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Lip Piercing: Perk Up Your Smile

Saturday, 24 April 2010

lip piercingThroughout human history, lip piercing has been a popular method of body decoration. While lip piercing was a part of some rituals, it has also been used during various ceremonies. Lip piercing continues to be practiced by many people, the most well-known of which are certain African tribes, who wear large decorative lip plates or discs, usually in the lower lip, while European and American teens use lip piercing as a mark of distinction to stand out in the crowd. In the society of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, a man who has a lip piercing is a member of the higher caste and he usually wears jewelry made from gold and jade. Today, a lot of people, including some celebrities, wear lip rings because of the way it allows them to express themselves.

Although it may give you the bad girl or bad boy appeal that you would like to portray, do take note that going through lip piercing is no joke. It is a decision that involves facing risks and consequences that might cause you to regret your actions later. Also, you have to remember that a lip piercing isn't something that you can just remove after you have grown tired of it.

Since you will be living with it for the rest of your life, you should know where you want to have your lip piercing done. Lip piercings can be placed anywhere around the mouth, but the surface of the lip is not typically pierced itself, except for horizontal lip piercings. Putting a lip ring on your lower lip is very much recommended because it doesn't have any contact with your gums and wouldn't cause any damages in this area in the future.

You can also have a labret stud on the area below your lower lip. This is also called a labret. Because the flat disk is squeezed between the back of the lip and the gums, the placement of this lip piercing is very important because it can hurt your gums.

Piercings in specific positions have certain names. Monroe piercings, for example, are labret studs worn on the upper lip where Marilyn Monroe had her famous mole. Medusa piercings go through the center of the upper lip, perpendicular to the tissue. Labret piercings are pierced with a labret stud and can be pierced in the center or off-center. A variation of this is the lowbret, a lower labret. Vertical labret piercings go through the center of the bottom lip, parallel to the tissue. The variation is called the vertical lowbret, which starts inside the mouth between the lower lip and the teeth and travels straight down, exiting on the lower edge of the jaw line. Horizontal lip piercings are very rare, and include a horizontal bar on the lower lip that goes through the lip surface.

Worthy of particular mention are so-called smile piercing, when your piercing can be visible only in case you smile. This is a body piercing through the frenulum of either the upper or lower lip. For this type of piercing small jewelry 1.2x8 mm or 1.2x10 mm. Rings, mocrobarbells and microbananabells are appropriate. It is important for the jewelry not to bother you and not to hit on your teeth.

You should choose the length of the jewelry very carefully. If the length of the jewelry is not sufficient then it may lead to «skinning over» and «caving» of the jewelry, especially the heads of the labrets. Very often the clients want small, imperceptible jewelry in their lip and buy short labrets with small heads and beads. In healing process the lip tries to push out the jewelry or skin the jewelry over. In case of skinning over it is necessary to replace the jewelry by longer one or by one with larger head.

Lip piercing is considered to be the simplest and the safest type of piercing, because there are no large-vessels and complex ganglia in our lips. The piercing procedure is standard and doesn't need anesthesia, curved piercing is difficult to do due to the marks and the whole procedure passes faster and less painfully than tongue piercing. But it is recommended for piercer to make sure that there are no veins in the place of piercing by holding the pierced part of the lip up to the light.

Lip piercing aftercare is the same as for tongue piercing: to rinse with the antiseptic three to four times daily and soak the outside of the piercing using topical anticeptic, and don't play with the jewelry until full healing (one week to 20 days).

Problems that may arise during the healing period are often associated with the need to keep to a diet, and a high risk of infection at the place of piercing which is due to a high concentration of bacteria in the mouth. In the first four hours following lip piercing procedure you shouldn't eat or drink anything (especially alcohol), or smoke. After that time, dairy products, cereals, pastry, and all fruit except oranges, lemons, grapefruit and tangerines are allowed. Sour, spicy, hot, cold foods should be avoided.

This diet is highly recommended for the entire post-piercing healing period. To speed up the healing, you should stop smoking and drinking alcohol for a while. You also have to wait with kisses and oral sex, because it will be not only painful but risky as in this case you will be risking getting a serious infection.

Lip piercing noticeably changes your speech, and your articulation may become poor. Another disadvantage of lip piercing is fistula, but this is rare. It's important to follow your piercer's recommendations regarding nutrition, oral hygiene, and regular treatment of the pierced lip with antiseptic solutions for smooth and fast healing of the wound. Commonly, piercing professionals recommend washing your mouth three or four times with chlorhexidine-containing antiseptic solutions. These may include «Stomatidin», «Perideks», and «Lizoplak» among others.

A home-made saline solution made from one-fourth teaspoon of all natural pink or gray non-iodized sea salt and one cup of distilled or filtered water is a common way to heal a lip piercing and avoid infection. This solution can be used to rinse out the mouth after eating (or the mouth can be rinsed with non-alcoholic, non-antimicrobial mouth wash) and to soak the outside of the piercing using a cotton ball. Anything with alcohol, peroxide, iodine, or any strong soap should be avoided because they may irritate the fresh piercing, and cause additional swelling and trauma during the healing process. Also using things like peroxide, iodine, teatree oil, conventional antibacterial soap, or dish soap can damage or kill the skin in and around the piercing, extending the healing process. The ornament should be periodically cleansed to prevent bacterial plaque accumulation.

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jade paskin  - confused   |2011-01-06 21:51:40
if your a smoker and you spoke a few. then how can you possibily go without a fag for four hours. would it be possibile to spoke as long as you use mouth wash straight after?? please get back to me as im going to get it pieced tomorrow.
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Tabatha l  - Got my Madonna pierced yesterday!!   |2012-04-01 03:05:52
Just wanted to say Ty for this article cleared up a ton of concerns for me!! I smoked immediately after my piercing and followed up with biotene mouth wash as recommended by my piercer & all is well(-:
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