Interested in getting a lip piercing? Want to get a different lip piercing or need to learn about your current one? Consider us your lip piercing headquarters! We’re here to give you the 411 on lip piercing names, healing times, body jewelry types and everything else you need to know about this amazing body piercing trend.  With so many different types of piercings, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting and exactly what you’ll need to continue to show off your unique self-image. The piercing options are endless!

Before we get started on all of the different types of lip piercings and mouth piercings, we wanted to point out a few things you’ll need to know. Most lip piercings require a flat back labret lip ring, also known as a lip stud. These are designed to minimize discomfort inside of the mouth while wearing your jewelry. Pretty cool, huh? As you’ll read in our guide below, there are other types of piercing jewelry that can be used with lip piercings, so when it comes to showing off your personal style, you’ll be in control.

As far as the healing process goes, piercings heal differently for everyone, so we suggest that you always talk to a piercing professional before getting an oral piercing. Depending on your chemical makeup, your healing time could vary from the average healing time.

Now that we got that out of the way, it’s time to learn more about this body piercing trend!

Angel Bites Piercing

 

Angel Bites Piercing

Angle Bites Piercing Location: The Angel bites lip piercing (also known as an Angel kiss piercing) requires both sides of your upper lip to be pierced. In short, this double lip piercing was created by acquiring Madonna and Monroe piercings at the same time.

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

Healing time: About 3 months

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Ashley Piercing

Ashley Piercing

Ashley Piercing Location: Instead of putting a hole underneath your bottom lip, the Ashley lip piercing punctures directly through the center of the bottom lip, giving you a beautiful middle lip piercing.

Ashley Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically performed with a standard 14 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 2-4 months

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Canine Bites Piercing

Canine Bites Piercing

Canine Bites Piercing Location: To achieve canine bites you’ll need a total of four lip piercings. Two on either side of your upper lip, and two on either side of your bottom lip (angel bites + snake bites = canine bites.) The piercings are on the upper and lower lips, near the corners of the mouth.

Canine Bites Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically performed with a standard 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 8-12 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Cyber Bites Piercing

Cyber Bites Piercing Location: Having your medusa (philtrum) and your labret (center) pierced is all you’ll need to achieve this look. This symmetrical piercing will create a straight line called cyber bites.

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

Healing time: About 6-8 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Dahlia Piercing

Dahlia Piercing

Dahlia Piercing Location: Also known as Dahlia bites. Sometimes confused with a cheek piercing or dimple piercing, the Dahlia piercing is located on both corners of the lips or mouth. To obtain the Dahlia look, you’ll need to get both sides of your mouth piercings.

Dahlia Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically performed with a standard 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 12-20 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Dolphin Bites Piercing

Dolphin Bites Piercing

Dolphin Bites Piercing Location: Dolphin bites require two labret lip rings that sit directly under the center of the bottom lip. A Dolphin piercing is similar to spider bite piercings except they are in the middle bottom part of your lip.

Dolphin Bites Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically performed with a hollow 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 6-8 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings, captive rings

Horizontal Lip Piercing

Horizontal Lip Piercing

Horizontal Lip Piercing Location: A horizontal lip piercing lives directly on the surface of the bottom lip, typically creating a horizontal design. Healing time: About 8 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings/curved barbells

Horizontal Lip Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically performed with a standard 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 8 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings, curved barbells

Jestrum Piercing

Jestrum Piercing

Jestrum Piercing Location: Similar to the vertical labret lip piercing, the jestrum piercing includes two holes on the upper lip. One hole punctures through the philtrum, and the other punctures through the center of the upper lip. This type of piercing requires

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

Healing time: About 6-12 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Curved barbells, captive rings,

Labret Lip Piercing

Labret Piercing

Labret Piercing Location: The term “labret lip piercing” literally means any lip piercing. But, normally this term relates to any piercing located on the bottom lip, but specifically, a labret lip piercing lives in the center, right above the chin.

Labret Piecing Process: This piercing is typically performed with a 14, 16, or even 18 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 3-6 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings, captive rings

Madonna Piercing

Madonna Piercing

Madonna Piercing Location: A Madonna piercing is very similar to a Monroe piercing, but it’s placed above your upper lip on the right side of your face. Needless to say, this piercing mimics Madonna’s famous beauty mark!

Madonna Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically performed with a standard 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 6-12 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Medusa Piercing

Medusa Piercing (Philtrum piercing)

Medusa Piercing Location: Nicknamed as the Medusa Piercing, a philtrum is a piercing above the lip, directly under the septum of your nose. Depending on the size of your philtrum groove, some people add multiple piercings to this location of the upper lip. To learn more about Medusa Piercings, check out Medusa Piercing: Everything You Need to Know.

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

Healing time: About 6-12 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Monroe Piercing

Monroe Piercing

Monroe Piercing Location: A Monroe lip piercing (or Marilyn Monroe piercing) is placed above your upper lip on the left side of your face. It gets its name because it mimics Marilyn Monroe’s famous beauty mark.

Monroe Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically performed with a standard 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 6-12 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Shark Bites Piercing

Shark Bites Piercing

Shark Bites Piercing Location: Similar to snake bites, shark bites require two holes on both sides of your lower lip.

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

Healing time: About 8-12 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Snake Bite Piercing

Snake Bite Piercing

Snake Bite Piercing Location: Snake bite piercings are a type of labret piercing that requires both sides of the bottom lip to be pierced, giving the effect that you’ve been bitten by a snake.

Snake Bite Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically perform with a hollow 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 6-8 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings, captive rings

Spider Bites Piercing

Spider Bites Piercing Location: Similar to dolphin bites, spider bites are side lip piercings that require two holes to the right or left of the bottom lip. Though the bottom lip is the most popular for this body mod, spider bite piercings can be placed on the upper lip, too.

Spider Bites Piercing

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

Healing time: About 1-3 months

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings, captive rings

Vertical Labret Piercing

 

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical Labret Piercing Location: Vertical labret piercings are vertical lip piercings that involve two punctures; one hole through the top of the bottom lip and one directly below the bottom lip (where a labret piercing is placed).

Vertical Labret Piercing Process: This piercing process is typically done with a standard 14 or 16 gauge piercing needle.

Healing time: About 6-8 weeks

Recommended Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings, captive rings

Internal Lip Piercings

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 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: Captive, curved barbell

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

Piercing FAQs

Q: How long does a lip piercing take to heal?
A: Healing time varies. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about healing times and cleaning routines before getting your piercing. Make sure you study up on piercing aftercare.

Q: Do lip piercings hurt?
A: It all depends on your pain tolerance. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about pain management before getting pierced.

Q: How much does a lip piercing cost?
A: It depends on where you live and which piercing shop you’ll be attending. Labret studs, labret barbells, and other stainless steel lip piercing jewelry varies in price. We recommend calling a professional piercer for this information.

Q: Why shouldn’t I get a lip piercing?
A: If you’re questioning whether or not you should get body piercing jewelry, we recommend talking to a professional and considering everything before committing. Not every piercing style is 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.

Q: How do you pierce your lip at home?
A: You don’t! It is so important to get your piercing done professionally to prevent any possible complications, infections, etc.

Q: How do I care for my lip piercing?
A: We recommend speaking with your piercing professional for guidelines on cleaning, but you can learn more about how to clean your piercing and more on our blog!

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