Infected Piercing

Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 3:01 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

4 days ago, I got a lip piercing, and my lip has been swollen and painful since. It seems like both sides is digging in my lip, and there a bit of infections. Though I do what the guy who pierced me told me to do. I rince my mouth with alchool free mouth wash. Then i spray clean it with the stuff he gave me (Blue Wave), then i clean it with Sea salt in warm water.

But it seems to be getting deeper in my skin everyday..

It is very doubtful that your lip is infected - more likely bar bar is just too short.

Go into your piercer RIGHT AWAY and get a longer bar put in. You are doing all your aftercare correct, however some people swell more than others.

The up-size is nearly always free if you go back to your piercer, but if you leave it too long - it can grow over and become a very nasty thing to try and fix.

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lip piercing

Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 2:52 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I am considering getting my lip pierced. However, I work at a bank so i obviously can’t have any visible piercings. Is there any way a piercer would be able to pierce it with a clear retainer? And are the retainers barely visible or will it still be noticeable? I am only able to take 1 to 1.5 weeks off at a time, so my only other option would be to get it pierced and switch to a retainer within a week or so. Is this a possibility?

Some piercers will be able to pierce you with a retainer, I have done it with great success in the past. Some companies make totally clear bio-compatible internal thread plastics with interchangeable diamante/clear clip-in ends - they are pretty cool.

You can NEVER beat a good quality internally threaded barbell for security and healing, however if it is your only option then its better than taking it out or changing it while it is still healing. I stock them and have used them a number of times, however encourage people to try and always go with titanium for the first 4-6 weeks at least.

Make sure that the piercer allows room for swelling on the piercing, you need it to stick out a bit (which does make it more visible, but not that much) and has experience piercing with retainers. Clear plastic balls on the end of a normal bar is not acceptable (nor autoclavable) for a fresh piercing, so be picky about what you get in there.

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Dahlia Piercings

Monday May 7th, 2012 @ 3:03 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Hi guys!

I’m preparing for my first real piercing.

The only piercing I’ve ever had was my lobes, which were pierced by a gun (GUNS ARE BAD.) when I was five, so this new piercing is pretty exciting.

I’m having my dahlias pierced. I’ve done a lot of research, and I’ve found a good facility (Friendly staff, autoclave etc.) so I’m just waiting for my pay to come in (My workplace is totally cool with piercings.) so I can trot out and have it done.

My real question here is pretty basic; does anybody have any experience of piercing dahlias (Actual piercers only, I don’t care if you bought a needle online and pierced your friend’s dahlias, that’s a different thing.) or does anybody have their dahlias pierced? If so, is there any extra info I should know?

I gather they carry the same risks as a labret piercing (I hope that’s the right name, I know some people don’t like certain names being used for some piercings. I’m a little ignorant on that front.) and they’re generally fitted with labret jewellery.

As they’re my first facial piercing, I’m just looking for all the tip[s and info I can get to ensure I’ve covered all bases.

My parents and workplace are cool with the piercing, I’m going to a professional, I’ve got my non-alcoholic mouthwash at the ready and I’ve even done a few tests (I photoshopped them onto some of my photos to see if I’d suit them, and almost everybody said they looked great on me.) to make sure I’ll definitely be happy with them.

All tips and info are appreciated!

I have done a few sets of Dahilas in my studio before and find that they are more like cheek piericings in many ways. They do take longer to heal, require longer (and thicker) jewellery than labrets and can be more problamatic during the healing.

I pierced my girlfriend’s Dahlias around 6 months ago at 12g with 13mm length internal thread titanium ‘labret’ style bars (disc on the inside. She found them quite comfortable to get done (except a bit anxious before hand) and we downsized them to 10mm bars around 5 weeks later. They weren’t fully healed at that point, however she was biting them a bit and we decided it would be way more comfortable.

She now wears 12gx8mm posts and has had no problems whatsoever.

As always, ask the piercer you found if they have HEALED photos in their portfolio and ask what length/gauge they used on them fresh and healed. Being a much rarer piercing than a normal lip, make sure you see someone that is familiar with the tissue and the correct inside placement.

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Monday May 7th, 2012 @ 3:03 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I’ve had my cheeks pierced for 3 days now. I knew they would swell but, I didn’t know it would be THIS bad. The bar is rubbing against my cheek and it’s causing a raw spot. The piercer that did it told me to take ibuprofen and it would help with the swelling. Also to keep ice chips around because, they can help help also.

My questions is, should I take them out. I’ve heard BAD stuff about them and someone even said that the ball tried to go through there cheek? Or can I just switch it to a bioflex bar as soon as possible?

Sounds like you might either need a longer bar or larger end on the inside. I healed mine with 7mm discs on the inside as it was WAY more comfortable than larger balls or normal size discs.

I would never suggest plastic (PTFE/bioflex/bioplast) in your cheeks, I tried them a long time ago (once healed) and every ‘brand’ that I tried just broke the back disc off - not fun when you are out and about!

