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Love At First Sight

One day whilst browsing through BME for a new piercing, I came across the vertical labret, I'd seen loads of standard labrets, but this one was completely new to me. I loved that it doesn't pose the problems you can get with standard labrets such as gum erosion and chipped teeth etc., but mostly I just thought it was gorgeous, incredibly sexy and really seductive. I wanted it desperately. However, I was convinced that I didn't have the right face for facial piercings, was terrified of scarring my face, and I really couldn't see my parents being too happy about it, so, even though I loved it, I decided against it.

A month or so later, I was still thinking about how much I liked the vertical labret and I was always coming back to BME and looking at pictures of this gorgeous piercing so I decided to do some research about it. I knew that (depending on the gauge) regular labrets only leave a tiny scar if they're removed, but I had a really hard time finding images of removed vertical labrets.

After lots of searching and asking around, I managed to find an image and I could barely see the left-over scarring, and even then, it would have been nigh on impossible to see it without knowing it was there to look for it. That did it for me, I was going to get a vertical labret.

Having got some microdermals done a couple of months ago, I was due a visit to my piercer to get the discs changed so I decided to get my labret done while I was there. I get my piercings done by Mark at Metal Guru. Mark is a great piercer, he's been piercing for years upon years, and he's tried most piercings out on himself before he's done it to anyone else (excluding specifically female piercings anyway), so I know I can trust him to pick a really good placement and do a good job. He's also a really nice guy and puts you at ease if you have any concerns about a piercing.

I went in and told them what I wanted, a 1.2mm vertical labret (I like small, delicate-looking piercings) and I was told that it could be done that day. So I waited while Mark finished a piercing on someone else and then it was my turn.

I went into the piercing room and first Mark changed the discs on my microdermals, then changed his gloves and swabbed my lip with betadine. He then marked my lip and told me that it was going to look great and I had a really good face for this particular piercing, which made me feel oddly proud and relieved that it would suit me. He changed his gloves again, then clamped my lip, and asked me to take a deep breath in and then on the exhale the needle went through.

I have heard a lot of people say that this piercing really hurts, but I have a pretty decent tolerance for pain so it was pretty bearable, overall it hurt less than a cartilage piercing but at the same time it was sharper sort of pain, similar to a vch, but not as painful.

The pain lasted as long as the piercing took, so only a second or two and it was a bit uncomfortable as he threaded the jewelery through but on the whole wasn't too bad at all. Mark told me that it looked great and apologised for staring at it so much. I looked in the mirror and loved it. Even if it had been twice as painful it would have still been worth it and at £15, was a total bargain.

I already knew what to expect in terms of swelling as I'd done my research, but Mark told me I could expect it to swell a fair bit and that the bar he had put in should be big enough to cope with it and that I could have it downsized in 2-3 weeks, but to come back if I had any problems.

When I got home I iced it for about an hour and I took ibuprofen to help keep the swelling down. It seems to have done the trick as it didn't seem to swell very much at all, in fact I could only tell because I knew how much the bar stuck out to begin with.

Over the next few days there was some slight bruising, but it was mainly confined to a thin bluish line on the inside of my lip so wasn't really very noticeable at all. On the third and fourth day, it bled very slightly but had completely stopped by the fifth day. Less than a week later the bruising had completely vanished.

8 days later and it's looking good, it's a little red around the bottom hole, but is completely healthy. My lips are a little dry, but I think I can put up with it for a little while 'til I can use lipbalm again.

I love this piercing and everyone has been really positive about it, even my mum has said she thinks it's pretty and she's very anti-mods! So if you're thinking about getting something done with your lips, I recommend a vertical labret.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 July 2008
in Lip Piercing

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Artist: Mark
Studio: Metal+Guru
Location: Stockton-on-Tees

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