Thinking about stepping up your piercing game? Wondering if getting a lip piercing is the right move for you? We know a thing or two about body piercings, and we’ve got all the answers you’re looking for.

Welcome to lip piercing 101: Labret lip piercings! This lower lip piercing is the most popular type of lip piercing and we want to tell you all about it. We will go over the labret lip piercing location, piercing process, healing times, and recommended jewelry so that you will know all the most important info about this beautiful body jewelry.

Before we jump into this labret lip piercing guide, it’s necessary to point out that healing times vary from person to person and that some body piercings take longer to heal than others. Labret lip piercings typically heal in about 3-6 weeks, but this isn’t a guarantee. Regularly cleaning your lip ring is an absolute MUST during the healing process. Make sure to keep the original jewelry in during the healing process and wait to change the jewelry until the piercing is completely healed. Don’t forget to check out our site for all your body jewelry needs!

Labret Piercing


What is a Labret Piercing?

Labret Lip Piercing Location:

The term “labret lip piercing” refers to a piercing located on the bottom lip. This piercing’s placed right above the chin and directly under the lower lip. Sometimes you can add multiple piercings to this area if the groove on the bottom lip is big enough.

Labret Lip Piercing Process:

A labret piercing is typically performed with a 14, 16, or even 18 gauge piercing needle.

How much does a labret piercing cost?

Labret piercing cost depends on where you live and which piercing studio you’ll choose.

How much do labret lip piercings hurt?

Labret lip piercing pain depends on your pain tolerance. We recommend talking to a body piercing professional about pain management before getting your lip pierced. Labret piercing pain can sometimes last for 7-10 days after the piercing is performed.

What’s the difference between a labret lip piercing and a vertical labret piercing?

Vertical labret vs labrets: Standard labret piercings are different than vertical labret piercings because they only puncture one hole. A vertical labret piercing punctures two holes in the lip; one where the standard labret piercing is located and one through the top of the lower lip.

Other types of lip piercings:

Although labret piercings are one of the most common types of lip piercings, there are plenty of other lip piercing styles to choose from (Monroe lip piercings, medusa piercings, snake bites, etc.). To learn more about the different types of lip piercing styles, check out Lip Piercing: The Complete Guide!


Labret Piercing Jewelry

Flat back labret lip studs, circular barbells, captive rings, and curved barbells. Labret studs are the most popular type of jewelry to wear with this piercing style, but there is a wide variety of jewelry options, making it easy to change up the style on your lower lip whenever you want! Most labret piercings are originally done with stainless steel lip studs. Once the piercing is completely healed, you can switch the jewelry. Other popular types of jewelry include circular barbells, curved barbells rings, and captives.

How much does labret jewelry cost?

There are different types of labret lip piercing jewelry, such as horseshoe rings, that may be higher in price than standard labret studs. We recommend calling a professional piercer to learn more about prices for piercings and labret lip piercing jewelry.

What types of materials are labret rings made of?

Most stud labret jewelry, curved barbells, and captive rings are made of surgical steel. Titanium labrets, as well as bioplastic labrets, are also common.

Can I get an allergic reaction to my labret jewelry?

Having an allergic reaction to your lip ring is a possibility, and could result in a rash, redness, bumps, swelling or pain. Contact a piercing professional and make sure that getting a lip piercing is the right move for you. Be sure to discuss jewelry material options before getting pierced. Check with a doctor beforehand to be sure of any allergies. If you are experiencing lip piercing pain after the first two weeks of the healing process, contact your doctor and make sure you aren’t allergic to the jewelry material.

How long should I wait to change my labret piercing jewelry?

You need to wait until the body piercing is completely healed before changing your labret piercing jewelry. The labret lip piercing healing process can take a while, so it’s important that you use the same piece of jewelry during that time and keep up with the piercing aftercare. Once you are healed, the jewelry options are nearly endless!

What size is a labret piercing?

Labrets are typically performed with a 14, 16, or even 18 gauge piercing needle.

Internally Threaded labrets Vs Externally Threaded Labrets:

With internally threaded jewelry, the ball is threaded into the barbell. With externally threaded jewelry, the barbell is threaded into the ball.


Labret Piercing Aftercare

Labret Healing Time and Labret Piercing Tips:

Healing times vary for each type of lip piercing, but the labret healing process usually takes about 3-6 weeks to completely heal. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about the body piercing healing period, lip piercing pain or swelling, recommended cleaning routines before getting your piercing, and other generic piercing info. Make sure to keep up with piercing aftercare to help prevent infection. If you’re experiencing bottom lip pain after the first two weeks, contact your doctor to make sure your body piercing is healing properly.

How do I care for my body piercing?

We recommend cleaning your piercing with H2Ocean piercing aftercare spray or saline solution. Clean your jewelry with antibacterial soap and warm water. You can learn more about piercing aftercare, piercing types, and general piercing info on our blog. Make sure to speak with your piercing professional for guidelines on body piercing care.

How do you give yourself a labret piercing at home?

You don’t! Labret lip piercings or any other type of lip piercing needs to be done professionally to prevent any possible infections or other complications during the healing process.

What types of jewelry styles are there to choose from?

Typically, labret lip piercings use flat back studs. Once the piercing is completely healed, you can switch the jewelry. Other popular types of jewelry include circular barbells and horseshoe rings.

Why shouldn’t I get a lip ring?

If you’re questioning whether or not you should get a lip ring, we recommend talking to a professional and considering everything before committing. Not all body piercings are for everyone, and that’s okay! Take your time deciding if you want a lip piercing, and speak with a professional to make sure you’re making the best decision you can for your body. If you decide that you want one, Spencer’s has tons of cute lip piercing jewelry options to choose from. Want to learn more about different types of lip piercings? Check out Lip Piercing: The Complete Guide!

Now that we’ve gone over the guide to getting a labret piercing, let’s go shopping! Spencer’s is the headquarters for all of your body jewelry needs.

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