Lip Piercings: Labret, Lowbret, Madonna Pictures

You may have thought that humans only have one set of lips, comprised of two separate entities, but lip piercings actually fall into eight separate categories. Lip piercing is an ancient body modification, still common among certain African tribes who stretch their lower lips to fit large, discus-shaped lip plates. The two most common piercings are done on the lip and the labret.

The basic lip piercing describes any piercing that penetrates the area directly surrounding the lips, usually along the bottom lip but sometimes found along the top as well. A lip piercing is pierced with a lip ring either directly in the center of the lip or just off to the side. It will almost always be pierced initially with a captive-bead ring, though after the wound has fully healed (which can take up to 4-6 weeks) you may later change to a stud if you so choose.

If you do change it to a stud, however, then it becomes a labret piercing (pronounced "la-brett", not "la-bray"). Confusing, I know, but try to keep up. Because this is an oral piercing, aftercare is important on both ends: the inside of the mouth and the outside. Your piercer should educate you on proper aftercare methods, generally involving a frequent Listerine rinse for inside the mouth and washing gently with antibacterial soap on the outside, done no more than twice a day.

A vertical labret passes through the direct center of the bottom lip. It differs from a standard labret piercing in that a curved barbell is inserted and both ends of the jewelry can be seen--one below the bottom lip, the other in the mouth between the lips.)

A lowbret is a horizontal labret that is placed as low as impossible inside the lip, just before your chin cartilage begins.

A vertical lowbret is placed vertically inside the mouth, piercing through the cheek and emerging close to the jaw line. The barbell used for this type of piercing needs to be at least 1.5" in length.

A horizontal lip piercing, as the name implies, passing directly through either lip at a horizontal angle.

A horizontal labret piercing, on the other hand, passes horizontally just below the lip.

The Madonna piercing (yes, she gets a piercing named after her) is sometimes called a Monroe piercing, named for the original beauty mark queen, Marilyn Monroe. A Monroe is located in the upper lip, slightly off-center to mimic the look of a beauty mark or mole.

A Medusa piercing is the opposite of a labret piercing, located in the direct center of the upper lip. It is sometimes called an "upbret" or "cleft" piercing. Images courtesy of BMEzine.

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Whitney05 9 years ago from Georgia

I was under the impression that it was la-bray, not la-brett... ? I've only ever heard 'la-bray' from tattooist and piercers, alike...

Kris 9 years ago

Well, Labret is probably pronounced as French. Labret said the French way SOUNDS like la-bray/la-brey...

ThexArtxOfxDrowning 8 years ago

I seriously want a vertical labret

TwistedxIllusions 8 years ago

I want a piercing sooo bad

Neil 8 years ago

From Wikipedia:

The pronunciation of the word "labret" has been heavily debated for years. Many people including industry professionals have often pronounced it as /l??bre?/. According to dictionary reference, it is pronounced /le?.br?t/. The root word is the Latin labrum, which means lip. The -et suffix, according to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, means "something worn on". So, the combination of the Latin labrum (lip) and the suffix -et (something worn on), creates labret - something worn on the lip.

Marissa 8 years ago

i soooo want a basic lip piercing or a labret piercing.they are effin awesome!

john 8 years ago

I really want to get "snake bites" so bad. My dad say's its "distasteful" and all of the other stuff parents think of to not let their children do things to themselves. It just really aggravates me because i want this so bad, and i don't do anything not to deserve it, but my dad just wont budge. my mom doesn't care and it just really angers the hell out of me. eh, im hoping for my birthday? ha, hopefully.

tamara 8 years ago


i had my labret, i did it myself,

got bored with it,

was going to go for snakes bites or spider bites.

i now have my madoona or monroe

and i might go for angel bites or fairy bites.

love the lip piercings.

israel nez 7 years ago

dopse it hurt

melissa 7 years ago

i just got my monroe piercing.. love it by the way!

my piercer told me use listerine and alcohol with some warm water

my question is ¿ is that good?the alcohol w/warm water for th crustines???

Danielle.; 7 years ago

I Want A Vertical Labret , So Badly!I've Asked My Mom To Get My Nose Pierced & My Lip But ofcourse She Said No , ah I'll Have One By next year At The Latest!

amber 7 years ago

hey does it hurt to get the morne piericing or no and how old do you have to be to get it doen with out parnets permisson

erik 7 years ago


daddycuse 7 years ago

i just got my labret done last week. i go to sleep at night and wake up with crust around the piercing is that normal if so how long does it last.

christy 7 years ago

I got my lip piercing back in June. It did not hurt at all when my piercer was piercing it. The healing process was the only pain I felt. My piercer told me to use non alcohol listerine on the inside of my mouth and ear piercing cleansing solution on the outside. It took a while to get use to, but now I cant tell at all that i have one.

jami 7 years ago

The Monroe is called a Monroe not a Madonna. Shes cool and all but it named after Marilyn Monroe...

