Believe it or not, earrings aren’t the only kind of body jewelry out there. Today we will go over a very special kind of unique and stylish body piercing. It’s time to learn about all the different types of tongue piercings, tongue piercing aftercare, the tongue piercing healing process and everything you need to know about them. With so many cute tongue piercing to choose from, which type will be your favorite?

Before we get into all of this tongue piercing info, it’s important to mention that tongue piercing pain tolerance will vary depending on each person and that different types of oral piercings have different healing times. Talk to your piercing professional before deciding which piercing is best for you.

Lip Frenulum Piercing (Frowny Piercing)

 

Lip Frenulum Piercing (Frowny Piercing)

Lip Frenulum Piercing Location: A piercing through the thin layer of skin that connects your lower lip to your mouth.

Lip Frenulum Piercing Process: This piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16 or 18 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: 4-8 weeks.

Recommended Jewelry: Curved barbell

Lip Frenulum Piercing (Smiley Piercing)

 

Lip Frenulum Piercing (Smiley Piercing)

Lip Frenulum Piercing Location: A piercing through the thin layer of skin that connects your upper lip to your mouth.

Lip Frenulum Piercing Process: This piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16 or 18 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: 4-8 weeks.

Recommended Jewelry: Horseshoe ring

midline tongue piercing

Midline Tongue Piercing

Midline Tongue Piercing Location: A midline tongue piercing is the most well-known tongue piercing and is placed in the center of the tongue with a straight barbell.

Midline Tongue Piercing Process: This piercing is typically performed with a hollow 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: About 4-6 weeks.

Recommended Jewelry: Barbells

Snake Eyes Tongue Piercing

Snake Eyes Piercing

Snake Eyes Piercing Location: A snake eye pierces the tongue horizontally, through the tip of the tongue. This horizontal tongue piercing is similar to venom piercing, but a venom piercing is located more on the sides of the tongue.

Snake Eyes Piercing Process: This piercing is typically performed with a hollow 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: About 6-9 weeks.

Recommended Jewelry: Curved barbells

Tongue Frenulum Piercing

Tongue Frenulum Piercing

Tongue Frenulum Piercing Location: This tongue web piercing runs through the webbing that connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth located underneath your tongue.

Tongue Frenulum Piercing Process: This piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16 to 20 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: About 8-10 weeks.

Recommended Jewelry: Curved barbells

Uvula Piercing

Uvula Piercing

Uvula Piercing Location: A horizontal tongue piercing through the uvula.

Uvula Piercing Process: This piercing is typically performed with a hollow 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: About 4-8 weeks.

Recommended Jewelry: Captive bead rings

Venom Piercing

Venom Piercing

Venom Piercing Location: The venom piercing consists of two holes on the sides of the tongue and are typically located between the middle of the tongue and tip of the tongue. This is also sometimes referred to as a side tongue piercing.

Venom Piercing Process: This piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing Time: About 4-8 weeks.

Recommended Jewelry: Barbell, curved barbell

Now that you’ve learned about the different types of tongue piercings, here are some a few helpful body piercing FAQs:

Q: How long does a tongue piercing take to heal?
A: Healing time varies. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about oral health basics, healing times, tongue piercing swelling, and cleaning routines before getting your piercing. If you are experiencing signs of infection or you’re concerned about your oral piercing care, please contact your doctor. If you experience pain and swelling, we recommend contacting a professional and monitoring your piercing until it is completely healed.

Q: When can I change my tongue ring?
A: You shouldn’t change jewelry or remove your tongue ring until your tongue is healed. If you remove the ring before the tongue piercing heals, you can risk infection or the piercing could close up. The healing stage is very important and should be taken seriously.

Q: How much do tongue piercings hurt?
A: Tongue piercing pain all depends on your pain tolerance. If experiencing pain while eating, try eating soft foods and avoiding the piercing site. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about pain management.

Q: How much does a tongue piercing and the tongue piercing jewelry cost?
A: It depends on where you live and which piercing shop you’ll be attending. There are different types of oral piercings that will cost more than others. There are also different types of tongue jewelry, such as a vibrating tongue piercing, that will cost more than just a standard barbell. We recommend calling a professional piercer for a tongue piercing price.

Q: Why shouldn’t I get a tongue piercing?
A: If you’re questioning whether or not you should get a tongue piercing, we recommend talking to a professional and considering everything before committing. Not every piercing is for everyone, and that’s okay! Take your time deciding if you want a tongue piercing, and speak with a professional to make sure you’re making the best decision you can for your body.

Q: How do you pierce your tongue at home?
A: You don’t! It is so important to get your piercing done professionally to prevent any possible complications or infections during the healing process.

Q: How do I care for my tongue piercing?
A: We recommend speaking with your piercing professional for guidelines on cleaning, but you can learn more about the do’s and don’ts of piercing aftercare, how to clean your piercing, and more piercing info on our blog.

Q: Can men wear tongue piercings too?
A: Tongue jewelry doesn’t have a gender!

Q: Can I get an allergic reaction?Why shouldn’t I get a tongue piercing?
A: Allergic reactions to oral piercings are a possibility, resulting in rash, redness, or bumps, which means you will have to change jewelry. Contact a piercing professional and make sure that getting a tongue ring is the right move for you. Be sure to discuss jewelry material options prior to getting pierced. Check with a doctor beforehand to learn more about your allergies and your over-all oral health.

Now that we’ve gone over all of the tongue piercing names, locations, healing times and tongue piercing costs, it’s time to go shopping! Spencer’s is the headquarters for all of your body jewelry needs.

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