Vertical Labret : Raised Tissue

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Thursday June 26th, 2008 @ 7:11 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

About two weeks ago I got a vertical labret piercing. One night the ball went straight through the hole and I had to pop it back through. For a few days it was just swollen but now it has raised tissue around it in the front. I really don’t want this to be a keloid, but I am not sure. I went to one piercer and they told me it was fine and that tissue was there because I ripped it. The other piercer told me it was a start of a keloid. I am totally confused now. I don’t know if I should take it out. The only thing is I don’t want to have a bump there for the rest of my life. I know I will have a scar, but not a bump. I need some help on what to do to cure it or if I should remove it.

Unfortunately, way too many people, including way too many piercers, toss around the word “keloid” as soon as they see a bump on a piercing. At the risk of making rash generalizations, any piercer who claims you have a keloid on your piercing probably doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about. Now, I’m not saying keloids never develop on piercings…because they do. However, true keloids happen so rarely, chances are very few piercers have actually seen a real keloid. Piercers who use that word to describe small bumps on piercings are typically not well-educated/well-experienced in their craft…which clearly sucks….especially when it comes to information that is readily/easily available.

I will now climb down from my high-horse of snob-hobbery and try to get to the heart of the matter.

The bump on your piercing is just that…a bump. It’s almost certainly there because the ball of the jewelry got pulled into the piercing which made it down right angry. Your body generated some excess tissue as an indication of it’s pissed-offness, as well as a bit of a defense mechanism against further irritation.

Given how new your piercing is, the chances of that bump being permanent is very small. Be extra careful with your piercing during the rest of the healing period. Once the piercing heals a bit more and toughens up a bit more, that bump should start to go away.

And remember…the next time a piercer tells you that you have a keloid…just slap them. Immediately.

I kid!
I kid?


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One Response to “Vertical Labret : Raised Tissue”

  1. *Arnold Voice* ITS NOT A KELOID!!!!!!!!

    Warren Hiller on June 26th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

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