Labret Piercing overgrowth

Tuesday April 28th, 2009 @ 4:00 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

my girlfriend got a Labret Piercing about a week ago and now it looks like the inside of her lip is trying to grow over the flat back plating of the barbell she got. Is this good or bad and if bad what should we do?

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Embedded Snake Bites (studs)

Tuesday April 28th, 2009 @ 3:07 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I got snakebites over a year ago and i was told by the piercer when asked about the skin growing over the back of the disc: “That’s normal, the skin will fall away after a week or so and leave a depression in your lip where the disc will be flush with your lip”

Flash forward a year later, my snake bites are still embedded in my lip. I have tried a few times, different methods of removing them from forcefully pushing on them, cutting my lip, pushing them back and tonguing them for a few days to try and weaken the skin. Nothing has worked.

I want them out. I can’t get a decent job, and frankly they are uneven from being different depths in the back of my lip and it looks ridiculous. I have heard surgery being the only option. Any had this and know how much it costs? What about rejection, is there a way to force rejection out the front without leaving a huge scar on my face?

I am relatively clueless about piercing things, this was my first (And last >:I) piercing ever and i just did what the piercer told me too. If anyone has any ideas on how to remove them (Preferably with as little pain as possible) That would be great.

Freshly pierced labrets (center or off-center alike) can be safely pierced with studs that have extra length to accommodate excess swelling. This will minimize over-swelling and the chance of your disk(s) embedding on the inside of your mouth.

If it got to the point that your jewelry was completely embedded on the inside, it’s unlikely that “the skin [would] fall away after a week”. It sounds as though your labrets have been transformed into a couple deep oral dermal anchors.

At this point you will likely have to have the inside of each piercing lanced to pop the disks out. A surgeon or doctor can do this, but you can also go to a piercer who is experienced with this sort of thing. Cosmetic surgery is expensive, emergency surgery by a doctor may be cheaper. An experienced piercer will likely be even cheaper than that. The procedure should be pretty quick and easy though, regardless of who does it.

Rejection is not a route I would recommend choosing. This would likely do more damage than good.

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Stank stretched Labret

Tuesday April 28th, 2009 @ 9:13 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Quick question: My labret is stretched to half inch and it smells pretty awful. I brush twice daily so that isn’t it. It’s like nothing i’ve ever smelled before and it is driving my wife and I crazy. Is there anything that I can do to try and get rid of it? It has gotten to the point that I’m considering removing the jewelry and letting it close. Please help as I love this piercing and would rather not have to resort to that.

There are a couple of things you could try:

If you aren’t currently removing the jewelry regularly and cleaning it and the hole, you should do that. The skin cells die and slough off the skin of healed piercing holes just like they do on the rest of your skin. When those cells die and get trapped in the piercing by your jewelry, you start to get da funk. The larger the hole, usually the worse the smell, since there is more surface area of skin to produce the dead skin cells. Typically removing the jewelry once per day to clean it and the hole will take care of the problem.

You could try switching jewelry. If you are currently wearing a non-porous material such as steel, titanium or glass, you could try switching to something a little more porous like wood, bone or horn. These materials will help absorbe the oils and some of the skin cells, which tend to reduce the funk.

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Medusa irratation

Friday March 20th, 2009 @ 6:04 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I’ve had my medusa pierced for about 1 1/2 years and its never really healed all the way and just lately (the past month) its gotten really bad with scar tissue growing on the inside and swelling. I am doing everything to try and get the swelling down and get it back to normal (sea salt soaks and alchohol free mouthwash) but it doesnt get better.

Is there anything else i can do to get it to calm down?

Also i read somewhere it could be my toothpaste i use one that is cinnimon flavored from crest… also heard from a piercer that it might be getting irrated from drinking from straws (which i cant drink anything without one its like a crazy habit). I LOVE my medusa and i dont wanna lose it im just afraid it will get irrated enough to get infected or swell to the point i have to take it out.

Please help lol

A year and a half with an open wound in your mouth isn’t normal nor is it healthy.
What kind of jewelry are you wearing in it? Is it plastic? Is it implant grade steel or titanium? Jewelry quality and size will greatly affect the healing of your piercing. It might not be placed on your lip in an optimal spot.

Toothpastes, mouthwashes and common compulsive movements CAN cause irritation to new piercings. A year and a half later? Not as likely.
If you’re finding a scar tissue buildup, I’d check out placement as the main culprit.

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Friday March 20th, 2009 @ 5:59 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Hey, I was wondering if migration in vertical labrets is very common and if it stops or will continue. I’ve had my vertical labret for about 11 days now and just noticed today it’s migrated towards the right about 1mm and though it doesn’t bother me, I am wondering whether it will continue to or if it will heal and settle more or less where it is now?

Migration in vertical labret piercings is quite common, unfortunately.
The risk of this can be greatly reduced with several precautions that can be taken starting with finding a reputable piercer who knows how to actually do these piercings properly.

