All You Need to Know about Vertical Labret Piercings: Cost, Pain, and Aftercare

All You Need to Know about Vertical Labret Piercings: Cost, Pain, and Aftercare

If you’re looking for a piercing that will stand out, the vertical labret piercing will be right up your street. Since vertical labret piercing jewelry sits in the middle of your bottom lip, showing both above and below the lip, this is not a piercing for the faint-hearted. But if you’re a facial piercing fiend that wants your lower lip to pop, this unique piercing opens up so many options for you to experiment with your style. 💁‍♀️

Vertical Labret Piercings: The Basics 

If you've never heard of this piercing before, don't worry. We've got you covered. Swat up on the need-to-knows about vertical labret piercings. 

What is a Vertical Labret Piercing?


Sharing a name with the traditional labret piercing, it’s also a piercing on the lower lip. However, the normal labret piercing sits just below the bottom lip, while the vertical labret goes through the middle of the lip. You can show it off with a curved or circular barbell. As you can see on the gorgeous gal in the picture above, it sits upright, as the name suggests. 

Does a Vertical Labret Piercing Hurt?

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We’re not going to lie to you, yes. But all piercings hurt to some extent. 

We can’t tell you exactly how much it’s going to hurt because everyone’s pain threshold is different. The lip is a more sensitive part of the body surrounded by more nerve endings, so it will probably hurt more than getting your ears or your nose pierced. 

Piercing experts give it a score of 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 on a piercing pain chart. You’ll most likely feel a sharp pinch, but an experienced piercer will do it swiftly and cleanly so you shouldn’t feel too much vertical labret piercing pain. However, we wouldn’t recommend this as your first piercing. 

NOTE: Vertical labret piercings should always be done with a needle and NOT a gun. Since this is a sensitive part of the body, piercing the lip with a gun can be very dangerous. Any experienced piercer will use a needle, so ask how the studio you go to performs the piercing before you sit down in the chair. 😬

How Much Does a Vertical Labret Piercing Cost?

The answer to this question very much depends on which piercing studio you go to. Most studios will charge somewhere between $30-$100. 

Different studios will have different rates depending on the experience of the piercer and the quality of the vertical labret piercing jewelry. This piercing should be done with stainless steel, gold, or glass jewelry. 

Psst - All of our jewelry at Bodyj4You is made out of safe, sterile materials. Perfect for when you’re ready to change out your fabulous new piercing. 😉


Vertical Labret Piercing Aftercare

Like all piercings, the right aftercare will make or break how well your vertical labret piercing heals. If you’re unsure where to start, check out our complete guide on piercing aftercare. Keep reading for specific tips to help your vertical labret piercing heal. 

How Long will a Vertical Labret Piercing Take to Heal?

Most lip piercings take between six and eight weeks to heal. This timeline could be longer or shorter, depending on how well you keep up your piercing aftercare

This piercing can also take a bit longer to heal because it’s more likely to get irritated. On a day-to-day basis, you probably don’t think about how much you put in your mouth, but this part of the body gets a lot of action. You don’t need to stop eating or drinking altogether, you just don’t want anything to bump the vertical labret piercing jewelry or get stuck in it. So be mindful of what you’re putting in your mouth. 😂

How Do I Look After My Vertical Labret Piercing?

Apart from the risk of food getting in it, vertical labret piercing aftercare is pretty similar to looking after other forms of piercings. 

To look after your vertical labret piercing, follow these steps:

  1. Wash your hands before you touch your new piercing.
  2. Clean your mouth with a safe mouth wash - like this sea salt mouth rinse.
  3. Spray your piercing with a saline solution.
  4. Be careful when eating or drinking not to bump the piercing
  5. Avoid immersing the piercing in water. No swimming or going in the bath until it’s fully healed.



Side Effects of a Vertical Labret Piercing

There is a possibility of side effects with any piercing, especially if you don’t follow a strict aftercare routine. If you’re worried about any of the following side effects, consult your doctor or your local piercing studio.

The side effects you may get from your vertical labret piercing include:

  • Swelling: it is pretty normal for a piercing to swell just after you’ve had it. However, if it stays swollen for a number of weeks or starts to bleed, it’s time to get it checked out by a doctor. 
  • Infection: because of the placement of the piercing, infections can be quite common. Bacteria can sneak their way in when you eat, drink, or touch your mouth. This is why you need to be careful with it in the first few weeks. 
  • Rejection: sadly, not all piercings work for everybody. There is a chance your body rejects the piercing, your skin literally pushing the piercing out. 🤢
  • Tooth/Gum Damage: being so close to your teeth, a vertical labret piercing can rub against the enamel of your teeth (the white bits round the edge), or cause a gum infection. 
  • When Can I Change Out My Vertical Labret Piercing?

    Here comes the fun part. You’ve waited patiently for your piercing to heal, and now you can swap it out for some other fabulous vertical labret piercing jewelry! 

    You can change out this piercing once it has fully healed, so usually after six to eight weeks. Don’t change it out if it is taking longer to heal or has got infected. 😕

    You can go for a classic curved barbell, or you could opt for a segment ring like our friend Lexi shows in the video above. So go ahead and try out all the different types of vertical labret piercing jewelry to make this piercing pop.

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