Lip Piercing: Methods, Precautions, Care and more of Snakebite Piercing
Body art is growing more and more popular among the youth. A simple reason is that everyone wants to be different and to stand out in the crowd, they are getting creative. Snakebite piercing is one form of lip piercing which sounds a bit scary. No, a snake won’t bite you to make a perforation. It refers to the appearance of the piercings – two piercings are done on each side of the lower lip’s bottom to give it a look of a snake bite. Well, people also argue that it looks more like snake fangs than snakebite but that is debatable. Important thing is that snakebite piercing is one of the popular piercings because it heals quickly and looks pretty amazing too.
Snakebite piercing as a lip piercing
Considering getting a lip piercing? Well, you need to do a lot more than just thinking. Any alterations to your body is a huge step and it shouldn’t be taken lightly and certainly not because everyone else is doing it. It is not a competition, it is your life. So, if you really want it because you want it, then go for it.
Image Source: traguspiercingpain.blogspot
If you know anyone who got snakebite piercing done, ask them about the details like the studio, the professional and their charges. Or you can look for a piercing studio in your neighborhood and enquire about lip piercing there. The cost depends primarily on where you live and where you get it done. They could charge you anything from $20 – $100. People stress on going to a professional studio for piercings because it is safer than doing it on your own. Lest you puncture an artery or get your lip infected, it would take more than just a few dollars to heal it. For the same reason, you should look for a studio that takes the right measures such as using sterilize needles. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; visit the studio personally once and see if you like what you’re looking at.
More often than not, one side is pierced first and then it is left to heal before piercing the other side. Two fresh piercings might swell up the lips more, make it harder for the body to heal and stress it too much. In order to avoid, it is done one by one. The first question that people ask before deciding on snakebite piercing is that it if hurts. It does depend on your threshold for pain but lip piercings generally don’t hurt very much. It is bearable.
The professional will clean your lips and then make dots specifying where the piercing would be. He will ask you to look at the mirror and see if you’re happy with the placement. It is up to you to decide so don’t leave it on him. If this isn’t something you want, tell him that or you will just have to learn to live with it. Make sure he uses sterilized needle to make the perforation. A clamp is used to keep the skin stable but it also reduces pain to a little extent. Once the clamp has been set, he will make the perforation by inserting a small 2 inch long needle which is half as wide as the toothpick needle. Piercing jewelry would be inserted in. It is recommended that initially you use studs and later change to rings or hoops. The piercing jewelry that you pick is going to be the face of your piercing. Whatever you choose you endorse, it will represent you. As they say, body art says a lot about your personality.
Snakebite Piercing Risks
Although it is true that Snakebite piercings heal quickly and don’t hurt too much, it is also true that any piercing is subjected to many risks. But again, if you take all the precautionary steps, you might get lucky. Otherwise, you will end up with a bad piercing and injuries to remind you how it went wrong.
Once you are sitting there at the studio, think of all these possibilities. The very first and very common is the infection which can occur due to bad piercing practices or irresponsible aftercare. You can get infected with something as serious as HIV if piercing is not done with care. Other than that, when you come home, it is all up to you to take care of it. Failing this, you can’t blame anyone else.
Image Source: snakebites.tumblr
Swelling should be expected. Experiencing pain and swelling after a few days of the piercing is normal and everyone goes through it. It is when the area gets sore that you need to worry. A short and tight jewelry can cause this soreness and even infect or migrate the piercing. Besides, it can prolong the whole healing process and make it more painful.
Your snakebite piercing can tear your gums, teeth or even the jawbone. This happens when the metal of the jewelry rubs against the gums and teeth. Once it starts corroding, the teeth can crack, decay or you may even lose them.
Lip Piercing Cleaning Up
This is the part where you need to pay extra attention. Remember, it can so easily affect your health, cause unnecessary pain and get in the way of your life. But if you take care of your piercing the way it demands, you’ll be good to go.
- Hygiene is the answer. Wash your mouth frequently, after and before eating or smoking. Rinse it with a mouthwash even after it has healed in case there is any irritation. There are mouthwashes especially made for oral piercings which are more suitable. You should also brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush to remove the food bits from the mouth so as to avoid infection. Salt solution, like used to clean all the piercings, should be used to clean your snakebite piercings at least twice a day. You can apply it with cotton but for drying the area, go for disposable tissues; towels can cause injury by catching on the piercing and even harbor germs. While you are cleaning the piercing, hold it carefully and turn it around smoothly without pulling it. It is important that you keep your mouth clean and fresh because it won’t let bacteria settle in your mouth and infect the piercing. The piercing is done inside out, thus oral hygiene is an equal necessity.
- Mind your hands! Wash your hands before touching it. Everyone is always saying that never touch your piercings with dirty, filthy hands because the freshly pierced area catches infection like flies catch honey. Playing with your jewelry is a strict no-no. It is an open invitation to pain and infection and migration, none of which you want to stay anywhere near your piercing. Not just you, even your friends aren’t allowed to touch it or play with it. You should also not kiss when your piercing is still healing.
- Eaters alert! No eating or smoking or drinking the next few hours of getting the piercing. Smoking and drinking should be avoided till your piercing heals because it inevitably interrupts natural healing process of the body. And also, it is unhygienic which could lead to complications. You can treat yourself with ice creams, popsicles and frozen yogurt as the cold food reduce the swelling and increases the healing rate. People may not know this but Vitamin B can help in speeding the healing process. Start taking them before you get snakebite piercing.
- No sharing! You are not to share anything with others. No plates or cups or utensils should be used with someone else. And definitely, you can’t go swimming in the pools or lakes. All the germs and bacteria in the water will get attracted to your piercing and cause trouble.
- If the pain is too much, Ibuprofen can help tone it down. If you are experiencing any problems, your dentists might be able to offer some assistance. Whatever you do, don’t try to remove the jewelry on
your own while it is still healing. The hole will close up on you, it is perky that way. If it closes on you, it will be rather painful to insert the jewelry back in. In case you really need to replace or remove the jewelry, ask your piercer to do it for you. Keep a check on the jewelry. If it is biting down your teeth or gums, you should get it removed from your piercer or dentist to avoid further damage.