Chances are that if it’s on it’s way out, it will continue to move.
Be sure that you’re wearing appropriately fitted, implant grade body jewelry. That will help. If you have a big long dangly barbell weighing on the piercing itself, it will move out even faster.

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monroe and clarinet compatibility

Saturday March 7th, 2009 @ 9:28 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Having just turned 18, I am doing my best to make good choices when it comes to modifying my body, regardless of how many years I’ve yearned over the possibilities. I’ve always wanted a lip piercing, but being a clarinet player going to college in 4 months or so, it’s not really an option. However, I recently started considering getting a monroe done. Obviously, I would wait as long as possible (realistically, probably about a month or so) without doing any intense playing, but I recently realized something that could create a problem: When the piercing is mostly/fully healed, will it be air tight? In other words, would I be able to maintain enough pressure in my mouth to force air through my horn without any leaking out the piercing?

Thanks for your time!

Assuming you’re wearing jewellery in your piercing, it’ll be airtight for all intents and purposes. While I am by no means an expert on the subject, I can’t imagine that a healed monroe would have any effect on your embouchure at all. And hey, if it does, you can always retire the piercing. :O)

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Thursday March 5th, 2009 @ 9:19 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

in your opinion, what’s the viability of healing a microdermal in the lip area? as in, in place of a standard labret or philtrum piercing?


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lip snake bite piercing (infected)?

Thursday February 19th, 2009 @ 9:05 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

ok so i pierced my snake bite 2 days ago i did it myself i pierce everything on my body but anyway its been pussing,swelling,and it looks like the outside of the ring is about to go into my lip and on the inside its like the ring is pushing against my lip and my skin is hovering over the metal part in the back its kinda swore but not really

but i clean it everyday

1.sea salt (1 min)

2.clean it with dial soap

3.rinse my mouth with mouth wash

4.spray the outside with bactine

5.put A&D ointment on the outside!

idk whats wrong! i want it to heal

plz help meee!!!!

The reason your lip may be pussing, swelling and embedding into your lip is very likely from the following reasons:
1. Cleaning your piercing with a very chemical, strong Dial antibacterial soap
2. Rinsing your mouth out with very chemical, strong mouthwash
3. Spraying it with a numbing astringent like Bactine
4. Gumming it up and preventing the wound from breathing by applying A&D ointment on it.
5. You’ve pierced yourself with clearly no knowledge of piercing aftercare which leads me to believe you very likely haven’t done a lot of research into any other technical aspects of body piercing (ie jewelry size and metal quality, oral anatomy and aseptic technique)

I’d see a piercer and have them check out the placement and jewelry choice and completely cease all of your current aftercare procedure save for warm water rinses on the outside of your mouth to remove crusties and practise a regular oral hygeine regime (brush your teeth as per usual) and rinse your mouth out with a mild salt water solution after anything you eat or drink. (And this is only AFTER you’ve ensured you have a piercing that’s done and placed and jewelry is worn even remotely correctly.)

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Labret Jewelry?

Thursday February 5th, 2009 @ 12:13 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I had my lip pierced with a titanum BCR. Bad idea, I suffered numerous problems, like swelling and irratation for about three months. Just as I thought it was calming down, it would flare up again. So I listened to friends with piercings, and went to get a labret stud put in. I’ve had a black bioplast stud put in. However, when it was put in, it bled a little.

It has now been about another three months since I have had the stud put in, and I’ve had NO problems reguarding irratation. And ive even been hit in the mouth.

My problem is, that I’m still getting crusties. Is this a problem at all, or is my body not compeletely happy with bioplast? If not, then should i switch to a titanium stud?

But I’m terrified of it getting irratated again. Also, I don’t want it to close up when I’m switching it out, because I love this piercing.

Thankyou for the help. BME rocks :)

Flatback barbells are the best choice for jewelry for initial lip piercings. However, bendy barbells made of bioplast can be irritating for new piercings because they move around so much.
You’re likely still having crusties forming as a result of the trauma of having the the jewelry changed and wearing jewelry that isn’t suited for long-term wear in the body (aka “Implant Grade”).

Find a piercer who carries implant grade steel or titanium or can order some in for you and have them safely switch your jewelry over for you.

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I want to get my cheeks pierced

Tuesday January 27th, 2009 @ 9:36 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I want to get my cheeks pierced but i was thinking about getting microdermals instead ,but some piercer told me i wouldnt get the dimple effect . Is he right?

You would not get the same dimple effect with surface anchors as you would with actual cheek piercngs.
You may not get any dimple effect even with the piercings, but it’s much more likely.

Many people find that surface anchors in replacement of oral piercings (labrets, monroes/philtrums, cheeks, etc) don’t work out as well in the long run due to the constant movement of the tissue in the area during speech and various oral contact with others, food, pillows, etc.

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