The Vertical Labret is positioned on the same part of the lip as the standard labret.
The difference is the angle at which the jewelry enters the lip.
A regular Labret goes in through the back of the bottom lip, on the inside of the mouth, whereas a vertical labret, as the name says, goes in through the top of the lip and out through the bottom.
The whole of the vertical labret piercing can be seen from the outside of the mouth.
Although this piercing does not emerge in the mouth at all, it is still an oral piercing, so should be treated and cared for as one.
Vertical Labret Aftercare
As with all new piercings, looking after your vertical labret piercing is highly important in preventing problems from arising.
How safe is the vertical labret piercing?
Due to the fact that this piercing does not emerge from the inside of the mouth, the risks associated with oral piercings are lower. This includes but is not limited to tooth erosion, gum recession, enamel scraping and a number of other dental issues.
The vertical labret will naturally present it’s own unique set of risks, which can be significantly reduced with a proper aftercare routine.
If you fail to take good care of your vertical labret whilst it is healing you could face the following problems:
- Infections and disease transmission
- Nerve damage
- Swelling and pain
- Keloid and scar formation
- Rejection and migration
- Allergic reactions
So, to state the obvious, you must take good care of your vertical labret
How to clean a vertical labret
Follow this aftercare guide and make sure to cleanse twice or three time daily.
Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing.
Soak in saline solution
To make your own saline solution all you need to do is stir half a teaspoon of sea salt into a cup of luke warm water.
Now there are a couple of different methods you could use to apply the solution to your piercing:
- Position the cup and your piercing in a position where there will be no gaps at all between the rim of the cup and your skin. This is easier to do on flat areas of the body such as belly but can still be done on lip piercings.
- Once you feel you have created a suction between the cup and your skin, lean back so that the water soaks your piercing.
- You should stay like this for 10 minutes so you may want to get yourself comfortable.
- Dry your piercing using a sterile tissue or disposable towel. Do not use househeld towels as they can harbour bacteria.
- Soak a cotton pad in saline solution. (Avoid using cotton wool as they fibres could get caught on your jewelry).
- Apply the saline solution to your piercing and jewelry. Make sure to not miss any parts at all. Soak the area as much as possible.
- Hold the soaked cotton pad on your piercing for 10 minutes or so.
- Dry thoroughly
I am going to advise you again: get yourself a proper piercing aftercare product!
They are highly effective as they were designed for use on piercings.
Practice good oral hygiene
Due to this piercing’s proximity to the mouth, you should make sure to practice very good dental and oral hygiene.
Brushing your teeth
Eliminating bacteria and food particles from the mouth and teeth is vital as it lowers the risk of this bacteria spreading from your mouth to your piercing. Therefore you will be lowering your risk of infection.
Purchase yourself a soft-bristled toothbrush and use it to gently clean the actual jewelry. This process will remove any plaque which may have formed around the piercing.
You can get mouthwashes purposely made for piercings which you could either purchase from your piercer or buy online. I would recommend H2Ocean Arctic Blast.
Ordinary mouthwashes are fine as long as they do not contain alcohol.
If you do not have any mouthwash available to you, just use saline solution to rinse your mouth out.
Other care tips
Just to be sure that your piercing is totally hygienic and lower the risk of infection even more, here are a few more tips on caring for your vertical labret piercing:
- If there is any crust forming around the piercing you should gently remove it with a tissue. This is easier to do either in the shower or immediately after showering as the water softens the skin. Make sure you have washed your hands, preferably using anti-bacterial soap.
- Avoid kissing and oral sex during the healing process to risk spreading disease and infection.
- Eat cold food to reduce swelling.
- Avoid swimming for the first few weeks whilst your piercing is healing. The water is not sterile and holds bacteria.
- Do not take your jewelry out at all until your piercing is healed. Even after the piercing is healed you should make sure to wear your jewelry at all times to stop the piercing from closing up.
Any time you get a piercing, there is always going to be a risk of infection.
During the healing time it is normal to experience some redness, pain and a bit of swelling. If these symptoms persist or worsen you may have an infection.
You may have an infection if you experience:
- Extreme pain and soreness
- Severe swelling
- Foul smelling or off-white pus oozing
- Piercing rejection or migration
If you do happen to notice any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to seek help as soon as possible.
You can either contact your piercer or go to your doctor. You may need antibiotics.
Infections should not be ignored.
You must take aftercare very seriously or you will not heal up properly.
Just be sure to clean your piercing twice a day, practice good dental hygiene and avoid oral sex and kissing (I know it sucks, but it’s only temporary).
Do all this and you will have an awesome new piercing on your face to show off! Vertical labrets are great looking on women and on men.
There are different types of jewelry you could wear in it too, so once you are healed, enjoy your new piercing!
I hope you found this guide helpful. If you have any personal vertical labret aftercare tips, let me know in the comments, I love to hear from my readers!