Lip piercings are some of the most commonly requested facial piercings these days, and for good reason! Lip piercings draw attention to the mouth, and many peopleâ€”especially fans of body modificationsâ€”find them very attractive and sexy.
Piercings right through the top or bottom lips are the most common types of lip piercings. However, other types of lip piercings, such as piercings at the sides of the mouth and vertically through the lips are becoming more and more common. Depending on the types of lip piercings done, studs, rings, or cured barbells can be used as jewelry.
Lip piercings are particularly popular among women. However, they are not solely a “woman’s piercing”. Certain types of lip piercings are becoming increasingly popular among men as well.
If you’re considering a facial piercing and want to know what types of lip piercings are available, look no further! Here are 14 of the most common types of lip piercings right in one handy dandy list!
1. Labret Piercing
Technically, a labret piercing is any type of piercing that goes through the bottom lip. However, when piercers and piercing enthusiasts talk about labret piercings, this classic centered lower lip piercing is usually what they’re referring to.
The vertical labret piercing is positioned in the center of the lower lip as well. However, instead of passing right through the lip, these types of lip piercings pass up through the lip tissue vertically and both ends of the stud are visible.
One of the most popular types of lip piercings among women is the Monroe piercing. This piercing is placed through the left side of the upper lip, right about in the same spot as Marilyn Monroe’s famous birthmark.
A set of angel bites and snakebite lip piercings requires four piercings in allâ€”two above each side of the upper lip and two below each side of the lower lip. Combining these two sets of lip piercings is referred to as canine bites piercings.
Two piercings placed close together but to one side of the lip are referred to as spider bite piercings. These can be on either side of the lip and are usually on the bottom lip, although spider bites piercings on the upper lip aren’t unheard of.
Choosing from all of the different types of lip piercings available is only a start. Before you take the plunge and get your lip pierced, it’s important to find an experienced and qualified pierer. Make sure that the piercing studio is clean and your piercer is experienced and familiar with the types of lip piercings you want. This is especially true for Dahlia piercings, since these are a little trickier than other types of lip piercings.
Proper aftercare for your new lip piercing is essential. Try to avoid touching the new piercing as much as possible, and keep your mouth clean and sanitized. You can wash or soak your new lip piercings in a saline solution twice a day and use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean them further. For additional aftercare instructions for your type of lip piercing, be sure to talk with your piercer.