Well Sarah, in my limited experience it never feels good when someone hits you in the face, regardless of whether or not it was intentional. I don’t think having a piercing would make much of a difference unless it were to get snagged on something. That is not fun.
Oral piercings such as the labret, lip and tongue heal very quickly. My lip was a bit tender for a day or two after the piercing, but has never been painful and has never prevented me from participating in sports.
I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to continue playing sports with your piercing. You would also have the option of taking your jewelry out during competition/practice once the piercing is healed (ask your piercer how long you should keep the jewelry in before changing it or taking it out). It’s not generally as simple as taking out an earring, but certainly doable.
Thanks for the reassurance. I would actually be quite worried about the piercing closing over if I took it out for sport, based on my cartilage piercing. Once I forgot that I had taken the stud out to clean and it pretty much closed over in half an hour. And I´d had it for more than six months.
And if it´s a CBR, wouldn´t you need some special pliers in order to take it out for sport?
In my experience, the longer you have the piercing, the longer it will stay open if you remove the jewelry temporarily. But everyone is different. My tongue will stay open indefinitely if I remove the jewelry, but that was not the case with a nose piercing I had.
Also, are you very sold on wearing a ring/hoop in your lip? You could consider wearing a barbell/stud that would be less likely to get caught on other things I woujld think.
I honestly have never removed my lip ring or replaced the jewelry because I quite like the sterling ring in it. These are good questions for your piercer though, who will be very knowledgeable about all of these things.
Ashley G is amazed this still exists
You can pretty much do whatever you want. No scars for the most part and they heal quickly deending on you.
Yeah I´ve heard you just get a tiny little hole if anything. I have a few friends who have had piercings rejected (or ripped out), but I suppose if it was a small hole it would close over with minimal scarring
Ashley G is amazed this still exists
Yea, I had my labret pierced twice in spots right above each other and I had a barely tiny visible hole. But as far a ripping it out, whoever did that to your friends must have been angry!!!! it would heal over the scarring very quickly mite I add
Well it was an eyebrow piercing that was ripped out, but the scarring was substantial.
But you don´t seem to have a scar at all so great
While it was healing it didn’t hurt a bit, unless i played with it (i had to take it out 3 days after i got it done and put a retainer in every day for school- which people say don’t do. but i didn’t have any problems because i kept it very clean). It just depends how easily you bruise or how quick your body responds to healing wounds.
as for the scarring i’m not sure, i’ll let you know when i take it out before i’m 50 :P I can’t find any online or i would post one
Of course if you get it in the mouth it will hurt, i don’t think it’ll hurt your piercing or lip too much i’ve knocked myself in the mouth with my knee a few times on accident it doesn’t hurt – the REAL risk of your lip getting hit is the jewelry you have in, it could possibly break, chip or crack your tooth.
I play tennis and it hasn’t prevented me from playing or affected my play – i’m sure it won’t affect any other sport either, maybe the occasional ball unscrewing and fall out – i’ve done that a few times. as far as that i don’t see any further problems.
Hey thanks for your reply
I would probably also have to take it out and put a retainer in for work – what type did you use, and did you get it from your piercer or somewhere else? Was it glass? I´ve heard they are good and not too visible.
Did you get it pierced with a labret or ring in the beginning?
Well I bought it prior to getting it pierced, online on ebay – because the piercing shop that i went to; i KNOW they wouldn’t sell it to me because they’re really safe on things like that. i recommended bodyartforms.com for retainers and jewelery though. really good prices and it ships super fast.
nah it wasn’t glass , i think it was either acrylic or plastic. but you can’t even see it at all with the retainer in unless you look really hard, it just looks like a small freckle. no one noticed it at work or school unless they were like super close to my face or i told them. my parents like me wearing it when im around my grandparents hahah because they would KILL me if they saw
by the way be careful when you put it in because the little o-rings that come with the retainer are clear. theyre SO easy to drop and loose – and usually when you drop it its gone for good, so i would buy a few extra ends. i can actually keep it in without the oring – which is fine by me, but its easier to hide WITH the oring.
i got it pierced with a ring, which is good because it takes the stress off of the wound (so i’ve been told and read) but it is horribly hard to take off since the ball is held in place by pressure from the ring you need needle nosed pliers to take it on and off
i included a picture i took awhile ago with the retainer in w/o the oring. click to enlarge it, you can’t really see it at all lol (thank god) it’s the right side in this picture (tech. the left side but the camera on my laptop reverses it)
hope this helps!
Sweet thanks so much for the web page and the photo especially – it just looks like a freckle, and seeing as I already have so many I´m sure it will fit right in :)
I don´t really know what you mean by an oring, but I guess I´ll find out (Ah yeah just saw). I want to have a ring but the hiding it will be a problem for the first part so I may just get some of those retainers when I get the piercing
Oh, I have a question again! With the retainers which bit goes on the inside of your mouth? I can´t figure it out!
same as any kind of labret – the flat part stays in your mouth while the point goes out.
sorry, o ring is the little rubber ring that goes around the end of the retainer
hi, It heals really quick, much faster then when you get your ear pierced, like megndoodle said it doesn’t really hurt its just a bit tender for a couple of days.
I go to the gym and to conerts and festivals with it in and I have never had a problem,
i would recommend wearing as small a ring (at 1.6mm size 7mm diameter is hard to find but thats what I wear, but 8mm is fine),or labrets (about 6-7-8mm length is good) as possible as you can bite the back of the labret when eating if the bar is too long, Its trial and error dependant on the size of your lip and position of piercing!
as with most peircings they do recommend leaving the jewellery in for 6 weeks + to minimise the risk of healing, I was a bit naughty and took it out after 2 as it was too big and annoyed me and I had a nice purple one to put in!
