A snake bite piercing is a common fashion trend where your bottom lip is pierced twice in a way that resembles a snake bite. Imagine being bit by a snake on your arm with two punctures that are evenly spaced. Now, consider how this might look on your bottom lip! Remember, a snake bite piercing is widely separated beneath your lip, with one piercing on the far left and the second piercing on the far right.
Your most central question might be if a snake bite piercing hurts – especially since you would be getting not one but two piercings done. Keep in mind that these piercings are not as bad as they might seem. Some lip piercings puncture through the lip, whereas the snake bite piercing is directly underneath the lip. Most people will consider the clamping to be far more uncomfortable than the actual piercing.
On a pain scale of 1 to 10, with one being the lowest and ten being the highest, people typically rate a snake bite piercing around 3 to 5.
The Process of Getting Snake Bite Piercings
The next question you might have is about the piercing process. Here are the standard steps you will go through in getting your piercing done:
- First, a waiver will need to be filled out to protect both you and the piercing professional.
- After you sign your name and understand the terms of the agreement, the body piercer will proceed to sanitize the area. They will ensure the lips and skin are clean and free of possible infection since you will have a fresh wound. Most will also have you swish mouthwash for added protection in ridding bacteria.
- Then, you will speak with the body modification artist or “piercer” for short about the piercing and the type of jewelry you would want. The piercer will go over the placement of the dots. You need to verify if the dots are correctly aligned and approve of them being pierced. They will proceed to ensure you are happy with the stud’s length and size.
- Next is clamping time. The piercer will clamp down your bottom lip. Clamping pulls your lip away from the inside of your mouth to protect your teeth and gums.
- Finally, it is time to get your snake bite piercing! Once your lip is clamped, the piercer will push the needle through. The needle will first puncture the inside of your lip and be forced to the outer side. The piercer will secure the jewelry you chose and mimic the process to the second piercing to complete the snake bite.
- You will be thoroughly cleaned before leaving and given instructions on how to care for your new piercing.
You want to take precautions in not allowing your piercing to become infected. Anyone with a recent snake bite piercing must adhere to the aftercare instructions. The piercing should be healed in a couple of months.
Aftercare typically involves being extremely sanitary. You will need to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your mouth. This makes sure any bacteria on your hands that you get throughout the day is gone before touching an open wound.
Washing around your piercing is also important. Make sure to rinse well, so there is no reminisce of soap to disturb your piercing. You should also use saline solution to clean the piercing itself.
You also need to use alcohol-free mouthwash quite frequently. It is recommended to rinse your mouth in the morning, after you eat, and before going to sleep. Good oral hygiene, such as brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing, will increase a healthy progression of healing.
As with any piercing around or in the mouth, you want to avoid chewing as much as possible. Eating responsibly keeps food and spices away from the piercing. Not chewing on hard foods can make sure the piercing does not get agitated or injured.
There are multiple signs of a snake bite piercing becoming infected. Common signs are:
- Swelling after the first week as new piercings will tend to swell immediately after.
- Having any discharge leak from the wound, such as yellow, white, green, or gray.
- Any oral bleeding or erosion, such as problems with your gums.
- Spreading of redness, rashes, or blisters around the piercing.
- Flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, or dizziness.
Finding the Right Place
You can get a snakebite piercing at most tattoo parlors. Finding the right shop is quite simple. You want to make sure that there are licensed professionals that understand the cause and effect of giving piercings. Also, you can search the ratings of any shop online. It would be ideal to get your snake bite piercing done at a shop with a lot of good reviews.
A huge “don’t” when getting your piercing is having a friend do it in their own home. The lack of experience, tools, and knowledge can cause your snake bite piercing to be disproportionate and run a high risk of infection.
Snake bite piercings are chosen for uniqueness. If you do not want the standard ear or nose piercings, then a snake bite might be the piercing for you! They are also ideal piercings for people who like the look of angel bites or spider bites.
Any piercing will have some level of pain involved. But the pain is often tolerable with a snake bite piercing. The clamp is usually felt worse than the piercing itself.
The process for a snake bite piercing is quick. It normally takes a couple of minutes to get one lip piercing done, which means you are looking at roughly 5 to 7 minutes for the entire process. Paperwork and talking to the body piercer take longer than getting the snake bite piercing done!
All that needs to happen to get this piercing is to sign a waiver, speak to the professional body piercer, go over placement and jewelry, get sanitized, relax, and get the needle pushed through with the chosen jewelry inserted.
Aftercare is the most stressful part of piercings. If you do not take good care of your piercings, you run the risk of severe infection. The less care you provide means the longer it will take to heal. A snake bite piercing should take 8 weeks to heal, but with adequate care, it can take as little as 6 weeks.
The lengthy heal time means your chosen jewelry is permanent for a couple of months. You do not want to change out your piercing, as this can cause complications before the piercing is fully healed. Picking the right jewelry can be daunting but try to go with a style you feel would match any day-to-day outfit.