Lip and Labret

Marks and Punctures have a large selection of tattoo designs and piercings available, we are happy to work with your requirements and designs, giving the best possible advice along the way. Our shop in Aylesbury has a comfortable waiting area and sterilised rooms for piercing and tattooing. Find out more in the about us section.

Lip and Labret Piercing Aftercare

The number one reason for infection is touching and playing with the piercing. Only touch the piercing when cleaning it with clean hands!

DO rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine (or you can purchase a special solution from us at a nominal cost) after meals or eating. For the first few weeks you should suck on antibacterial / anti-inflammatory throat lozenges (Difflam-C), as these reduce the chance of infection and reduce swelling.

DO clean the front of the piercing by soaking a cotton wool ball in salt water and leaving it on the piercing for 2-3 minutes to dissolve the crusting in the morning. Salt water can be made by dissolving ¼ teaspoon of sea salt or table salt in a ½ glass of warm water, or you can use ready-made saline solution (available from any chemist).

You can use lavender oil on the piercing as it promotes healing and lubricates the wound, thus reducing tenderness. Apply a small amount to the front with a cotton bud, then move the jewellery gently so that it gets into the wound. Remove any excess with a tissue, as leaving it on can irritate the skin. Lavender oil can be purchased at supermarkets (in the medicine section) or at a chemist, and must be marked BP or medicinal grade.

DO eat things such as frozen yoghurt, ice cream, cold foods, or suck on chipped or crushed ice, or very small ice blocks. Cold things help the healing, alleviate pain and reduce swelling.

DO remove the plaque and crustation that can form on the jewellery.

DO be careful when chewing that so you don’t bite the labret stud / ring and shatter a tooth!

DO check once a week that the jewellery is screwed on tight – remember to clean your hands with a germicidal soap before touching the jewellery. The ball that screws off is on the front, and it must be turned clockwise to tighten it.

You can also take B-vitamins with a zinc supplement, as this promotes healing.

DON’T pick at the scab on the front of your lip as this can cause infections and excessive scar tissue and can lead to lumps forming.

DON’T put anything dirty in your mouth such as fingernails, pens, etc.

DON’T play with the jewellery or chew on it during the healing period as this can lead to excess scar tissue formation. If you develop the habit of chewing on the jewellery you will eventually damage your teeth by wearing them down – this may result in a costly visit to the dentist.

DON’T remove or replace the jewellery during the healing period, as the hole closes up very quickly and it’s painful to reinsert the jewellery once this happens. Even after the wound has healed, the hole will close up very quickly if you remove the jewellery. It can take up to 1-2 years before you will be able to remove the jewellery for anything more than a day.

If you find that the labret stud is rubbing on your teeth or gums, it can be changed to a different bar or even re-sized. Usually the stud is longer to start with, so as to allow for swelling. When healed, the stud can be changed to a smaller one which won’t “stick out” and is less likely to be accidentally bitten. If the stud ever looks or feels too tight, then see your piercer to have a larger one fitted.

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