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2022 Vertical Labret Pros & Cons by a Piercer S02 EP49

In Season 2 Episode 49, DaVo covers the Pros & Cons of Vertical Labret Piercing. In addition, he covers what you should know before, the piercing experience, healing the piercing, Jewelry, and abandoning the piercing.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

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Show Notes:

  • Pierced through the center of the lower lip vertically with a curved barbell


  • lip piercings have a long history among the tribal people of Africa and South America

  • Was developed in a modern piercing in the late 80s.


  1. Long History of healing

  2. Less Contact with Teeth, Gums, and Bones

  3. Quick Healing

  4. Doesn’t Impact sleeping as much as other piercings

  5. Can be combined into groupings


  1. Risk of damage

  2. Limited to rings or curved barbells

  3. Swelling

  4. Impacts on eating & drinking

  5. Can close quickly

Preparing & What you Should Know:

  • Piercer is experienced in this piercing, professional, informative and makes you feel comfortable, and offers a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc… A piercer should evaluate your anatomy.

  • Your piercer should have experience with this piercing

  • Should be done with a curved barbell

  • Cross-Contamination Prevention

  • Diet change and swelling reduction

  • Does the piercer provide aftercare products and written and verbal aftercare instructions?

The Piercing Experience:

  • Consultation & Jewelry Selection

  • Waiver, Set Up, and Disinfection

  • Placement should appear dead center and the piercer should mark both top and bottom

  • When looking at the placement, look up close and at arm's length.

  • The area is clamped with forceps

  • The needle is inserted in and through

  • Forceps are removed

  • The needle is pushed out with a guide pin

  • The jewelry is threaded on the guide pin, inserted and the end is screwed on.

  • There may be some slight to moderate bleeding. The thinness of the guide pin may cause additional bleeding

  • Usually, you will have throbbing, aching, and warmth in the area for a few minutes afterward

  • Piercing is sensitive to the touch.



This piercing is usually slightly more uncomfortable than other lip or oral piercings. This is due to there normally being more nerve grouping in the location.



  • The average healing time is 6-9 months

  • Clean twice daily with sterile saline spray

  • Rinse twice daily with Biotene and sea salt and water

  • Swelling lasts 3-5 days

    • Reduce intake of tobacco, cannabis, vaping, hot and spicy foods, and salty foods and drinks.

    • Soft food and a simple diet for the first 5-7 days

    • Cold items and stay hydrated

    • Sleep with your head above your heart.

    • Limit movement of the piercing and jewelry

  • Change your diet and how you drink to avoid contact with the piercing.

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact.

    • Keep your environment clean

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

    • Keep utensils clean and don’t share.

  • Avoid playing with the piercing or excessive movement

  • First 3-5 days you can experience slight bleeding off and on, redness/discolor, heat, and tenderness to the touch.

  • Avoid trauma and contact with the piercing.

  • Downsizing


  • should leave jewelry in at all times

  • The ends need to be checked regularly.

  • Ends with sharp edges or points should be avoided

  • If the jewelry is loose-fitting it should be downsized

  • Glass can be worn temporarily


Living with the piercing:

  • Check the ends on a regular bases

  • Continue to avoid contact or stress on the jewelry and piercing.

  • Leave jewelry in at all times.

  • .During oral sex practice safe sex

Abandoning the Piercing:

  • If the piercing is still healing and there are signs of infection or other issues, consult a doctor or your piercer before removing the jewelry.

  • If the piercing is healing but there are no signs of issues, just remove the jewelry and monitor the area like any other wound.

  • If the piercing is healed just remove the jewelry.

  • These piercings scar and the piercing will appear open long after it is abandoned. Over time the scarring may fade.

  • The holes may produce a cream cheese-like discharge, this is sebum.

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All photos are used in the spirit of Fair use. If you own the copyright of the photos, did the piercing, or are the person in the photo, please contact me and I will add the information to the description. 

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

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Contact DaVo at or by phone at 515-966-4814
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Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm