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Getting a Lip Piercing (Labret Piercing)
First Of All
Before I begin this article, I would please recommend you get any piercings you want to get done at a registered place and also if you feel the need to not want to get it done after you've taken the seat, don't be afraid or shy to say no.
I don't know what changed, It could have been a coming of age ritual in my head or something, but in the month leading up to my 20th birthday, I decided to commemorate it by making a rash decision to get a lip piercing.
I had no idea how to go about it, so I hit up Google and went about absorbing as much information on the topic as I could get. It discouraged me, and I ended up deciding not to do it due to the major concerns I had.
The Major Concerns I Had
What if it ends up not looking good on me?
The solution to that would just be taking it out and just never speaking or thinking of it ever again. At least, I did what I wanted to do and whatever regrets I had, could be rectified in seconds.
Would it ruin my reputation and the way people viewed me?
At first, no one really noticed it which was quite odd. I think, they saw it, but their brains, could not just accept the reality of the fact. They just thought I had something stuck to my face.
This was expected as I was a goody two shoes and no one would ever have expected me to get a piercing, and I was at the very top of that list of people...Well, that was till I got one.
When people finally started to see it, they were shocked but learned to accept it. I received some compliments and some harsh words, with someone telling me I looked like a bitch, but who cared? I didn't pierce his face, I pierced mine.
People realized it didn't change who I was. It also did not leave my reputation tainted in any way. Be confident about whatever decision you make and stand by it, that's the secret.
What would my parents say?
This was a touchy subject, and it helped that I was a continent away from them. Regardless, I realized they didn't have much say on the issue, after all, I was legally an adult.
The worst case scenario would be for them to be disappointed and ask for me to remove it, but parents usually get over such things.
Besides, they never knew I got a piercing despite them looking at pictures I posted with the piercing in. I really think they also just did not want to admit to the fact that there was indeed a piercing in my face.
Why would I go pay to experience pain?
I have no idea, but it wasn't painful for me, does that count? Humans do stuff that hurts them, odd but true.
In the end, the urge to get a piercing just overcame the thoughts of what anyone else would think, I was doing it for myself and not to please anyone else, so I dismissed whatever concerns I had.
That weekend, I called up one of my friends and told her, "Hey I'm getting my lip pierced." Being in a foreign country like China, we had to ask around to find a place to get the piercing done. Eventually, we were lead down to a place underground, which we were assured was very reputable. It was a tiny shop and there was a man laid on a chair getting a tattoo drawn on him at the time of my arrival, It was not the most professional enviroment in the leat bit, but seeing a customer there made me feel better about the whole thing. I had my doubts about the whole thing but I wanted a piercing done that day or else I knew I would back out.
She sat me in a chair and marked the spot on my lip and brought out a new needle which she sterilized, this made me feel a whole of a lot better as it was one of the things I'd read about was important, but as soon as I saw the huge needle coming towards me I panicked.
First of all, she figured out the correct length of piercing for my lip then, she applied something to my lips, I don't know what because my eyes had gone shut-shut as soon as I'd seen that needle moving towards me but my friend told me all she did was clean my lip.
I felt the needle touch my lip and then pierce through it. It didn't feel that bad. Next thing I knew, the needle was out and in place of it another foreign object, which I guessed was the piercing. She screwed up the ball of the piercing and told me it was done. She then applied some healing gel or something around the piercing.
There was barely any blood since I'm not much of a bleeder but my lips did feel extremely numb after, I could barely talk and I had a slight slur for about two days.
Why I Said To Go To a Registered Piercer
After the piercing was done, I asked about aftercare tips and I swear she told me this, "Don't worry about that, just don't eat anything spicy for the next few days."
That was not the most normal thing I'd heard, so the first thing I did as soon as I got home was to order a piercing cleaner which arrived the next day. I really was not going to take any chances with my body and I suggest you don't also.
Lip Piercing: A Video of A Girl Getting A Labret Piercing
- I used the to clean my lips every morning and evening because of the crust which tended to form around it, It was mostly whitish which I was assured was normal by my piercer after visiting her a second time. saline solution
- After every meal, I gurgled with sea-salt diluted in water.
- I tried my best to avoid sleeping on the side which I had just pierced to avoid it rubbing against my pillow and slowing it's healing time.
- I avoided playing with it too often which is actually more tempting than you think, my tongue tends to ignore me and tease the piercing.
It took about five weeks for it to heal, but I still could not take it out for long period of time, because it tends to close up pretty fast. I heal pretty fast, so it might not be the same for you. I've been told the total healing process takes about six to eight weeks, so be patient with it.
Challenges I Faced
- The first thing that happened to me was biting the off the back plate of the piercing in my mouth. The piercing was fairly new and had a chance of closing up pretty easily. It happened late at night which meant I could not go get it replaced immediately, so I stayed up the entire night holding the piercing in and finally deciding to secure it with the stopper of an earring. I do not recommend you try this, but extreme situations call for extreme actions.
- The second thing which happened was the ball coming off this time and me swallowing the rod of my piercing, I went into panic mode as I was scared it would cause damage to my internal organs, which was when I decided I was done with the whole piercing situation and decided to remove it for good.
How Long Did I have It For?
I kept the piercing for a total of three months, not too long I suppose for most people, but long enough for me.
Did the Hole Close Up?
Yes, it did close up. Actually, it took about two weeks to close up but about three months for it to look like the whole thing never happened. It healed up quite nicely.
The total cost of my piercing was 150 renminbi(Chinese currency), approximately $23.
How painful was your piercing?
Do I Feel The Urge To Get Another Piercing?
Quite honestly? Yes, I do miss my piercing. I am actually considering going about getting my nose pierced next, but I've been trying my best to suppress the urge, though I doubt I'll be able to suppress it for long. Maybe it's true what they say about piercings being addictive.
© 2017 Naomi Adeniji