In this article, we will give you a complete guide on what snake bite piercings are, how you can get them, and how to safely take care of them following the piercing procedure.
So, let’s get into it.
What Are Snake Bite Piercings?
A snake bite piercing is composed of two lower lip piercings on both sides, usually close to the edge of the lip and placed on the opposite sides of the mouth.
This piercing gets its name from the fact that the person wearing them looks like they are sporting snake fangs.
This is a very popular form of lip piercing, and have become increasingly popular since the early 2000s. They were often synonymous with younger generations of the punk, emo, skater, and goth communities.
Other Types Of Lip Piercings
Snake bites are, probably, some of the most commonly acquired lip piercings of the past few years, along with the labret piercing.
There are several other lip piercings that a person can get. Here are some examples of alternative lip piercings:
- Monroe – a single hole pierced into the side of a person’s upper lip.
- Medusa – a single hole pierced into the center of a person’s upper lip, in the cupid’s bow (similar to the Labret, but on the upper lip instead of the lower lip).
- Spider Bites – two holes pierced into the side of the lower lip, positioned next to each other.
- Angel Bites – two holes pierced into the top lip, one on the left side and one on the right (similar to Snake Bites, but on the top lip instead of the bottom).
- Dahlia – two holes pierced into the corners of a person’s mouth, on the edge of the lips.
- Jestrum – a single hole pierced downwards into the upper lip, through the cupid’s bow (similar to the Labret, but on the upper lip instead of the lower lip).
What To Consider Before Getting Snake Bite Piercings
Even if you don’t realize it, your lip piercing will rub against your lower front teeth from time to time. This can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear down over the years, as well as causing erosion within the teeth, which can eventually lead to tooth decay.
If you’re concerned that your teeth will deteriorate and be destroyed as a result of your snake bites, be sure to make an emergency appointment with your dentist for a checkup.
Due to the metal grinding against your gums, your snake bite piercing might actually cause your gums to recede. This can lead to your teeth loosening, which can potentially lead to dental rot, or even eventual tooth loss.
If this continues for an extended period of time, you may experience sensitivity, so keep an eye on your teeth and gums prior to getting a lip piercing.
Embedded Lip Jewelry
Your snake bites can become embedded inside your lip over time if the jewelry hasn’t been touched in a long time, or they have been there for a couple of years without movement.
Take your jewelry off every now and again to give your lips a rest for a few minutes, or even hours, if you want to avoid this issue.
Additionally, you should only think about removing your jewelry once the piercing has fully healed, and don’t leave your piercing without jewelry for more than a few days to avoid the risk of the hole completely sealing up.
Risk Of Infection And/Or Disease
It is so easy to contract an infection, or even a disease, from needles that haven’t been sterilized prior to the piercing, or have already been used before.
This is why you should always double-check that your piercer is using a fresh needle for your snake bite piercing. If you don’t, the consequences might be very serious, leaving you with permanent scarring around your lips and mouth.
Booking With An Experienced Piercing Professional
Lastly, this advice should be taken for every piercing, no matter where it may be placed on your body: you should always do a background check on the person performing your piercing, as well as their place of work.
You can do this by checking their online reviews, or even by checking their social media. If they have an array of negative reviews, you would be much better off finding another place to go to.
Preparation For Snake Bite Piercings
Avoid Drugs And Alcohol
During the days leading up to your piercing, plus the first few days afterwards, you should avoid any alcohol and/or drugs.
These substances are known to thin blood, and this can result in excessive bleeding and severe bruising during and after the piercing procedure. Additionally, you will want your immune system to be at its strongest while getting a piercing, and these substances will do the opposite.
Rest Well Beforehand
You want to have enough energy to keep yourself boosted during the piercing. Failure to do so may result in you feeling lightheaded, dizzy, and could even result in you fainting during the procedure.
If you are feeling sick on the day of the piercing, you would be better off rescheduling. You want your immune system to be as strong as possible to ensure the best healing possible.
Eat Well Beforehand
You will want to eat a good, healthy meal the night before, and perhaps a sugary treat just before the piercing.
Sugar will help heighten your blood sugar levels, which is very important during these procedures. If not, you could be at risk of fainting.
The Procedure For Getting Snake Bite Piercings
Arriving At The Piercing Studio
When you arrive at the piercing studio, you will be handed a couple of consent forms to fill out, if you haven’t done so already. This is so that the person performing the procedure is aware of any allergies, or anything else that could, potentially, affect your piercing.
By this point, the room in which you will get your piercing should have been fully sterilized and cleaned. If you are unsure about this, don’t be afraid to ask!
Following this, you will be invited into the piercing room.
Confirming The Position Of The Piercings
The person piercing your lip may create markings on your mouth using a washable marker, or a similar product. This is so that they have a stencil to use while inserting the needle.
This also gives you the opportunity to look in the mirror once last time before you get the piercings, checking that you are happy with the positioning of where the piercings will be placed.
The Big Moment
Finally, you will be asked to sit down or lie down, and get as comfortable as possible. You may be asked to take a deep breath, and then, the needle will be inserted into the first marking on your lip.
After the first piercing, the person performing the procedure will insert your chosen piece of jewelry into the hole before moving onto the second piercing. Then, they will repeat the process.
Providing you are feeling clear-headed, you will be allowed to leave the room and go home almost immediately!
Do Snake Bite Piercings Hurt?
It’s difficult to predict how painful a piercing will be for each person since so many factors can come into play, such as the piercer, and your tolerance for pain.
However, on a scale of 1 to 10, the majority of people state that a snake bite piercing is a 3. This is fairly low compared to most piercings.
Even if you are not very good at handling pain, it is important to remember that the initial discomfort from the needle piercing your lip will only last a split second. By the time you have noticed the needle entering your skin, it will all be over!
Snake Bite Piercing Aftercare
Here are some rules that you will need to follow in order to ensure the cleanest, quickest healing time possible.
- Clean your mouth with a salt water solution 2-3 times a day during the healing process.
- Keep on top of your oral hygiene, e.g., using mouthwash.
- Eat carefully, avoiding chewing anything too tough for the first few weeks.
- Note: you may be advised to avoid eating solid food for the first couple days following the piercing procedure.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid eating overly salty or sour foods.
- Don’t touch the piercings!
The Healing Time For Snake Bite Piercings
Your snake bite piercings should heal in two to four months on average. It’s worth mentioning, though, that some people heal faster while others take a little longer to fully recover.
However, as a rule, the usual time is 2 to 4 months.
To avoid infections or other problems throughout the healing process, you should always follow your piercer’s aftercare guidelines.
When Can You Change Your Jewelry?
It is strongly recommended that you wait, at least, 8 weeks before switching your snake bite piercings out for other pieces of jewelry.
Attempting to do so before this time may result in infection, scarring, or other avoidable issues.
The Cost Of Snake Bite Piercings
The typical cost of a snake bite piercing is roughly $80-$120.
However, this varies depending on the piercer’s experience, the location of their business, and the jewelry that will be utilized for the piercing.
If you schedule each snake bite piercing separately, the cost may be more than if you schedule them both on the same day.
Snake bite piercings are a popular facial modification in many parts of the world, and they look great on so many people.
If you are planning on getting your own, be sure to pay close attention to what your piercer tells you to do, and read this article carefully to be sure that you avoid infection and disease at all costs.
We hope you found this article useful.