Today, we have the pleasure of chatting with Alex, a seasoned body piercer who has been making his mark in the body modification industry for over 15 years. Alex’s skill set is vast and varied, but today our focus narrows down to a particular piercing that’s catching a lot of attention – the horizontal labret piercing.
So, Alex, could you give our readers a bit of a rundown on what a horizontal labret piercing is all about?
Of course! A horizontal labret piercing, simply put, is a lip piercing that goes horizontally through the lower lip. It’s different from a standard labret, which is vertical. This one runs parallel to the lip. It’s unique and can be quite a head-turner.
That sounds really intriguing. What do you think makes the horizontal labret piercing stand out from other piercings?
I think it’s the positioning that sets it apart. It can accentuate the lips and bring a pleasing symmetry to the face. Plus, there’s an element of surprise because it’s not as common as other lip piercings.
Could you share an interesting anecdote or memorable experience involving a horizontal labret piercing?
Sure! I had a client who wanted a Horizontal labret Piercing as a surprise gift for her girlfriend. She was so excited about it that she documented the entire process, from consultation to the actual piercing, and even the healing progress. When she finally revealed it to her girlfriend, the reaction was priceless! It’s moments like these that make my job so rewarding.
For someone considering a horizontal labret piercing, what should they keep in mind?
Well, a few things. Firstly, the lip area is pretty sensitive, so this piercing might be more painful than others. Also, the healing process can take longer because the mouth is always in motion. Lastly, because of the possibility of dental issues, this type of piercing might not be suitable for everyone.
What’s the most common concern or question clients have regarding horizontal labret lip piercings?
The most common concern is usually about the risk of dental issues. Many clients ask how they can minimize the potential for tooth wear, tooth drift, and gum damage. I always emphasize the importance of choosing appropriate jewelry and regular check-ups with a dentist to monitor for any issues.
How about aftercare? What steps should someone take to care for a horizontal labret piercing?
Cleanliness is crucial. Use a saline solution to clean the piercing site at least twice a day. Avoid fiddling with the jewelry, as it can cause irritation and prolong the healing process. Above all, maintaining good oral hygiene is key.
Speaking of jewelry, when is a good time to consider changing it?
I’d recommend waiting until the piercing is fully healed before changing the jewelry, which generally takes at least 6 weeks. When changing the jewelry, always use sterile equipment and ensure the new jewelry is cleaned thoroughly.
There’s always a risk factor with any body modification. What potential risks or complications are associated with a horizontal labret piercing?
Like any piercing, there are potential risks. These can include infection, swelling, irritation, tooth wear, tooth drift, and gum damage. But with proper aftercare and regular check-ups, these risks can be significantly reduced.
Finally, would you say horizontal labret lip piercings are generally safe?v
Yes, when performed by a reputable, experienced piercer, they can be safe. However, due to issues around placement, healing, and tissue suitability, they may not be recommended by all professionals. Always consult with a professional before deciding to get a Horizontal Labret Piercing.
Given your experience, do you have any particular advice or tips for anyone considering this kind of lip piercing?
Absolutely, I always tell my clients to do their research. Ask questions, understand the process and the aftercare required. And, most importantly, choose a professional piercer who prioritizes hygiene and uses sterilized equipment. Additionally, it’s worth keeping in mind that each person’s anatomy is unique, so what works for one person might not work for another. A good piercer will evaluate your individual situation and guide you accordingly.
In the years you’ve been working as a professional piercer, have you noticed any changes in the popularity or demand for horizontal labret piercings?
Yes, definitely. As with all fashion and beauty trends, the popularity of different piercings tends to fluctuate over time. However, I’ve noticed a steady increase in the demand for Horizontal Labret Piercings in recent years. I think more people are becoming open to the idea of more unique and unconventional piercings, and a horizontal labret piercing certainly fits that bill.
Lastly, can you share the most rewarding aspect of your job as a piercer, especially when it comes to performing horizontal labret piercings?
For me, the most rewarding aspect is seeing the joy on a client’s face when they see their new piercing for the first time. With horizontal labret piercings, because it’s quite unique, the reaction is often one of surprise and delight. It’s a privilege to be a part of someone’s journey in self-expression, and I take great pride in that.
Thank you, Alex, for sharing your insights and expertise on horizontal lip piercings. It’s been great to get an inside look at this unique body modification. Your passion for your craft truly shines through.