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Different Kinds of Facial Piercings

Updated on January 27, 2015

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A side-cheek piercing looks awesome and can give you deep dimples where you didn't have any before. Note that cheek piercings can lead to more scarring and swelling than other facial piercings.
A side-cheek piercing looks awesome and can give you deep dimples where you didn't have any before. Note that cheek piercings can lead to more scarring and swelling than other facial piercings.

So you're thinking of getting a facial piercing? You've come to the right place to check out your options (and there are a ton!).

But before we get to the fun stuff (pictures and ideas), I want to issue a couple pieces of advice: Do your research before choosing your piercer. Make sure you choose a good one who will advise you about the best places to pierce. After all, this is your face! You don't want to end up with massive infections or a piercing you aren't happy with.

There are professional associations for piercers, which can be a good place to start your search.

Now, on to some awesome facial piercing ideas.

Jestrum (Top Middle Lip)

The jestrum piercing is the vertical piercing through the upper lip.
The jestrum piercing is the vertical piercing through the upper lip.

A jestrum is a piercing through the upper lip. It's similar to a vertical labret, which goes vertically through the lower lip.

Recommended jewelry: Curved barbell

Healing time: Eight to ten weeks

Ashley

The Ashley piercing is the stud in the center of her lower lip.
The Ashley piercing is the stud in the center of her lower lip.

The Ashley, or the inverse vertical labret, enters through the inside of the lower lip and rests in the center of the lip.

Recommended jewelry: Curved barbell

Healing time: Three to twelve months

Nasallang

A nasallang combines two nostril piercings with a septum piercing.
A nasallang combines two nostril piercings with a septum piercing.

A nasallang uses a piece of jewelry (usually a barbell) to join three piercings: one nostril, the septum, and the second nostril. The effect can look like a simple double nostril piercing that lies flush with the skin.

Recommended jewelry: Nasallang industrial barbell

Healing time: Four to six months

Uvula

Uvula piercings are rare because touching the uvula triggers the gag reflex in most people.
Uvula piercings are rare because touching the uvula triggers the gag reflex in most people.

As you see in the photo, the uvula is the little fleshy thing that dangles at the back of your throat. What a cool, secret place for a piercing.

The uvula piercing is cool but difficult for obvious reasons. When was the last time you stuck something near the back of your throat without gagging? I thought so. It's hard not to gag, so it's hard to pierce a uvula.

Recommended jewelry: Captive bead

Healing time: less than two weeks

Tongue Web

A tongue web piercing can be easy, if there is enough tissue to pierce.
A tongue web piercing can be easy, if there is enough tissue to pierce.

Your tongue web is also called your frenulum. This little piece of tissue is pretty easy to pierce. Some people, however, don't have enough tissue there to pierce, so ask your piercer if your frenulum is big enough.

Recommended jewelry: Curved barbell, horseshoe, or ball closure ring

Healing time: One to two months

Nick Piercing

A nick piercing looks a bit like a dueling scar, which was popular in Austria at the turn of the 20th century.
A nick piercing looks a bit like a dueling scar, which was popular in Austria at the turn of the 20th century.

Nick piercings get their name from the Seattle piercer Nick Anzalone. They start at the highest point inside the mouth and exit underneath the orbital of the eye.They start at one of the highest point inside the mouth and

Recommended jewelry: Custom-made L-shaped bar

Horizontal Tongue

Horizontal tongue piercings are rare (yes, that jewelry goes all the way through the tongue!).
Horizontal tongue piercings are rare (yes, that jewelry goes all the way through the tongue!).

The tongue is a muscle, so piercing all the way through vertically is not easy. People who get vertical tongue piercings do report some slurred speech, lisping, long healing periods, and lots of pain. They end up, however, with an incredibly unique and cool piercing.

Recommended jewelry: Straight barbell

Healing time: One to two months

Chin

A chin piercing, or labret.
A chin piercing, or labret.

A chin piercing is a type of labret, which means lip in Latin. The piercing enters at a low point inside the mouth below the lower lip and exits just above the chin.

Labret piercings were traditional among American Northwest Coast Indians.

Recommended jewelry: Labret stud

Healing time: One to three months


Austin Bar

An Austin bar piercing goes through the nose tissue but not the septum.
An Austin bar piercing goes through the nose tissue but not the septum.

Austin bar piercings are horizontal piercings that go through the tip of the nose tissue but do not travel through the septum.

Recommended jewelry: Barbell

Healing time: Two to three months

Bridge

A bridge piercing travels through the skin at the bridge of the nose, between the eyes.
A bridge piercing travels through the skin at the bridge of the nose, between the eyes.

Also known as an "Erl" or an "Earl" piercing, the bridge goes through the skin between the eyes. It is a surface piercing, so there can be a higher risk of rejection and scarring.

Recommended jewelry: Straight barbell

Healing time: Two to three months

Venom Bites

Venom bites piercings sit on either side of the two main blood vessels in the tongue.
Venom bites piercings sit on either side of the two main blood vessels in the tongue.

Venom bites travel through the tongue tissue on either side of the two main blood vessels.

Recommended jewelry: Tongue barbells

Healing time: Two to three months

Tongue

A traditional tongue piercing goes straight through the tongue.
A traditional tongue piercing goes straight through the tongue.