Claire (: 7 years ago

I Got My Madonna Or Monroe Done Last Week, You Have To Be 16 To Get It Done Without A Parents Permission, And It Doesn't Hurt At All, Anyone That Says It Hurts Must Be Wimps xD

Byeee Guys xx

frankenkitty 7 years ago

Okay, I just wanted to let you guys know. It says in oral piercing aftercare to use Listerine mouthwash. While yes, this can help, there is alcohol in it which can actually irritate the piercing and slow the healing process. A much better option is a mouthwash like Oral-B which is alcohol free.

Morgan 7 years ago

where are snakebites and angel bites?? forgot some xD

britt 7 years ago

the age for u to get tats or piercings depends on ur state. most states allow u to be at least 18, but it all depends jus do ur research. im 21 so im way over the age, lol. i jus got my monroe done yesterday (12/27/08). it didn't hurt altho i thought it would. i had my tonuge pierced 2x & the tongue didn't hurt except for when it swole up & had me talkin funny. but between the tongue & the monroe piercn, i would say the monroe was the most painless for me. i didn't even swell up & it doesn't bother me wen i chew or talk like the tongue did. also, it is not good to put alcohol, hydro peroxide, or neosporin on ur piercings because alcohol drys out the skin & neosporin will block the oxygen for it to heal.

my next piercing will be the belly ring.. i had it when i was 17 but took it out the next day it was soo painful. plus when i was in school i was into sports & stuff so it always interfered. ima get it again tho... im thinkin during next month.

btw, its called a monroe not madonna, hence madonna doesn't even hav a mole on her face. & its called a la-bray not la-bret, that jus sounds retarded 4real bro.

jessica 7 years ago

it is either a monroe OR a madonna, depending on what side you get it on. madonna is on the right side. monroe is on the left.

and if you look at 80s madonna, she did indeed have a mole on her face. she had it removed, but the name of the piercing still remains.

jay 7 years ago

Is a lowbret on a guy a gay thing?

Raven 7 years ago

I'm planning on getting a piercing for my 18th birthday...and I just wanted to know if a lowbret would hurt?? If it hurts then I might go for the madonna...mail meh on myspace if yooh have something to say about the pain thinky with the lowbret Thank you.

Missy 7 years ago

I got my Monroe about 5 months ago, and i L-O-V-E it. :)It's honestly my pride and joy!

chelsea : ) 7 years ago

I had my Labret pierced almost two weeks ago and I actually love it.I've already had my Monroe pierced for 18 months now but when I had that done it was numbed and my Labret wasn't. However, the pain I experienced from them was pretty much the same.

I was kinda disappointed with the Labret piercing though, not cuz of the position or anything but cuz I've always had a buzz from getting pierced (I have 10 all together) and the Labret, I didn't.Oh well lol : )

Lip piercings to me are like the painless piercings ever lol


raine 7 years ago

I'm going to get two lowbrets and a vertical labret, then three tounge peircings soon! After I get my braces off that is. I already have an anti-eyebrow piercing.

Paul 7 years ago

I just got snake bytes and a horizontal lip piercing yestreday! (1/30/09) I had my right side of my lip pierced before and it hurt the first time... the second time i got it, it did not hurt... the left side hurt a little more and the horizontal lip piercing hurt like hell... Well I am kinda weak with pain but i'm glad I got it done! The thing that sucks... my grandparents are coming home in a couple of days... lets just say they hate piercing a lot!

yess 7 years ago

Hey when you get a bottomlip piercing and you take out the ring can u see the hole?

katie 7 years ago


im thing about a madonna is it tru if u clean it with salt water it leaves no scar or is that a lie and how do u put in the retainer? looks comlicated

Silver 7 years ago

Just got my snakebites done lastnight :) and ... love em !!! lol someone said that their piercer told them to use alcohol ?!?!? ive not heard of that at all .. and i read a butt load of stuff before i got mine done ... i would use the listerine ( but i was told to dilute it half and half with water - like ina water bottle ) and a sea salt soak , no alcohol .

jaydeee 7 years ago

i want medusa reallllly bad;D

but everyone i say that to are like 'ewww'

i have my lip pierced:}

jaydeee 7 years ago

i also have my nose pierced! nose hurts more than lip ahah

Lemonface; 7 years ago

Madonna? seriously, you mean Monroe.

Lemonface; 7 years ago

To correct myself, the madonna and monroe are different. madonna is on one side and monroe is the other.

rita  7 years ago

i've got a labret N it the bomb i just love the thing but at 1st it got really infected it hurt but now it the bomb like i said 7 years ago

can a lowbret piercing can use a circular lipring or just a simple lipring??..

danielle 7 years ago

i just got a lowbret 4 days ago =]

Elle 7 years ago

I got my medusa done 2 weeks ago i love it its a bit diff to but totally cute. im getting my snake bites done on sunday woop woop.

I didn't think it was very painful and healed really quickley i just used salt water on outside and mouth wash on insde.

Hailey 7 years ago

I'm hoping my mom will take me on my 16th birthday to get snake bites.

