Lip Piercing

A lip piercing is a great body modification that allows a person to express themselves in a fun, unique way. This modification punctures the lip, the frenulum or the surrounding area, decorating this area with a chosen piece of jewelry. Both girls and guys pierce their lips. If you’re ready to follow suit and get a piercing, there’s probably a lot of questions in your mind. The more that you know about lip piercing before you head into the studio, the less anxious you’ll feel. This is your lip piercing guide providing the information and answers that you need for a smooth lip piercing experience.

Types of Lip Piercing

The cool thing about piercings for the lip is that you have tons of styles, types, and options to choose from! Types of piercings for the lip include:

Snake Bite

The snake bit piercing earned its name due to its resemblance to a real snake bite. This piercing is a double puncture in the lower lip, located in the center of the lip.

Angel Bite

An angel bite piercing is a double symmetrical puncture in the upper lip.

Cyber Bite

A Cyber bite piercing is a double puncture made in the upper lip, with the second puncture located just below the bottom lip in the middle of the groove.

Spider Bite

A spider bite piercing is a double puncture under the bottom lip. The piercing openings are located near each other, at the corner of the mouth.

Vampire Bite

A Vampire bite piercing is simple a double piercing in each corner of the bottom lips. It looks very similar to the snake bite piercing.

Canine Bites

Canine bites are several punctures at each corner of the mouth. Both the upper and bottom lip is pierced for a canine bite piercing.

Dolphin/Shark Bite

A dolphin bite is a double piercing made below the bottom lip.


The Monroe piercing is named after Marilyn Monroe. This piercing is a simple facial puncture above the upper left lip.


Another celebrity-inspired piercing, the Madonna Is a facial puncture located on the right side, upper lip.


The Medusa piercing is a single piercing located above the philtrum on the upper lip.


A Labret is a single puncture under the bottom lip.

– Dahlia: Double piercing located in each top corner of the mouth.


The Smiley piercing is a single piercing made at the frenulum area on the upper lip.


The Ashley piercing is merely a labret piercing made in a horizontal manner. The piercing is located in the center of the bottom lip.


A Jestrum is a single punch piercing located in the center of the upper lip.

Which Area of My Lip Should I Pierce?

The Monroe, Labret, Smiley, and Medusa are three of the most popular types of lip piercings, however, choose your piercing based on personal preference. There is no wrong choice; every piercing style allows you to express yourself freely. Consider factors such as the cost, the healing time, and the pain level when choosing the area of the lip to pierce. Some areas are less painful than others, which is important for anyone with a low pain threshold.

The three piercing styles listed here are easy for the piercer and the least painful of the choices for the person getting the procedure. Canine bites and dahlia are the most painful piercings. They’re unusual and not as commonly used as other piercing types. Anyone that wants to be unique who can also tolerate high amounts of pain should consider either of these choices.

Before a Lip Piercing

Oral jewelry poses some risk to the mouth, teeth, and the gums. Infections are one of the most common risks, especially if the piercing isn’t properly cared for. Smokers also have added risks when they choose to pierce. Smoking causes some side effects that you probably won’t enjoy. The piercing expert will discuss the risks of piercing the lip ahead of the procedure. Thousands of people pierce their lips every single year, so you shouldn’t concern yourself over the procedure and concentrate more on taking care of the piercing.

The Procedure

Unlike other types of piercings, the lip area requires additional pre and post-care. Before the procedure begins, the piercing professional must first reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth. This is usually done with medical tampons being placed on the salivary glands. The piercer then sterilizes the instruments that he’ll use for the procedure. The next step is marking the puncture location using a surgical pen if the piercing is performed outside of the mouth. A special retainer is then placed on the lip and perforated with a 14-gage needle. Once the needle pierces the appropriate amount of skin, the jewelry is then inserted. The piercer then disinfects the area and provides care instructions.

Lip Piercing Aftercare Information

Follow all the advice and information provided to you by the professional piercer before, during, and after the procedure. The wound must be properly disinfected for it to properly heal and to avoid infections and other trouble. It takes one – three months on average for a lip piercing to heal, depending on the type of piercing you select. If anything abnormal occurs during the healing process or if you experience excessive pain, consult with your physician or the nearest emergency room. Although the piercing is painless for most people, you may feel some discomfort after the procedure and swelling and redness are both normal.

Additional tips for faster healing:

1. Do not eat or drink for up to 6 hours after the procedure

2. Do not touch the piercing, play with it, etc. unless it is being cleaned

3. Do not remove the jewelry placed into the piercing until the wound is completely healed

4. Avoid eating hard food for 3- 5 days after the piercing

5. Use ice cubes to minimize swelling is the wound becomes uncomfortable

6. Over-the-counter pain relievers can ease any discomfort that you experience

7. Use a saltwater rinse after eating or drinking to remove any bacteria or debris from the mouth

8. Wash your jewelry once per day using an antibacterial hand soap

9. Use a salt solution to clean the piercing twice per day

10. Numbing cream for piercings is available to ease any discomfort that you may experience