The Ashley piercing is anything but boring. This is one of those types of lip piercing that you cannot take your eyes off. Yet, because of its location, it may take more time to heal and require special aftercare. Before you started to worry, we have good news for you. Below, we have gathered everything you need to be aware of when getting the Ashley oiercing, including how painful it is, how long it will take to heal and how you should take care of it.

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Ashley Piercing. What is it?

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The Ashley lip piercing is the type of a genuine lip piercing when you get a hole in the middle of your bottom lip. As opposed to the vertical labret piercing, the puncture is usually done indenting half an inch upward from the lip outline. That is why it can also be referred to as the inverse vertical labret piercing. When you insert the jewelry, its end pops out inside the mouth. So, from the exterior, only its front part remains visible, which makes it one of single lip piercing types. While studs are a more popular option in this case, you can also opt for an Ashley piercing hoop or bar.

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Pain Chart

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Because the Ashley piercing penetrates the lip in the middle, where it is the thickest, it may hurt more than other lip piercings types. The Ashley pierving is often said to be among the most painful ones. The thing is not only is the area where the lip is punctured thick but there are also many nerve endings in it. For instance, the vertical labret piercing punctures your skin higher up your chin and exists through the top of the bottom lip. So, when you get the Ashley piercing, the stab hurts pretty bad but it lasts not very long. That said, if your pain threshold is not particularly high, you may want to refrain from this type of piercings.

Healing Period of Ashley Piercing

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Because your lip is so thick in the area where the Ashley piercing is done, the healing period may last longer than usual. So, expect anywhere between three and four months for your piercing to heal. Yet, for the healing process to finish completely, you may need to wait for half a year or so. This, however, may take even more time if you do not follow the aftercare advice thoroughly. Keep in mind, however, once your lip piercing heals, you need to change the Ashley piercing jewelry for a shorter one. When you get the lip pierced, the length of the jewelry chosen should weigh in the fact that your lip is going to swell.

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Aftercare Tips

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You should ensure to look after your Ashley lip piercing properly. If you fail to take care of it as advised by your piercer, you may end up with an infected Ashley piercing. While this may require a longer healing time, this is not the worst outcome. It may simply not heal and you will have to take the jewelry out. And this usually results in an Ashley piercing scar in the center of your lip, which is not what you are aiming for, right? So, not to let that happen, stick to these aftercare rules:

  1. Oral hygiene should be kept in order.
Do not allow infection to penetrate your freshly pierced spot. Keep your mouth clean after meals and drinks by rinsing it with a lotion that does not contain alcohol. You can dilute it with water in equal parts beforehand.
  1. A saline solution will help you to sanitize the pierced area.
Soak a cotton pad in a saline solution and cleanse your piercing with it. Make sure not to move the jewelry so as not to damage the piercing.
  1. Your diet may need to be adjusted.
Steer clear of spicy and hot food during the healing process. If you tend to eat fast and chew intensively, it is better to take it easy at this point.

When opting for an Ashley piercing, you can rest assured that you will never go unnoticed. It looks unique and eye catching, so you will definitely be in the spotlight wherever you go. This, however, also means that it may require some more time and effort on your part than a regular lip piercing. Yet, you may rest assured that it will fully pay you off.

FAQ: Ashley Piercing

Can you kiss with an Ashley piercing?

Kissing someone who has pierced lips is not much different than a regular kiss. Of course, you have to face the quirky feel of jewelry, but overall, this isn’t a big obstacle.

Do Ashley piercings damage teeth?

Pay close attention to the new jewelry, especially during the first two weeks of your piercing healing. This is one of the piercings that should not be seen in lazy aftercare practices, as breaking gem teeth, trauma that leaves scars, and gem rejection are all risks associated with this particular type of piercing.

How can I hide my Ashley piercing?

  1. Choose a transparent or flesh-colored retainer, labret retainers or
    flat-end acrylic jewelry rather than studs.
  2. .Use makeup. If you just need to conceal your labret piercing for a short time, turn the stud around.
  3. Wear special bandages.

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