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[Jul. 28th, 2009|12:45 am]
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[heytherestephy]
I've posted a few times before, a long time ago about a vertical labret piercing and a tattoo. I took all my piercings out except for my earrings. Lately I've wanted a change, and I've been looking into getting a conventional labret piercing. Special care instructions aside from those from my piercer, what can I expect? My piercer only pierces a labret with a ring initially, is this normal? I've never had a piercing done at this piercer before, but I was very satisfied with the tattoo I got at the shop and with their cleanliness and general awesomeness there and skill.




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[User Picture]From: readysteadystop
2009-07-28 05:09 am (UTC)
No, that is not normal, nor is it the best option for healing. I would highly suggest seeking a competent piercer who will use appropriate jewelry for the healing of your piercing.
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[User Picture]From: heytherestephy
2009-07-28 05:12 am (UTC)
Seriously? ... Hum... May I ask why it's not good for healing?
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[User Picture]From: readysteadystop
2009-07-28 05:23 am (UTC)
Yes, seriously. I'll demonstrate with drawings (I'm not the best artist when it comes to mouse-drawing, but you'll hopefully get the point)...



On the left, you'll see the ring option. When the bottom lip moves, the ring will constantly scrape against both the gums and teeth, wearing away enamel and damaging your gums. Want early tooth decay? Go for the ring. Rings also tend to rotate and this can cause more tissue damage than necessary, during the healing process (and even after), which will cause more scarring than you may want. And then there's the swelling factor right after you get pierced - the ring will have to be quite large to accomodate for the swelling, making talking, eating, drinking, etc. very awkward for the first month or two until you can have the jewelry switched out.

On the right, you'll see the flat-backed labret post. If it's positioned correctly, it will not touch your teeth or gums, it will not rotate (though it may move a little here and there, since it will need to be a little longer than you would wear after the initital healing period, to accomodate for any initial swelling), and it will not affect your speech or oral intake.

Make sense? :)
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[User Picture]From: heytherestephy
2009-07-28 05:26 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks... The information I have of using rings in labret piercings is from their website, so I'll have to actually speak with them next time I'm in town, because they also don't mention the particular artist who tattooed me and I'm almost certain he still works there so I'm starting to think this website is pretty friggen old or incorrect.
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[User Picture]From: readysteadystop
2009-07-28 05:29 am (UTC)
There are also a lot of piercers who just don't pierce with proper jewelry, unfortunately :/
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