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Published Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Different Types of Lip Piercings

 


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You were just trying to find what kind of lip piercing you want, what do all these words mean? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Today we’re going over everything lip piercing.

The name lip piercing is actually a catch-all for any of the piercing types that can be done around or through your upper or lower lip. Most piercings are usually named after the spot they are pierced - including some we’ll cover - but since there are so many areas on the lip that can be pierced, a lot of them have started to get nicknames so that people can distinguish between them all.

 

1. Classic Labret Piercing

This piercing is centered, just below the bottom lip. It shares the name labret with the jewelry most often worn in this piercing (the labret stud), however rings are also a popular option. This piercing goes fully through the skin below the lower lip, and will touch the gums of your bottom front teeth.

Diagram of a standard labret piercing
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2. Vertical Labret Piercing

This piercing utilizes a curved barbell to go through the bottom lip, and exits just below it. The pain tolerance for this piercing usually has to be a bit higher, because it passes through the lip.

Diagram of a vertical labret piercing
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3. Philtrum Piercing (Medusa)

The small divot of skin just above the top lip is the philtrum - hence the piercing’s name - and like the labret, this piercing goes through the skin and exits just above the top front teeth and will rest against the gums.

Diagram of a Philtrum piercing
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4. Jestrum Piercing

Much like a vertical labret, only it goes through the philtrum and the top lip.

Diagram of a Jestrum piercing
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5. For single lip piercings you have:

  • The Monroe, a piercing on the upper lip, towards the left side
  • The Madonna piercing also appears on the upper lip, but on the right side

Diagrams of Madonna and Monroe piercings

6. And the Dahlia

A pair of piercings at the corners of the mouth. Dahlia piercings are just next to the lips on the left and right side. Named for the black dahlia murders. These are sometimes called joker piercings because they accent your smile.

Diagram of Dahlia piercing

 

7. Next, you have various bite piercings and other lip piercings.

A bite piercing is a pair of parallel piercings that are located on either the bottom or upper lip area. While all of these are lip piercings, they’ve acquired nicknames to distinguish the wide variety of placements.


For example, there are:

  • Snake bites - a pair of lower lip piercings on either side of the mouth
  • Angel bites - a pair of piercings mirroring snake bites on the upper lip
  • Spider bites - a pair of lower lip piercings right next to each other on either side of the lip
  • Dolphin bites are similar to spider bites, but are centered below the bottom lip
  • Shark bites combine both snake and spider bites, for a total of four piercings, two on each lower lip
  • And cyber bites is the combination of a philtrum and labret piercings
Diagram of snake bites piercing Diagram of angel bites piercing Diagram of spider bites piercing Diagram of dolphin bites piercing Diagram of shark bites piercing Diagram of cyber bites piercing
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8. Canine Piercings

Canine piercings combine angel bites and snake bites, creating a set of four piercings—one on each side of the upper and bottom lip.


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9. Angel Fangs

Similar to angel bites, Angel fangs involve a pair of piercings on either side of the top lip. These vertical piercings exit through the bottom of the upper lip, creating a fang-like appearance with spike ends.


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10. Ashley Piercing

The Ashley piercing, resembling a center labret, passes through the lip itself and exits on the other side into the mouth. Typically, a flat back labret is used for this piercing.


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11. Labret (Side Labret)

If you opt for just one side of a snake bite piercing, it's often referred to as a labret or a side labret for specificity.


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12. Lowbret

A lowbret is a lower labret piercing, posing a higher risk of gum and enamel erosion compared to a standard labret.


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13. Horizontal Lip Piercing

Popularized by Cardi B, the horizontal lip piercing uses a curved barbell to pass through one side of the lower lip and exits horizontally on the other side. However, it's prone to migration and rejection due to the high movement in the area.


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14. Raccoon Bites

There were questions about Raccoon bites, but as of now, it seems to be a joke without a real piercing behind it.


A couple things to keep in mind when selecting a lip piercing for yourself:

  • Everyone’s anatomy is different, and the exact placement of your piercings will depend on your body. Your piercer should be able to help you with getting the piercing that’s right for you.
  • Make sure to also mention to your piercer if you plan to wear rings in your lip, or just labrets, as this could affect the exact placement.
  • Be sure to follow proper piercing aftercare, including washing with soap and water once a day to avoid pain and swelling.
  • Healing time can vary wildly between piercings and individuals, but 3-6 months is a good range to think of when considering the piercing.

Also understand that these are all technically oral piercings, in that they are in contact with some part of your mouth and saliva. Make sure to talk to your piercer about proper cleaning and care.

We hope this has been helpful. Do you have any of these piercings, or do you plan to get some? Check out our collection of lip jewelry at bodyartforms.com.

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