But... that probably won't happen.

So, maybe I'll get a tattoo on my wrist instead.

Pretty 7 years ago

Ive been searching for the term for a top lip labret. Ive seen it on a chik in an advertisment. What's the real name for this piercing?

ms. obvious 7 years ago

read the article....its a MEDUSA

fuckyeah 7 years ago

your healing times in all your articles are wrong , if you were a piercer you would know that, but you arent -just a poser trying to act like they have all the piercing answers.

Claw 7 years ago

You are absolutely never to use any alcohol based products to clean any oral piercings. Abstaining from alcoholic beverages is also recommended. Any piercer who says otherwise is NOT a professional.

Healing time is 6-8 weeks, not 4-6.

Hollie  7 years ago

Every other 6 weeks anyone can chaange any piercing. Make sure that you keep the piercing clean too. I have a Labret piercing, on my chin.

skyfreaxxx 7 years ago

what would a double stud under the bottom lip on one side be called? my friend is getting hers done and idk wut its called

amy 7 years ago

ive just had my lip done i love it, ive had it done a week its still kinda sore bt i cant wait to change it,, x

alex 7 years ago

im so gonna get my lower right lip pierced now... how bad does it really hurt though... i have my tongue pierced and that didn't hurt at all..

Ricky 7 years ago

alex gettin ur lower lip pierced don't hurt that much you can hardly feel it i had mine done today:)

oscar 7 years ago

ive had some of these done, ive got snakes bites and a medusa done on my lip :)

milkandhoney 7 years ago

i got my labret pierced yesterday. my momma said i should have got it on the side cause it don't look right in the middle. but i just adore the darn thang.

Bev 7 years ago

You left out the Manson, snakebites, spiderbites and anglebites.

And tearing is awful. I ripped my week old lip ring and had to go to the emergency room.

I got a wicked infection after that.

But I still have it, and just got my spiderbites finished. [:

It looks SICK.

jessiejane 7 years ago

i just pierced my own lip but it's on the left side and now i wish it was on the right.

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missy issy 6 years ago

omg my moms bf told me hur monroe hurt like hell neva a gain

Lori 6 years ago

I have many piercings. I recently got my monroe. I am 33 and waited to get the rest of my piercings later on in life after I had moved out of my Mother's house about 15 years ago. Most Moms and Dads will read you the riot act when u get a piercing or even talk about it. I got my tongue pierced when I was 21 and My Mama called me white trash, etc.etc. Wish she could see me now.

Chelsea  6 years ago

i got my lower lip labret done yesterday would it be puffy and llook like the falt end in my lip is sinking in it only like hurts a little i put cold things on it . is the puffyness normal and is it normal to have the flat end in side look like its singing in ...

sierawwwwwwwwwwwwr 6 years ago

i have snake bites and angle bites (= pretty sick huh?

Brianna 6 years ago

i think im gonna get spider bites :) they're AWESOME!!

shannon 6 years ago

I have snake bites, labret and angel bites i love my piercings:)

Anya 6 years ago

I just got a vertical labret yesterday, and I'm so happy I got it done. It's a little bit swollen right now. It did hurt when I got it, but I have a high tolerance for pain so it wasn't bad at all. It didn't hurt after I got it done until later on, when it started to swell. I'm so excited for it to be healed!

clare cahalan 6 years ago

I want two upper lip piercings- does anyone know what they'd be called on opposite sides of where a Medusa would go? Would that being tougher an area hurt worse?

Lovee 6 years ago


pwawn 6 years ago

they're called angel bites

pwawn 6 years ago

and no they don't really hurt, although i have a high tolerance for pain- i'm sixteen and i've had fourteen piercings. with angel bites it can just be uncomfortable eating for a while, they tend to get in the way of your teeth. i've had my angel bites for two weeks and i haven't had any problems so far.

Stevie 6 years ago

i cant wait to get some snake bites.

Does it hurt? and how long will they take to heal?

Lindsay  6 years ago

Hey, I'm planning on getting my lebret done but how much does it hurt? ....i mean, my eyebrow was no problem what so ever...didn't hurt at all..the only thing I can complain about is the clamp thing being to cold :P... but other then that it was alright. I want to get my lip done before I get my just in that debating stage...either a lebret on my right side....or getting one right in the middle.... I'm already leaning towards the side..but I was just curious as to how much it hurts.

emmilyyyyyyyyyyyyy 6 years ago

okay so i have had a lot of piercings.

such as:

spider bites (monroe on both sides) my left monroe pierced 3 times, lip on left side, nose (gauged to a 16), septum (passing through the middle of the nostrils), and my belly button. i also have my ears gauged to 5/8 (i have done most of them myself)

i have taken them all out.. except my ears.

i got bored with it, but am looking to get my lip pierced horizontally.

it doesn't hurt.. but it varies with how your pain tolerance is. mine isn't high, it's just a little poke.

healing and changing jewlery hurts more than the piercing itsself and even then it's still not that bad.

it's natural for it to get crusty. use soap and warm water on a qtip to clean it off. use listerine for the inside of your mouth. hope it helps cause you guys are almost clueless :[

Gemma 6 years ago

I got a vertical labret piercing 4 days ago. I didn't feel a thing and actually laughed once he pierced it as i didn't feel it. Its a bit swollen now. But i just put ice on it and i was told to put salt water on it.

Deej 6 years ago

I got my lip done on thursday night as a celebration, how long does it take before i can put in a clean retainer for work?

Try BME.  6 years ago

The names on half the piercing pictures are wrong. A lowbret is not a type of horizontal labret, because a horizontal labret is a surface piercing on the lip or just below the lip. There's no difference between a horizontal labret and a horizontal lip piercings. Any piercing right through the lip is a labret, regardless or whether you wear a bar or a ring. The kind of bar you use in lip piercings is caleld a labret stud. Labret isn't pronounced "la-bray", it's "la-brit".

kerry 6 years ago

iv got my monro peiring a couple of days ago and its all good but at the back of the piercing in my mouth i have a dent were my lip had swelled up is that normal

christina 6 years ago

I got my monroe and snakebites done

and bride and industrial lol

the monroe didn't hurt as bad as i thought

and.. you have to be 16 and older to get a piercing

without parental consent.

Sarah 6 years ago

i always thought a medusa was the same as a monroe only the opposite side xD

guess i was wrong :)

Sarah 6 years ago

""okay so i have had a lot of piercings.

such as:

spider bites (monroe on both sides)...""

emily those arend spider bites xD they're angel bites :)

spider bites are two piercings close together on the side of your bottom lip :) my friend has them ^^

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closed doors 6 years ago from Round Rock, Texas

Wow guys what the hell lol

becauseilive: you left out several piercings, and the ones you did do had some inaccuracies. SOOOOOO

Spiderbites are two piercings on your bottom lip close together. Angelbites are basically a monroe on each side of your mouth. Monroe is on the left side. Madonna's on the right. Snakebites are just a simple off center lip piercing on each side of your mouth. Angelbites are the reverse of snakebites. Medusa is the reverse of a vertical labret. Pronounced la-BRAY. Not la-brett.

I'm getting a madonna this week and am pretty excited, but have semi-low pain tolerance. Hopefully I don't flinch >.

serah 6 years ago

i got my septum done not to long ago, and i'm only sixteen.

much to my mother disappointment, though.

looking into getting anchor dermals in my hips, and my tongue done, soon. (:

possibly might get 'spider bites' too.

Wolfman™  6 years ago

I got The "Angel Bittes" and the "Snake Bittes"!! :D

megan 6 years ago

I didn't think the monroe hurt at all; I have it done.Im getting snake bites in a few weeks. Im so excited!

jannette  6 years ago

ii realy like the vertical piercing am thinking of getting iit but ive hurd that iit grows out iis thiis true?

toodlepip 6 years ago

Ok to the people asking "is it sore" Its different strokes etc.... La-bray or La-brett?? does it really matter how yoo say it? a piercer is gonna know what yer on about anyway and the best way to find out about proper piercings is yer friendly local piercer:D

Jackie 6 years ago

I got my Madonna done a couple days ago but I still call it Monroe lol. I went shopping for a shorter labret but wasn't sure how it was prononced so I just pointed at my face when they asked what I needed help with haaha :)

Leah 6 years ago

Hey guys what's the piercing below your eye i don't mean that dermal thingie mahoosy =] but the one that sits a bit higher on your cheek bone... am i talking about the same thing here or are the two different? much loves and such and would really appreciate an answer if you can help!

alys 6 years ago

does the monroe or madonna piercing leave a scar when you take it out? and if so will it be bad?

danielle x 6 years ago

i just had my top lip done and no it doesn't hurt at all it just like having your nose and ears done, i love it, i wont my tongue done now and i am having it done in 2 weeks.

Kira 6 years ago

I had my labret done for over 7 years. It caused my gums to recede, so I was forced to take it out. I'm going to replace it with a vertical labret within the next week! ^-^

Claire 6 years ago

I was afraid that my new lowbret was too high. But the one in the picture looks just like mine. I feel much better!

vanessa 6 years ago

nice thats' awsome love it :p

Victoria 6 years ago

I've had my triple labret for 5 months now, and I love it. The best way I describe the feeling when the needle went in was...crunchy, haha. It's funny though. A lot of people are getting snake bites. I'm the only one in my area with a triple labret. It's sad to see everyone mimicking eachother. Expecially with body modifications.

Nishy Noo 6 years ago

I got my lip pierced on the right , didn't hurt and if you have full bottom lips it can look very attractive on girls! i want to put a diamond in. but girls lip gloss also makes the lip rings more attractive!

Steven 6 years ago

So I had my tonque pierced since iwas in 8th grade, I am now a Senior in Hiqh school lol. It didn't hurt at all, althouqh the swellinq is annoyinq. I qot my labret or labray whichever way is correct pierced last thursday (6-10-10) Didn't hurt at all, I just think that the after care and healing process takes too long. I hate the crutiness during the healinq process, how lonq does it take for it to stop qetting crusty around the piercing?

Aimee 6 years ago

I got my labret done on my birthday, 4 days ago. It didn't hurt too bad when being done, my cartiledge piercings in my ear hurt worse. But it hurts like hell now. I was just able to start eating solid foods again about 2 hours ago, before that I had to eat baby food because it was damn near impossible to chew. I'm starting to really wish I had gotten my eyebrow done instead.

isaac ka'ai 6 years ago

what is it called when you have a basic lip piercing and a monroe piercing on opposite sides?

justin 6 years ago

so, im thinkin about gettin the vertical labret, but im unsure as the the pain level of it seein how it goes through the top of the lip.

x33 6 years ago

i'm fourteen and i just got my spider bites done. i wanted them for a year, but i had to wait until summer because i'm a dancer.i needed a full healing time so i could take them out for class. the first one i got done didn't hurt at all, but the second one hurt a lot. this was because it was on my lip line. it's not completely healed yet so when i wake up it's still swelled. but i love it. i'm glad i got it done. c:

Sofs 6 years ago

I reallyyyyyy want a lip peircing but i'm really scared too. and i don't know how i would look with it on :| how bad does it hurt? how long does it take?

Erika 6 years ago

What about snake bites?!

Emily 6 years ago

The piercings I have on my face at the moment are snakbites and septum. The snakebites didn't hurt at all. It is always different for everyone though. It all depends on if the piercer is very good and experienced. All I felt was a little pinch and nothing more afterwards. Whereas the septum was extremely painful, snakebites were nothing compared to it.

Yaneesha 6 years ago

I sooooo want double spiderbites.... Arghhhhhhh

mum won't let me get them cuz I'm 14

WTF does she care... It's my bloody body !

kiana 6 years ago

lmaaooo im gettn spider bites in ah couple of days nd im 13 yay meh..................buh im ah lil scared lol

Bambi 6 years ago

I got a basic lip piercing about a week ago, and is it normal for the back of the stud to dent your lip?

Thanks (=

Jimmy 6 years ago

This has to be said, it is not pronounced "La-BRAY" because it is not of French origin.

blahblahblah... 6 years ago

The traditional pronunciation of labret in anthropology is /?le?br?t/ LAY-br?t. It derives from the Latin labrum "lip" and the diminutive suffix -et. However, many in the body-piercing industry incorrectly give it the "French" pronunciation /l??bre?/ l?-bray, though it is not a French word. (quoted from Wikipedia)

Chaiticus 6 years ago

Though some of this is helpful..I've found a good bit of it to be incorrect. Along with the comments.

Information could be added. Like the Dolphin combo.

And the fact that a monroe and a madonna are infact different. they have similarities but are not exactly alike. A monroe is on the left. As was her mole. A madonna or (cindy) crawford is in the same position, but on the Right side.

As for the labret... 80% of people go with LAH-BREY for pronunciation.

Chaiticus 6 years ago

Oh man. French terms cannot be contradicted when you are not aware of how to use proppppper ENGLISH.

Firstly. More information should be used.

Bites have been majorly discluded, though Closed Doors has cleared a few things up.

As for the Monroe. It isss located on the left. As was her mole. And some say that it's nickname is the Madonna, but this is incorrect. Nickname, no. Neighbor, yes. The Madonna or (Cindy) Crawford is located on the same position, but on the right.

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rhiannon 6 years ago

I have my vertical labret done. Although I don''t really like to accosiate it with a labret. Labrets don't really suite many people...

Jay 6 years ago

I did my own piercings(1labret,2earpiercings and 1brow ring)n i never got infected or anything.i have had them for 5months now and people wanna know where i got them might be luck but i just don't see the need of paying so much to hav a professional do it when all i did was GOOGLE for instructions:)

taytay 6 years ago

im getting mine done tomoro im getting snake bites my Monroe and my medusa is gonna b sweet

Kaytlyn . :3 6 years ago


I have all 4: they're called canine bites .

2 on top: angel bites


top on bottom: snakebites .

I'm gonna do my verticle labret soon. :D

Eventually I'm going to have the medusa soon, & I'm gonna put a chain through them and make some funky design. ;D

... I love piercings. :3

chi 6 years ago

im getting a percing this friday, people are telling me to get snakebites instead of spiderbites. but personaly i think snakebites are better, which one hurts more?

katherine 6 years ago

i have a vertical labret and i love it, it actually didn't even hurt that much.

Jasmine Lair 6 years ago

I'm thinking about getting a labrett this weekend.. I've actually pierced my snakebites by myself.. so I'm probably going to do the labett also :] I love my snakebites... they hurt a lil bit after piercing them but they're awesome(:

anon 6 years ago

It's not la-brett, it's an "eh" ending... it's french

Shealin 6 years ago

So I have snake bites. when my latest one heals I'm gunna put the little diamonds in it so its not so big. BUTTTT I want the horizontal labret. Problem is idk how that would look with the bity bites. =)

Tabitha 6 years ago

I just got my lowbret yesterday :) it hurt ab a 6 on a scale from 1-10 for me. I hate the fact that gave me a long one cause of the swelling but get to take it out in 3 weeks.

sassie 6 years ago

my favorite piercingis my toung and my second is my nose.If you love piercings I would highly recmmend you to get your toung done, It didn't hurt at all and ive had mine for about three months.

Phillip 6 years ago

I got my 14 gauge snake bites done May 11, 2010, and it took them about a month to heal. Honestly, the worst part was the swelling, I have thick lips to begin with lol so I had a major fat lip for a while. The first needle didn't hurt, but the second one did, pain accumulation. I still have them and they've never been infected. Studs are the easiest to wear for me, the caught on my teeth when I ate until I got used to them, 1/2" rings are kinda too bulky, but 3/8" rings might be too small for some people, but like I said, I have a thick set of lips and I can wear 3/8" rings comfortably. Rings don't feel all that great when you eat with them in. (For me, anyway.) When I take the rings outyou can see the holes, yes. Through the holes, no. Nothing (no drool, beverages, food) falls through my holes (at a 14 gauge)

I had my snakes done to line up with the edges of my nostrils, instead of the corners of my eyes, this moved my bites a little bit closer together. I also had her (my artist) move them up a tiny bit so they sit directly on the edge of my lip instead of closer to my chin, so that when I hold my lips in a standard relaxed position the studs point down-ish. I think it looks pretty sick, if I do say so myself.

I have pictures of my self at my facebook; I deleted most of my pics from MySpace so I won't post it. have a look, friend me or whatever, if you want.

dom 6 years ago

i have my tongue double pierced and snake bites that are gauged to an 8 plus an labret piercing gauged to a 12 if u wana see send me a fb request at dominique runyan my profile pic is me wit a hat on and straight brown hair

sassie 6 years ago

I just got my lip pierced two weeks ago. I got it done on the left side because i have my nose pierced on the right and i didn't want to much on one side of my face. I realy like having my lip pierced because I have tiny lips and i didn't think i would look good with it but i guess i do. now my second favorite piercing is my lip and my first is my toung.

kiki 5 years ago

my mom is soo lame she wont even let me get da basic one!! pisses me off

Sasha 5 years ago

i did the just under the lower left lip and its awsome!!! i did it all myself with ice and my earing rom when i had my cartalage pierced its awsomeee

zobo 88 5 years ago

so honest scale 1 - 10 hw painfull is a madonna??

crystal morales 5 years ago

i have 1month with my piercing and it hurt a little not mucg

suzzanne 5 years ago

i got the middle of my bottom lip down 3 wks ago, it only hurt for a couple of hours, the worse bit is the fat lip for a

Sojealous 5 years ago

Definitely going to get a vertical labret! I love them!

becky 5 years ago

monroe piercings hurt a little bit after the stud is put in... then you will get a lump on the inside of your gum for about 3 months that can be painfull if you play with the stud or pull it

Dimples Girl 5 years ago

forgot the inverse verticle labret

Brianne 5 years ago

I got snake bites last week (I'm 19) and I love them. You have to take really good care of them and be sure to read up on after care.

Getting it done wasn't too painful. It felt like getting a shot, in my lip twice. It was far less painful then the numbing shots you get during dental work!

As for the parents thing, my parents were fine with it. "You're an adult and you can make your own decisions now". Though my mom thought they were weird. It's all personal preference.

5 years ago

K, labret piercings + angel bites? hows that?????? i think i'll get them

michael 5 years ago

i had snake bites and ima get spider bites soon :D

amy cx 5 years ago

the lowbret and madonna ive gotta gett them

karrie 5 years ago

i have my eyebrow peirced and belly button peirced then again every1 does and ive had those 4 a long time they definantly don't hurt when u get them and ive had spiderbites4 a year now but im bout2 make it 3studs instead of 2 idk wat u would call that n idc i just love getting peircings haha but i cant wait

cat bayless 5 years ago

can u have ur lip pierced on one side 3 times or is it a health problem

Emiily  5 years ago

Does Gettinqq The Lowbret Hurt ?

Me 5 years ago

Turning 40 and super excited about getting my Monroe piercing (might be a Madonna - still deciding) and a beautiful tat w/my hubby 'n kids' names on it...why hubby? B/c no matter what, he's my kids' Dad...

calsifer 5 years ago

none of these hurt compared to a tongue piercing lol i had it done last Wednesday at a professional place by myself and im sixteen as of jan the 26th

calsifer 5 years ago

and the tongue dosnt hurt that much either id say falling on your arse hurts more than getting a piercing

Jagger 5 years ago

So, I'm interested in getting a lip piercing, just one, with a hoop. I'm a guy and straight, does it matter what side I get it done on?

