Lip Piercing – Everything You Need to Know – Ultimate Guide

If you are considering having a lip piercing, you should have some doubts that you want to solve before doing so. So that you have all the information you need to know, we will answer those questions and some more.

What is Labret Piercing?

There is some confusion about labret piercing and lip piercings. They are often considered synonymous to refer to any perforation in the lips. The name labret comes from the Latin “labrum and is translated into Spanish as a lip. Any perforation in the region of the lips would be a labret, although it is only used to refer to a specific placement that we will see below.

Lip Piercing
Lip Piercing

Its use dates back to our ancestors, and they are found in different cultures around the world. What they did was make ornaments for the lips made with the materials they had on hand. Any natural elements such as horns, bones, and gold were used to decorate the perforations in the lip.

Types of Lip Piercing

Within the aesthetic preferences and limitations of our anatomy, a lip piercing can be done almost anywhere around the mouth. Most types of lip perforations do not pass through the lips.

We talked before, or all the piercings in the lip are considered labrets, each of them receives a different name. Let’s see the differences.

1. Labret Piercing – What is the piercing on the bottom lip called?

Labret piercing is a horizontal perforation that is done below the lower lip and in a centered position. By its name, it leads us to think that it is a piercing through the lip, but it is not so.

Piercing Labret Features:

  • Perforations: 1
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: post with a flat base, curved bar or «BCR» ring

2. Labret Vertical Piercing

It is a perforation that crosses the lower lip vertically. In vertical labret piercing, one of the differences with conventional Labret piercing is that both ends of the jewel are seen.

Features of Labret Vertical Piercing:

  • Perforations: 1
  • Healing: 8-10 weeks
  • Jewel: curved or straight bar

3. Labret Horizontal Piercing

For piercing Labret Horizontal, a single perforation is done horizontally through the lip, from which the ends of the jewel stand out.

Features of Labret Horizontal Piercing:

  • Perforations: 1
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: curved or straight bar

4. Monroe Piercing

A single perforation in the upper left part of the lip. The appearance of a Monroe piercing reminds of a mole, and that is where it gets its name. It is named in honor of the characteristic lunar Marilyn Monroe.

Piercing Monroe Features:

  • Perforations: 1
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: «labret stud» bar or «BCR» ring

5. Madonna Piercing

The Madonna piercing is another perforation on the upper lip. It is offset off to the right side of the lip, just on the opposite side of the Monroe piercing.


Piercing Madonna Features:

  • Perforations: 1
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: «labret stud» bar or «BCR» ring

6. Medusa Piercing

It is a single perforation just below the nose in the region known as philtrum. I give you more information in an extensive guide to medusa piercing.

Features of Medusa Piercing:

  • Perforations: 1
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: «labret stud» bar

7. Jestrum Piercing

For the Jestrum piercing, a single vertical perforation is made along the upper lip. As the philtrum region is crossed, it is also known as vertical jellyfish piercing. It is characterized by the fact that both holes are on the outside of the lip so that the two ends of the jewel are visible.

Piercing Jestrum Features:

  • Perforations: 1
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: curved bar

8. Ashley Piercing

It is a horizontal perforation that crosses the center of the lip. The piercing Ashley only shows one end of the jewel.

Piercing Ashley Features:

  • Perforations: 1
  • Healing: 8-10 weeks
  • Jewel: curved bar or ring «BCR.»

9. Snake Bites Piercing

Snake Bites piercing consists of two perforations below the lower lip. They are located symmetrically separated, one on each side of the lower lip, representing a snake bite.

Features of Snake Bites Piercing:

  • Perforations: 2
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: bar “labret stud” and circular or ring “BCR.”

10. Angel Bites Piercing

They are two perforations above the upper lip similar to Snake Bites. The piercing Angel Bites could also be seen as a combination of a Monroe and a Madonna.

Angel Bites Piercing Features:

  • Perforations: 2
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: “labret stud” bar

11. Spider Bites Piercing

Also known as Viper Bites, it is formed with a pair of perforations together and under the lower lip. A piercing Spider Bites simulates a spider bite.

Features of the Piercing Spider Bites:

  • Perforations: 2
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: bar “labret stud” and circular or ring “BCR”

12. Cyber ​​Bites Piercing

In the Cyber ​​Bites piercing, two perforations are made in the center, one above the upper lip and the other below the lower. It is a combination of two opposite perforations: Medusa and Labret.

Features of the Piercing Cyber ​​Bites:

  • Perforations: 2
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: bar “labret stud” and circular or ring “BCR.”

13. Dolphin Bites Piercing

For piercing Dolphin Bites, two perforations are centered below the lower lip. It is alike to the Snake Bites piercing but with the jewels placed closer, almost together.

Dolphin Bites Piercing Features:

  • Perforations: 2
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: “labret stud” bar with ball or cone

14. Dahlia Piercing

Also known as Joker Bites, Dahlia piercings are two perforations on the sides of the corners of the mouth. Perforation is done on the right side and the other on the left.

Dahlia Piercing Features:

  • Perforations: 2
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: “labret stud” bar or “BCR” ring

15. Canine Bites Piercing

It consists of four perforations distributed on both sides of the upper and lower lip. The Canine piercing Bites is the same as combining Angel Bites and Snake Bites.

