Lip Piercings - A Complete Guide to Lip Piercing
The lips can say so much, and when it comes to adorning them with piercings, they say a whole lot more! With such a wide array of lip and cheek piercings, it is important to keep its listing simple. Broken into 3 categories ranging from single, 2 and 4, this cataloged collection of amazing lip and cheek piercings should more than entertain your next jeweled undertaking.
Single Lip Piercings
Standard Lip Piercing: Simply stated, a standard lip piercing is a single, off-centered piercing of the lower or upper lip, usually done with a 14 gauge or 16g.
Hardware: Captive bead rings (CBRs) or labret studs are the preferred jewelries, but circular barbells can be worn.
Healing: Standard Lip piercings may take anywhere from 1 to 3 months to heal.
Monroe Piercing: A single 14g, 16g or 18g fitted piercing done on the right side of the upper lip, Monroe piercings are named for the mole the late Marilyn Monroe had on her lip.
Hardware: Usually a labret stud is worn in this piercing, but CBRs and horseshoe barbells are common jewelry alternatives.
Healing: On average, a Monroe piercing can take 6 weeks to 3 months to fully heal.
Madonna Piercing: A piercing similar to that of the Monroe, the Madonna piercing is done on the left hand side to represent the mole on Madonna’s lip.
Hardware: Much like the Monroe piercing, 14g, 16g and 18g labret studs, horseshoe barbells and CBRs are all worthy jewelry options for Madonna piercings.
Healing: Madonna piercings, with proper care, range between 6 to 12 weeks to heal.
Medusa Piercing: As simple as a standard, Monroe or Madonna: Medusa piercings, however, are done directly above the center of the upper lip. This puncture is usually done with 16g (or larger) needles.
Hardware: The most known medusa fittings are labret studs as well as CBRs.
Healing: Typical healing time for this style piecing is 6 to 12 weeks.
Labret Piercing: The labret is a form of piercing done just below the center of the lower lip and above the chin.
Hardware: Although “labret” is the technical term for a common style of body jewelry, the labret stud, it is not the only type fitting for this piercing style. Captive bead rings (CBRs), can be worn as well. The standard gauge ranges between 18 and 14g and can be stretched to accommodate labret plugs.
Healing: Standard healing time for labret piercings is 3 to 6 weeks, depending on care.
Vertical Labret Piercing: Both similar and quite different to the labret, the Vertical Labret does as it’s name states, a piercing done vertically with one end coming out of the standard labret piercing area, and the other penetrating through the center of the lip itself.
Hardware: A bent barbell or CBR with an 18 to 14g range is common though larger gauges are worn with this piercing.
Healing: Vertical Labret piercings may take 8 to 10 weeks to completely heal.
Ashley Piercing: An adaptation of the vertical labret, Ashley piercings are inverted, meaning lower hole of the piercing exits inside the mouth leaving just the hole through the lip visible.
Hardware: Bent barbells or CBRs with an 18 to 14g range are common though larger gauges can be worn with this piercing.
Healing: Similar to the Vertical Labret, healing time for Ashley piercings can take 8 to 10 weeks.
Jestrum Piercing: Protruding just above the center top lip, like the Medusa and exiting the center of the top lip itself, a Jestrum piercing is basically and upside-down vertical labret.
Hardware: Like the vertical labret, Jestrum piercings are the ideal fit for bent barbells or CBRs within the 18 to 14g range, though larger gauges can be worn with this piercing.
Healing: A Jestrum style procedure will have an estimated healing time of 8 to 10 weeks.
Bite Piercings: (Double Lip Piercings)
Dahlia Piercing: Rendered at the corners of the mouth, the Dahlia piercing is usually done in pairs though a single piercing is often done for its uniqueness.
Hardware: Body jewelry most commonly used for Dahlia piercings include labrets, gems crystals, ball ends and CBRs.
Healing: The healing process for Dahlia piercing(s) can range from 3 to 10 weeks, depending on care.
Snake Bites Piercing: Snake Bite piercings, representative of fang markings, are a pair of piercings with one punctured each side of the lower lip.
Hardware: Captive bead rings (CBRs), lip loops, ball ends and studs are ideal jewelry types when considering a snakebite piercing.
Healing: The estimated healing time for a Snake Bite piercing is 1 to 3 months.
Angel Bites Piercing: Nearly identical to Snake Bites, an Angel Bites piercing is performed on each side of the upper lip.
Hardware: Like the snakebite, 18 to 14g studs, crystals, gems and CBRs are highly sought after when it comes to angel bite piercings.
Healing: The average time-frame for Angel Bites piercings to heal is 4 to 12 weeks.
Dolphin Bites Piercing: Centered on the lower lip, Dolphin Bites are somewhat similar to snake bite piercings, only much closer together.
Hardware: With close piercing proximity, Dolphin Bites can style 18, 16 and even 14-gauge spikes, crystals labret studs, lip loops and CBRs with stylish ease.
Healing: As with other “bites,” this style of piercing averages about a 1 to 3 month healing period.
Spider Bites Piercing, (or Viper Bites Piercing): These piercings pair in close proximity and can vary from either the left or right side of the bottom lip.
Hardware: Sharing such similarities as the Dolphin Bites, Spider or Viper Bite piercings are capable of sporting 18: 14g CBRs, circular barbells and labrets.
Healing: Spider/Viper Bites piercings may take anywhere from 4 weeks to 3 months to completely heal.
Cyber Bites Piercing: The Cyber Bites piercing essentially combines the Medusa and Labret piercings by placing one centered piercing each above and below the top and bottom lips.
Hardware:As with their Medusa and Labret counterparts, both piercings can accompany 18 to 14-gauge labret studs, spikes, gems, crystals, CBRs and larger gauged labret plugs (preferably with the lower lip piercing).
Healing: Depending on care, a Cyber Bites piercing may take 6 weeks to 3 months to fully heal.
Shark Bites Piercing: Totaling 4 piercings altogether, Shark Bites are best categorized as a pair of Spider/Viper Bites piercings, done close together and on both sides of the lower lip.
Hardware: Both captive bead rings (CBRs) circular barbells, spikes and labret studs work well with this piercing, however it’s the variation of gauges and jewelry type that really shows off this styles sharpness.
Healing: Due to the amount of piercings performed at one time, the Shark Bites piercing healing period may be extensive, taking anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks.
Canine Bites Piercing: Comprised of 4 single piercings done on both sides of both the upper and lower lips, Canine Bites piercings showoff a distinct combination of the Angel Bites & Snake Bites piercings.
Hardware: With so many options when it comes to bling-ing up such a creative piercing, it’s often considered to keep your choices paired. Whether its 14-gauge spikes and 18g circular barbells, or 16g ball ends paired with 14g crystals, it’s a given yours will be unique.
Healing: Considering there are 2 pairs of piercings done in one sitting, Canine Bites tend to take around 8 to 12 weeks to heal.
Cheek Piercings: Usually performed as a pair, Cheek piercings are facial piercings done in symmetrical fashion, partially penetrating or imitating pre-existing dimples.
Hardware: Labrets, gems, ball ends and spikes ranging from 16 to 12 gauge are just some of the cheek piercing options available.
Healing: With proper care, your dimplistic stunners should heal in approximately 8 to 12 weeks.