Me 5 years ago

So, I'm the 40-year-old and I got my piercing AND my tat! Bot look super GORGEOUS! I changed my monroe from the silver ball to a diamond...kept the 16 gauge longer stud in because I can tell it still needs to heal a bit inside...I was scared to change it out and the silver ball was on super tight! I even took the long part out and had to figure out how to put it back in! I kept washing my hands and the jewelry the whole time! How do we post pics on here?

aison 5 years ago

so you could be 14 and get your lip pierced if you have an adults permission? yes or no?

troll 5 years ago

lol madonna? its a monroe. learn your stuff

barbwire7 5 years ago

Take care of all your piercings! I cannot stress enough. They can get infected, no matter how good your piercer. Clean 3 times a day with a Q-tip and antibacterial soap. Dry with tissue. Towels harbor bacteria. Let dry. don't spin your piercing, or use anything on it. It needs to heal around your jewelry. by constantly moving, or using vaseline or other topical creams, it will keep the wound open, so leave it alone. clean it, leave it. Best advice. Oh, and enjoy it!

Michelle 5 years ago

i got my lip pierced and whe i would change it , it stung really bad . now i want my wrist pierced ;D

Monica 5 years ago

Definitely getting my lip pierced! I do have a concern though, I have a job where I talk on the phone all day, will it affect my speech at all with the swelling? If so how many days would I need for it to heal before I tried to work with it? Also, I am going to the beach VERY soon, and would like to get it around that time, I can't drink alcohol with it! How long must I wait before I drink alcohol!? Also, the beach salt water, and pool water? Would it really affect it if I got a little on it? I do wanna have fun on vacation but at the same time I want that lip piercing!

Eash 5 years ago

I have the vertical labret, snakebites, and the medusa. They are all super easy to do, don't really hurt, and look KILLER!!

Dawn 5 years ago

I got my labret done on my bottom right up lip. It stung , but it didn't hurt that bad bc it's

A very quick process. You'll feel a lil nerve rocking pain for the next couple of hours. I got mine done around 6 pm .I went home relax and went to sleep the next the swallowen was gone and it doesn't hurt anymore. Another thing make sure you take good care of it. I recommend a glass of water with a pinch of sea salt. Use it like a mouth wash and shop will give you h2ocean it's also sea salt , I would take that and spray the outside. But don't over do things cause it will some irritation. I recommend to not smoke or drink alcohol. You wouldn't want your lip to get infected ,gross.. Good luck , happy piercing all!!:)'

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Vee 5 years ago

that is not very good information on cleaning. DO NOT USE LISTERINE. EVER. Use an alcohol free mouthwash like Biotene for the inside of the mouth, and a saline wound wash solution (from a metal can, not the squeeze top or screw top because bacteria can enter and make it unhygienic) for cleaning the outside. don't use antibacterial soap, because it is too harsh and makes the positive microbes fighting infection die off as well as any bad bacteria, and therefor prolongs the healing process. Do not use Bactine either.

how do i know? been piercing professionally for 8 years.

Alexa 5 years ago

I did my own snake bites and I love them it wasn't painful; they swole a little for a while. My friend who got it professionally done said it hurts.

miranda 5 years ago

I got my lowbret pierced and i did it at home really hurt going in but it was worth it

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stasharra 5 years ago

im gettin my lip peirced formy b-day this year andi was wondering do u get snakebites donw at the same time or do u wait for the first to heal? if so how long is the healing proses?

NeverMindFoo' 5 years ago

I want a labret piercing but am scaared, jus feel all that flesh the needles gotta go through :'(

chanel 5 years ago

I got my labret pierced today, (16/09/2011). It didn't hurt at all it just felt quite uncomfortable! DO NOT be stupid and use any form of Alcohol on it, unless you want to slow the healing process down that is!, use a non-alcoholic mouthwash for the outside and just some saline solution for the outside(which you can get from any Chemist) I've also got both my nostrils done and they were pierced with a gun. Didn't hurt at all. Just made tears run down my face as it pinches something in your nose and makes yours eyes water, not to sure what the actualy name it, my advice is that if you want it go for it as you're only young once!! :D x

Leslie 5 years ago

I just got a simple labret a few weeks ago, no it doesn't hurt when it's done but that week when it's swollen it hurts(: So glad I got it though!

Buggy 5 years ago

At the moment I have my angel bites my tongue my nose and my ears three times used to have my belly button til my mom found out hopefully gettin my bottom lip done twice

deadshit 5 years ago

hindi naman masakit ee ,,

it does not hurt me ,, it so very ok :))

lina 5 years ago

Seriously guys? A Monroe is on the left side && a Madonna is on the right. The people who made this know what they are talking about.