Features of the Piercing Canine Bites:

  • Perforations: 4
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: “labret stud” bar or combined with a circular bar

16. Shark Bites Piercing

piercing Shark Bites are four perforations located below the lower lip, sideways, and grouped two by two. You can say that it is the same as becoming double Spider Bites.

Piercing Shark Bites Features:

  • Perforations: 4
  • Healing: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Jewel: “labret stud” bar or combined with a circular bar

17. Piercing Smiley / Smile

It is a bit different from the previous ones because it is, in its entirety, inside the mouth. It is a perforation that is made in the frenulum of the upper lip. If you want to know more, I recommend you see the Smiley piercing guide.

What lip earrings can be worn

For the jewel of the first setting,  it is usual to put a flat-based bar known as «labret,» although once cured, a ring could be used.

The diameter of the initial jewel varies depending on where it is to be placed and the type of earring. To change the first jewel, you must wait until 3 or 4 weeks.

As a reference, he thinks it would be between 1.2mm and 2mm thick. The length for a bar would be between 8mm and 11mm and a ring between 10mm and 12mm. Since there may be swelling in the first few days, it is better to use a size larger than what we will use when it is cured.

Lip Piercing
Lip Piercing

The Labret Stud

It is a short bar that has a flat base at the end that would fit inside the mouth. This seeks to make the earring more comfortable and also safer than a ball.

Some are made of several pieces divided into two or three parts.

In those that are made of several pieces, we can choose that the post, the stop, and the front end can be unscrewed.

An advantage of the two-part system is that you could wear a jewel where only the visible part is made of metal. For the part that is inside the perforation, the best thing is a soft material that protects gums and teeth.

How a lip piercing is done

For any of the perforations in the lip, follow the necessary steps.

First, the area to be drilled is disinfected. For the outside, we apply a disinfectant with a cotton swab, such as those used for the ears. To clean inside the mouth, we rinse with a mouthwash without alcohol.

We mark the points where the jewel is going to be placed. To make it perfect, you have to pay attention to the symmetry of the face. One trick is to look for benchmarks. Being the lip of the nose is an ideal candidate.

Before drilling, you must hold the lip with forceps tweezers. In general, a catheter with a diameter of 14G or 16G is used to make the perforation. The diameter depends on the type of perforation and the measurements of the jewel.

Finally, the jewel is inserted into the catheter. When the catheter is removed, the earring is placed at the marked point.

Here you can see the complete process:

How bad do lip piercings hurt?

The mouth area and, in particular, the perforations in the lip are usually not very painful.

Pain is something relative to each one, so we perceive it with a different intensity. It varies depending on the individuals and the type of lip piercing chosen.

If we average, it is a nuisance of bearable intensity that we could value at most in a 5 out of 10.

How do lip piercings heal?

They are one of the fastest healing scars. This is mainly due to contact with saliva from the mouth and the presence of blood capillaries.

A piercing may appear cured before completing the healing process. Although we see it well on the outside, the process has not been completed inside. This is because the exterior is cured before the interior.

Usually, the piercings on the lip take between 6 and 8 weeks to heal.

During the first week, it is normal for us to have a slight swelling, some small bleeding or bruising. Nor would it be unusual for it to secrete a whitish liquid other than pus.

Main care

For proper healing, the main thing is to maintain cleaning routines. Be patient and maintain cleanliness throughout the healing period. In this type of perforation, it is applied both inside and outside the mouth.

  • For the interior: use an alcohol-free mouthwash to rinse after each meal. Important, spending is not right, you should not do it more than 4 or 5 times a day.
  • For the outside: we clean the area with a cotton swab soaked in physiological serum. A couple of times a day is enough, for example, once in the morning and once in the evening.

Risks of lip perforations

Lip piercings have some risks that we have to know before making a decision.

  • Lip infection: like any other perforation, there is a possibility that it will become infected. Use sterilized material and maintain hygiene routines to prevent infections.
  • The appearance of keloids: the area of ​​perforation can cause the formation of lumps if you are prone to keloid scars.
  • Damage to gums and teeth: caused by continuous rubbing with the jewel. This contact can cause the gums to shrink; the teeth become more sensitive and can even fall.
  • Increased saliva: the salivary glands can produce an excess of saliva in the presence of an object inside the mouth.

How much is a lip piercing?

The price of the lip piercings depends on many things: the number of perforations to be done, the area where they are going to be done, the cost of the jewel, and the price of the ring binder.

Usually, you have to have a professional puncher that gives us hygiene guarantees and that you know. A lip piercing has a price ranging from $ 15 per piercing. For those with more than one, the price is multiplied by the number of perforations you need.

To this, we must add the price of the jewel, which will vary depending on the material with which it is manufactured and the number of pieces that carry each type of piercing on the lip. As an orientation,  a jewel made of titanium has a price of 15 dollars.


Lip piercing is one of the most popular piercings after the ear and nose. Those located in the lower lip are the worst accepted in specific areas: family, studies, work. We hope we have resolved all your doubts about the consequences that a piercing on the lip can have for your oral health.

Although we do not recommend it under any circumstances, we are relieved to think that after reading this article you make an informed decision. Similarly, if you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to contact us using the contact form on our website comment section.

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