Interested in getting a lip piercing? Already have one but want to learn more? This is the place to be! We’re here to give you the 411 on lip piercings, healing times, body jewelry types and everything else you need to know about this amazing body modification trend.  With so many different types of lip 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.

Before we get started on all of the different types of lip piercings, we wanted to point out a few things you’ll need to know. Most lip piercings require a flat back labret lip ring. 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 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 healing time, everyone’s body is different, so we suggest that you always talk to a piercing professional about healing time before getting a 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 about all the different types of lip piercings. Check them out:

Angel Bites Piercing

Angel bite piercings require both sides of your upper lip to be pierced. In short, angel piercings are created by acquiring Madonna and Monroe piercings at the same time. Healing time: About 3 months. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Ashley Piercing

Ashley Piercing

Instead of putting a hole underneath your bottom lip, the Ashley piercing punctures directly through the center of your bottom lip. Healing time: About 2-4 months. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Canine Bites Piercing

Canine Bites Piercing

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.) Healing time: About 8-12 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Cyber Bites Piercing

Cyber Bites Piercing

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. Healing time: About 6-8 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Dahlia Piercing

Dahlia Piercing

Also known as Dahlia bites; this 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. Healing time: About 12-20 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Dolphin Bites Piercing

Dolphin Bites Piercing

Dolphin bites require two labret lip rings that sit directly under the center of the bottom lip. Healing time: About 6-8 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings/circular barbells

Horizontal Lip Piercing

Horizontal Lip Piercing

A horizontal lip piercing that 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

Jestrum Piercing

Jestrum Piercing

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. Healing time: About 6-12 weeks. Jewelry: Curved barbell/circular barbells

Labret Lip Piercing

Labret Piercing

The term “labret piercing” literally means any lip piercing. But, normally this term relates to any piercing located on the bottom lip, but specifically, a labret stud lives in the center, right above the chin. Healing time: About 3-6 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings/circular barbells

Madonna Piercing

Madonna Piercing

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! Healing time: About 6-12 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Medusa Piercing

Medusa Piercing (Philtrum piercing)

Nicknamed as the Medusa Piercing, a philtrum piercing sits 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. Healing time: About 6-12 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Monroe Piercing

Monroe Piercing

A 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. Healing time: About 6-12 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings

Shark Bites Piercing

Shark Bites Piercing

Similar to snake bites, shark bites require two holes on both sides of your lower lip. Healing time: About 8-12 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings/circular barbells

Snake Bites Piercing

Snake Bite Piercing

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. Healing time: About 6-8 weeks. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings/circular barbells

Spider Bites Piercing

Spider Bites Piercing

Similar to dolphin bites, spider bites 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 bites can live on the upper lip, too. Healing time: About 1-3 months. Jewelry: Flat back labret lip rings/circular barbells

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical labret piercings 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). Healing time: About 6-8 weeks. Jewelry: Curved barbells

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