouthwash; the alcohol in it can irritate your piercing.
Watch your new jewelry. In all piercings, your starter jewelry will need to be bigger than usual to make room for swelling. Since the lips swell more than other areas of the body, the starter jewelry for cyber bites is quite long. This poses a hazard while chewing or biting. When you’re getting used to the new jewelry, stick to softer foods, and take care when you eat. Once the initial swelling has gone down, you can talk to your piercer about switching to smaller jewelry.
Don’t twist or touch the jewelry. In the past, rotating your jewelry was encouraged to break away crusties and make sure that the jewelry wasn’t too tight. This practice has since been proven to irritate the surrounding skin which encourages piercing rejection, infection, and scarring. If you develop crusties, you can gently dab them away with a damp paper towel. If you’re concerned that your jewelry is too tight, talk to your piercer about getting fitted with a larger piece of jewelry rather than trying to rotate it.
Cyber bite piercing jewelry styles
The thing we love about multiple lip piercings is the combination of jewelry styles that you can play with.
Most commonly, you’ll see flat disc back studs in cyber bite piercings. You can opt for a simple bead end or get some charms to show off your personality. In lip studs, you should always choose flat backs so that the jewelry doesn’t rub against your teeth and gums.
Some choose to decorate their top lip with a labret stud and adorn their bottom lip with a hoop style like a seamless ring or captive bead ring. This provides an asymmetrical style that appeals to those who want their cyber bite piercing to stand out a little bit more.
Why shouldn’t I get a cyber bite piercing?
Since the cyber bite piercing is near the mouth, you should not get this or any other lip piercing if you have oral issues.
If you know that you have bad oral hygiene or can’t adhere to aftercare practices, choose another piercing that’s easier to heal.
If you suffer from receding gum lines or enamel wear, this isn’t the piercing for you. The jewelry will rub against your teeth, which exacerbates these issues. Your oral health is always more important than your body jewelry choices.
How much will it cost?
Cyber piercings cost around $50 - $80. As always, choose a quality piercer who uses clean tools. Often, piercing infection occur when unsterilized tools were used, setting your piercing up for failure from day one.
The jewelry might not be included in this price. You should choose pure, high quality metals for your starter jewelry. Even if you’ve never had metal allergies, it’s possible to develop one, and the alloys in cheaper metals tend to irritate the sensitive healing skin.