Labret Stud - too short or just settling?

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Friday May 4th, 2012 @ 7:35 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek


I got my lower right lip pierced with a flatback labret stud about 5-6 wks ago. The piercer originally put in one of the longest studs they had (as I naturally have a thick bottom lip) to allow for swelling and told me to come back in 10 days to have it switched to a shorter one.

I went back about 10 days later, and I think he said he only switched it down about 2 sizes, if that. It fit snug and was comfortable; redness and crusties went way down. I continued proper aftercare (sea salt soak, washing with antibacterial glycerin soap), but noticed a couple days later that the back felt like it was digging in, the back disappeared into my lip and it became painful. Went back in and a different piercer said my lip just wasn’t ready for the shorter one and changed it back to the longer one.

About 2 1/2 - 3 wks later I got it switched back to a shorter one. Again, fit snug and comfortable. It’s been about a week, and it’s starting to dig into the back of my lip again. There’s no swelling, it’s not sinking in as far as it did the first time I had it changed, but the flatback is cutting into my lip and causing some minor pain. It’s not a “holy crap this is a fresh wound in my lip” kind of pain, but more of a “holy crap there’s a piece of metal in my mouth and it’s kind of annoying” kind of pain. Make sense?

So, I guess my question is, Is my labret stud too short? Is my lip still not ready for it? Or is it still settling? Are you following? Haha! This is my first piercing (other than my ears), so I’m not entirely positive on what to be expecting. I do know that my lips sometimes swell quite noticeably over night (even before I got my piercing), but go down shortly after waking up.

Other than that, it’s been healing up nicely. I’ve only been using the implant-grade steel studs they provide at the piercing studio, as I don’t want to be dicking around with other jewelry until I know it’s 100% healed and settled.


I believe that 10 days is too short to downsize a fresh piercing, unless it is excessively long as your lip has multiple stages of swelling and healing.

If the back disc is sinking in, chances are you should go back and get a longer bar put back in for at least 6 weeks before you downsize again.

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