If you are thinking of getting your lips, then you should go ahead and do it. As many people who have had it done will vouch, you will like it. The fact is that more and more people are now wanting to get their lips pierced and it has become quite popular.
But think, can you actually go through with it? In most states if you are below 18 then you need to get consent from parents, but that too you have to be at least 16 years of age.
Where, how much and who?
Though it is difficult to come up with an indicative price, the general rule is that when you go to a hygienic place that has an expert working, then the price is bound to be on the higher side. Since it is in a very sensitive area, you are better off with a good place that is neat and clean with an expert working on it. Make sure you are comfortable with everything there or else rethink your choice. You could talk to other people who have had a lip pierced at a particular place to get a heads up.
Deciding on other factors: Once you have decided to go ahead with a lip piercing, you need to decide on the other things. These include as to how many piercing do you want; the number can go as high as somewhere between 5-7. Plus you have to decide on whether the top lip should be pierced or the lower one. Another thing to factor in is the side that you will get pierced. The top piercing is known as Madonna or the Monroe.
The actual Piercing: The thing is that a piercing actually involves a needle being stuck through the lip. You have to know this and accept it. The process can be pretty fast and the use of sterilized implements and gloves while doing the piercing should ease your mind to a large extent.
You can mark the exact spot you want pierced with a marker so that the piercer gets it right. It depends on the experience and expertise of the piercer which will decide whether a clamp is used or not. Once the clamp is placed the mark dot will be visible and the piercing will be done in a jiffy. The piercing is usually done from the inside so you need not worry about gum or tongue or teeth being damaged,
Once pierced the next part is putting in the jewelry. You can feel it and it can be painful though not unbearably so. The original jewelry put in after piercing will be slightly longer to provide room for the swelling
Caring for the piercing afterwards: Normally you will be told that the piercing will heal in about 6 weeks but this will happen only if you take good care. You can expect swelling and you need to be prepared for this. An anti inflammatory and some ice should ease things out. Do make sure to clean the pierced area gently with sea salt and water.
Do make sure that you do not remove the jewelry even if the piercing does not hurt. Taking out the jewelry and leaving it out can cause the hole to close. Plus the area is going to be sensitive and doing this will increase the pain.
Some issues that you could face:
- A pierced lip is a sore that is open making it easier for infections to set in. Touch as less as possible and when you touch make sure your hands are clean.
- Most workplaces do not approve of piercing do take that into consideration while getting it done.
- Do be careful when you eat
- Dental care professional do not like oral piercing and be prepared to remove it when you visit one
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