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Labret Piercings

Labret Piercings are a piercing known by a lot of different names based on it's location or the grouping of the piercings. These include Beauty Marks aka Monroe or Madonna, Medusa, Snake Bite, Shark Bites, Angel Bites, Dolphin Bites, Spider Bites, Shark Bites, Cyber Bites, Cheek Piercing and Lowbret. Though the placement maybe different all are basically a piercing that goes straight through the tissue surrounding the mouth and either a Labret Stud or Fishtail Labret is used.

Lip and Labret piercing what's the difference?

A Lip piercing is done at an upward angle through the part of the lip that protrudes outward and a Labret is done straight through the skin below the lip. Even though the most common placement is the center it can be placed just about anywhere under the lip. Due to it's placement there is really only two types of jewelry that can be worn in a Labret. Either a Labret Stud or a Fishtail Labret. Though you can wear a ring it because of the angle and the size that is need, it will be uncomfortable and more than likely cause damage to your teeth.

HISTORY:

The Labret are piercings done by many tribes in South America, Africa and the Inuit and Pacific Northwestern Indian Tribes . One case is the women of the Sara tribe of Central Africa use saucer-shaped plugs to spread or stretch the lip after slitting. The Cheek piercing are done by many tribes in South America, Africa and the Inuit and Pacific Northwestern Indian Tribes.

ADVANTAGES:

Other then adornment the piercings really have no other advantage or use.

DISADVANTAGES & CONCERNS:

Due to the location of the piercings they are prone to causing damage to teeth and gums.

MAIN HASSLES:

The piercing must be cleaned twice daily during healing which is on an average 2-3 months. For the first 2-4 weeks the Aftercare for Oral Piercings must be followed. Though not as bad as a tongue piercing the swelling in the first 1-5 days can make eating and speech difficult. A change in diet is needed to reduce swelling. We suggest cutting down on your intake of Alcohol, tobacco, spicy foods and ingesting other harass items. Also cross contamination prevention is needed(such as no deep mouth kissing for 8 weeks). Do to swelling the piercing is preformed with longer jewelry and needs to be reduced asap.

Healing Time is 8-12 weeks. Oral aftercare must be followed for first 2-4 weeks & Above the Neck aftercare for the first 8-12 weeks.

Common Jewelry 14g to 10g 3/8 to 1/2 inch Labret stud for Labret piercing above the gum line and 16g to 10g fishtail Labret for Labret piercings below the gum line.

Axiom base price with

16g or 14g Implant Grade Steel Labret stud - $65.00

Groups(Snake Bites, Spider Bites, etc...) with Implant Grade Steel Labret - $110.00

Pain level on a scale of 1-10 is between 2-3

For Aftercare information go to Aftercare for Basic Aftercare Instructions and Oral Piercings Aftercare

For more information on Jewelry go here

DaVo's Piercing Blog on Lip and Labret Piercings