Vertical Labret Piercing or Angel Kiss Piercing

What is Vertical labret piercing?

The vertical labret piercing or middle bottom lip piercing is a perforation on the lower lips. The piercing starts at the top of the bottom lip and without entering the mouth it ends at the bottom of the lower lip. It is one of the many variations that come under the category of lower lip piercing.


  • Choose an experienced piercing artist
  • Choose a salon that has a clean and hygienic environment to avoid infections
  • Discuss the procedure to ensure the application of the correct method to avoid complications
  • Make sure the equipment used is sterilized
  • Choose the jewelry wisely so that it is comfortable enough to be worn


  • Damage caused to teeth because of poor placement
  • Damage to gums and recession of gums due to poor placement
  • If the piercing is stretched it may never close completely
Inverse Vertical Labret Piercing
Inverse Vertical Labret Piercing


  • Rinse the mouth with an anti-bacterial mouthwash
  • Clean the lower lip with an antiseptic solution
  • The piercing area will be marked with a surgical pen
  • Hold the lips steady with the help of a clamp
  • Perforation is made using a hollow 16 gauge needle
  • Jewelry is also inserted at the same time


The pain is like the usual pain that occurs in the case of any kind of piercing subject to the pain-bearing capacity of an individual.

Aftercare: Vertical labret piercing

Healing time

Time taken to heal depends on how fast the body is able to repair itself. Hence, healing time varies from one person to another. However, the usual time taken is about 8-10 weeks.

How to take care of the piercing?


  • While bathing use a mild soap to rinse
  • Clean hands before touching the piercing
  • Be careful while brushing teeth and cleaning the mouth
  • Clean the piercing with a warm salt solution
  • Eat carefully and have mild food


  • Do not go swimming
  • Don’t drink alcohol or smoke
  • Do not touch the piercing with dirty hands
  • Don’t change the jewelry till it has healed
  • Avoid the use of lipsticks, ointment, or other products
  • Avoid spicy and sticky food

Signs of Infection

Signs such as redness and itching are common during the healing process. Other than that the person must check if there is swelling, discharge of pus, and extreme pain as they are signs of an infection. In such cases, consult a doctor and medicate accordingly.

Vertical Labret Piercing Pictures
Vertical Labret Piercing Pictures

5 Top Jewelry Styles for Vertical Labret Piercing

Various kinds of jewelry such as the straight barbell, labret studs, bars, and rings are apt for vertical labret piercing. But a curved barbell is the best option. The person can switch to other options once the wound has healed completely.

SCERRING 18-36PCS 16G Stainless Steel Eyebrow Tragus Helix Rook Daith Earrings Tongue Nipple Belly Lip Ring Barbell Body Piercing Jewelry 6-16mm
Ftovosyo Tragus Hoop Earrings Surgical Steel 16g 14g 12g Captive Bead Ring Lip Septum Hoops Body Piercing Jewelry for Women Men 24 Pieces
Tornito 6-8Pcs 20G-18G-16G-14G Stainles Steel Clicker Ring Seamless Lip Nose Daith Cartilage Helix Tragus Hoop Ring
D.Bella 16G 18G 20G Horseshoe Septum Rings Surgical Steel Nose Piercing Jewelry Cartilage Helix Tragus Earring Hoop Eyebrow Lip Retainer for Women Men 6mm 8mm 10mm 12mm
Xpircn 16G Stainless Steel Lip Monroe Medusa Stud Piercing Ball Cone Lippy Loop Labret U Shaped Lip Rings Piercing Jewelry 8mm 10mm


Vertical Labret Piercing
Vertical Labret Jewelry

The cost depends on the choice of jewelry, the fee of the piercing artist, and the salon where the piercing is done. But most often the cost is about $60.

Frequently asked questions

Are vertical labret piercings safe?

The most common risks associated with labret piercings are tooth wear, tooth drift, and gum damage.

Do vertical labrets reject easily?

You should keep in mind that this piercing is essentially a surface piercing on the lip so migration is common and sometimes this piercing can fully reject.

does a vertical labret ever close?

Scar tissue prevents the hole from ever closing completely. But, the hole left from a piercing inside the mouth does eventually close, because the tissues inside the mouth are different from the skin tissues of the face.

Thank you for reading until the end. Hopefully, this article helped you with your decision rather or not to go ahead with a vertical labret piercing. Good luck!

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