The Labret piercing is usually pierced through the thinner tissue just beneath the lip itself.
A labret of 1.6mm gauge is normally used and the length often depends on the thickness of the tissue being pierced.
Micro jewellery can be used but careful monitoring of swelling should be advised.
Ball Closure Rings are a popular choice for the initial piercing, but they often have to be larger in diameter to allow for swelling.
This often means that the jewellery flops about on the lip and this can cause the kind of aggravation that prolongs healing.
Healing Time: 4 - 12 weeks
Oral piercings benefit from the presence of ‘friendly’ bacteria, which live in the mouth and protect it from external infection.
Regular rinsing with Saline or an anti-septic/non-alcoholic mouthwash will definitely help reduce the risks of infection, but over-using mouthwash can kill the natural bacteria making your tongue turn white on the surface.
Oral piercings can become problematic without proper and regular aftercare.
If the jewellery is constantly moved then the pierced area can become aggravated and prolong the healing; for example chewing tough food can aggravate a tongue piercing because your tongue constantly moves when you’re chewing.
Damage can also come from biting the jewellery or where the jewellery constantly rubs against the gum lining, wearing it away. This often happens if larger jewellery is left unchanged, after the initial swelling reduces. Some people find that a ball on their tongue bar comes loose and they swallow it. Get used to tightening both balls. If you inhale the jewellery, immediately seek emergency medical treatment.
Though any signs of infection should be dealt with as quickly as possible, it is especially important with oral piercings. Infection, like septicaemia, can spread quickly into the blood or deeper into the body.
Never leave it to chance.