Thanks for the advice with the sizing it will be really useful and all the replies are really giving me confidence to do this. I´ve just got to figure out what to do with work – they are quite strict (the only other girl with a facial piercing has a tiny little nose piercing which you can hardly even see).
Also, I´ve found it hard to put a ring in my cartilage piercing which I´ve now had for oh man ages more than 9 months, what´s it like with a lip piercing? (The ring that I was using may have been too small though)
Hi for work I used to have a clear plastic retainer, however after the six weeks (and prob a bit before) you can just leave it out?
its more flexable than cartilidge so its easier to get in ( i have a ring in my tragus and its a pain to get in!)
also try doing it by feel not in the mirror!
with the rings if you use a small pair of scissors and just open it out a little (not too much!) then the ball should be quite easy to pop in and out, if it gets too lose you can bite it a bit to close it! a tiny amount will make a big difference
I use titanium and its quite easy to get in and out – just practice with it before trying to put it in!
alternatively so peircing shops will put it in for you properly, if you buy the jewellery off them it may be free, if you bring one in they may charge you a small amount.
you can get clear plastic labret bars on ebay, really cheap, i got 10 for £4.70, rather than £5 each :) i go through them quite quickly becuase I bite through them after a week or so, but it’s much better than wearing a metal bar, I chipped my teeth like 4 times on them. You can put metal or clear balls on the end too, but I’d reccommend getting 1.2×8 or smaller if you can find 7 or 6mm becuase the balls are smaller and don’t look as garish.
After the swelling goes down, it doesnt hurt too bad, and after about 2 weeks it doesnt hurt at all. I’d leave it at least a week before changing the bar, and then when you have the clear bar in, leave it in. I cleaned mine with salt water, and then put lavander oil on after to help speed up the healing time.
Make sure you have a few spare balls also, if you bite the bar or pull it to your lip, sometimes they just ping off :)
My boyfriend had his snakebites for about 2 years, and then took them out his scar is like a small hole, like when you take the bar out after a couple of months. He had the other side repierced.
let me know how it goes :)
Thanks for the advice, I´ll keep ebay and lavendar oil in mind!
i have my nose, tongue, and lip pierced. i successfully play softball, basketball, and i’m in my band’s colorguard [the flag people- and we do TONS of dancing]. bastkerball is the only real contact sport i play, other than the occassional football game in the backyard with friends. i’d say as long as you’re careful, you can do it. like the person befoer me said, it’s never totally comfortable or anything when you get hit, or bite your peircing, or anything like that. if it heals properly, and y ou take it out, it should close [though it will take some time], with minimal scarring.
the actual piercing doesn’t hurt after it’s healed, and i would wait at LEAST 2 weeks before you play sports. i would actually recomend more, just in case. probably 1 or 2 months before you get too physical. but…
i hope this helps some.
keep us all updated.
I was mainly worried cos at the place where I play netball all the umpires come around and make sure you have taken your earrings out – if they´re that strict I thought they would also do the same with other piercings. And that would be a disaster! However I spose if they didn´t know you or see too closely they mightn´t realise if you just had a plastic retainer in… but I know a lot of the umpires who I would most likely see around when I had normal jewellery in anyway.
I play lacrosse, football, bike and row. I have the side of my lip and my labret pierced. If someone hits you unless the jewelry hits your teeth or gets pulled its not going to hurt anymore than getting hit without a piercing.
Hope this helps
does it hit your teeth a lot though?
but good to know most people agree that it doesnt really hurt if someone accidently hits your piercing. It doesn´t happen to me really but was a consideration – i think too much and this was a hypothetical
i like to go out and play basketball at my parent’s house. I have no problem with it. I have been hit in the lip a couple times with the ball, and When I first got it i used to accidentally bite it a lot. I think it feels the same, or similar to biting your toungue.
that still hurts though! :)
Personally I don’t think that you shouldn’t get it pierced if you REALLY want it done just because of work or sports. I have never had any problems with my lip piercing or any other of my piercings and am VERY happy with it. It didn’t hurt getting it pierced, it hurt a little bit when I changed the bar for the first time for school because It was only a few days after it was pierced. You can buy retainers to hide it from employers or just really small balls but after a while of having the piercing you can suck in the ball which is handy for me because I can hide it easily from teachers. Scarring is minial and you can get bio oil which will pretty much get rid off it. Good luck! =D
Its great to hear that most people agree that its possible to change to a clear retainer pretty soon after the piercing, and that it doesn´t hurt too much -not really that much of an issue for me, but good anyway and that scarring can basically be avoided. Good. Just gotta get a job where they won´t fire me and get some balls to get it done!
I mean it´s not a life-changing thing (hopefully)
My overactive imagination just thinks about what happens if they hit a nerve or it paralyses your face or wrecks your vermillion border (lip edge) or I get massive scar tissue or keloids (but haven´t had them for any other piercing, so thats a good sign I hope) or they ruin your face in another way… but really if I go to a good place they should be able to avoid that right?! My mouth is probably the best feature of my face and I still worry a little
I got my lip pierced in October 06 and it took my lip a few weeks to heal. Maybe 2 I think. It never hurt really badly and if you still want to play sports I don’t see why you couldn’t. Your coach may not let you or you may have to put tape over it. I’m not really sure. Some places don’t care if you don’t do either. It’s just up to your coach!
And if you get hit in the face…it may hurt whether you have one or not. But if you get it pulled, that may hurt worse.
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