Ice does help with swelling, so does cold saline soaks and anti-inflammatories (nurofen+/ibuprofen).

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Labret Stud - too short or just settling?

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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Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Would a single cheek piercing look odd? I was thinking about getting my left dimple done since I have my right nostril done, but I’m not sure if that would look right.

Heya, I think it would be cute! Asymmetrical piercings always look really rad.

Cheek piercings can be problematic with healing, I would suggest an anchor instead for a number of reasons. If you take it out, you won’t be left with one ‘cheek indent’ and they are also very very difficult to heal (often taking up to a full year to settle down).

As always, go into a reputable studio with a good piercer and ask to see their HEALED portfolio of cheek work.

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Vertical Labret inquiry

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I got the piercing three days ago, and was just wondering if there is anything that I can do for my chapped lips. I have been drinking nothing but water since I got the piercing, and they are still really chapped. Is there any sort of chap stick that would be safe to use around the piercing??

I actually had the exact same thing when I had mine done (many moons ago now) and because of that, we now include a section in our after care sheets. It is very normal to happen, especially because normal saline solution (the recommended cleaning agent) is literally salt water - which dries your lips out real bad.

I suggest to use a natural balm like Lucas Papaw Ointment, however I think this may be an Australian thing. Any balm would work, but avoid flavoured/scented ones as they could react with the piercing. Remember to never get any ‘inside’ the piercing, as you want to keep that dry, but just on your lips where they are sore and dry. Try your hardest not to lick your lips either or it will make it worse and will irritate the piercing.

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Multiple piercings at once

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 9:49 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek, Piercing

Since I was 16 I’ve been considering of having a piercing but it was never allowed from my parents and their rule of “You live under our roof you go by our rules”. Now 20, it’s been 5 months since I’ve moved out of the house and is now living abroad in The Netherlands I thought it’s finally time to step up to my plate.

I’ve thought about it and I was going to go for a septum but my friends didn’t agree on that with me. So I thought about other piercings, an industrial and an off center/side labret or whatever the official name for it is.

My friends and I are going to get the piercings & their tattoos done next month. So I was wondering if it’s possible to get the industrial and off center/side labret piercing done at the same time, as in one sitting?

Since I heard that it’s preferred to only have two done at once but I don’t know if an industrial would count as one or two since it’s two holes and then including the side labret would be three.

Industrial and off-center/side labret in one sitting, possible or not?

I would say that should be fine. If your healthy there’s no reason why your body would not cope. On the other hand if these are your first piercings maybe give your piercer a heads up, mark both and just see how you go after the first one. :)

Make sure you go to an experienced piercer at a reputable studio to ensure you have the best experience and high quality jewelry. I would say both these peircings are some of the easiest to get done. good luck !!

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medusa piercing

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:42 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

How do medusa piercings scar?

I’m guessing you are asking about taking it out once it is healed, in which case most lip piercings will leave a small ‘indent’ where the fistula starts (outside of the hole).

Its usually quite minimal and most people won’t notice it at all, saying that - ANY piercing or body modification (even if taken out right away) will change your skin in that area. Some people scar more than others and some people are more concerned about the scars than others.

My suggestion would be to ask some friends if they have any lip piercings they have retired (removed) so you can see for your self what I mean, nearly all lip piercings scar about the same for most people if they are correctly done and looked after.

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Labret / Vertical Labret / Standard Lip Piercing?

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:42 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

i would like a centered lip piercing with the top ball of my piercing flesh between the top and bottom lip when i have my mouth closed and the bottom ball right beneath my bottom lip, basically touching the lip line, not on my chin.

okay, now here comes the long list of questions..

- people have always told me i have a tiny mouth so i’ve included a picture of my lips. do you think they would be suited for a vertical labret? if not..

- is there a way to achieve that look with a piercing that does not run as high of a risk for migration? like a standard lip piercing (is there such a thing? or is the correct term labret?) with a horseshoe ring?

- i get cold sores somewhat frequently (1 every few months) will this cause the piercing to migrate or scar easily?

thank you very much <3

I don’t think I’ve ever met a lip that couldn’t be pierced vertically, you have cute lips which would look fantastic with a piercing in!

If a vertical is done correctly (at a good depth) and not too thin, it heavily reduces the chance of migration or rejection. Saying that, constant aggravation can cause the piercing to very slowly move forwards (making it appear ‘thinner’). I don’t think that colds will make it migrate, however having a low immune system during the healing can cause scaring and increases the chance of rejection (where your body pushes it out quiet quickly).

I would suggest to take vitamin tablets well before you are thinking of getting it done and perhaps choose a time where you rarely get sick (like during summer, for instance).

You could also achieve nearly the same look with a ‘normal’ high up lip piercing and wearing a well fit CBB (ring with two balls). You would want to get it done with a straight bar and only change it over to a tight ring after a few months at least, to avoid it digging in and causing discomfort.

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