Facial Piercing Types
Facial piercings are becoming more and more common all the time. While they were once something that was only seen in certain cultures today facial piercings are worn by people from all different cultures and walks of life. There are many different types of facial piercings, probably more than most people even realize.
First and foremost is the center and off center labret piercings. The labret piercing is the piercing of the lip, or the labrum. This is a piercing that is usually done in the lower lip and can be right in the center or off center. In some people it is better to do the labret piercing off center to be sure that it does not hit any nerves, although most people are able to choose where they want the labret piercing based purely on personal preference. The center and off center labret piercing is usually fitted with labret stud.
A vertical labret is a bit different than a center or off center. Instead of going through the lip itself like the center or off center piercing, the vertical labret goes through the lip in a vertical manner starting at the lip. This is not as common as a center or off center labret but is usually also fitted with a labret stud, although some people wear a barbell, which is not good for the teeth and gums.
Snake bites are a type of labret, except that there are two of them and they are both off center, on the left and right so it looks like snake fangs. These can be done lower or higher on the lip, depending on personal preference and anatomy. Snake bites are usually fitted with labret studs although some people wear a larger captive bead ring in the snake bites.
The lowbret is yet another type of labret, except, like the name would indicate it is very low on the bottom lip. Instead of being located closer to the lip it is done as far down toward the chin as possible. This is a relatively rare piercing as most people choose the center or off center labret. The lowbret is usually adorned with a barbell or labret stud. The labret stud is preferred as it will not cause irritation to the teeth and gums.
The Monroe is a different type of facial piercing as this occurs on the top lip instead of the bottom. The idea is that the piercing looks like a beauty mark off to the side of the upper lip. This is much like a labret; it is just done way off center to look like a beauty mark. This is usually fitted with a barbell or labret stud so that irritation is not caused by the barbell rubbing against the teeth and gums.
The Medusa always makes an interesting looking piercing. The Medusa is much like a labret, except it is done in the center of the upper lip right below the septum. This is often worn by people who also have a labret, but not always. The Medusa is usually fitted with a short barbell or labret stud so it does not rub against the teeth and gums. There is a variation of the Medusa known as the jestrum. The jestrum involves piercing vertically through the lip using a curved barbell. Many people like this look as it will allow both beads of the barbell to be visible.
The anti-eyebrow piercing is another unique piercing option. It is a piercing that is placed above the cheek bone but below the eyebrow. The anti-eyebrow can be placed horizontally or vertically, depending on personal preference. The anti-eyebrow is a surface piercing, although this is a piercing that if it is well taken care of can be worn long term. The anti-eyebrow piercing is known my many names such as tears, teardrops, or even upper cheek piercing. A barbell is usually worn in this piercing.
Piercing of the cheeks is also a common piercing, with the most common actually going through the facial tissue into the oral cavity. Generally cheek piercings are done in pairs with one on either side of the face. Many times these piercings are called dimples, appearing on the cheek looking like dimples. Cheek piercings are usually fitted with flat backed labret studs, which are a type of barbell that has a flat back that will keep the jewelry from irritating the teeth and gums.
The eyebrow piercing is quite common and involves the piercing of the skin of the eyebrow. This can be done vertically or horizontally depending on personal preference. The eyebrow piercing is usually fitted with a barbell, although some people like to wear a curved barbell or even a captive bead ring. The vertical eyebrow piercing is more common than the horizontal eyebrow piercing, although both have become very prevalent in the last decade.