Body Piercing

Lip Piercing Healing Process

Many teenagers find lip piercing as the most difficult form of body piercing. The degree of pain depends on the procedure followed and it may also vary from person to person. It is important to have an idea about lip piercing healing before getting into any kind of conclusions. It is also important to know all the details of the piercing procedure as well in order to be free from tensions. The following article explains the healing procedure of lip piercing.

Stages of Healing

The following are the stages of lip piercing healing process:

Stage 1

: It may take around 4 to 6 weeks for the pierced area to heal and in some cases, it may even take less time. Lip piercing is one of the fastest healing piercings. The saliva generated in the mouth consists of properties that help in fighting the bacteria. Make sure that you give the necessary time required for pierced site to heal on its own. The following are a few symptoms that can occur during this stage:

  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Itching
  • Bruising
  • Lymph whitish or yellowish discharge and
  • Formation of a scar after 10 days

Stage 2

: It may take around 4 to 10 weeks for the entire pierced site to heal. The second stage starts from the third or fourth week after the first stage. There will be a noticeable change in the healing of the pierced site. The following symptoms can be observed during this stage:

  • Redness, swelling and itching will disappear in this stage.
  • A scab will be formed in and around the wound.
  • The hole gets permanent as many layers of skin will get added to the site in this stage.
  • It may take around 3 years for the piercing to become permanent.
  • Avoid removing of the jewelry for a longer period of time.

General Tips

It is important to follow certain aftercare tips for the faster healing of the lip piercing. The following are a few tips that will help in avoiding further complications.

  • Avoid eating, smoking or consumption of alcohol 3 hours after the procedure.
  • Also make it a point to avoid smoking and alcohol abuse before the procedure.
  • Avoid touching of the pierced site with unclean and dirty hands. Make sure that you wash your hands with antibacterial hand wash in order to lower the risk of infections.
  • Keep your mouth clean and maintain a good hygiene by brushing your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush at least twice in a day.
  • Rinse your mouth with the help of an anti-inflammatory or antibacterial lozenges to avoid bacterial infections.
  • Swelling and infections can be reduced by rinsing the mouth with salt water regularly.
  • Pain can be reduced by drinking ice cold water and apply an ice cube on the pierced site.
  • Avoid sharing of cups, utensils and plates with others till the pierced area heals completely.
  • Take zinc and vitamin B tablets for a quick healing process.
  • Use fresh and soft towels in order to avoid infections.

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