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Different Kinds of Facial Piercings (Pictures Included)

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I'm a huge piercing enthusiast, and I am a huge proponent of safe body art.

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—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.

Here's a sneak peek of what piercings I'll be covering in this article:

  1. Jestrum (Top-Middle Lip)
  2. Ashley
  3. Nasallang
  4. Uvula
  5. Tongue Web
  6. Nick Piercing
  7. Horizontal Tongue
  8. Chin
  9. Austin Bar
  10. Bridge
  11. Venom Bites
  12. Tongue
  13. Nose
  14. Septum
  15. Eyebrow
  16. Eyelid
  17. Horizontal Labret
  18. Medusa
  19. Spider Bites
  20. Angel Bites
  21. Snakebites
  22. Monroe/Madonna
  23. Smiley
  24. Frowny
  25. Lower Lip
  26. Cheek
The jestrum piercing is the vertical piercing through the upper lip.

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

1. Jestrum (Top-Middle 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

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.

2. Ashley

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

A nasallang combines two nostril piercings with a septum piercing.

A nasallang combines two nostril piercings with a septum piercing.

3. Nasallang

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 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.

4. Uvula

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

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.

5. Tongue Web

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

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.

6. Nick Piercing

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 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!).

7. Horizontal 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

A chin piercing, or labret.

A chin piercing, or labret.

8. Chin

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

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.

9. Austin Bar

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

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.

10. Bridge

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 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.

11. Venom Bites

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

A traditional tongue piercing goes straight through the tongue.

A traditional tongue piercing goes straight through the tongue.

12. 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 piercings are common these days, but they are one of the hardest piercings to heal.

Nose piercings are common these days, but they are one of the hardest piercings to heal.

13. 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

A pierced septum with large gauge jewelry.

A pierced septum with large gauge jewelry.

14. Septum

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 piercing

eyebrow piercing

15. 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 piercing

eyelid piercing

16. 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

A horizontal labret piercing across the lower lip.

A horizontal labret piercing across the lower lip.

17. Horizontal Labret

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

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.

18. Medusa

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

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.

19. Spider Bites

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 are spaced far apart above the upper lip.

Angel bites are spaced far apart above the upper lip.

20. Angel Bites

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

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.

21. Snakebites

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

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.

22. Monroe/Madonna

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

A smiley piercing of the upper frenulum.

A smiley piercing of the upper frenulum.

23. Smiley

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

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

Healing time: 4 to 12 weeks

A frowny is a piercing of the lower frenulum.

A frowny is a piercing of the lower frenulum.

24. Frowny

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-gauge captive bead ring or horseshoe barbell

Healing time: 4 to 12 weeks

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.

25. Lower 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

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.

26. Cheek

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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

hether freeman on December 03, 2019:

My first facial piercing is going to be spider bites. My friends said that

i should get that one first. I'm going to get them in this order spider bites angel kiss cheek and septum.

Makenzie Konrad on May 06, 2019:

I want a whole lotta piercings, but I dont know what to get cuz my parents dont want to get me the ones i really do want. idk what to do

YEIT! on April 15, 2019:

ima get der madusa ther snakebites and ther monroe/ madonna

TheEmoQueen... on May 17, 2018:

I really want the lower lip piercing. But, im in band. I really, Really want it. But it may affect my playing and im a very serious trumpet player. Idk if i should just do it and see how it goes. I have wanted this damn piercing for three years and i only brought it up to my mother a few months back and she basically said "Okay, but look up how it affects your playing. I understand you like it and want it, but there are consequenses.." she basivally went into a large rant about how it coupd get infected.. i promised that if i got one, i would clean it sevral times a day. I am passionate about this, but im scared for band.

D. on September 11, 2017:

Well, I've actually got two labret piercings (think David Drahman from disturbed (I probably messed up his name too)) I can't tell you how many people have asked me if they were snake bites. As Marcella says, they're useless! I wouldn't say tasteless because to each their own. I love mine, but always consider what you're doing ahead of time. People have told me my labret piercings make me look (more) frightening/badass. Mission accomplished, but you pay a price. Mine snag on everything. It's a minor inconvenience so I don't mind, but I still wish I had considered that first. (My piercings while thought out were still semi-impulsive. I was supposed to be getting a tattoo but my artist wasn't in, so I got piercings.)

Marcella on May 24, 2017:

A lot of the piercings are tasteless also useless. I have the Monroe and the bottom right lip pierced. By the way the Madusa does not effect your teeth. It actually sits on the gum. Tip: If you'd like to get something done have the confidence to get it for you.

chad on May 18, 2017:

i want them all

NS on March 08, 2017:

I'd love a Medusa but my husband says it's ugly and that it'll ruin my teeth. Kind of turned mre off of it with the teeth comment. Very cute though!

kala on January 25, 2017:

some of those piercing are too flipping crazzzyyy