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Smiley piercing: all information about the lip frenulum piercing

The smiley piercing, also known as lip frenulum piercing or lip band piercing, is a piercing in the mouth area - more precisely on the upper lip frenulum. The frenulum is located on the inside of the upper lip and connects the upper lip to the gums.

Since the piercing is only visible when you smile, it is usually simply called a smiley piercing. In addition, the smiley is one of the most uncomplicated piercings, because the lip frenulum consists only of thin mucous membrane tissue. It usually heals quickly and rarely becomes infected.

We'll tell you what you should know before getting the smiley piercing.

Very important in advance: Like all other piercings, the smiley piercing should only be done in a professional piercing studio. Non-professional piercing could lead to severe inflammation.

In addition, you should first clarify with a piercer whether the smiley can even be stung on you. Not everyone has the lip frenulum strong enough or intact enough to be pierced.

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Smiley piercing: this is how the lip band piercing is pierced

Pricking the lip frenulum piercing is quite straightforward. Since the piercing is in the oral cavity, the piercing site is neither disinfected nor marked with a pen, as is usual with other piercings.

To ensure that the frenulum is tight and there is enough space to pierce, the upper lip is first lifted with special forceps. A hollow needle is then used to insert the piercing. As a rule, the smiley piercing is 1.2 to 1.6 millimeters thick. If the thickness is less than 1.2 mm, there is a risk that the piercing will grow out.

When pricking, there is always the risk that the ligament will tear. However, this should not happen in a professional piercing studio. In addition, the frenulum usually grows back together after a few weeks.

Smiley piercing: how painful is the piercing?

The smiley piercing is one of the least painful piercings ever. Because the lip frenulum consists only of mucous membrane tissue that is neither supplied with blood nor pervaded by nerves.

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How expensive is a smiley piercing?

How much it costs to pierce the smiley face cannot be said in general terms. The costs usually vary from studio to studio and from region to region.

As a rule, however, you have to pay between 30 and 60 euros for the lip band piercing. The price usually not only includes the piercing itself, but also the initial jewelry and care products. It is best to inform yourself beforehand at the piercing studio of your choice. You can also find a price list online at many piercing studios.

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Getting a smiley piercing: these are the risks

Since the lip frenulum piercing is only pierced through the mucous membrane tissue, inflammation or other complications rarely occur after piercing. As a rule, the smiley is completely healed after two to three weeks.

However, since the lip frenulum is very thin, there is a risk that the piercing will grow out over time. In addition, the piercing can be perceived as annoying while eating.

The greatest danger, however, is that the smiley piercing can damage the teeth or damage the gums. Since the piercing exerts constant pressure and friction on teeth and gums, wounds can occur, the gums recede or even the tooth enamel can be rubbed off.

In the worst case, the lip frenulum piercing can even damage the bone that lies under the gums and thus promote chronic periodontitis. From a dental point of view, a piercing on the frenulum is therefore not recommended.

In order to avoid tooth damage, the right piercing jewelry is crucial. Piercings are recommended, the balls of which are flattened on the inside or do not contain any balls at all.

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Smiley piercing: everything about healing and proper care

The smiley piercing should be completely healed after two to three weeks. Here, too, as with other piercings, it comes down to the right care. You should pay attention to the following things after the piercing:

  • Stay away from the piercing! The more you move it or play around with it, the greater the risk of inflammation. If it has to be: only touch the piercing with disinfected hands.
  • Spray piercing two to three times a day (after each meal) with a special mouth spray and then disinfect with a mouth rinse to prevent the accumulation of bacteria. You can get mouth spray and mouth rinse in the piercing studio or here at Amazon. *
  • Brush your teeth regularly. But please be careful not to accidentally tear out the piercing.
  • Refrain from nicotine and alcohol until completely healed.
  • Also avoid acidic and spicy foods as well as dairy products in the beginning.

What to do if your piercing does get infected, you can find out here: Piercing inflamed: What you can do and when you should see a doctor.

Smiley piercing: this jewelry is there

As soon as your frenulum piercing has healed completely, you can have the initial jewelry that was used during the piercing replaced with other jewelry. You should definitely do this with your piercer. If you change the piercing yourself, you run the risk of tearing the lip frenulum.

Specially developed ball closure rings (small rings with a ball) with flattened lip band clamping balls, which are gentle on the teeth and gums, are particularly suitable for the smiley face. As already mentioned above, the material thickness should be between 1.2 mm and 1.6 mm. If the ring is smaller, there is a risk that the piercing will grow out. On the other hand, if it is larger, it rubs the teeth all the more.

If you want to damage your teeth and gums as little as possible, you can wear a barbell (a slightly shaped pin with small balls at the ends) as jewelry. However, it should be noted here that the piercing is barely visible, as a barbell is very small and is covered by the upper lip.

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Important NOTE: The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for a doctor's diagnosis. If you have any uncertainties, urgent questions or complaints, you should contact your doctor.