One piercing which has gotten seriously popular lately is the Angel Bites piercing.
For those of you who don’t know, Angel Bites are a combination of the Monroe and Madonna piercings. Two above your top lip. One on each side.
I always see this piercing as Snakebites’ With the right jewelry, this piercing will really enhance the shape of the top lip.
Angel Bites are a unique and edgy, yet glamorous piercing.
Seeing as this piercing is continuing to grow in popularity, I figured it is time I created an Angel Bites piercing information guide. So you guys know what you’re getting into before you get the piercing done!
Like most body piercings, Angel Bites are done using hollow piercing needles. Never a gun.
Both of the piercings are done in one sitting, like when you get snakebites. A separate needle is used for each of the two piercings.
Before sticking the needle through the skin, the piercer will use a marker to draw dot where the piercings will be. They will then use a clamp to secure the lip in place. This helps make sure the incision is clean and the skin does not get torn.
Once the client is happy with the placement of the piercing, the piercer will stick the needle through. In a single motion.
If done correctly, the whole process will be over with very quickly. It should not feel much worse than a quick pinch!
There is no definitive way to quantify pain. Everyone feels pain differently. A piercing that is painless to one person may be agonising for someone else!
Generally speaking though, Angel Bites are not the most painful. For comparisons sake, this piercing will hurt a bit more than a bottom lip piercing. This is because the skin is slightly more dense than the bottom lip.
Keep in mind that getting 2 piercings in one sitting causes a bit more pain.
Luckily the pain is over very quickly. So don’t let it put you off!!
What Jewelry Should You Wear?
Labret studs are the most suitable type of jewelry to be worn in the Angel Bites piercing.
You will be wearing a longer bar during the healing process. This allows for swelling, which is normal and rather common.
After you have healed up fully, the longer labret stud is swapped for a shorter, more fitted one.
Rings are occasionally worn in top lip piercings. This is uncommon though. This piercing should be placed lower on the lip if a ring is to be worn. Angel Bites are generally placed too high up for a ring to fit properly.
Make sure to wear high quality jewelry. Many people are sensitive nickel, which can be found in trace amounts even in surgical grade stainless steel.
If your skin is sensitive, go for titanium jewelry!
Whilst your piercing heals, be sure to cleanse it twice or three times daily.
If you cannot get hold of any piercer aftercare products, use saline solution. You can make your own by stirring a quarter of a teaspoon of rock salt into a cup of hot water. Then allowing it to cool down until it is luke-warm.
Soak a cotton pad in the solution and hold it on both piercings for about five minutes.
Also, make you practice good oral hygiene.
Brush your teeth thoroughly first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Also, brush each time you eat or drink anything other than water! If you smoke, try and keep it to a minimum, and brush after each cigarette.
Use alcohol free mouthwash. You can get specialised mouthwash for piercings.
Avoid oral sex and make-out sessions. Basically you don’t want to get anyone else’s bodily fluids in your mouth.
What Are the Risks?
Due to the fact that Angel Bites are an oral piercing, the risk of infection is slightly higher than it usually would be.
Like I said before, good oral hygiene helps prevent anything nasty happening to your piercing.
There is also a risk of oral damage if placed improperly. This could mean gum erosion or chipped teeth. A good enough reason to go to a professional for this piercing.
Are Your Angel Bites Infected?
Whilst your piercings are healing, you should be on the look out for the following symptoms:
- Foul smelling or off colour discharge
If notice any of these symptoms, see your doctor or piercer as soon as you possibly can. Infection can be serious. It can spread to other parts of the body. There is also a risk of it turning into septicaemia, which can be fatal!
If you want this piercing because you like the way it looks and think it would suit your face, go for it!
If you are thinking of getting it done because everyone else has it; forget it! It will be out of fashion soon anyway. Then you will end up looking like a bit of an idiot!
Always go to professional, look after your piercing well and wear the right jewelry. You will be glad you did when you are left with a unique and edgy piercing.
Embrace your wild side!