What is the Smiley Piercing?
If you're into odd, quirky, and even controversial piercings, the Smiley is definitely on your radar. But what exactly is it? The Smiley piercing is through the upper lip frenulum, which is that tiny piece of skin connecting your upper lip to your gums. It's aptly named the Smiley because it's most visible when you flash those pearly whites!
On the flip side, if you go for the lower lip frenulum, it's often called the Frowny - guess why!
The Experience and Healing
Don't fret about the pain - this piercing usually doesn't bring major discomfort. The upper lip frenulum is super thin, which makes the process relatively low on the pain scale. Since it's an oral piercing, it heals up pretty quickly, usually within 1-2 months.
The jewelry of choice for this piercing includes circular barbells, captive bead rings, and seamless rings. Occasionally, a curved barbell might be used to keep the piercing discreet or less noticeable.
Risks and Considerations
Before you jump into the Smiley trend, let's talk about some important things to consider:
- The piercing's constant contact with your gums and teeth can pose risks to your oral health. Keep an eye out for gum erosion or teeth damage. If you notice any issues, remove the piercing immediately to prevent further harm.
- The thin nature of the frenulum makes the piercing more susceptible to migration, rejection, and tearing. This is especially risky for oral piercings, as you could accidentally swallow the jewelry, particularly if it happens while you're asleep.
Because of these concerns, the Smiley piercing is a topic of debate among piercers and body modification enthusiasts.
We're curious - what's your take on the Smiley piercing? Have you ever tried it out? Are you considering taking the plunge? Share your thoughts with us!
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