Willow 5 years ago

I just wanted to answer a few questions about some of the lip piercings, snake bites to be more specific. I've had snake bites twice, my work refused to let me use clear jewlery so I had to let them heal then when I got a new job and the boss was cool with letting me have my piercings I went and got them again. The question of "Do you get snake bites at the same time" Yes, they do snake bites at the same time, if you don't get them at the same time the healing process will be much longer, and the chance of having your snake bites uneven is higher. Healing time for me has been close to a month, but it all depends on how well the person takes care of the piercing. Also "Does lip piercings hurt" mine didn't neither time, but that's because I have a relatively high pain tolerance, I honestly think if done correctly, it's too fast for a person to feel pain but I could be wrong. The age without a parent depends upon each state, you should be able to call around at your local shops and ask them their about the age without parental consent. Also DO NOT USE ALCOHOL on piercings, this is very bad, it's kind of like pouring gas on a fire, it's a bad idea. You should use warm sea salt soaks to reduce swelling and/or redness DO NOT USE NORMAL SALT, that will burn and be a bad idea lol. Also some shops have a kit that you can purchase at the time you get your piercings that has all the things needed to help your piercings heal promptly and without trouble. I currently have 7 piercings so I feel I'm pretty experienced in this subject. Wish you all the best of luck with your piercings.

Rebecca 5 years ago

they all have such nice noses!!!

Cheyenne 4 years ago

I got my monroe done 2 days ago and I love the way it looks. The only problem is that it swelled up really bad and the bar is too short, so I have to go get a longer bar put into it.

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Larissa 4 years ago

A comment to Chey (the 5 days ago) I have had mine for a year now the swellin should go right down but it gets really irritated from the cause of gettin caught on stuff like mine got caught on my sweatshirt (Talk about pain) and almost ripped it out so be careful (puuting on shirts, sleepin, or even washin your face. :)

Kym 4 years ago

A lot of really good info on here! i am so excited about getting my labret down bottom right side!! im more excited t han nervous and just ready to get this thing!!

Liz 4 years ago

I'm getting the lowbret on both sides today ^^

So far, I have my bridge, nose, septum, cyberbites, sharkbites, angelbites.

As soon as I get those 2, I'll have 13 piercings ^^

I'm awaiting more like; Dimples, eyebrow[2 on one side], venom bites, nostril bites, hips, bellybutton[again], & maybe anti-eyebrow on both sides

ali 4 years ago

Just got my labret done a few weeks ago- technically the term is not derived from the French language, so it should be pronounced lay-bret, not luh-bray, but... oh well. It's healed nicely in just 6 weeks, haven't changed it yet- I want to give it at least 2 months before poking anything new in there. Simple aftercare- swish with alcohol-based mouthwash after eating, drinking, etc. Wash with basic antibac soap 1x daily, and soak with warm, sea salt water to soothe, both inside mouth and on outside (I boil filtered water and add real sea salt, and as soon as it's cool enough for me to bear I swish it in my mouth and squeeze saturated cotton balls over it). My original jewelry is long to allow breathing/swelling room, but I plan to switch to something shorter for less snagging. It does get caught on my lower gum and teeth if I'm not careful when eating or talking, more so when the piercing was fresh. Originally I had the urge to rip it out, which is a normal reaction when you have a foreign object embedded in any part of the body, but after a couple weeks the swelling went down and I've grown more used to it. I also have my bellybutton, left conch, and right nostril. I've debated doing my septum or bridge, but should probably be self-employed first... meh. I love piercings that are well-placed! My boyfriend and mom hate it. It does bother me that people act so shocked when they see it, like at my work- it's just a piercing, and lots of people have them, and they're not permanent. Get over it. As long as you take good care of them, and barely touch them except to clean them, it will heal nicely, if your piercer did a good job. Oh, and sleep on clean pillow cases to avoid getting germs in them.

Deanna 4 years ago

I just got my vertical labret done and it hurt when I got it but it's been 3 days and it doesn't hurt anymore it's just swollen still but I love it and when you first wake up it might hurt cuz it's swollen but that's about it so if you want to get it done hopefully you can handle the pain of getting done and the day after but then you should be pain free

Kaelighh. 4 years ago

I have a Bridge, snake bites, and a septum.

thisnigguh (x 4 years ago

I want to get a piercing on the lower left side of my lip, I just need to hide that from my mom. I should probably find a clear retainer and avoid contact with her for a few days. haha just hope I don't have a fat lip forever... I started stretching my ears October and it's now December. only 3 months and I'm at 000g or 7/16". and my mom still thinks they're fake. damnnnn smh. I'm excited to get my lip ring just hope to keep it (:

brit 4 years ago

hey im ner ous

Miriam 4 years ago

Does It Matter WhatSide You Get Lip Piercing On ?

Rea 4 years ago

I have my labret done on the left. The pain was just a pinch, it's the after care you have to worry about not getting it done. It was my first piercing and I plan to get snakebites soon :)

Cassie 4 years ago

Just did my vertical labret :)

mixedbeauty 4 years ago

I just got my Monroe piercing 4 days ago, can I change the bar? It's a little red and swollen but doesn't hurt at all. Thank you!!

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