The mouth is the fastest part of the body to heal, so tongue piercings tend to heal up pretty quickly. A traditional tongue piercing will go straight through the tongue tissue, avoiding the frenulum.

Recommended jewelry: Straight barbell or captive bead ring

Healing time: Four to six weeks

Nose

Nose piercings are common, so it may come as a surprise that nose piercings take quite a long time to heal. Nose piercings go through cartilage, not flesh, which heals differently. Nose piercings are the most common facial piercing, after earlobes, with nostril piercings in first place as the most popular type of nose piercing.

Recommended jewelry: Loop, stud with L-bar closure, stud with ball closure, or stud with flat backing

Healing time: Four to six months

Septum

A pierced septum with large gauge jewelry.
A pierced septum with large gauge jewelry.

The septum is the wall of cartilage that divides the nostrils. Generally, the cartilage itself is not pierced, but rather the small gap between the cartilage and the bottom of the nose (sometimes called the "sweet spot").

Recommended jewelry: Nose ring

Healing time: Six to eight months

Eyebrow

An eyebrow piercing is a surface piercing that enters just below the eyebrow and exits just above the eyebrow.

Recommended jewelry: Curved barbell, captive bead ring

Healing time: Six to eight weeks

Eyelid

Eyelid piercings are usually located in the outside corner of the eye. They are rare because the risks for infection and swelling are high.

Recommended jewelry: Captive bead ring

Horizontal Labret

A horizontal labret piercing across the lower lip.
A horizontal labret piercing across the lower lip.

Horizontal labret piercings are a double piercing of the lower lip that may appear from the outside to be one single horizontal bar on the inside. They are actually two studs positioned in a horizontal line.

Recommended jewelry: Labret stud

Healing time: Two to three months

Medusa

A medusa piercing is similar to a labret piercing but  is positioned between the nose and the upper lip.
A medusa piercing is similar to a labret piercing but is positioned between the nose and the upper lip.

Medusa piercings can be quite sexy. They are generally done with labret studs and are located in the philtrum, the small indentation between the septum and the upper lip.

Recommended jewelry: Labret stud

Healing time: Six months

Spider Bites

A double piercing with rings near the corner of the lower lip is called a spider bite piercing.
A double piercing with rings near the corner of the lower lip is called a spider bite piercing.

Snake bites are a double piercing near the corner of the lower lip with rings as jewelry. The rings are spaced close together. A placement slightly further apart would make the piercing a vampire bite piercing.

Recommended jewelry: Labret rings

Healing time: One to three months

Angel Bites

Angel bites are spaced far apart above the upper lip.
Angel bites are spaced far apart above the upper lip.

There are several lip piercings that are called "bites." Angel bites are spaced far apart above the upper lip. A double piercing below the lower lip is a snake bite piercing (see photo below.) A combination of angel bites and snake bites (four piercings) is called canine bites.

Recommended jewelry: Labret studs

Healing time: One to three months

Snakebites

Snake bites are a double piercing below the lower lip. See "bites" description above.
Snake bites are a double piercing below the lower lip. See "bites" description above.

Like angel bites, snake bites are located near the lip. Snake bites enter the skin just below the lower lip. A combination of angel bites and snake bites (four piercings) is called canine bites.

Recommended jewelry: Labret studs

Healing time: One to three months

Monroe/Madonna

A Monroe or Madonna piercing is placed in the spots where Marilyn Monroe had and Madonna has her famous beauty mark.
A Monroe or Madonna piercing is placed in the spots where Marilyn Monroe had and Madonna has her famous beauty mark.

A Monroe or Madonna piercing is off center above the upper lip. It is intended to look like a beauty mark and is usually on the left side of the face.

Recommended jewelry: Labret stud with ball or gem on outer end

Healing time: 8 to 12 weeks

Smiley

A smiley piercing of the upper frenulum.
A smiley piercing of the upper frenulum.

A smiley is an oral piercing of the upper frenulum, or web between the inner upper lip and the gums.

Recommended jewelry: Small-guage captive bead ring or horseshoe barbell

Healing time: 4 to 12 weeks

Frowny

A frowny is a piercing of the lower frenulum.
A frowny is a piercing of the lower frenulum.

A frowny is the opposite of a smiley. It is a piercing of the lower frenulum, or web, between the inner lower lip and gums.

Recommended jewelry: Small-guage captive bead ring or horseshoe barbell

Healing time: 4 to 12 weeks

Lower Lip

A lower lip piercing does not actually pierce the lip itself, but rather the skin below and inside the lip.
A lower lip piercing does not actually pierce the lip itself, but rather the skin below and inside the lip.

A lip piercing is a piercing of the skin just below the lower lip through to the skin inside the mouth.

Recommended jewelry: Captive bead ring

Healing time: One to three months

Cheek

A double cheek piercing gives you deep dimples where you may not have had them before.
A double cheek piercing gives you deep dimples where you may not have had them before.

A cheek piercing enters through the cheek from inside the mouth. Generally the piercings are placed symmetrically on both cheeks, imitating or penetrating dimples.

Recommended jewelry: Labret stud

Healing time: 6 to 12 months

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