Types of Lip Piercings

types of lip piercings

Types of Lip Piercings

There are a few different types of lip piercings.  Whereas a labret piercing is placed in the center, under the lip, the snake bite is a lip piercing set of two and are placed on the left and right side of the lip. There are two kinds of snake bite piercings: The ring piercing and the labret stud under both sides of the lip.

A lip piercing is a type of body piercing that penetrates the lips or the area surrounding the lips, which can be pierced in a variety of ways as you can see below. Lip piercings are a common practice in many parts of the world. In some parts of Africa, it is common for lip piercings to be done on young men who become of age after getting initiated. Lip piercings have always had a kind of religious significance across various cultures since as long as history has been recorded. The Nuba tribe of Ethiopia, as well as the Dogon tribe of Mali, have specific piercings that represent the rung of the religious hierarchy the wearer occupies in the tribe. Lip piercing has also become a common practice in today’s youth and society everywhere in the world. It reflects a sense of individual style. It is one of the least painful of all types of piercings. This might be the reason why most people prefer lip piercings to piercings on other parts of the body. Lip piercings can be referred to as either facial or oral type of piercing. There are various types of lip piercings.

Labret Piercing

Labret Piercing Jewelry
Labret Lip Piercing

A labret piercing is often thought of as a lip piercing however, labret piercings are not actually attached to the lip. The labret is done under the lip just above the chin. However, there are other choices of the position depending on your preferences.

 

 

 

 

Monroe Piercing

Monroe Piercing
Monroe Lip Piercing

This lip piercing is named after Marilyn Monroe since it is done with an effort to resemble the late star’s birthmark. The piercing is on the left-hand side on top of the upper lip to the side.  Usually, a labret stud is worn in this piercing. This piercing is typically fitted with a 14, 16, or 18 gauge labret, the bars of which are usually shortened after healing. A variation on this piercing is Angel bites – a double version of this piercing with both the Madonna and Monroe style Piercings worn on either side of the upper lip.

 

 

 

Madonna Piercing

Madonna Piercing
Madonna Lip Piercing

A Madonna Piercing is a labret placed in the upper lip, off-center on the right, in the same place that a number of starlets have beauty marks (moles). Jewelry is often around 14 gauge labret studs or even jeweled labret studs. The difference between a Monroe and Madonna piercing is the side of the face where the labret is placed; a Monroe piercing is placed on the left side, a Madonna piercing is placed on the right side of the face.

 

 

 

 

Medusa Piercing

Medusa Lip Piercing
Medusa Lip Piercing

This is a piercing done on the philtrum region just below the nose, therefore officially called a philtrum piercing. It is placed directly under the septum of the nose and it is crucial to get this piercing right since if placed in the wrong way, it can alter the face symmetry. A Medusa Piercing is typically pierced using a labret stud as jewelry, with the ball sitting outside of the mouth in the dip of the top lip. A variation of the philtrum piercing is a jestrum, where the piercing is placed vertically through the lip using curved barbell so both beads are visible.

 

 

 

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