Your Guide to Labret Piercings

Your Guide to Labret Piercings

The labret piercing was first spotted around 3000 years ago when it was worn by men and women who were living on the North-West American Coast. Back then, it would signify various things such as wealth or social status.

These days the labret piercing is a popular choice of piercing among Newmarket & Mississauga, Ontario residents and is proudly worn by people from all over the world.

What is a Labret Piercing?

A labret piercing is a small perforation below the lip line, above the chin. It is sometimes also referred to as a ‘chin piercing’ although it technically sits above the chin.

Contrary to what many people think, the labret piercing isn’t placed on the lip itself, and as such, it is usually classed as a facial piercing rather than a lip or oral piercing.

The labret piercing is most commonly placed below the lower lip, however, there are other variations of this piercing that we’ll cover for you below.

What Types of Labret Piercings are There?

Vertical Labret Piercing

Unlike the standard labret piercing, the vertical labret piercing does, in fact, go through the lower lip itself. If you request a vertical labret, the barbell should ideally be slightly curved in shape, allowing the piercing to sit more comfortably and securely against the natural curve of your lip. With a vertical labret, both sides of the barbell are usually visible, with one side appearing on top of the lower lip, and the other on the underside of the lower lip.

Vertical Labret

Lip Piercing

The side labret piercing is quite similar to the standard labret piercing, but is unique in that it is positioned (you guessed it!) to one side of the lower lip, rather than in the center.

How to Remove a Labret Piercing

When you’re preparing to remove your labret piercing, first make sure your hands are nice and clean. Next, gently clamp the backplate with your teeth and twist the bead to unscrew it from the bar. Keep on twisting until the bead comes off. At this point, you should then be able to slide the bar out. It might take a little practice at first, but don’t worry, you’ll quickly get the hang of it.

One note of caution: be careful that you don’t pull on the skin around your piercing when removing it. If you have any problems removing your labret piercing and you're in Newmarket, Ontario or the surrounding areas, drop by our shop and a member of our friendly team will be glad to help.

Does a Labret Piercing Hurt?

The pain of a labret piercing is usually considered to be minor in comparison to other types of mouth or oral piercings. While everyone’s pain tolerance and sensitivity is unique to them, most individuals describe the feeling a quick pinch. And when done by a professional like our Newhaven, Ontario team, you’ll be in good and caring hands.

We do want to note that you might experience some pain or discomfort in the first few days after you have your piercing. This is totally normal, along with a small amount of swelling or bruising. The area may also throb, bleed a little and/or feel sore to the touch.

How to care for your labret piercing

If you want to keep your labret piercing looking awesome (and we’re guessing that you do!) it is important that you look after it, especially when it is healing. Looking after your piercing is easy if you follow these simple steps:

  • We know it's tempting, but try not to touch or play with your piercing too much, especially if you haven’t washed your hands thoroughly first
  • Use natural, skin sensitive products to gently clean your piercing, especially whilst is it healing. A lukewarm saline solution works just fine applied with a cotton ball or Q-tip.
  • When drying your piercing, use a clean paper towel
  • Use a salt solution mouthwash
  • Leave your original stud in while your piercing is healing
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol and spicy food when your piercing is healing
  • Take care when eating, especially if your piercing is sore


Labret Piercing Jewelry

Where to Get a Labret Piercing in Newmarket or Mississauga, Ontario

If you’re concerned about your labret healing and you're in Newmarket, Ontario or the surrounding areas stop by for a chat with a member of the team. You can also give the team at a call today and we’ll try our best to answer any questions you may have.

Need an Experienced Piercer in Newmarket?

Working with an experienced piercer can make all the difference when it comes to the amount of pain you may experience. If you’re in the Newmarket, Ontario area and are concerned about the level of pain with regards to various ear piercings, give us a call or stop by today. We’d love to help walk you through what to expect and help you choose the right option.

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